Monday, December 28, 2015

A Change in Weather

It looks as though winter is finally here! Only a couple days late for a white Christmas. This little winter storm has brought severe weather to much of the Midwest. We have received a wintry mix over night and throughout the day. As of now the temperatures are hovering around freezing and have not caused any major issues. However, over the next few nights the temps will dip into the lower teens and may ice things up a bit. That being said it is time to drain our irrigation system to prevent any damage. This is a fairly simple process which involves opening three dump valves around the course and the water comes rushing out. We then go around to sprinkler heads in the low areas and open the valves to get any remaining water out of the system.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Catching up on education

Every year the Heart of America Golf Course Superintendent Association holds a two day educational conference. This is an opportunity for superintendents as well as lawn care companies to learn about the new advances in our industry. There are also certain classes that allow us to re-certify our pesticide applicators license in both Kansas and Missouri. Many vendors attend and sponsor this event to show their support. In doing so, we are able to build our network with not only them but other superintendents in the area. These events especially help new members, such as myself, to establish good relationships. As we returned Wednesday, the two inches of rain we received has restricted us to more tree work. With trees shading the greens and tee complex, holes five and six are next on the list. These trees will be removed to promote healthier turf growth

Friday, December 11, 2015

Beautiful Weather

What a beautiful week we have had here in Kansas City! It hasn't been the typical December weather we are used to with temperatures reaching into the 60's. Hopefully you were able to get out to the course and enjoy a round of golf. With the higher temperatures we continued our normal operations of mowing and course set up. Having a couple frosty mornings there was time to rebuild the rock walls on numbers 10 and 11. These rock walls served as old property lines before the course was built. Since they were falling down and no longer level we decided to clean them up a bit and make them more uniform.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Rain Rain Rain

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend and was able to eat all the turkey and mashed potatoes that you could! It wasn't the most ideal weather to spend time outside with rainfall totaling just over three inches. That being said, most of the bunkers have been washed out. It has taken a few days but we were able to push and rake the bunkers to try and dry them out a little bit. This is also the time of year when we begin tree cleanup. At times it can be tricky on deciding what trees to take out and what trees to leave. There are many factors that come in play when selecting a tree for removal. Overall turf health, tree health, location and playability are just a few of them. You might also notice that we will be taking around a pole saw and limbing up a little ways to raise the canopy. In doing so it will allow us to better maintain these areas and give the course a cleaner look. As you can see from the pictures we started on the second hole. Our main goal was to push the tree line on the right side back just a little bit for easier mowing.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Short week

We had quite a bit of work to accomplish this week before the holiday. Starting the week off trying to spray some of the undesired cool season turf and clover out of the zoysia grass. You may have noticed a light green tint from the tracker dye. From there we spent two full days marking sprinkler heads and edging around them. Finally, with high chances of rainfall coming Thursday we decided to do a little heavier than normal topdress. Where usually we settle the sand in with overhead irrigation, this time the sand was drug in with a coco mat. The course will be closed on Thanksgiving day but will reopen for the holiday weekend! We would like to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and hope you enjoy the day with your families! Safe Travels.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Project Complete!

Good morning! As we draw a conclusion to another crazy week here at the Ridge, we would like to give you a few updates. First off, our edging of the bunkers has been completed. #4 greenside was one of our bigger tasks but we were able to finish it up Thursday afternoon. There are currently 7 of our 52 bunkers to completely renovate and will hopefully get to them soon. Also there were some crazy winds that whipped through this past weekend causing some damage to our shop roof, however we have some great members on our maintenance staff who have prior roofing knowledge and were able to tackle that task for us! Finally we did receive about an inch and a half of rain Tuesday. Unfortunately that restricted us to cart path only a few days sooner than we would have hoped and we will be strictly path only for the remainder of the season.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Bunker Renovations

If you have been out to play lately, you have probably noticed that a majority of our bunkers were renovated this summer. Where it used to take up to two days of pumping out bunkers after a heavy rainfall, the renovation has reduced that down to none. Currently we are touching up the edges and digging out some of the washout areas. This is a tedious process but has greatly improved the quality and appearance of our bunkers.

New Blog

Welcome to the Maintenance blog at Falcon Ridge Golf Club. Throughout the year we receive many questions regarding the operations we are working on. That being said, we have decided to create this blog to keep our guest informed on the progress we are making. We hope that you find this beneficial and enjoy our golf course!