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Kevin is currently the certified superintendent at La Rinconada Country Club. Kevin was the Director of Maintenance at Lahontan Golf Club for over 14 years. Some of the responsibilities over the expanse of his career include the daily upkeep of multiple golf courses, natural resources, environmental compliance, and roads and streets. The wide ranging expertise has come from a combination of education and experiences. Degrees in Meteorology (1987 University of Nebraska/Lincoln), and Horticulture (1992 Colorado State), complete the formal side of this important combination of qualifications. A lifetime of experience around golf courses, and the game of golf was provided by Kevin's father.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Latest Storm Brings Seasonal Precipitation Total Near Normal

This has been a season of extremes. 2014 was one of the warmest and driest on record except for 2 weeks in December when over 12 inches of rain fell. Then 2015 began with the driest January on record. That leads us to today and we are cleaning up after a series of very strong storms that precipitated 4 inches of rain in 3 days. How do you predict that?

The course has taken the rain very well with bunker was outs being the biggest problem. We have repaired lots of drainage lines which has helped tremendously to limit flooding and wash outs.

8 inch drain line found in #1 rough line
We have had relatively few trees down during these storms and a lot of that I attribute to the tree care program in place. On Saturday we did have one large tree blow over.

Eucalyptus tree blow over behind #10 green
In preparation for the upcoming storms and the potential pond work, the water was pumped out and the fish relocated to the pond on the 14th hole.

One of the 15 fish relocated to #14

The pond devoid of water Thursday prior to the storm

The same pond on Sunday after 3 inches of rain
I certainly don't know what the weather has in store for us for the remainder of the winter rain season. But I am grateful that we are near normal totals at this point, even though how we have gotten that rain has been anything but normal.


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