Thursday, May 16, 2019

Baby deer on the course

We have a fawn that was born on the golf course. He/She seems to be lonely and lost, but its mother is not far away. When deer are born they have no scent associated with them. They tend to stay in tall grass and nestle in to stay away from predators. The mother stays away from the fawn on purpose as she does have a scent associated with her. This keeps predators such as fox and coyote from an easy dinner. After a few days the mother will take the fawn and care for it after it is safe. Please leave the fawn alone as far as touching it or trying to get it to move. Nature will work its course.


Thursday, May 9, 2019

Catching up on the rough

Huge shout out to our crew on getting the golf course mowed and back to normal. We were able to mow some of the drier fairways Saturday night and get the rest cut Sunday evening as well as some rough. By Monday at sundown the crew had 90% of the golf course mowed at least once. We were able to get carts out on Sunday and the tee sheet was full, now we just need some warmer temps that allow shorts to be the norm.

This isn't HMGC but we were close to this in spots. (photo credit Matt Young)


Thank you to the membership as well for understanding the importance of not tearing up the course during extended wet periods with cart damage. I hate pulling carts but I also do not look forward to mud tracks and ruts that need to be repaired. This goes for our staff as well, thus the reason we were not able to mow for almost 6 days. I've said it before and will repeat, sometimes the hardest thing to do is nothing. Wait for the proper conditions to present themselves and all will be right in the world.

We did have some minor damage from carts on Sunday. Just a reminder, carts are a tool to speed up the round and allow those that cant walk or choose not to a way to enjoy the game. They are to be used as a way to get you around the course in general, you may still be required to park and walk to hit your next shot. Our softest and wettest areas will be in our roughs, especially in the spring. For this reason I ask that when possible, stay in the fairways and on cart paths especially when you know we have been wet.

Cart damage right of 4 fairway and behind 3 green. 
Let's hope we have a normal, moderate spring.

Friday, April 26, 2019

How do we determine if we let carts out?

The simple answer to this question is: Can we mow fairways and rough? If we can mow these two areas then carts can go out, if not then carts are restricted.  First and foremost is turf health and to not cause any damage to the grounds in regards to ruts. Anytime a rut is made, the area that was already wet now holds more water in the depression that was made, requiring more time to dry out.

We typically need 6-8 hours for the course to drain after being saturated. This typically is not a problem when the rain stops at 9 or 10 the night before. Where we run into problems is with an all night rain or early morning storm. This means the course needs most of the day to drain so carts will most likely be restricted.

The creek plays a large role in how the course drains as well. If it is overflowing or high then our drains are not capable of moving water very efficiently. If the creek stays at a level that allows our drainage system to work properly, then we are usually only without carts for a day or two at most.

The course is always open to walkers unless we have standing water on greens. Greens will usually drain in about 30 minutes to an hour after the rain has stopped.

Where can you find out if there are cart restrictions? Right now we update the homepage on foretees, but you can not see this on the app for your phone. We are working to see what we can do to fix this. I try to update on twitter @hmgcgrounds.


Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Replace divots or sand?

In the spring and the fall when temperatures are cooler and rainfall is more plentiful we ask that you please replace your divots on tees and fairways. The divot has a great chance to survive and create instant turf for future shots. We remove the sand buckets on carts for this exact reason, so that if you do the right thing it is also the best process and chance for survival. The downside to no sand buckets is the small divots that fall apart can not properly be filled as needed. This is really the only con in regards to no sand buckets in the spring, and for the overall conditions I am willing to live with these small blemishes.

You will notice, and as some have commented this spring, our par 3 tees take a beating especially at the blue and black markers. This is where 75% of our rounds take place, and seed just wont grow in early spring or late fall yet we still are open to many rounds of golf.

Today we put a healthy amount of topdressing on our par 3 tees and also number 10 tee box. This will help fill in a majority of the divots and will also help level off any low spots. This is a much faster process than individually filling divots, but also needs to dry to drag in properly.

When the temperatures start to warm up, we will reinstall the divot boxes on carts. At this time it is in our best interest to seed and sand smaller divots but still replace large deep divots. With increased temperatures, longer daylight and low humidity, most divots dry out before we water at night and have little chance to survive in the summer.

We have divot boxes on par 3's and number 10 that you should use if you choose not to replace your divots. When you fill the divots it allows us to work on other things around the course.


Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Crabgrass Pre-emergent control

If you treat your own yard for crabgrass in the spring now is the time to do so. We are right in the middle of the window where you will have the best results. You have about a week and half left before you will not see the results you are looking for in the summer and fall.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Greens opening April 2

We have been close to opening a few times already this year, but the long range weather forecast has not been very helpful this year. The 7-10 day forecast has looked promising a few times, only to change the following week to conditions that are not favorable to opening.

The forecast also has not been conducive for us to go out and mow. Our first mows of the year remove the dead or dormant tops of the plant, which forces it to "wake up" and start to grow. This is what we want the plant to do, but not when you have nightly temps in the low 20's. This will slow the growth process and takes more time for the plant to grow, especially on greens.

How come other courses are open and we are not? Most public courses open as soon as they can to generate revenue as they are a for profit business. Most of these courses also do not mow their turf as low as we do, especially on greens. We set ourselves to a higher standard, as we should. Not every decision is based off of revenue, but rather the overall health of turf and how a few rounds now could effect the overall turf quality through out the entire season. This also pertains to mechanical damage if we try to mow and roll to early.

For those of you that know me, I would like to get out and play golf now as well. I enjoy the game and the opportunities to get to know our membership through the game. Looking forward to seeing the likes of Rob Reiter out on the golf course!




Thursday, March 21, 2019

Old Aerials of Highland Meadows

This pic was dated 6-16-40
Not sure of the date, but would estimate late 40's early 50's
The pictures above are best looked at on a computer screen. I would be very happy to send these to anyone that would like to look at them and be able to zoom in a little closer. If you are interested please email me at pattinson@hmgolfclub.org and I will send you the two files.