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.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Aerification Video

The following site provides a video on the reasons for aerificaiton.  I think you will like it.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Aerification Process

Aerification will begin on the greens and fairways next Monday the 19th.  The photos below show the aerificaiton and clean-up process that we employ on the greens.

The greens are aerified
The soil plugs are brushed and shoveled into wind rows for collection
The grass and soil plugs are wind-rowed
                                            The greens are then topdressed with sand to  fill in the aerificaiton holes
The sand is worked into the aerification holes via the use of a turf brush
At times the topdressing sand is hand brushed into the holes
The holes are filled to the top with sand
           The greens are rolled to make them smooth
Finally, the greens are mowed

The greens will always be slower following aerification because of the holes and the fact that the topdressing sand immediately dulls the mowers.  It takes a week or so for the sand to totally work down into the turf canopy.  The mowers are sharpened and the speed begins to return to the putting surfaces.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011


Today Lorrie and I celebrate our 26th anniversary.  I am blessed to have such a loving and healthy family (Seth , Lauren & Tanner.) What is more important than family, heath, friends and faith?

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Texas Fires

I realize this is not a golf course related news item but it is an important issue.

These are the wildfires in the Austin, Texas area that are close to my home and family.  Over 1000 homes have already been destroyed.  This part of Texas is in a 3 to 4 year stage 2 drought.  The dry conditions make it difficult to contain the fires.