Golf Course Update – March 14

Our greens officially opened on Tuesday, March 12th!  We are happy to report no damage has occurred from the freezing temperatures over the past two months.

Now that the greens are open, please remember to fix your ball marks. Since re-opening we have already noticed greens with a large number of unrepaired ball marks. With everyone’s assistance, we’ll be able to have the course in the best shape for the season ahead.

The maintenance crew has been working hard to prepare the golf course for spring. This includes: pruning/cleaning up debris from winter storms, power-washing rock walls/pathways/course accessories, leveling bunkers, clean up of all planting beds around the clubhouse, and mowing of all turf areas.

It’s a great time to get out for some early spring golf!

Dain Mikulic
Assistant Golf Course Superintendent

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5th Green Update – Jan 23

With significantly less traffic on #5 green, we have seen some great improvements to its turf quality. Heavy rains and lack of sunlight through the winter have caused the sub-surface of this green to remain saturated. Whenever we get a window of opportunity, we continue to try to vent the green, and all greens, to improve water infiltration through the soil and allow for gas exchange.

In late fall of 2018, we had applied additional fertilizer to the 5th green to promote recovery. Over the past couple of weeks we have noticed great improvement in its health and we will continue to monitor it until we feel it is healthy enough to withstand regular play.

Thank you,

Dain Mikulic
Assistant Golf Course Superintendent

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GOLF COURSE UPDATE – JAN 16

 

With the recent frosty mornings, we were pleasantly reminded that winter is far from over in spite of temperatures reaching double digits in the afternoon. The rain is now moving in and we will continue to mow as much as possible while growing conditions persist. As frost delays are more prevalent, we ask that you please refrain from walking on any grass areas around the putting green and/or driving range until the frost has lifted.

Please be mindful of fixing your ball marks, raking bunkers and filling in your divots with sand on the course. The Links Staff repaired and prepped all of the bunkers back to our expected standards, but they will only be as good as the previous player’s raking.

Mats have been provided on all of the par 3s as well as #8 tee in an effort to reduce the amount of wear and tear throughout the winter months. With a continued effort in proper etiquette, we will allow the golf course to have the best possible conditions heading into the 2019 season for all of our members.

Jarrod Oliver
Assistant Golf Course Superintendent

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Golf Course Update – Jan 9

As we move into the second week of January mother nature has been kind enough to spare us any snowfall on the property, but has made up for it in rainfall and some heavy wind storms. Despite the weather conditions we are still able to be productive on the course within small windows of opportunity. The greens have been mowed and cleaned up of debris this past Monday as well as a much-needed cut on our fairways. If the weather permits, we will try to apply a preventative fungicide on our greens this Friday and continue to minimize the opportunity for disease pressure.

Next week during our Monday course closure we will be venting all of our greens to promote and encourage a healthy root system. Venting will release some of the compaction and gas exchange that will occur from the significant amount of rainfall we have received to date.

Due to the large amount of debris that has fallen on the golf course from recent high winds, we have called in a few extra staff to help with the cleanup process. Although the greens, tees, and fairways have been cleaned off, there is lots of debris to be picked up in the roughs which can be challenging to get at with very wet conditions. Please bear with us through this process as you may see some debris piles that we can not remove with vehicles until it is firm enough to do so.

Jarrod Oliver
Assistant Golf Course Superintendent

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Golf Course Update – Jan 4

Winter storms continue to sweep through Marine Drive Golf Club causing excessive debris throughout the entire property. We have arranged for a few seasonal staff to return to work next week to assist with branch and debris cleanup along with some bunker washout repairs.

The greens are holding up very well in regards to disease pressure. We had a window of opportunity in late December to get a preventative application of fungicide down before receiving heavy precipitation. Our next application is scheduled for Monday, January 7, weather permitting.

Happy New Year!

Dain Mikulic
Assistant Golf Course Superintendent

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Golf Course Update – Dec. 12

“WET” will be the word of the month moving forward into December looking at our long-range forecast. During the next 2 weeks we could expect anywhere from 6 to 10 inches of rain! We were lucky enough to apply a preventative fungicide application to our greens this past Monday with a brief window of opportunity. The Links Staff will continue work around the poor weather to prepare and maintain the golf course as best possible without causing damage to the course.

On Monday we had some much-needed maintenance work done on our Irrigation Pump Station in preparation for next season. For those of you that do not know, the small shed adjacent to the 10th tee box is where the irrigation pump station is located for the golf course and is where the City’s water source is brought in. Having these pumps maintained and serviced regularly is crucial in having the ability to irrigate the golf course on a daily basis seamlessly.

Jarrod Oliver
Assistant Golf Course Superintendent

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Golf Course Update – Dec. 5

With colder temperatures in the forecast it was time once again to blow out our irrigation system on Monday in preparation for the coming winter. Next week we will be preparing for some much-needed maintenance and parts replacement in our pump house for the 2019 golf season. Now that we are into December, the majority of our staff have been laid off with the exception of a few full-time employees.

The 5th green will continue to be monitored over the coming weeks and remain closed until further notice. A permeable tarp has been installed on the 5th green while colder temperatures are present in order to keep frost off the green and aid in turf recovery. This tarp will be removed daily once in full sun and then replaced at end of day to protect the turf grass from colder temperatures.

Jarrod Oliver
Assistant Golf Course Superintendent

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