Thursday, October 2, 2014
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Footgolf is in full swing and it has been a great addition to Heart of America. Since opening May 1st there has been a lot of play, creating some compaction and wear around the holes. This past week we used a small pedestrian aerifier and pulled some plugs to relieve some compaction. After raking up the plugs we topdressed around the holes to smooth out any rough spots. Finally, we fertilized the turf to promote growth.
I imagine this is what its like maintaining a soccer field where the goalie stands for 90 minutes. Ha. Photos below are of the process.
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
If you have been around lately, you may have noticed some "not so green tees and fairways" especially on the Rock Nine. This is the result of an extremely harsh winter we faced. Zoysia is a warm season turf and though it does winter hardy better than any other warm season grass, the winter of 2013-14 was just too much for some of the turf to survive. The bulk of the damage is along the base of the bluff where it receives little or no sun. Our game plan is to remove the dead turf with the sod cutter and replace with healthy zoysia. We are stealing some sod from #7 fairway on the River Nine to fix some of the damage on the Rock Nine. Below are photos of what we have accomplished so far.
|After we removed the dead turf|
|Snatching #7fairway healthy zoysia|
|The finished #8 Rock Tee|
Saturday, May 24, 2014
The Heart of Americas Rock Nine in my opinion is one of the best par 3 courses out there. However every year around this time the pond that is located in the middle of the course begins to turn UGLY!! Every kind of aquatic plant (weed) seems to be growing in this shallow pond. There are several products/chemicals out there that claim to cure all, and I have tried a few of them with no luck. So, this year I am taking a different approach. Grass Carp!! From what I have researched Grass Carp are the most common and effective biological control for aquatic weeds. Because they are so dominant they are outlawed in several states. Lucky for us they are legal in the state of Missouri. Grass Carp will not be an instant cure as I am told the extent of control often does not become apparent until 18-24 months. So, we will not see immediate results but once they have time I hope to never purchase an aquatic chemical again. We have just under 2 acres and the recommended rate is 10-12 fish per acre which is why 20 Carp were put in the pond. The fish were 10-12 inches in size and purchased from a local fishery. I am hopeful that next year we will have an after picture of a clean pond. Below are photos of the fish and our ugly water.
Thursday, April 24, 2014
The Heart of America Golf Academy will be the first in the state of Missouri to have an 18 hole FootGolf Course. Footgolf is played just like golf only with a soccer ball. On average Par 3's range from 50-100yds, par 4's 100-160yds, and par 5's 160-215yds. The course will be played on the Rock 9 and is scheduled to open Saturday May 3rd. The Photos below are of us putting the 22" cups in the ground.