Monday, April 5, 2021

Driving Range Tee Project

 FINALLY...........renovation of the driving range tee!   


peeling off 30+ years of top dressing sand.....
making a dent....
the first of 80 dumps...... somewhere in the unreal region of around 1,400 tons of sand
Two swing joints straight up....top of the head was where the hitting surface was in 2021
Wall of sand at our shop now....will be used everywhere on course for the next decade 
getting closer to original level of driving range tee......
We re-configured sprinkler head spacing....with new head placement for optimal coverage

GMS boss Bill Nauroth surveying new wire trench .....shovel in hand for unknown reason 😲
Burying sprinkler head wire.....
A bit more shaping and leveling



leveling front slope of tee
Last drag before seeding....
Sod time......outlining the tee




Sod a bit thirsty.....
The morning after seeding......

Friday, March 12, 2021

Springtime is the land awakening. The March winds are the morning yawn. -Lewis Grizzard

It's Aerification time !! 

It's that time again......the time we "punch holes" to let the turf breathe again. A time when we fracture our hard compacted soils to allow air and moisture to the root zone and encourage growth. A time to reduce thatch( the organic layer of living and dead shoots, stems and roots that sits between the zone of green vegetation and the soil surface). A time to introduce a heavy application of sand to not only fill aeration holes, but creating "pockets" for air/water movement, diluting thatch, and speeding up the recovery process that will eventually lead to a better putting surface. The time that everyone enjoys:0 

We are heading into our third(and last:) week of  verticutting and aerification. We have already pulled cores on all the fairways, tees, approaches, collars and some rough areas. We have also verticut the tees and approaches to remove even more thatch. Finally we wrapped up the fairways,tees, approaches, surrounds and rough with some fertilizer to give them some much needed nutrition and to help aid in recovery. 

Greens are on tap this week and it's been a challenge so far. Unfortunately our two punch days have been the coldest days in the last few weeks, so with frost delays we couldn't get started first light but eventually we got rolling and finished aerification and verticutting on greens. 


Pulling cores with our Wiedenmann terra spike on #11 fwy. Using 9"x 1" side eject tines at a depth of 3"-4"
more cores.... #1 fwy
#10 fwy after dragging plugs and blowing off remaining debris
Collar #9 green.... aerified with our Toro Pro Core, light drag to break up plug and blown off
#9 approach....aerified, dragged, verticut 2 directions then blown off 
#4 Tee....aerified with Toro Pro Core and verticutt 2 directions, blown off debris
GMS "Grand Poobah" Bill Nauroth helping out this week verticutting greens! 
Dicing and pulling up some thatch
Toro Pro core punching #2 green
Toro pro core #8 green
Sweeping #1 green


Greens Swept and blown off..... 5/8"(diameter) tine at 3"(depth) in a 2"x 2" grid

Top dressed and brushed

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Snow Day 2021

..WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 PM MST THIS AFTERNOON...


* WHAT...Snow, heavy at times, can be expected today. Storm total
snow accumulations of 3 to 7 inches, with up to 18 inches above
7,000 feet will be possible.

* WHERE.. Eastern Cochise County below 5000 feet.

* WHEN...Until 5 PM MST today.

* IMPACTS...Plan on slippery road conditions with potential for
snow-packed roadways. Travel could be impossible at times.
Brief blizzard like conditions will be possible in gusty
winds, especially for the mountains. The hazardous conditions
could impact the morning or evening commute.


We have already received a couple of inches from last night and this morning here on the course.......
Stay safe out there !



 


Saturday, January 2, 2021


 Hopefully a better year to come in 2021 !!!!!  Best wishes for all in the New Year 

Friday, November 20, 2020

She stands In tattered gold Tossing bits of amber And jade, jewels of a year grown old: November.............................. ~Zephyr Ware Tarver (1886–1974) Arizona Highways, November 1971

 


Around the Grounds




A quick trip from August through December......in images


#2 Lake(August)
#10 Green(August)
#8 Green(August)
#2 Green(August)
2020 SV OPEN(August)
2020 SV OPEN(August)
2020 SV OPEN(August)
#2 Fairway(October)
#2 Green(October)
#2 Lake(October).
#2 Lake(October).
#6 White/Red new tee build(October/November).
#6 White/Red new tee build(October/November).
#6 White/Red new tee build(October/November).


#18 white tee root prune(November).
#18 white tee root prune(November).
#18 white tee after root prune and sod repair. Also seeded/sanded/fertilized(November)
Grub Worms gorging on grass roots and organic material close to the surface due to extended period of warm weather(November).
#3 Green...... Sunrise(November).
#7 Hard edge/clean up on bunkers for the winter(November). 
#7 Hard edge/clean up on bunkers for the winter(November). 
#6  Hard edge/clean up on bunkers for the winter(November). 
#16  Hard edge/clean up on bunkers for the winter(November). 
#3 Green(November)
Root prune surrounds #7 green(November).
Root prune surrounds #7 green(November).
Root prune surrounds #7 green(November).
Root prune #7 green surrounds(November).
Root prune/sod repair #7 green surrounds(November).
Root prune #7 green surrounds(November).
Sod repair on root prune #7 green surrounds(November).
Sod repair on root prune #7 green surrounds(November).
Finally some color showing a change of season is near.......(November 20th).
Clean up and removal of desert broom in our natural desert area #8
Removal of desert broom in our natural desert area #8
Removal of desert broom in our natural desert area #8
Stuck on valve #15 tee created a frozen moment(Dec)
Reflecting on December.....