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Los Gatos, California, United States
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.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Saturated Soil Plus Wind Equals Down Trees

It has been a while since I have posted, but the recent weather is noteworthy. I just got back from the Golf Industry Show where I teach a half day weather class, and I found myself going through a lot of the procedures that are covered for the severe weather portion of the class. California has not seen weather of this intensity in many years, with numerous big impacts to the course.

                This large tree came down on the 12th green

A large Eucalyptus tree across the 13th tee with 3 others down on the right hand side damaging the fence and nearly reaching the house.

      Numerous large eucalyptus trees in the drainage behind the fitness building

          A large pine down on the left hand side of the 10th hole

 All the trees came down between 5pm and 6:30pm last evening, and are in more or less a straight line, which indicates the likelihood of straight line wind damage from a micro-burst.

Fortunately Straun Edwards and Trees 360 are on site and taking care of us first thing this morning. And although it is raining at this moment, the forecast for the next 3 days is for mostly clear skies. That will be a relief after all the recent rain and resulting damage.