Sunday, January 31, 2021

Where's the Groundhog?

Maintenance work on a golf course can often be very repetitive. This is especially true for the winter months. December, January and February consist of a lot of the same work from year to year. When the weather allows us to get outside we trim/cut down trees and brush, work on drainage and irrigation issues and other projects that get pushed to the side during the busy growing season. When the weather isn't so pleasant outside we'll work on things around the shop. Painting ball washers and traffic signs, cleaning trashcans and tidying things up as we wait for spring to arrive. 

The purpose of this blog is to keep all of you updated on what is going on around the course. To keep it from also being repetitive we like to focus on projects that aren't so repetitive, boring if you will. This last month at Adams Pointe was fairly cold and quite wet. Snow/rain events were spaced out just enough so that the course was closed due to it being too wet or completely coved in snow for a majority of the month. The weather was also not conducive for us to accomplish any noteworthy projects. 

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Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Closing Out 2020

Golf in December? Sure, why not. This December We had 13 days over 50 degrees and a few even made it into the 60's. The nice weather gave the maintenance crew a chance to knock out a few of our bigger tree projects. A maple tree by the sidewalk, coming from the clubhouse leading up to the Marriott hotel and our driving range, had some dead and decaying limbs that were becoming a safety hazard. We want to try to preserve this tree so these limbs have been removed and the rest of the tree has been thinned out. The large oak in the rough on the left side of #14 has been completely removed. We replaced the large oak tree with a maple tree as it is in play and we feel this tree location is important in framing out the fairway.


Tree by clubhouse before

After trimming off decaying limbs 

#14 tree removal 

2020 was an unusual year but for Adams Pointe, and the golf course industry as a whole, it was a good year. It was actually a well above average year as we saw over 40,000 rounds of golf played. We would like to take the time to thank all of the golf course staff, our golfers and members and anyone else who has helped make this year one to remember. Happy New Year and see you all in 2021.    

Monday, November 30, 2020

'Tis the Season(2020 Edition)

What can you say about the fall of 2020? If you are a golfer it has probably been one of the best fall seasons in quite some time. Many people think fall is the best time for golf. Tee shots roll out as the fairways harden up, the rough is easier to swing through as the grass is going dormant and no more sweating out 90 degree days. This fall mother nature has been fairly kind to us here at Adams Pointe. Temperatures have been above average for the most part. The average high for the month of October was 63 degrees, perfect golfing weather. We also had 8 days during October of 80+ degrees and 8 days in November where temperatures reached 70+ degrees and only a handful of frost delays so far. Thank you bonus golf!

As fall comes to an end the course has been over-seeded and fertilized. Fertilization in the fall is critical as the turf needs nutrients through its winter dormancy stage. Seeding during the fall is like doubling down and ensuring that when spring comes around you will be off to a good start with your cool season grasses.

Unfortunately, as December is upon us, it looks like old man winter is settling in. 

Winter time allows the maintenance crew to get some of the projects that had to be put on the back burner during the golfing season. This year a number of trees will be removed and/or trimmed back. This will be done for playability issues, safety concerns and to improve turf health in areas where trees have become overgrown. We will also be planting a few new trees around the course. Specifically #'s 18 and 14. These holes both have a couple trees that are in play and also help frame the layout of the hole. Unfortunately, these trees have become unhealthy and will need to be removed. 

Parking lot pond bank before

Pond bank after

Landscaping beds around the clubhouse and parking lot are currently in the process of a major overhaul. Weeds, mulch and old overgrown shrubs have been removed and replaced with rock. We are doing the same rock work around all of the tee signs on the course as well. We feel this style of rock landscaping will require less maintenance for us and still be aesthetically pleasing for golfers and guest visiting the clubhouse. 
Tee sign flower beds before
Weeds have been removed and a weed barrier is laid
to help prevent new weed infiltration 

Finished tee sign 

Saturday, October 31, 2020

Fall Update

Has this year been a little different? Yes it has. We have all been tested and we have all probably made some changes. Adams Pointe has made some changes as well.

New bunkers, check

New cart paths, check 

Next on the list is a project we have been working on over time for the last year. Overgrown bushes have been removed from landscaping beds around the clubhouse. Mulch is being replaced with rock in these beds. We are also incorporating rock around our tee signs on the course. 

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Why is #6 Path Only

We wrote on the topic of heat stress and turf damage due to cart traffic back in July of 2018. Feel free to scroll down and reread that post if you would like but I will briefly touch on this topic again. This year we decided to experiment with keeping #6 cart path only during the summer months. Obviously, we realize this is a minor inconvenience for some golfers as we received many questions and complaints as to why we did this. The job of the maintenance crew, first and foremost, is to maintain the health of the turf and provide the best playing conditions possible for our golfers.

#6 is our most temperamental hole here at Adams Pointe. The topography of this hole presents many challenges with drainage being one of the biggest. The high hills dry out very quickly while the low swells stay wet longer than they should. Add in poor, high clay soil, little air movement caused by the thick woods surrounding the entire hole, this hole has the potential to get away from us very quickly. The goal of keeping carts on the path is to reduce compaction leading to even more stress on the turf during the summer months when the heat is already pushing the cool season bent grass to its limits. Fortunately, or unfortunately depending on how you look at it, we saw a huge difference in turf health in the fairway. We observed a thicker stand of grass and less weed infiltration this year as a result. We will continue to keep carts on the path on #6 during the summer months in an attempt to keep the turf thick, healthy and playable. 

Past years of #6 during summer with visible damage caused by cart traffic

#6 as of 9/28/2020 after summer with carts being path only


Thursday, July 30, 2020

Identifying Summer Weeds

The big three summertime weeds
Identifying problems such as pests, diseases and weeds is a crucial element of daily golf course maintenance. Let's focus on a few of the major warm season weeds today. Yes, we have them. Personally, these imperfections are sometimes all I can see while driving the course. A weed is defined as a plant that is not valued where it is growing and is usually of vigorous growth.

Yellow Nutsedge 
Yellow nutsedge resembles a grass plant but is technically in the sedge family. It can be identified by its yellowish green color and triangular shaped stem. It is a very aggressive grower. That plant that is twice as tall as your turf and already needs trimmed again just a couple days after mowing, that's probably nutsedge.  It will grow just about anywhere but thrives in excessive moisture. Nutsedge is a perennial that spreads by underground rhizomes and nutlets. Hand pulling this weed is usually not productive as more plants will form out of these nutlets in the ground. A very selective herbicide that targets sedges is the best plan of attack to control these little monsters.

Crabgrass and goosegrass are somewhat similar plants that can be easily confused with one another. Both are grassy annual warm season weeds. Both tend to grow in less than ideal often compacted soils and areas void of healthy turf. Crabgrass normally shows up earlier in the season when soil temperatures reach 55-60 degrees. Soil temps need to reach 60-65 degrees for goosegrass seeds to germinate. The easiest way to distinguish the two is by looking strait down at the center of the plant. Goosegrass has a circular white center with the stems resembling the spokes of a wheel. Goosegrass also has a darker green and thinner grass blade and tends to grow more horizontally. Conversely, the grass blades of crabgrass are wider that tends to grow taller. A thick and healthy stand of grass is the best defense against any weed, but a well timed pre-emergent herbicide can help prevent crab and goosegrass populations. Effective post emergent selective herbicides are available for crabgrass but there are not many options for goosegrass. 


Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Summertime Fun

Things can change quite quickly so don't blink, you just might miss something. Last month we had nearly a foot of rain, a week later the soil was rock hard again and the greens were showing signs of summer heat stress. We have aerified the greens, as well as the fairways,  for better water infiltration and to allow the soil to breathe.  "Venting" as it is sometimes referred to will be done a handful of times throughout the summer months.
Solid needle tine aerification