Friday, April 28, 2017

April 2017 Update

This month at Swope Memorial the maintenance team successfully aerified the putting greens(week of April 2nd). The process is hard work, extremely beneficial and quite frankly preventative maintenance.  Aerification reduces excess thatch(dead stems, leaves and roots), relieves soil compaction, and also provides a method to improve the soil mixture around the highest part of a green's roots. When the grass is cut as low as the greens are, deep, healthy roots are a necessity and good roots demand oxygen. We understand the process is frustrating for the golfers but unfortunately it is a necessary practice.
Bruiser the Supervisor
If you have played within the last week (4/23) you may have noticed new flags and flagsticks. The old flags were fading and the sticks were no longer allowing for straight pins. The new setup is a little different than they have been in the past. The red and white have been replaced with black and white. Hopefully you will enjoy. 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Spring Cleaning

Spring is in the air! According to my calendar the first day of Spring is March 20th. So far this month we have been doing some course clean up work. All ornamental grasses have been burned down, dead trees have been cut down, stone edgers have been cleaned and exposed and the Swope Park entrance sign was also cleaned.  Along with the cleaning we have been spraying the greens with a plant growth regulator to control seed heads from forming and allowing a smooth ball roll. Hopefully Spring will stay for a while and we can continue detailing the course before Summer arrives and we are dragging hoses. 
Before photo of rust at entrance 

After photo (cleaned with a Muriatic Acid)

Round about by 16 Tee

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Cutting Native Areas

Last week all the natural grass areas were cut.  This is done annually to help us control weeds.  We will apply a fertilizer with pre-emergent to all these areas in the spring to also help with controlling weed infestation. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

My Status

In early November of 2016 I said good bye to the maintenance grounds of Heart of America GC.  I was employed at Heart of America for 5 seasons and it will always have a special place in my heart.  I am now a mile north and employed at Swope Memorial.  Swope is a classic 18 hole Tillinghast designed course with beautiful downtown views.  It has Zoysia fairways, Fescue/Blue rough and Poa/Bent greens (mostly Poa).  Andrew Jones was the previous Superintendents here and he is leaving the course to me with extremely big shoes to fill.  However, I am excited for the opportunity.  This blog page will be updated periodically so be sure to save it to your favorites :) Enjoy!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Rock Landscaping

To get to the Heart of America Golf Course you must travel on Blue River Road.  Aside from the litter that is along the edge of the road it is a very scenic drive.  In fact you might even think you are in Colorado driving next to the base of a mountain.  My point was proven when a large boulder fell onto the road last week.  

The city brought there loaders and large dump trucks to clean up the mess that caused the road to be closed for a few hours and was kind enough to deliver a load to our shop per my request.  Below are a few pictures of how we were able to use the rock. 
We also removed the old wood railing retaining wall along the cart path and chipping green and made a rock wall which I think is a little more pleasing to the eye. 
Next time traveling Blue River Road be sure to watch out for falling rock.