Tuesday, March 5, 2019

January and February wrap up

It has been a rather bizarre winter here at Pueblo del Sol with the heavy snow in late December, more snow and rain with heavy fog through the first 10 days of January and some light snow mixed with rain in February.....and really just some unfriendly temperatures. The average high for the month of January through our weather stations was 60 degrees. The low average for the month was 30 degrees. In February the average high temp actually dropped to 58 and the low came in at 33. With these cold temps most of our cool season turf has stayed in winter dormancy, (the yellowish-brown-green color that you see)the plants way of preserving energy awaiting soil temps to rise.


Late December Snow
Jan 2


Heavy fog rolling in.......Stay on the road. Keep clear of the moors!!! :)


First day at work and the last day OF ACTUAL work.....  :)


We have had more than a few irrigation repairs/issues the last two months. We had a deteriorated gasket on a 10" main line valve at the pump station on #8, six lateral line breaks and numerous leaking irrigation heads. Some of the leaking heads are because of older worn out internal valves in the sprinkler case(that need replacement) and some are because of the cold weather and usually stop leaking when they start getting used more. The majority of our lateral line breaks can be attributed to tree roots.  


Leaking 10" valve #8 rough( rotted gasket)







 Large tree root that broke pipe #1




Tuesday, January 15, 2019


GMS @Pueblo del Sol country club would like to welcome Skip Douglass, our newest golf course superintendent. Skip is a Rutgers turf grad and has been in the golf business for 22 years, most recently superintendent at Desert Mountain Golf Club(Geronimo) in North Scottsdale for the last 6 years. A native of Bisbee, Skip is excited to be back in the area and is  looking forward for some new challenges here at Pueblo del Sol.

Friday, December 28, 2018

"It is tenderness for the past, courage for the present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace." ― Agnes M. Pharo

The GMS crew at Pueblo del Sol would like to thank everyone for a good 2018 and wish you a happy and magical 2019 ! We are excited looking forward to the new season and are expecting a great year !

First snow........






     Santa or The Grinch?!?!?!!


Monday, October 15, 2018

"The trees are in their autumn beauty, The woodland paths are dry, Under the October twilight the water Mirrors a still sky". - William Butler Yeats

Around the course.........



Some pictures from the last few months at Pueblo del Sol



























Completion of Fall Aerification

After a rough start to the aeration process dealing with multiple equipment issues, and the heat and punishment the greens had to endure during the greens aerification portion(temps in the low to mid 90's) we were able to complete aerification thanks to the GMS crew who put in some long days with some quality work to finish strong and keep us on track . So kudos to my crew and a special shout out to Bill Nauroth for taking time out of his busy schedule and helping out during greens aerification.....we all appreciate you turning the typical 12 hour aerification day into a 15 hour day!  hehehe:)

We began with the fairways and approaches with 1"(D) x 10" (L) solid tine, at a depth of 4.5" - 5.5"(depending on fairway). We actually aerated some of our typical "hot spot" fairway areas two directions to give even more relief to these hard compacted areas. We blew off any debris and "dry" mowed completed fairways in the afternoon. The tees were done at the same time but we pulled cores using 5/8" (D) x 7"(L) hollow tines at a depth of 4".  We also verticut the approaches and tees two directions  to remove some thatch and improve the overall turf quality in those areas. We aerified greens with a 5/8" (D) x 7"(L) hollow tine at a depth of 3 1/2"




Bill Nauroth  aka "el gran jefe " and our mechanic Phily working on the Toro Sweeper

Super Dave and his Toro Pro-core aerifying tees using 5/8" (D) x 7"(L) hollow tines at a depth of 4"

 Wiedenmann Terra Spike starting fairways with  1"(D) x 10" (L) solid tines, at a depth of 4.5-5.5"

Aerifying #15 fairway

Tony giving the tees a much needed verticut

#10 tee after aerifying, verticutting and a blow....

Dave punching greens using 5/8" (D) x 7"(L) hollow tine at a depth of 3 1/2"

Frankie learning some operational skills from "el gran jefe "  on the Toro Sweeper

"el gran jefe " now brushing the 85 tons of USGA sand we put out on greens

greens after a brush and roll

brush and roll for the first 4-5 days..........

First mow @ .120   #1 green...... 7 days post aerification

First mow @ .120" #12 green......7 days post aerification

#12 green........10 days post aerification

#2 green........ 10 days post aerification

A light "dusting" of the greens and a quick brush..... 15 days post aerification

Mow at .110 and Roll #17 green........ 18 days post aerification

First mow @ .100....... one month post aerification