Thursday, June 14, 2018

Squaring Tee Boxes

Over time on the Riverside Course our square tee boxes have expanded out past their original dimensions. In an effort to straighten the edges and remove sloped areas from the tees, we have been resquaring the tees.

We first measured the sides of the tee boxes to ensure they were equal lengths and placed stakes on the four corners.

We ran string around the stakes to visualize the new tee edges. This helped to make sure the edges were straight and aimed towards the landing zones for the hole.

The new edges were edged with a stick edger down the string line. We then painted dots along the edges to help the tee mowers see the new boundary of the tees. We then mowed the cleanup passes along the tees to set the new edges. This should help our team maintain straight lines on the edges of our tee boxes in the future.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Tree Plantings

- An on going winter project is the installation of new trees on both the Highlands and Riverside Course. The tree planting is a part of a long range design formed by Rees Jones Inc.

- Some trees are placed in specific spots to help outline holes and others are planted to replace where previous trees were removed due to mother nature.

- The process can take roughly half a day by the time the spade truck removes the plug, retrieves the tree, and places it in its new location.

- Some trees are simply moved from one side of the course to another, while others come from areas outside of the club.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Bench Refinishing

In our winter months, we take the time to refinish some on course accessories. Due to being exposed to the elements our benches were worn with moss covering them.

First we sanded the moss and the previous layers of penetrants applied to the wood.

Then we rubbed on a Teak Oil Finish to help seal the wood from moisture and to darken the color.

The end product is a nice rich color with a smooth surface, making the bench look like new.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Needle Tine

- This morning we needle tine the Highlands' greens to help relieve weak areas and allow them to  breath after a busy summer.

- To prevent from causing any disruption to the putting surface, we used 1/8" tines.

- The greens were rolled following the needle tining to give a smooth putting surface.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Bunker Maintenance

 - With the turfgrass growth slowing down, we are able to focus more on bunker maintenance. This time of year the Highlands agronomy staff goes through the bunkers once a week and smooth out the faces.

- Also, we take the time check the depth of the bunker sand and make sure there is at least 2" of sand on the faces and 4" on the floor.

-  With certain pin locations the ball tends to funnel into the same area of certain bunkers. This leads to the sand in these areas to get shifted and can cause damage to the liner if the depth is not checked regularly.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

1898 House

-The newest addition to the club is the 1898 house, the new venue allows for members to have a shaded open air dinning experience and have a beautiful view of the two golf courses. The landscape staff were given the task of installing the landscape and sod around 1898.  Before any sod is laid a pre plant fertilizer with a balanced analysis of Nitrogen, Potassium and Phosphorus is applied to help the sod root down and get a kick start  to growing.

- Finished Product