After 30 years as golf course superintendent at Whitemarsh Valley CC, this will be my final blog post. Merry Christmas to all of the membership and have a Happy New Year !
Friday, December 8, 2017
Friday, December 1, 2017
Sunday, November 26, 2017
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Tree roots are always growing, so once in a while you have to prune them. The picture on the top has Jerry Stockmal and Nate Rix trenching a line between 10 fairway and the three Red Oaks to the right of the fairway.
The picture on the bottom shows the results. All those thin roots that were severed no longer will draw valuable moisture and nutrients away from the fairway.
Sunday, November 12, 2017
|Very heavy frost this morning with heavy cloud cover. This may be a long delay so please be patient. Come on over to the club to enjoy a delicious breakfast cooked by Alvarro.|
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
|Another cart path area being improved with Belgium block! Gary Farrer takes a break from his job to pose for this picture. He is installing the block along the path at the 5th tee to improve the appearance and to make sure carts stay on the path.|
Thursday, November 2, 2017
You would not know it by the green leaves on the trees, but it is actually November. I can not remember any time is recent years that the leaves too so long to turn.
Anyway, this time of the year we can concentrate on projects that will make Whitemarsh Valley even better for next year. This picture shows Jerry Stockmal, Bobby Marterella and John Fleming installing irrigation on the middle tee at #15. This tee was constructed in the spring and we waited until now to install the irrigation not to be disruptive during the golf season.
The new sprinklers will provide even watering coverage on the tee along with the surrounding area.
Friday, October 27, 2017
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Assistant superintendent Bobby Marterella is seen here aerated the tee at the 13th hole at Whitemarsh Valley CC. During this process, all golf holes will remain open for the golfers.
Friday, September 22, 2017
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Monday, August 28, 2017
This picture was taken in the morning of Monday August 28th at Whitemarsh Valley CC. Each flag marks a ball mark that was not repaired (we ran out of white flags and had to go to red because of the amount of spots). The greens were aerated last week and are very soft due to the additional watering applied to them. It is very important that every golfer respects the golf course and repairs their own ball mark. We can not blame this on an outing because all this was done on a Sunday.
Sincerely, The green committee
Monday, August 21, 2017
Greens Aeration starting Tuesday August 22nd.
Over the weekend I spoke with a member of Whitemarsh Valley CC on our practice green. He mentioned to me something that I never really though about. "The greens are always slower on the weekend before greens aeration, compared to other weekends" he stated. This isn't exactly music to my ears but it kind of made sense. Every year for at least the last twenty years we would spray foliar fertilizer on the greens to perk them up and make them as healthy as possible before aeration. If you think about it, the act of aeration may be one of the most aggressive practices we do on the putting surfaces. We core out plugs, drag them around, throw on some sand and grind it all in, all during the pleasant weather of mid- August. Our special mixture of product was like a witches brew of liquid nitrogen, micronutrients and other plant health products to get the plants growing and healthy.
And as you all know....... healthy turf on greens is slow turf !
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Saturday, August 5, 2017
Please keep you cart on the path at all times!
Due to heavy rain that just ended (1"), there will be no carts this morning. The golf course will be checked again at 9:00 .
Friday, August 4, 2017
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Thursday, July 20, 2017
Golf carts these days are faster and designed to turn sharper than the old ones. Please remember as you are looking for the sprinkler with the yardage to the green, do not turn the cart too sharp. This donut " as they say in the business" will be with us for a couple of weeks. With the temperatures in the 90's everyday this week the grass will have problems recovering from this kind of damage.
Saturday, June 24, 2017
Monday, June 12, 2017
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Grounds department asst. superintendent bids farewell to Whitemarsh Valley CC.
With a bit of remorse but full of pride we bid Jim Dennison farewell from Whitemarsh Valley CC. He has tendered his resignation to accept the golf course superintendent’s position at Carroll Valley Golf Course at Liberty Mountain Resort near Gettysburg, PA.
Jim is a graduate of the Penn State Turfgrass management program and after stints at Centre Hills Golf Club in Pa and Winged Foot Golf Club he started working at WVCC in the spring of 2011.
During his tenure at the club he was a big help during the flood plain & bunker project taking charge of different construction chores. His fingerprints are on the new irrigation that we have installed over the past seven years. As part of the management team for the grounds the hours that he has logged to benefit the club did not go un-noticed. His professionalism, dedication and positive attitude will be hard to replace.
Jim’s last day at WVCC will be Friday May 5th. If you see him around the club don’t hesitate to say good bye and good luck in his new position.
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Friday, April 14, 2017
We will start aerating greens on Monday April 17th. Hopefully this task will be completed by the end of the day on Wednesday April 19th. In the spring we will use tines that make a .4"inch wide hole 3.5 inches deep. The spacing between hole will be 1.75 inches apart.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
We will be starting fairway aeration today. During the process there may be signs saying that the hole is temporarily closed (2 hours + or -) . If there is not a sign, the hole may be played.....Please remember to keep an eye out for the ground staff and make sure they know you are hitting.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
The week of April 3rd we have contracted a company to add bentonite to some of the areas of the pond to help seal it. Once the process is complete we can start filling and hope for the water level to stay at the proper level. During the past summers the level of the pond can drop 2" a day, this is why we are having this done.
The only source to fill the pond is by our irrigation pumps through the piping installed for this purpose.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
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
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.
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."
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Friday, February 24, 2017
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
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.