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.
The subject of trees on the golf course can be an emotional one.
The two USGA videos listed below share the agronomic influences that trees can have on the quality of the golf course and the playing conditions. Please take a look.
Light and frequent sand topdressing creates smooth, firm putting surfaces.
For most, there are three primary characteristics that constitute a quality putting surface: (1) a smooth surface, (2) a firm surface and (3) healthy turf. There is no question that adequate sunlight, water and nutrients are essential to provide healthy turf, but what contributes to the more subjective aspects of smoothness and firmness? These two critical components are tied together by one common link – high quality topdressing sand. Sand topdressing has been the great equalizer, helping to dilute organic material and create smooth, firm surfaces. Applying sand to the putting greens is often a source of frustration for some players, but a quick look at how putting greens would perform without sand topdressing reveals its importance.
The next time you are on the course and have the opportunity, please say hello and welcome David Bibler, our team's new Senior Assistant Superintendent. David joins NCC from Greensboro CC in Greensboro, NC. He has already helped make an impact over the last three weeks. I am fortunate that he chose to join our team. He will be a valuable asset to our operation. David has previous experience at three other Donald Ross designed courses.
Weather has a significant impact on any golf course
operation. The North Shore of Chicago has a particular micro-climate that is influenced by the closeness and temperatures of the lake. Our temperatures are generally cooler than many of the Chicagoland areas resulting in slower drying opportunities. The following headlines are just a few of the many & daily spring 2018 weather reports. I thought you would find them interesting as they have dramatically impacted our golf
course this spring.
Northmoor Spring Rains & Flooding
This photo says it all about this spring. Plenty of standing water for the ducks.
Roughs are saturated
Rain days in May & June
evening the Chicago area has officially logged 15.05 inches of rain since May
1; 8.21 inches in May and 6.84 inches so far in June. If no additional rain
fell the rest of the month, the 2018 May-June tandem would rank as the second
wettest in recorded history.
spring snow in Chicago, and forecasters call April's start among coldest in 130
Some 1-2 inches of snow were expected
to fall by early Thursday, adding to the 2.7 inches already recorded at O’Hare
International Airport in April.It is
rare. … Getting anything an inch-plus is definitely rare this time of year,”
The average temperature for April is
46.6 degrees, but this month is registering more than 10 degrees lower — at
36.2 degrees, the weather service said.
May Have Set Its All-Time April Record Low as Temperatures Plunge Below Zero in
experiencing one of the coldest Aprils on record