Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Around the grounds ....... Dec & Jan

The staff here at GMS want to wish everyone a safe, happy and healthy New Year. We are all hopeful for a better 2022!

I had a total computer crash right before Christmas and basically lost everything on the hard drive. Unless I sent pictures in an email at some point I believe I lost all my old photos from 2005-2015. Oh well, lesson learned and  life does go on.......   

We had a few complaints about the stuck on heads the other day behind #11 tee with people wondering why we had our irrigation system running during one of the colder nights. Actually our irrigation system has not run at night since Dec 26th. The heads that stuck on were valves running on battery packs(1 of 12 battery packs we have on course) that have to be turned on/off and setup manually at the box they are located on. This particular box just happened to be the only one that was not shut off for the winter. So contrary to popular belief we didn't plan the stuck valve just for a winter wonderland photo opp ! 

In the last 6-8 weeks here at PDS we have seen a substantial  increase in unfixed ballmarks on greens and divots in fairways. With the extended amazing weather deep into December we were able to get a lot of thin areas seeded and sanded on fairways and tees with a lot of hard work and we are still getting this kind of course care?!?!?! Wow, Frustrating beyond words. We need a little help out there people.......

Silver tee markers are now complete on all holes. The cement full cups will be easier to find for the golfers and very maintenance friendly for us, especially with a small crew. We are also half way through getting the other tee markers painted.

Silver tees

Thursday, December 23, 2021

Happy Holidays

Seasons Greetings from the GMS team……we wish you and your loved ones a safe, happy and peaceful festive season.

Now yellow autumn's leafy ruins lie In faded splendor, on deserted plains... ~Anne Hunter (1742–1821), "November, 1784"


The GMS staff here at Pueblo del Sol would like to send everyone warm wishes this Thanksgiving ...........this is a time to be thankful, a time to remember, and to embrace those who enrich our lives. 

"I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual. It is surprising how contented one can be with nothing definite—only a sense of existence." – Henry David Thoreau, In a Letter to Harrison Gray Otis Blake (December 6, 1856).

The Harvest Moon

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow  -   1807-1882

It is the Harvest Moon! On gilded vanes
  And roofs of villages, on woodland crests
  And their aerial neighborhoods of nests
  Deserted, on the curtained window-panes
Of rooms where children sleep, on country lanes
  And harvest-fields, its mystic splendor rests!
  Gone are the birds that were our summer guests,
  With the last sheaves return the laboring wains!
All things are symbols: the external shows
  Of Nature have their image in the mind,
  As flowers and fruits and falling of the leaves;
The song-birds leave us at the summer's close,
  Only the empty nests are left behind,
  And pipings of the quail among the sheaves.

Friday, November 19, 2021

Frost......and delays

 We have been spoiled the last 3 weeks with some amazing weather but in the next few weeks we will be hitting those "dreaded" frost delay days. We are re-posting an good article-     Frost Delays: 5 Things Every Golfer Should Know     ..... published in 2018 by the USGA.

While much of the U.S. deals with winter’s brunt, golfers in the Sun Belt and other mild parts of the country are still playing away. However, cool, crisp mornings bring the risk of frost delays. At some golf courses frost delays are rare, while at others they may be a regular occurrence. How often your morning round is affected by frost depends on the weather and a variety of other factors. Here are five things every golfer should know about frost delays:

1. Crunchy grass is vulnerable to damage.

Golf course turf is normally resilient to traffic, but when ice crystals form inside the plants, they become brittle and vulnerable to damage. Walking or driving over frost-covered grass may rupture plant cells, leading to dead turf. Or the plants may be weakened without immediately showing the effects. It can take grass more than a month to recover from this damage. 

2. When it comes to frost delays, location is everything.

Many of us have looked out our windows at home and seen no signs of frost, only to find a frost delay when we reach the golf course. This is because frost can linger in colder microclimates long after other areas have thawed. North-facing slopes, low-lying areas and areas sheltered from the wind are especially likely to remain covered with frost. If you are worried about a potential frost delay it is best to call the golf shop to check on conditions at the course before leaving home.  

3. Closely mown turf is at high risk.

Frost damage can occur on any part of the golf course, but it poses the greatest risk to closely mown turf. Putting greens are particularly vulnerable because they experience the most concentrated traffic. A foursome typically takes 300 steps or more on each putting green; if there is frost present, all those steps could cause serious damage.

4. A little frost can cause big delays.

No signs of frost on the first tee? That doesn’t mean you will get the “all clear” sign. If frost remains in areas that are unavoidable early in the round, the course must remain closed. It is also important to remember that once the frost is totally clear, the maintenance staff will need time to catch up on course preparations before play can begin. 

5. More light goes a long way.

Shade extends frost delays by preventing sunlight from melting the frost. Pruning or removing trees that shade primary playing surfaces can improve the course’s overall health and reduce the duration of frost delays. This is especially true on holes played early in the round. The shade from a few trees can keep an entire course closed.

To learn more about frost delays and other important course care topics, visit the Course Care section of USGA.org.

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

"A sun-drenched sky on windy autumn day; out across open fields passing clouds make shadow play. Silent beauty in multi-hues but ominous in a sense; for though today be delightful darkness soon gains precedence. --------- Ray, Psychology of Seasons

Our internet here in the "cave" at Pueblo del Sol has been down for the last FOUR weeks..... so I apologize that I haven't been able to make a post. 

October has come and gone and minus a few scattered days the weather was absolutely stellar ! Highs in the mid to high 70's to low 80's and with over night lows in the high 40's to low 50's was pretty much a daily occurrence.  It's also been amazing to get this extended growing weather for seeding areas in need. And even though we are in a seed drought, we are taking advantage of this weather with the seed we kept in stock. Looking at the extended weather reports, it appears we won't hit the dreaded "Frost Delay Days" until mid November, so please enjoy the next few weeks while it lasts!   

Taking a look back to October......

WIND DAY 2021...... We lost 4 trees(two behind #14 green alone) and had numerous damaged to trees, including tons of broken limbs when we got 40-70 mph gusts on the night of October 11th. With our winter "skeleton" crew we are still to this day cleaning up the damage caused by those winds. Pruning of fractured tree limbs, removal of remaining stumps, leveling ground and seeding in those areas will continue this month. 

#14 green.... roots pulled our irrigation line right out of the ground 
second one down #14 green
Needing a little irrigation repair
#14 green
#14 green looks a bit different now......
Between #2 & #8 
Cottonwood mess behind #3 & #7 greens
#18 ladies tee

Minus Wind Day 2021, We had some absolute gorgeous days.....

And Finally.....   

One of our own, Donnie Hancock, has officially retired from our GMS team here at Pueblo del Sol CC. Donnie has been an integral member with us here for the last 16 years. There is no doubt that we all want to wish Donnie the very best in his retirement but we also wanted him to know the huge void that he leaves will be difficult to replace. Donnie's experience, dependability, leadership, pride in his work, job flexability and rapport with the GMS staff and PDS members separated him from all the rest. Thank you Donnie, it's been an honor my friend!  Best Wishes to you and your wife .
Our Boss Bill Nauroth(left) and Donnie Hancock having some "retirement" cake .

There goes Donnie....off into the sunset!

Monday, August 30, 2021

"Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence." - Hal Borland

 August & September around the grounds.......In photos

Relocation of clubhouse shed

Beautiful Early morning.....cutting cups via flash light

Awesome picture of our buddy on #2 pond......picture contribution from our jefe Bill Nauroth 

Unfortunately a hydraulic leak on #4 fairway and collar is hard to spot at 5 am...........
NOT hard to spot at anytime on our newly aerified and top-dressed greens is the vast amount of unfixed ballmarks....... 30 + on #9 green alone.   sad indeed .

#9 green........ one week post greens aerification

“Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek.”
---Dalai Lama