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.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Bunker Renovation Update

The bunker renovation project is moving forward.  By the end of the coming week, weather permitting, we should have approximately 18-20 bunkers completed on the red nine.

The following photos relate to the bunker renovation project.

Cutting the new edge on each bunker

Removing the old turf from around the bunker
Removing the contaminated sand from the bunkers
Checking the drain lines to make sure it is working properly
Adding the new sod around the bunker
Adding a 2 inch layer of gravel

The next two steps in the process are spraying the sealing polymer on the gravel and adding the new sand.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Flooding - September 3, 2018

Almost 5 inches of rain in the last week.  2.5 inches this morning.

                                          White # 4

Red # 8

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Why Turf Dies In The Summer

What effects do high summer temperatures have on the health of turfgrass, especially low mowed turf such as golf course fairways and greens.   Enjoy the video.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Tree Influences On The Turf Conditions

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.


Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Topdressing Greens

                                WHY IS SAND APPLIED TO PUTTING GREENS?

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.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Senior Assistant - David Bibler

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. 

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Spring Weather 2018

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



Through Friday 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.

More spring snow in Chicago, and forecasters call April's start among coldest in 130 years

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,” Mott said.

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.

Illinois May Have Set Its All-Time April Record Low as Temperatures Plunge Below Zero in the Midwest

Chicago experiencing one of the coldest Aprils on record

Flood warning issued for the far north suburbs.

Posted 6:19 PM, June 18, 2018, by Paul Merzlock