Thursday, May 14, 2015

Footgolf, Walking Trails, and Beavers Oh My!

Like every Spring, it is one of the busiest times of the year for maintenance at a golf course.  This year our to-do list was even bigger than normal. Here is a recap of what has been accomplished thus far... All greens have been aerified, vertical cut (removes thatch and dead turf), fertilized (several times), and received a pre-emergent to prevent goosegrass and crabgrass. All other turf on the course also received a pre-emergent and fertilizer.  Added to our list this year was the installation of 9 more footgolf holes on the Hill Course.  These 9 new holes will be used primarily for leagues, birthday parties, or other special events.  Yes, you read that correctly, HOA now has a total of 27 footgolf holes on property.  In addition to adding this new course we made a trail through the timber that will allow for a quicker and more scenic route.  The 18 main footgolf holes also received a little face-lift. Our goal was to be a certified footgolf course again this year.  To become certified the American Footgolf League (AFGL) has hole distance regulations.  Par 3's are now required to be 98-167yds, Par 4's 187-247yds, and Par 5's are 267-327yds.   In order for us to accomplish these yardages we had to move a few holes.  For example 18 now finishes by the clubhouse.  Also, all 27 holes now have tee podiums that hold a map inside to show the hole layout.  To top off this post I added a photo of a tree that has been getting damaged by a beaver.  We have a total of 3 trees he has been targeting.  Our solution was to wrap the tree with chicken wire fencing, and it has proven to be successful!   

New tee podiums with Hole descriptions and yardage

18 Footgolf Green

New walking trail to the Hill Course

Dam Beaver Damage

Chicken wire fence to protect the tree

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Winter Painting Projects

When the weather outside is frightful...We head inside to paint! Below are some before and after photos of the Rock Nine Tee signs. Also, all ballwashers, garbage cans, tee markers, enter and exit posts, and benches get a fresh coat of paint.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Lets Go Royals!!

As a baseball fan I have enjoyed watching the Royals this year and was lucky enough to have gone to a few games.  As a turf grower, I always like to see what kind of pattern the baseball fields will be mowed, and am always amazed at how they do it.  Since the Royals are in the World Series for the first time in 29 years I thought it would be fun to attempt dressing up the range tee with the KC symbol. Much respect for the Grounds Crew at Kaufman Stadium because mowing artistic designs is not easy.  The photo above is what the tee looked like after our attempt. Lets Go Royals!!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

October Thunderstorm

This tree got my attention while driving the course after one of several storms rolled through the area today. Looks like lightning buzzed the side of it. Pretty amazing!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Maintaining Footgolf Holes

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

Zoysia Winter Kill

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.  

Dead Zoysia

After we removed the dead turf

Snatching #7fairway healthy zoysia

The finished #8 Rock Tee

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Rock Nine Pond....Grass Carp??

 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.