Saturday, April 30, 2016

Pete Dye and Tim Liddy

Click on the images to make them larger.  Interesting points made by Tim Liddy, a long time Dye associate.

Croquet Lawns open for play!

The new croquet lawns are officially open for business!  Below, Striker Jo tests out the new lawn.  The height of cut is still considerably higher than what you are used to.  We are gradually lowering the height of cut by .025" at every mowing, which occurs Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Chemical Mishap

This is why we take training very seriously.  This is a main street church that unfortunately had a chemical mishap.  The individual spraying broadleaf weeds either mixed the tank a little hot or used the Round Up sprayer.  As a golf course superintendent, one can't be too careful.


Divot recovery on the practice tee has been very encouraging after implementing changes last season.  We can see the old divots filled within  6 days.

Below, golf has been minimal this month but there are no scares on the tee after being on grass all month.

Above, along with flymowing, the staff is tamping the bunker sand again, edging and raking bunkers.  We will do this until we get the appropriate, desired firmness out of our bunkers.
Below, we are double rolling all of our greens with a 1 ton asphalt roller.  The greens are healing nicely from aerification.


Every spring we have a small amount of greens plugging to do. We use sod from our nursery behind the 5th green. 

On the 14th hole, there is a white pine we recently discovered that uprooted and fell into another tree. In the coming days, we will remove it. 

Before and After

Before and After


Wednesday, April 27, 2016


After a long wait on permitting, work has commenced on the dam repair above the 10th green, a project taken on by the owner of the property. I secured our coffer dams in 10 creek to help with sediment loss.
Details: I am trying Climbing Hydrangea on our new Practice facility sign.
Below, we continually work with the Community Association to help improve the campus.  They fund projects and we supply labor.  Here, you can see we placed river rock in the roadside ditches of the newly resurfaced/paved Hummingbird Lane.

Rounds4Research- Golfweek

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Rounds 4 Research April Auction Raises $164,000 For Turfgrass Studies National program has raised more than $565,000 since 2012.

Lawrence, Kan. (April 26, 2016) -- The 2016 Rounds 4 Research fundraising program to support turfgrass studies, managed by the Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG), sold more than 800 rounds and yielded more than $164,000 in its April online auction. The EIFG is the philanthropic organization of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA).

The Carolinas Golf Course Superintendents Association, with more than $44,000 raised, was the leader among more than 50 fundraising partners that donated rounds to support turfgrass research at the local level. The Georgia GCSA was next with $13,000 raised for its association.

The top bid was $4,600 for four rounds of golf offered by Sage Valley Golf Club in Graniteville, S.C. Other high bids went for $2,325 for four players at East Lake Golf Club outside of Atlanta, and more than $1,800 apiece for two stay-and-play packages for four players at the French Lick Golf Resort in French Lick, Ind.

"This was a great opportunity that I couldn't pass up," said Sean Moore, who owns 12 Five Guys restaurants in South Carolina. "I have heard nothing but great things about Sage Valley, and now I have an opportunity to play. I have three friends already set to round out the group; now we just need to find a time that works."

"We are pleased with the success of our Rounds 4 Research program and the good that we know it can do for turfgrass research," said Rhett Evans, GCSAA chief executive officer. "This is a terrific program that gives golfers everywhere a chance to play their favorite courses and benefit the long-term health of the game."

The national campaign is supported by a $50,000 donation from The Toro Co. The program has raised more than $565,000 since launching in 2012.

About GCSAA and the EIFG
The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) is a leading golf organization in the United States. Its focus is on golf course management, and since 1926 GCSAA has been the top professional association for the men and women who manage golf courses in the U.S. and worldwide. From its headquarters in Lawrence, Kan., the association provides education, information and representation to nearly 18,000 members in more than 78 countries. The association's mission is to serve its members, advance their profession and enhance the enjoyment, growth and vitality of the game of golf. Visit GCSAA at or find us on Facebook or Twitter.

The Environmental Institute for Golf is the philanthropic organization of the GCSAA. Its mission is to foster sustainability through research, awareness, education, programs and scholarships for the benefit of golf course management professionals, golf facilities and the game. Visit EIFG at or find us on Facebook or Twitter.
Craig Smith, Director, Communications and Media Relations
Phone: 800-472-7878, ext. 4431 or 785-691-9197 (cell)

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Golf course update!

Today, the new pavilion passed the final inspection and received the CO (Certificate of Occupancy).  As mentioned before, the new lawns will be open for play this weekend.

While we still lack our H2-B staff, we do have additional help at this point through a Cashiers, NC contract labor outfit. This is really helping us get ahead for a change. Above, we are knocking out details like edging sprinkler heads and yardage stones. 

Below, we are doing our annual "hydroseed prep." This is the final tie in of areas like old stumps and areas that may have been damaged over the winter. The area below is where a huge, dead Oak was removed. The hydro seeder is something we rent and isn't available until Tuesday of next week.

I mentioned in the previous post about greens rolling, 2 directions with a 1 ton asphalt roller. Next week, the greens will really start to come around. Growing strong dense roots is a necessity this time of year. 

Then there are some jobs we do that it's better not to ask. Just know that we are there to fix about anything. 😉