Thursday, November 20, 2014


Sod is going strong on the 6th hole.  I estimate 4 more loads will finish all of the roughs on this hole.
Tree work is also underway.  Limbing and removal are our focus...mostly trees in poor health or white pines in danger of falling.  Above is a white pine on the 5th hole.  Below is some limbing that occurred on the 3rd hole along with a dead white pine removed from the back of the fairway villas.

Toro Equipment

Toro had these 2 old pieces at the trade show this week.  Granted, golfers didn't have near the expectations back then that they do today, but the technology certainly wasn't there either.  Pre 1980 or so, greens were mowed at 1/4", not 1/8".  Greens rolled 6ft on the stimpmeter, not 11 or 12 feet!  In fact, did you know the USGA once considered greens rolling 6'or more, fast!  At HCC, we strive for 11' each day and 6' wouldn't be acceptable.  This business has come a long way in a short period time.

Teaching Facility contruction start

Ground is breaking today on the driving range teaching facility.  All permits are in hand and we are set.  Once the foundation is dug, there is work getting the electric and plumbing into the building before the foundation is poured.  Futral Construction is looking to pour the week after Thanksgiving.  Watch the blog for updates on the construction progress of this new amenity.

Pictures of our progress will be posted on a regular basis to the blog, and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Ken either by phone: 828.787.2789 or by e-mail:  


I am happy to say we are nearly complete with our curbing installation for the year.  They guys are wrapping up #15 green and then off to #18 tees.  After that, I have some repair to do around the clubhouse and then we are finished up.
In the distance, you can see David and Chris getting the roof on the rain shed on #15.  Those guys are good!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

HCC award for environmental excellence

I learned this morning that HCC was awarded the Environmental Leaders in Golf Award for the Carolina's by Golf Digest!  This is a huge honor and more PR will come available in the coming weeks!

Turfgrass research

On the final day of our conference, Jim Kerns Ph.D, turfgrass pathologist at NC State University presented data on Pythium root rot. If you recall, HCC participated in this research by establishing test plots on the practice green. It was interesting seeing this data as it will certainly impact my chemical application thought process next year. Staying plugged in to university research has it's benefits. 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


Despite temperatures into single digits this morning, the staff is busy on several fronts. The 1st half of the 6th fairway is wrapped up and we are onto the 2nd part.  I hope we can get through the cold weather quickly and back to a productive offseason.  20-30* temps are bearable but single digits are awfully cold!



The class I am taking this morning is called "The search for Agronomy's Holy Grail."

This is a round table discussion featuring:

Bruce Martin, Ph.D,  Clemson 
Grady Miller Ph.D, NC State University
Rick Brandenburg, Ph.D NC State
Fred Yelverton Ph.D NC State
Doug Soldat Ph.D. University of Wisconsin

Each professor is an expert in a different area ranging from entomology to turfgrass pathology to soil physics and chemistry.