Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Overseed 2016 Cont.

The ryegrass is up and beginning to fill in nicely.  We are currently getting our first mow on fairways, tees and approaches this week and will continue that process moving forward.  Greens are also being mowed daily and continue to show improvement.  Cooler night time temperatures should also help moving forward.  

Projects continue, with tree trimming progressing nicely. We are currently working through the back 9 and should be finished up within the next week or so.  Desert cleanup and trimming is also making progress, currently working through the front 9.  With a little over 5 weeks before we open, there will be a big push to get trees wrapped up, deserts finished, bunkers repaired along with a host of detail projects necessary to open.  All of this is in addition to the increased mowing that will be required now that overseed is up.  Needless to say, it is going to be a very busy month for the agronomy department in the lead up to a December 1 opening.

The putting and chipping green area is starting to come together.

Jorge getting a mow on 16 green.

Jose Tamayo getting the first pass on 2 fairway.

Overseed stand is looking good after the first mow on 18.

Guillermo getting the first pass on 1 tee.

Salvador getting a mow on 6 approach.

Juan taking a moment from chipping to pose for the camera.  The chipper we recently purchased has been an immense help getting through the tree trimming.

Jose Elias trimming trees on the left side of 13.

Tree trimming complete down the right side of 12.

Desert cleaning progressing down the left side of 4.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Overseed 2016

Overseed has begun here at Pinnacle Peak Country Club.  The agronomy department spent last week scalping and prepping the golf course in anticipation for seeding that was completed Monday.  After a summer of intense cultural practices, the fairways were healthy and the process took all week, but the course was complete by Friday afternoon.  Monday was a long day, but the staff pulled together and completed seeded on the entire property in one day. Heavy water can be expected over the next couple of weeks as we get things to germinate and grow in.  We will begin to focus on detail-oriented projects from here, including trimming the remaining trees and desert landscape, as well as clean and groom the desert areas.

Jose working on scalping the green surrounds.

Multiple vacuums helped clean up the debris left by the rough mower around greens.

Filemon getting the first pass on fairways.

After the first pass, the debris was blown into a windrow and vacuumed up.

Francisco working on the second pass on fairways.

Again, after the second pass the debris is blown into a windrow.

Juan working on vacuuming behind the second pass on fairways.

Beautiful morning to start scalping number 18.

Juan and Salvador cleaning up the final pass on 18 fairway.

It's a dirty job, but someone has to do it.  In this case, that someone is Filemon.

Number 1 complete and ready for seed Monday morning.  Colors will be inverse before long, with ryegrass in the fairways and dormant bermudagrass in the rough.
The walk seeding crew getting loaded up with more seed on #3.  Many miles were walked Monday.
Expect heavy water over the next couple of weeks as we get the seed to germinate and fill in.