Course Blog

There’s the Problem! – December 21, 2015

You may noticed the right side fairway bunker holding water recently on #6.

The right side fairway bunker on #6 began holding water recently .

 

If you’ve played golf these past two weeks, you may have noticed us working on Hole 6.  After our last rain event, a bunker began turning into an unplanned water hazard.  While we thought it would be a small drainage problem, we quickly realized it would turn into a major project.

 

Attempting to clear the drain under the assumption it was a small problem.

Attempting to clear the drain under the assumption it was a small problem.

 

 

Lizandro feeds the drain snake from one end of the pipe.

Lizandro feeds the drain snake from one end of the pipe.

 

We decided the only way to resolve our problem was to start digging down to the pipe.  We traced wires from both ends of the drain pipe to pinpoint the section causing the problem.  What we found surprised us all.

 

 

Not what we expected!...Six inch drain pipe completely filled with woody and fibrous roots.

Not what we expected!…Six inch drain pipe completely filled with woody and fibrous roots.

 

A nearby bald cypress tree had managed to root its way into our drainage system.  Our records show the tree was installed in 2003.

 

The tree can be seen here along our pipe trench.

The tree can be seen here alongside our pipe trench.

 

 

The problem continued up the pipe further than expected.

The problem continued up the pipe further than expected.

 

 

By the time we removed all the root material, it measure over 15 feet in length!!

By the time we removed all the root material, it measured over 15 feet in length!!

 

 

Where the problem began about 12 years ago.

Where the problem began about 12 years ago.

 

What was once a small tree root had managed to grow its way into a coupling joint and expanded into a 2″ diameter root which branched out filling our six inch drain pipe.  All the root mass was removed, we installed new pipe and couplers were sealed to insure no roots would enter the pipe in the future.

 

 

Annual Christmas Party – December 11, 2015

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Last Friday, fun was had by all who attended our Christmas Party.  We enjoyed the wonderful home cooked foods our team provided like guacamole, hot tamales, queso, ham, turkey, fresh pies, and much more.  Special thanks to JJ, Bobby, and Dave for the raffled gift items.  On behalf of our crew, I would like to thank all our members and guests for making 2015 such a fantastic year.  We really enjoy being a part of what makes Flint Hills National such a special retreat for everyone.

 

 

Fall Aerification Update – November 2, 2015

I wanted to give a quick update on course conditions. The fall greens aerification was completed on Monday and Tuesday of last week.  As we had stated earlier, we pulled a core using pencil tines, removed the cores, and topdressed with sand. The whole process turned out very well. The aerification holes are already healing in nicely. The warmer than usual weather is allowing the greens to grow and fill in. I want to thank the golf course maintenance staff for all their hard work last week during the process.

The leaves seem to be hanging on a lot later this year than normal. We still have not had a hard freeze to force the trees to shed their leaves. I am not complaining however. We continue to root prune around the course using the tractor mounted Inmants implement.

Have a great week!

-Paul.

Fall Projects and Preparations – September 30, 2015

Over the last few weeks, the maintenance staff has been busy with several projects. On my last post, I talked about our plan of action to get the greens healed up from the summer stress. We top-dressed greens twice, a week apart. We have implemented rolling greens again, and lowering the height of cut. They have firmed up and are rolling truer. We completed aerifying and over-seeding the green surrounds and have great germination. The rough has been fertilized to help with the over-seeding we completed several weeks ago. Our zoysia is ready to be put to bed for the season. We pre-emerged tees and fairways along with adding a fungicide for large patch prevention. We are very much looking forward to hosting the Devlin Cup next week which will be the last event of the year.

-Paul

 

Greens Maintenance – September 10, 2015

On Tuesday September 15th, we will be completing some greens maintenance ahead of play.  The details are listed below in order.  This will help to alleviate some grain and firm-up the putting surfaces.  If you have questions please feel free to call me.

-Paul (316) 733-4131

1) Brush the greens – to stand up any grass blades growing laterally

2) Mow – to give the greens a more uniform cut removing any extra leaf growth

3) Topdress – to firm-up the putting surfaces

4) Brush again – to work the sand into the turf canopy

5) Fertilize – to assist in growing out of the summer stress

6) Water – to continue working the sand into the canopy, dissolve the fertilizer, and cool off the surface temperatures from the sand absorbing the solar heat