This site is intended to share information relating to the management of the golf course conditioning and quality of Northmoor Country Club and the art, the science, and the factors that influence those conditions. Please visit as often as possible.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Dog Calendar and Course Coyotes

Many of you have come to see and know our new Border Collie- Australian Shepherd.  I rescued Tu from Orphans of the Storm shelter in Deerfield.  She is our new goose chasing teammate.
She is a huge success story.  I am her 4th owner.  She was previously simply in the wrong family environments.  She was with families with small children and she is a high energy working breed. 

The great news is she has progressed tremendously with her training.  She was also recently chosen to be the December poster pet for the month of December for a nationally published golf course management calendar. 

Last winter we received a number of calls about our Decoy Coyotes that we place on the course during the winter months to aide in goose control.  Below is a photo of one of the decoys we utilize.  We have the decoys placed near the lakes where the geese tend to congregate.  However, be aware that real coyotes do frequent the property at times.  We do implement coyote control measures but the random coyote does enter the property.  They have little fear of humans so please be careful. 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Rall Range Schedule

This fall we will be following the same driving range and short game area schedules as we have each fall.   As of October 1st, we will be hitting off the artificial surfaces on the range and the short game area will be closed for the season.

This schedule is implemented in order for us to prepare the surfaces so that they will have time to recover and heal in from the season usage while the temperatures are still warm enough for germination and growth of the heavy divots and wear.   This schedule will insure that these surfaces are ready to go and in top condition to begin the spring season.  

Continuing to use the grass surfaces late into the fall or early winter results in those areas being bare and unsightly in the spring. 

The photo below is look and condition that we want the range to be in.  

 Short game area divots need time to heal
Short game hitting surface at the end of the season needs time to heal
 Short game hitting surface is beginning to heal since traffic has been eliminated
   Range divots need time to be seeded, germinate and heal before the spring

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Bunkers - Why Bunkers Are Not Consistent

I receive a number of questions regarding our bunkers.  The USGA video below will help answer your questions. 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Firmer Approaches

When the weather in the form of excessive rainfall occurs, the course naturally becomes softer until  it  has time to  dry.   When conditions are normal and there is limited rainfall, our agronomic practices of sand topdressing, careful water management, brushing and verticutting the playing conditions exhibit the fruits of our labor.   Now that we have had limited rainfall and sunshine since the flooding of early August, our playing conditions are much firmer and faster.

In the two videos below I am using the bump and run chipping method as well as putting from approximately 50 feet in the red #1 green  approach.  Both methods are giving me a smooth and quick roll-up onto the green.

I hope you like the playing conditions since the excessive and record rainfalls of July.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Soil vs Sand Greens

Why are the white greens different from the red and blue greens?  Why do they feel softer? The white greens were built 100 years ago and were what we call "push up" greens.   Native soil was just moved and shaped to a design and grass was planted on top.   There was no drainage installed and the native soil (clay) has a tendency to hold moisture following a rainfall.   When the white nine was  renovated in the late 90s, there was no drainage installed in the greens and they kept the same soil rootzone.  Only the grass species was changed.

Conversely, USGA sand based greens are designed for drainage and dryness and firmness.   Sand drains better than soil and the red and blue greens also have a drainage system built into the subsurface.   The combination of a sand rootzone and subsurface drainage provide for a firmer and drier putting surface. 

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Lorrie Flowers Home

A number of you have asked about Lorrie and her Master Gardner "Green Thumb" abilities and if she likes gardening at home.    Gardening is her passion.  Included are a few of the photos of her work at our home.  Enjoy.


Friday, July 14, 2017

Critical Situation

Course care is important at any golf facility and NCC is no different.   We have a wonderful golf course here at NCC and our members seem to really be enjoying the course.   With the increased activity of play that we have at NCC, it is imperative for every member and their guests to participate in normal golf course care by repairing every ball mark, divot and spike mark that they make.  Also, please encourage your caddy to do these three important tasks for every shot.

If we want NCC to be recognized as one of the outstanding manicured and quality conditioned courses in Chicagoland,  I have attached two videos at the end of the photos that will show proper ways to properly repair ball marks and divots.  Thanks for your help with these practices.

Our Golf Course Operations Team will continue to do everything we can both from an agronomic and manicuring aspect to keep the course in a condition that you can be proud of and enjoy. Thanks in advance for your help in joining us with making our course  detailed and manicured.  I'm available to share information and course care recommendations if  you want to give me a call. 

The 104 red flags on #7 red green and an equal number on Blue #1 green following the 4th of July weekend represent unrepaired and incorrectly repaired ball marks.  This significantly reduces both the aesthetics and playability of the putting surface.

The photo below is a neglected unrepaird ball mark.  It will take 2-3 weeks for this spot to heal.   Imagine hundreds of these marks on a green.
Unrepaird fairway divots.