#2 Sycamore Tree Removal

As everyone most likely now knows, the Sycamore tree on the left hand side of 2 green was removed due to poor health and becoming a safety issue. We have a short video that shows how we were able to remove it while causing minimal damage to the golf hole. Uploading this video has been somewhat of a struggle but it should be up and working now.

New weather station for 2014

With all of the constant changes in technology and the speed of social media, we are working very hard to keep up with the things that benefit our members and staff. Recently we have come across a new way to get weather information to our membership as fast as possible. We have added a new weather station to our property that gives up to the minute weather updates, at your fingertips. This means no matter where you are, whether that be at work, or across the world, you will be able to check the weather at the club. Hopefully this will help in planning daily activities for staff and members alike.
I’m sure you are wondering how this weather information can be accessed. It is actually really simple! We have linked our information to a weather website called weather underground. You can get to this website by going to http://www.wunderground.com, and they also have a iPhone and Android application. Once you are on the website or app it will automatically log you into the closest weather station to your proximity. If you are not at the club but want to find our station, you just have to go to the global map, scroll over to the club, and click on the temperature icon that is right at the club. It will then bring up all of the current weather information for our site. Hopefully this will be as beneficial to you as members, as it is for our staff. If you have any questions feel free to email us at grounds@thebridgewaterclub.com.

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Major irrigation repair on hole 3

As many of you have already notice we had a massive hole on the right side of number three. The reason behind this giant mess was a leak in our irrigation main line. Being that it was a main line the pipe is larger than normal 2″ irrigation lines. This happened to be a 6″ line. With all of that said we don’t often work on pipe of this size so there was a bit of trial and error with the repair. Also on top of the size issues that we dealt with there also was an issue of the pipe being 10 ft under ground which is very uncommon for golf course irrigation. With all of that said we did get the problem taken care of and have since filled in the hole. Currently we are playing the roped off area as ground under repair. Once we get the soil dried out enough that we can grade it we will be sodding that area to get it back in shape for play as quickly as possible. Also I have added some photos of what we did in case you didn’t get to see us working. If you have any questions you can post them here on the website or email us at grounds@thebridgewaterclub.com

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Greens aerifying completed

As many of you have already seen, we did verticut and solid tine aerify this past week. The process went well without any issues, I just wanted to follow up and share some pictures and information with everyone so that you may better understand what we did.
To start things out we verticut greens on Tuesday, again this will help to remove thatch and help the health of the grass along with achieving smoother greens and faster green speeds. The following two days we aerified the front nine and then back nine greens. This is a relatively quick process compared with core aerifying, which is when we pull plugs out of greens. We started by running the aerifier across the greens with quarter inch solid tines. This helps to get air exchange in the soil and also helps water move through the profile. After aerifying we run the roller over the greens to help smooth them out. This also helps to make the hole appear smaller. After rolling greens we then will mow them. This helps to remove some of the grass blades that have been stood up tall and smooths the green a little more. The whole thing is finished by top dressing the green lightly with sand and watering it in for 3 min. Overall the entire process takes about 30-45 minutes per green. The pictures below will show you better what results we achieved. Also there is a video of the aerifier running to show everyone how it works. Feel free to reply with any comments or questions.

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Bunker mowing. How do they do that?

Mowing bunkers to some might seem a little difficult, especially if you’ve never seen it done before. As you all know some of the slopes are very steep and very tightly curved. These places are impossible to get any kind of traditional mower into without tearing up the bunker face or the mower itself. The question is if not a mower what do we use. Answer, we use a hovering mower or what we call a fly mow. This machine looks very much like a standard push mower but without wheels and it has a smaller blade. The reason that we use these is because they’re a little lighter than a push mower and much more maneuverable. It’s kind of like a hybrid between a push mower and a string trimmer or “weed eater”. The benefit of a fly mow versus just using a string trimmer is that a fly mow has a set hight of cut so it doesn’t scalp quite like a string trimmer. Much less operator error. Below I have added a video to show some of the fly mowers in operation.

Solid tine aerification

I’m sure the first thing that pops into everyone’s mind when they hear the word “aerify” is that we’re about to ruin the greens just when they started putting good. As we do understand how it can be frustrating for the greens to be aerified multiple times in a year, it is absolutely a must. Many of the benefits we get from aerifying are a lot of the reason that we’re able to keep greens firm and fast throughout the golf season. The good news is that technology in aerifiers and tines have made it easier to accomplish our goal for the turf, while making minimal damage to the greens for quick recovery. This new technology in tines has caused us to be able to solid tine greens with just 1/4 inch thick tines.
The unfortunate part is that this style of aerifying doesn’t replace core aerifying, which is done in early spring and late fall to remove unwanted thatch and other organic material. What solid tines do is help us break up compaction and get air exchange in the soil. It also gets better water movement through the soil. What that means for the golfer is that we’re able to prolong smooth fast green surfaces because the greens are healthier and less compacted throughout the summer.
We are planning to aerify with the solid mini-tines next week. I’ll try to get some good pictures and a video on here to better show what we are doing and how little it will disturb the putting surface. Feel free to comment or ask any questions and we’ll get a response back ASAP.

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Proper way to fix ball marks on greens

There are a few different thoughts on what divot tools to use and how to use them to fix ball marks on greens. The best divot tools that are now on the market are the simple single prong tools that we provide our members in the golf shop. The reason that these are so good is because they leave a very minimal amount of damage when used correctly. When fixing your ball marks you should always pull them back into themselves and not pry the ground up from the bottom. That will cause the roots to tear off the grass plants. This just causes a longer amount of time for the area to heal and fill back in. This short demonstration video will show the correct way to fix your ball marks.