Thursday, January 27, 2011

Parking lot at 8:00 am on Thursday after 15" of snow the night before 

Mountain of snow from last nights  storm. 

Friday, January 14, 2011

Article from the USGA Green Section.

What Do You Do During The Winter Anyway?By Darin S. Bevard, senior agronomist, Mid-Atlantic Region
January 11, 2011

Obviously, this is a rhetorical question for golf course superintendents. However, golfers are often unaware of winter work. Although there are few agronomic issues to discuss in the Mid-Atlantic Region with recent weather patterns, the golf course maintenance staff still has a lot of important work to do. With freezing temperatures and, in many cases, snow cover, golfers tend to stay away from the golf course and believe that the maintenance operation is dormant. These same golfers may ask, “What can possibly be going on at the maintenance facility when there is no grass to mow or bunkers to rake?” The answer is -- plenty.

Outdoor projects, such as tree pruning and removal, drainage, etc. are obvious when spring arrives. However, some of the inside projects often go unnoticed. Those brand-new ball washers and benches that you see in April? They were sanded and painted over the winter for that like-new appearance. The same is often true of tee markers, hole liners and other on-course items. Often, these items are not replaced; they are simply refurbished to look like new. Equipment overhauls and heavy maintenance are also a major part of the winter season. When it does snow, the parking lots and sidewalks don’t plow themselves. While all may seem quiet around the golf course, rest assured that your maintenance staff has plenty to do in preparing for the upcoming season during the Mid-Atlantic winter.

The other important activity of the winter season is continuing education. Different conferences are available to provide information on new products and updates on older ones. USGA agronomists, academia, company representatives and fellow superintendents are just some of the presenters who offer information that may be incorporated into the programs at your golf course. It is important that decision-makers at all facilities provide the resources so that your maintenance staff can attend these meetings and access the educational opportunities. It is money well spent, and your golf course will be better for it.