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Winter Update

Removal of Dead and Dangerous Trees
Turf Care staff have been focusing on the long overdue task of removing dead and dangerous trees throughout the golf course.  These trees, which mainly consist of poplar, have reached the end of their life cycle (55-60 years old based on counting the rings) and pose a threat of falling or breaking off  in large wind storms. Areas which have been addressed is the left side of 1, right side of 9 and left side of 18. This process will continue through the winter months. 
The firewood stock pile in the overflow parking lot will be topped up this week. Come grab a load as it is going fast. 
 
The Glendale Turf Care staff hosted and completed an extensive two-day chainsaw safety course at the beginning of December, which saw 4 other golf courses participate. This course is a very important step in maintaning a safe environment for all staff.

Talking about the proper cuts and safety zones
 
Snow pack and ice
Currently the golf course is 65% snow cover with snow depths ranging from 1 to 6". Last weeks warm temperatures and heavy winds has created ice in many areas which is cause for concern. Currently, ice has formed in select spots underneath the tarp on 17 green, caused by the rapid run-off from the greens surrounds. This area will be closely monitored and if there is a time to remove, Turf Care staff will do so. A few other areas to note are the approaches on 1,3 and 9. Turf Care staff will closely monitor these areas and act on remediation if the opportunity shows itself. 

Looking down #1 from the green
 

Looking toward #5 green from the fairway
 
Monitoring Levels Underneath Tarps

Turf Care staff have been taking readings and blowing air on a weekly basis. The installation of these measuring tools is critical to the overall success of the program. Temperature sensors are installed on the front, middle and back half of each green. There is also a oxygen and carbon dioxide tubes installed near the middle of each green. Readings for both are taken twice per week. Our threshold is to have oxygen levels above 10%. If they are creeping close to that number air is blown underneath to help raise that number. It is interesting to see that direct correlation between the greens that grow more during the golfing season and their levels of oxygen to be the lowest each time we take readings. Therefore these greens get air twice per week. This process will continue through the holiday season.

From the entire Turf Care Team, we would like to wish all of you a safe, warm and enjoyable holidays.

Chris Prodahl
Golf Course Superintendent.
 
Posted: 12/20/2017 9:19:13 AM by Chris Prodahl


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