The above image is an Ash Tree under attack by the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB). While hunting in the woods in Forkston Twp., I noticed several of the Ash trees being affected by the EAB. Unless the trees are treated with an insecticide, they will die. Fortunately, we only have a few Ash Trees on our golf course property located in the wooded section near our new pro shop.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We will be covering our greens on Wednesday December 2, 2015 and the golf course will be closed until further notice. I want to thank our membership, our Board of Directors and our staff for a great year! Happy Holidays to everyone! If you have any questions and comments, please don't hesitate!
I had to opportunity to go to GCSAA headquarters in Lawerence, Kansas earlier this week. I attended the Chapter Delegates meeting there on Tuesday 10/27 and Wednesday 10/28. It has been a few years since I have been there but it is always nice to get back to.
Based upon the forecast for the upcoming weekend, our first FROST will likely occur for the Fall of 2016. It is very important to stay off of the golf course when there is FROST on the ground. It may be hard to believe but the proof will be in the dead grass that will show up a few days after a person walks on it.
FROST is frozen dew. Ice crystals form on the inside and outside of the plant. When a person walks on grass with FROST on it, the cells inside the plant break and become damaged. Dead grass will appear in the shape of a foot print a few days later.
Please be patient if you plan on playing golf in the morning and if you have any questions, please let me know.
Locations are still available to plant a tree to memorialize loved ones. The tree species varies based upon the selected location but will be one of the following: Northern Red Oak, Scarlet Oak or Pin Oak. The cost is $250.00 per tree and includes a stainless steel memorial plaque which will grow and expand with the tree. Please contact me at (570) 378-2249 if you would like to plant a tree. We will begin planting this week. Thank You!
Progress is being made on our new Pro Shop inside but also outside! We have used nearly 100 tons of topsoil around 3 side of the new building and landscaping has begun. We will continue to landscape and create walkways to help beautify the exterior of the new Pro Shop!
All of these apples came from just 1 apple tree on our golf course. This tree still has many more apples to fall. These apples are attracting unwanted animals on the golf course and adding plenty of cleanup work for our staff.
As a reminder, the golf course will be closed on Monday August 24th and Tuesday August 25th for aerification of our greens, tees and fairways. I apologize for any inconveniences this may cause but it is necessary to maintain our beautiful golf course!
Many members have expressed their concerns about the density of the rough in some areas on the golf course and the difficulty of hitting their ball our of it. The main reason for this is there is a large amount of bentgrass in our roughs and the bentgrass grows very dense. Another problem with bentgrass in our roughs is Bentgrass creates a large amount of thatch. The excessive thatch accumulations created by the Bentgrass in our rough is shown above. After nearly an inch of rain rain just two days ago, the soil remains dry beneath the thatch. It is very difficult for water and nutrients to penetrate through the thatch. Without removing the Bentgrass from our roughs, aerification is necessary. However, the amount of aerification we are capable of completing ourselves is not nearly enough to maintain this thatch to acceptable levels. The images were taken after some aerification in the rough on #5 today.