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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Fall Color

Included in this post are fall photos of the golf course and the progress of the two new red greens.
                                    Lorrie has added fall color to the walkway and clubhouse pots
Polly - A little older and grayer but still a grand lady
The golf course is in tremendous condition
2700 trees -  Lots of leaves being mulched and collected
Constant blowing of leaves off of the green's surface
Plenty of leaves to collect around the buildings
Aerification of the fairways is an agronomic necessity.
It relieves golf cart compaction, removes thatch accumulation
and it increases oxygen into the turf root zone

We will increase fairway topdressing which will assist in increasing firmness and dryness to the fairways.  However, you will notice tighter lies in the future.
We have added two new bentgrass chipping areas to the short game green.
This will help distribute the heavy use and numerous divots.
Keep in mind the short game area is mean for chip shots and sand shots.
Longer wedge shots are not encouraged.
We will be putting on and removing the green's covers on the two new red greens on various days depending on the weather forecast. 
The seed is germinating on the new red greens
John is doing the 1st mowing on the new #9 green
Numerous drainage projects are in progress

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The Men Behind the Scenes

The photo below is of the staff members of the Golf Course Management Operation.  These men are the silent, behind the scene, heros of NCC who diligently go about their responsibilites every day  preparing and maintaining the golf course.  Rainfall, freezing temperatures, 100 degree heat and any other inclement weather conditions that Mother Natures challenges us with are just part of what awaits these men when they take to the course at daylight (or before) each morning. 

Rare is the golfer who realizes that prior to their 7:00 am tee off that the 34 men on our staff have already put in 70 man hours of work to begin preparing the course.  175 man hours of preparation will be accomplished on the holes ahead of play before the golfer finishes their round of play.  By the end of an 8 hour day, the men will have work almost 300 total hours to meet their tasks for the day.  During peak periods of extreme heat during summer, as many as 8 to 10 staff members will work an extra 4 or 5 hours of hand watering isolated and stressed turf areas.  Therefore on any given day, counting the hours our staff members do to help Adam with the range, the guys may a total of 400 man hours of work.  Premier golfing conditions do not happen by accident and when there are so many different tasks to do, it becomes even more challenging to provide great turf and yet minimize employee exposure to the golfers.
These are the men who prepare and maintain the golf course for you.
The gentleman below is Gregario Pantoja.  Gregario has been a member of the NCC membership and Golf Course Operations staff for over 20 years.  This will be his last season at Northmoor.   As of late, his main responsibility has been to repair fairway divots.   If you knew more about Gregario, you would be as impressed with him as I am for what he brings to the club each day.  He has not missed a day of work in the 9 years I have been at Northmoor.   He will be retiring in October so if you see him on fairways, steadily repairing divots, please give him a wave and a smile or even a thank you.  It is men like him who make NCC a wonderful golfing venue.
Some of you have inquired about Polly's health.  She is now 11 years old.  She has an enlarged heart which causes a fluid build-up in her lungs.  She has visits to the vet to have the fluid drained but she is still lively and enyoys giving the geese a scare.  She is excellent at her job.  When she isn't chasing geese she stays active by rolling her soccer ball.  She is a special member of our team. 
Polly and her ball video