Saturday, May 6, 2017

Course Update 5/6/17

View from #16 Ladies tee

The last week of April went out with a bang and left us with some things to clean up. The golf course was closed from Friday April 28th until yesterday May 5th at 1:00 PM. In the at time, we experienced days of rain accumulating 10" of rain. Needless to say, there was water everywhere on the golf course. Thankfully, there was not any damage. We lost a tree due to oversaturation in the soil and the tree uprooted. The tree (pictured below) was the "leaner" on number 4 that played into the golfers second shot into the green. The shot now opens up tremendously and allows for a very reachable par 5 in two shots. Clean up started middle of the week and progressed greatly, the golf course is open to play to day on both nines for the first time in a week.
Easton investigating the water level on #2 Fairway

Tree on #4 Fairway

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Final Greens Aeration Update


Easton is really looking forward to this update on greens aeration. He is very excited to announce that all greens are completed and have been aerated! We will be continuing to do some work on them to promote the new growth and heal the greens in from this process. There will be fertilization happening in the coming days, weather permitting, as well as more topdressing to keep the greens in a playable state and to fill any remaining holes. Many thanks to all the membership and the rest of the Old Hickory staff for the patience and cooperation with our staff. We completed aeration in three days, which is extremely quick!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Greens Aeration Update #2


Easton is VERY proud of how hard all his coworkers are working to get this springs greens aeration completed! After two days of aerating, we have completed 14 greens which includes all of the front nine greens. Today, the back nine will be closed and the crew will be finishing up the rest of the greens. We will be completed with the aerating process after today, which is three days of aerating. Thank you again to our membership for being patient and cooperative with us during the very important and much need process. Also, more thanks to the rest of the Old Hickory staff for their cooperation as well!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Greens Aeration Update


Easton wanted to give everyone an update on our progress with greens aeration after the first day this morning. We had a beautiful day to work on greens yesterday, setting a record high for the time of the year. The guys worked their tails off and were able to get EIGHT greens completed yesterday! We aerated and topdressed numbers: 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 9, and 18. As well as the putting green by number 1 tee! Our plan for the second day of aeration is to finish the front nine greens by going to numbers 3, 7, and 8. We may also get number 17 finished if time a lots for it. Thank you to all the membership for your continued patience during this very important process, as well as, the support from the rest of the Old Hickory staff!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Important Notice!!! Greens Aeration will Begin on March 20!

Although this past weekend didn't make it feel like it, spring arrived fairly early this year. With early arrival of spring, comes early arrival of some of our basic cultural practices here at Old Hickory. This notice to get word out about our greens aeration beginning on Monday March 20. Below is a video from the USGA on why superintendents and golf courses aerate the greens. Also in this post, is an article from the USGA giving another explanation to the importance of the process and why it needs to be done to ensure we keep good, healthy turf on our greens.

Why Do Golf Courses Aerate So Much?




Please enjoy the literature in this post! I also hope that it helps you understand why this process is so important for the golf course!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Bentgrass Tee Aeration

On March 6 we started aeration of our bentgrass tees. This is a very important process to remove some of the thatch layer to help promote healthy root growth. We are taking a 5/8" core at 2.5" interval that are 3" deep. We do this on tees in the spring and the fall.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Granular Pre-emergent Part 2

With the soil temperature approaching an average of 50 degrees Fahrenheit, we have accelerated our efforts in getting our pre-emergent down. We use this machine to applicate in the majority of the golf course. Pictured: Tom Salvo and Assistant Superintendent Ryan DeGrendele.