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.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Internship Opportunity: Golf Course Management Operation

The following presentation shares information about the excellent Turfgrass Internship and Assistnat In Training Programs offered at Northmoor Country Club.   Students have the tremendous opportunity to be exposed to and participate in the FULL SPECTRUM of a high quality golf course management operation from a leadership, agronomic and business aspect. 

Winter Work Tasks for the Golf Course Operations Staff

While Chicagoland golfers and NCC members are traveling to warmer climates, enjoying winters at a southern or western club or just staying warm inside their homes during our Chicago winters, the NCC Golf Course Operations staff stays busy caring for the club's property and preparing for the next spring's golfing season. 

The presentation listed below will give you a bit of insight into the frequently asked question,
"What do you do all winter?"  There is a tremendous amount of work that happens in the early fall, throughout the winter and in the spring prior to opening the course.   Enjoy the presentation.

Monday, January 5, 2015


Many of you saw Bristol, our Border Collie goose dog, on the course this past summer.  As a 3.5 year old, she was just beginning to learn her way around the course.  Unfortunately and devistantlingly, Bristol developed a sudden fungal infection and passed away on Friday night of last week.  Personally, I have lost a loyal friend and a valued staff member.  Spending all day together everyday we became very close.  This came only a year after Polly, our previous Border Collie died at age 13 from an enlarged heart issue.  
One of her commands was to "Lie Down"   

On point and ready to go get the geese.
Both Bristol and Polly lived with John at night.  The breeder insisted that the dogs be with someone 24 hours a day and not just left in a small pen and alone at night.
Bristol supervising my two pugs Bowie and Kuma
This was Bristol's last handshake for me before I left her at the trainers.  I hugged her and promised her I would be back. 
The photos below are of Polly - A Grand Lady and Friend



Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Winter Planters

Once again Lorrie Witt has outdone herself with her creativity in designing the winter plant containers on the patio and at the front entry of the clubhouse.  She spent four hours on Wednesday afternoon in the 26 degree weather to prepare the planter for the Thanksgiving holiday. Sergio, Rafael and Apolinar also helped with preparing the bedding mix for the containers.  We have some tremendous employees for sure.

Lorrie shopping and making her choices for plant materials
Preparing the planters
Patio arrangement

    Front entry arrangement

  A handful of "die-hard"golfers braved the cold with their yellow golf balls as part of the traditional Thanksgiving morning outing. 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Aerification Video - Why We Aerify

Aerification is one of the most necessary and basic turfgrass management practices.  As the video below illustrates, relieving soil compaction, improving oxygen availability and increasing penetration and percolation within the soil profile are just a few of the benefits of aerifying.  In our case at NCC, aerification also benefits the health of our turf surfaces (especially the greens) by allowing us to remove some of the negative elements that accumulate in the rootzone via the poor irrigation quality water that we use.  The aerification process that we implement today, aides our course conditioning in the future.

Aerification timing and methods vary from course to course depending on any number of factors: tournament schedules, amount of play, irrigation water quality, sand or soil rootzone construction, available sunlight and air movement to the green, weather conditions (cold and heat), etc.  The size of the aerification tines also varies with the desired outcome.  In or fall aerification, we use the larger coring tines that remove the cores from the rootzone.  In the summer months we use "needle" or small solid tines that do not pull out a core. 

The timing of aerification varies at different courses.  I have chosen the mid to latter part of September for four reasons:
1. Even though the weather can still be really favorable for play in the latter part of September, the volume of play decreases after Labor Day.
2. Aerifying while there is still a degree of warmer days allows for the aerification holes to heal and cover quicker.
3. Most significantly, next to aerifying in mid-August, September is the next best time for us at NCC because we have very clean, poa annua free, green's surfaces.  Aerifying later is a more optimum time for poa annua to invade our greens.  Keeping our surfaces clean with a pure stand of bentgrass is a key to our management and course conditioning program.
4. Aerification in the middle to end of September comes after all of the major tournaments at the club

Please take a look at the following video.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Storm Damage

A microburst of wind and a thunderstorm passed through NCC on Friday afternoon leaving a wake of destruction and damage.  Below are some photos of the damage to the course.   Over 20 trees are on the ground and the inch of rain has left the course very wet.



Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Summer Flowers

This summer has been a bit on the cool side for many of our annual flowers but the perennials are in full bloom.  Below are a few of the seasonal colors at NCC.

Lorrie Witt, once again, has added her creativity and special touch for flowers on the tees for the Ladies Invitational.
Seasonal color abounds at NCC