Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Welcome to 2016

Well, it has been an unusual Fall season with the temperatures being so warm late in to the year. We have been mowing the short grass on fairways and tees the last two months when historically the bermuda is very dormant this time of year. We have to change our weed control strategies this year as it looks as though the bermuda may not go completely dormant. We usually are able to spray Round-up late in the winter to cleanup any remaining poa annua and broadleaf weeds. This year we will be spraying a product called Revolver on the tees and fairways which is much safer to use on semi-dormant bermuda grass. This product works very well to control winter broadleaf weeds and poa which is our major issue this year since the fall has been so wet.                                                                                                                                           We have also installed silt fencing around some of our sand traps that are most exposed to the Northeast prevailing winds. While this fencing may be temporarily unsightly, it helps to contain the wind blown sand that ultimately causes some winter kill damage around the trap faces. This sand is very labor intensive to clean up each spring so the fencing is necessary and with our low volume of golf play this time of year, not too intrusive. The fencing will be removed as play starts to resume in the spring.                                                   Another focus for the maintenance staff as we go through the off season, is to work on some details like the landscape beds. The beds are being raked out and sprayed for weeds as staffing allows and we are hoping to put an experienced landscape person in place this year to keep them clean and weed free.                          We have also begun making applications to the greens to suppress the poa annua that we deal with in the  early part of the year. This application of a growth regulator along with our spring apps of a poa suppressing fungicide will help us to manage the seed heads that the poa produces in early spring.                                     There are plans to lay sod to repair any remaining winter-kill damage from 2015 as the weather allows in May/June of 2016. Lets hope that with the warmer temps this winter we will have little or no winter-kill damage this year. Looking forward to a great 2016 on the golf course. Get out there and play some golf and take advantage of this weather!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Happy New Year

It is the second day of the new year 2015 and we are hard at work on our usual winter projects. The staff is busy clearing all of the natural areas on the property as we do annually. We will continue to work on these areas through the winter as well as prunning the live oaks on the course. Our main focus right now is completing our winter weed control spraying. Assistant Superintendent Rob Romney is currently spraying simazine on the course "wall to wall" for winter broadleaf weeds and small poa annua plants. We will also be treating the collars around the greens with glyphosate (round-up) to clean up some of the stray bentgrass and clumpy poa plants. During the month of Feburary we will follow up the simazine application with another "wall to wall" application of Round-up to clean up whatever gets past the simazine which is mostly poa annua at that time. So far the winter weather has been pretty mild but I get the feeling that January and Feburary could get brutaly cold so get out there and enjoy the course before the temps get too cold. 

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

As I type this it is currently 33 degrees outside here in Corolla. It is the first time it has gotten above freezing during the last 36 hours. Sure is a big difference from what we experience around here during the summer months.It was 16 degrees for most of the day yesterday and needless to say not much golf being played. Despite the cold temps, the maintenance staff has been hard at work on some of our annual winter projects. Our Forman Carmen Castle has been using the new bush-hog mower we got last year to cut down the natural areas around the property. This really opens up some views and provides the hard core ball hockers the opportunity to collect some golf balls. This cultural practice is absolutly necessary for the long term health and asthetics of these areas.We will be working hard this spring to control unwanted weed growth in these spots and return these areas to natural grass features. Our Assistant Superintendent Robert Romney has also been quite busy utilizing our front deck mower to help the clearing effort in some of these smaller areas. We have to work certain areas at certain times, especially the sound side spots. These areas become very wet or very dry based on how much wind is blowing the water in or out or east or west as it may be. When the northeast wind blows the water out we can really get deeper into these areas along the sound with our equipment without the risk of becoming stuck.If the wind blows from the west these areas become very soggy due to all the water being pushed in. Our other maintenance staffers Jay Roberson, Austin Rubado and Bill Rouson have been doing alot of hand clearing in the areas that we can not get equipment into such as pond edges and around bridges.I would like to say a thank you to our entire maintenance staff for working so hard to get these projects done. We will in the coming weeks be working on winter poa control in the bermuda grass and around the greens complexes. Re-working landscape beds and install of our new tee amenities is also on the list for the rest of the winter. It may be cold but the greens are rolling fast and true and you might just have the golf course to yourself this time of the year so get out on the warmer days and enjoy the course.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

As some of you that have played lately may have noticed, we have had a contractor doing the repairs to our cart paths during the past two weeks. The damaged areas at #4 fwy and #9 tee have been repaired and the contractor is currently in the process of tearing out areas on #3. We will be completing some of the areas on the back nine such as #13,#15 and #16 while we are closed for aerification on the 29th of May so as not to inconvienience players. These repairs will be a huge improvement to our cart paths and should provide a much smoother ride around the course. Our aerification will take place on the 28th and 29th, right after Memorial Day. We will be punching the greens with a 1/2" hollow coring tine and topdressing and rolling the greens afterwards. The greens are growing well and should heal quickly with Mother Nature's help. I would also like to welcome our new Assistant Superintendent Robert Romney to The Currituck Club. Rob comes to us from The Pete Dye Golf Club in West Virginia and is a graduate of the University of Maryland.Welcome Rob and we look forward to providing members and guests with the best course conditions possible this season. Get out there and play some golf and please remember to repair your divots and ball marks. Thank you. Mike Terry - GCS

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Well , it is supposed to be spring and it sure felt like it during mid to late March. Since then we have been dealing with some nasty weather from Mother Nature.Our March greens aerification went well despite some rain but the cooler temperatures during the weeks following really slowed down the healing process. March on the OBX can certainly be a shot in the dark weather wise. The greens took a while but they are now completely healed and looking good. We have been working on suppression of the poa annua that has started to creep into some of the greens. We have been able to keep the poa at bay for several years now, however as time goes by we will inevitably see more of it. Our chemical program to manage the seed heads this time of the year is working well and as it gets warmer the poa will start to disappear from the greens. Our bermudagrass seems to be breaking out of dormancy very healthy this year. We do have some spring dead spot as usual and I expect these areas to cover quickly once we start getting some warmer nighttime temps and the bermuda growth picks up.The cooler temperatures that have set in as of late have really slowed down the bermuda growth. Overall, the course is looking good and we are poised for another great year.The repairs to the damaged areas of the cart paths will begin this month and we will be fixing spots on holes 3,4,9,10,13,15 and 16. This will be a real improvement as some of these areas are very bumpy to drive a golf cart across. These areas will be roped off until the concrete has had time to cure to proper hardness. We will also be getting a new Toro fairway mower this week. This machine will be parked over the weekend on the range tee, so come out and take a look at it. This machine replaces our old fairway mower which will now be used for range maintenance on Sunday mornings. Our logo flags are here and we will be putting them out on the course as soon as the wind slows down a bit! These flags are quite attractive and will be offered for sale in the pro shop this year.Please remember that you can help us keep The Currituck Club in great shape by obeying cart rules,filling divots and repairing ball marks when you are on the golf course. Thank you for you help! Mike Terry - Golf Course Superintendent

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Well, It is now March and it has been a fairly mild winter so far. The maintenance staff has been very busy all winter working on clearing projects, tree pruning, weed and pre-emergent sprays to the entire course and cleaning up the landscape beds throughout the golf course. The course is very clean right now as far as winter weeds. There was some poa annua that our simazine did not kill left on some of the holes and we added Round-up to our Spring pre-emerge sprays of Ronstar. The Round-up has done a great job of controlling the rest of the poa on the course. Kudos go out to staff members Ben Parker and Eric Wolfgram for doing such a great job getting the couse sprayed out and clean.The bermudagrass looks good and healthy and with the mild winter and lots of rain we should see it break dormancy in great shape this spring. We are currently in the process of aerifying the greens for the first time this year. We will be using a machine called a Verti-drain that allows us to aerify deeper into the greens soil profile. This machine punches through the "pan layer" that forms below our normal aerification depth of approximately 4-5 inches. The Verti-drain can aerify to a depth of 12 inches and we are using a 7" x 5/8" tine to penetrate the pan layer to allow for better drainage and to relieve compaction. The front nine and practice green are complete and with the rain today we will have to complete the back nine greens on Wednesday. The greens should heal quickly with the help of Mother Nature. March is kind of a guess as to what kind of weather we will be dealing with here in North Carolina so here's hoping for some spring like weather during the next couple of weeks. We will also be finishing the chipping of the live oak limbs on holes 10 thru 17 as soon as it drys up enough to get the large chipper in to these areas. This past Saturday with the help of the forestry service we attempted to burn the 300 acres of marsh behind the club. Unfortunately the wind was not co-operating and we were only able to burn about 25 acres from the wooden bridge north to about 18 green. We will be re-evaluating the weather conditions this month to see if we can get the rest of that acerage burned safely.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

winter clearing work under way

The maintenance staff has been busy so far this off-season working on the natural areas throughout the golf course. Maintenance foreman Carmen Castle has been using the bush-hog to cut down all the areas that were cleared last year for views along some of the soundside holes. Carmen has completed the back nine and will be moving to some of the areas on the front nine in the coming weeks. Staff members Eric Wolfgram, Rob Shaffer and assistant superintendent Ben Parker did a great job of clearing around the pond on the 14th hole and pulling up the large wax myrtles that had taken over around the edge of the pond. This has improved the line-of-site views from the back tees quite a bit. During the coming weeks we will also be clearing around the pond on the 1st hole. Assistant Ben Parker has done a great job with our winter herbicide sprays for poa and broadleaf weeds. We are spraying a product called Simazine which will take out any poa and a variety of winter broadleafs that may germinate this winter.Overall, the course is in great shape so take advantage of some of these warmer days we have had and get out and play a round of golf.