Monday, March 21, 2016

March Maintenance Update

Golf Course Maintenance Update

Spring aerification of the greens is happening this week.  The plan is to use the large 5/8” tines to really open them up to breath.  We can do this in the spring because the growing conditions are ideal for rapid recovery.  The aerification will be followed up with a heavy topdressing of sand to fill in the holes.  We will be doing the front 9 on Tuesday and the back 9 holes on Wednesday/Thursday.  Please be patient while we conduct this very important maintenance process.  This sets the tone for the season.

Aerification of the tees has already been completed.  The maintenance department will be aerifying the fairways and roughs during the month of April.  More information to follow.

Many of you saw or heard about the broken pipe that caused a geyser to run for most of the night last week.  Fortunately, the damage was minimal and easily repaired.  Unfortunately, there was a breakdown in communication and procedures that meant the golf course maintenance department was unaware of the problem until we arrived at work the next morning.  This has been addressed with the HOA and the town to ensure that this does not happen again.  If an emergency like this comes up in the future, please call the 24-hour emergency number which is (925) 392-1990.  The call will be answered by golf course staff that are able to respond to the problem.  The number is to be used for emergencies only.

The continuing rains have revealed some more drainage problems.  The latest areas to be worked on have been the 18th fairway near the lake and on the 4th fairway between the lake and the green.  In both cases, damaged sections of pipe had to be dug up and replaced to reestablish flow.  I am sure that more problem areas will be found before the rainy season is over.

The clubhouse area received some more attention.  The installation of a new split rail fence next to the driveway heading up to the clubhouse was completed.  Also completed was the installation of new ornamental plants next to the fence and at the entrance down at Clubhouse Drive.

Weeds are popping up everywhere.  We have started spraying the areas with selective herbicides to control the outbreak and will continue this process as the weather permits.

Rip rap installation has been an ongoing maintenance project.  The areas that benefited recently are in front of #13 tee and adjacent to the fairway on the 14th hole.  We have a large stockpile of rock in the maintenance area ready to be installed around the course.  The maintenance department will continue with its installation as a filler project.  Targeted areas are: the rest of the lake to the west of the 12th hole, the lake banks adjacent to Emerald Court, and the lake bank between holes 5 and 8.  The rip rap is used for erosion control and beautification.

It would be greatly appreciated if all members using power carts would always keep all 4 tires on the paths when near the greens and tees.  There is no need to pull onto the turf when parking to tee off or putt.

Please do your best to repair your ball marks, also encourage your families and guests to repair their ball marks and at least 2 others on each green during your round.  It takes almost no time to do and helps to keep the greens in the best possible condition for all players.
Also, I am happy to see so many divots being filled with the sand and seed mix.  Your help is greatly appreciated.  As usual, do not use the sand and seed mix on the tees.

We have a weather station that is monitoring and recording the local conditions.  It is connected to the internet so anyone can view it to see current conditions.  The link is:

Don’t forget to check the golf course maintenance department blog. The link to it is:

Follow me on twitter; I am @dbgccsuper, for instant updates of conditions.

Thank you for your time.
Chris Mains
Golf Course Superintendent