Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Wednesday March 22nd 4:30 pm

Most of the snow has melted away but we still have some stubborn material in the shady areas. With a forecasted warm day for Saturday, we have decided to go a head with the breakfast tournament.

Tuesday March 21st 4:30 pm

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Doing what we can!

At this time I am not sure if the course will be open for the breakfast tournament on Saturday. But, we are doing our best to prepare. Doug, Gary and John are seen here shoveling the snow off the back of the 11th green. This green slopes towards the north and does not get direct sunlight in the early spring. By doing this hopefully the run off of the melting snow will not go across the green.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Whitemarsh Valley CC "Blast from the past"

This picture is from 1990 when we were removing Bermudagrass from the fairways and going to Perennial ryegrass as a fairway turf. The amazing part of the picture is the amount of trees on both sides of the fairways. True separation of gold holes.

Snow status Tues. March 20th 4:00pm

     View of our northern facing part of the golf course as of 4:00pm. There was significant melting today and with a warmer day tomorrow there should be more.
     Everyone is asking about Saturday's scheduled breakfast tournament and as of right now it is still up in the air.
     The motto to live by:
" Melting snow is like rain all day, but your hair isn't getting wet."

Friday, February 24, 2017

Three strikes and your out !

This is the Pin Oak that is between the right fairway bunker on the second hole and the second green. As you can see there is significant damage to one of the main leaders. Twice in the last 5 years we have much time and effort to cable and brace this tree to keep it from splitting any more. The high winds over the weekend was the third strike. The damage that was caused and the extensive cracking of the trunk was enough for the final decision.  All other avenues to safety repair this tree have been exhausted and in the interest of golfer safety we will be taking the next step. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Large tree removal at hole #5.

     A large Sycamore tree along Whitemarsh's 5th hole was removed a few weeks ago due to safety concerns.
     The top picture shows the difficult approach to the tree. Each section of wood was dropped into the creek then pulled out to be removed.
     The lower photo shows the condition of the supporting structure of the tree. The cavity was evident in all the wood that was dropped. This was a removal that was needed and the timing was right. I know I can sleep better at night......if this action was not taken now, the tree would of probably fall over member guest week.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

January 21st at Whitemarsh. Shorts weather?

Friday, January 20, 2017

A view of the 17th green in 2005. Where is the clubhouse?

If you were standing on the 17th fairway back in the day, this is what you would be looking at. The 10th green is only 25 yards to the left but it is hidden by the abundance of arbors.  Since then many Spruce and Pine trees have been removed to help produce healthier turf. Double click the picture to get an expanded view. An added feature of the tree removals would be the beautiful views of the golf course.