Green Speeds entering peak season. The new normal of inconsistent weather sure does describe this past spring to a tee! We are finally into some form of consistent weather here in early June and the greens are loving it. Green speed is all about proper preparation to allow significantly lower heights of cut. So late last fall our topsoil greens were Vertidrained with 12” tines. This gives us pretty much a nice 12” deep hole on 2” centres. This serves many purposes. It allows sand to get down there along with bentgrass roots and obviously improves water penetration. We are trying to promote the bentgrass. It makes an excellent uniform playing surface. The greens were all treated preventively prior to snow fall to protect against snow moulds. Also over the last number of years we have been able to get almost 2” of USGA spec sand on top of these greens. So preparation, preparation, preparation!
Make no mistake about it, getting your kids involved in golf will be one of the greatest and most valuable gifts you will ever give them! Today’s kids need more than ever to get away from the computer games and get out and socialize with real people not virtual people. Golf is by far the very best way to accomplish that and set your kids up for success in life. Here is Why: Anyone Can Play: Golfers come in all shapes and sizes. You don’t have to be particularly strong, tall, lean or fast to succeed. Golf champions come in every shape and size imaginable. It’s never too early to start, and unlike most other sports you can enjoy golf your entire life! Minimal Risk: Unlike many other popular sports like baseball, soccer and Football, the chances of injury, especially serious injury, are almost non- existent; golf is a non-contact sport.
Have you and golf had a falling out? Here are 10 ways to renew your passion: Get out as the first group: The first tee time of the day is so peaceful. The course is beautiful in the morning light and you’ll be home by lunch. You also don’t have to deal with any slow golfers in front of you. Listen to music as you play: Get a bluetooth speaker, put it in the cart and turn on a playlist and let it soothe away the bad shots! Play for something other than money: Loser has to clean your car, tote the clubs to the car and clean them, tweet about their defeat or post it on Facebook. The list goes on and on. Play a round recklessly and don’t keep score: Go for the crazy shot over the trees, shoot for the pin on every hole, never lay up. When you’re not keeping score, the consequences don’t matter.
The greens look beautiful!. What a great way to start out the golf season. It’s always tough when the turf doesn’t come through the winter looking awesome. Members are watching the first major of the season, The Masters, and want their golf course to look and perform like Augusta National. We have been very fortunate over the years and we certainly are again this year. The grounds crew will clean off all the larger debris with blowers, then brush the greens in two directions to get the turf standing upright and then finally follow along with a couple mowers to remove excess growth and roll the turf out smooth. We will have a pretty darn nice putting surface right from the first day we open! Height of cut will be up about 15 thousands of an inch higher than normal to promote rooting prior to charging the irrigation system. Our “every day” height of cut
Anyone reading the mainstream media and their constant efforts to trumpet the demise of golf could be forgiven for thinking that golf as a business tool is a little passé. Sure participation is down, but 25 million players is not exactly a small number. Then when you look at the number of top CEO’s, sports stars, movie stars and entrepreneurs who are avid golfers, those numbers are actually pretty impressive. An estimated 90% of Fortune 500 CEO’s play golf as have almost all of the US presidents since Ike. Better still, executives who play golf make an average of 17% more than those who don’t…because golf breeds new business! Yes, business golf is not just surviving it’s thriving and for the sake of your business or career here are ten reasons you’d better get in on the action! Face Time: Where else can you spend four quality hours with your company CEO
Golf Offers a Positive Mentoring Environment for Kids and So Much More! The golf course is a safe place and promotes mentoring relationships for youngsters.From when I was 13, every summer my parents dropped me off at the golf club at eight in the morning and then picked me up in the evening. Occasionally, I caught a ride about 9 or 10 at night with a member going my way. My parents never had to worry where I was or who I was with. Golf is the world’s best baby-sitter. As well as being friendly with a small group of junior members, I had mentor-like relationships with many people two, three or four decades older than myself; Jim Gillick, Mike Machan, Garry Spence, Derrick Jones, Dan Campbell, “Four-Putt” Freddy and many others. They were lawyers, insurance agents, salesmen, small business owners and entrepreneurs; in other words, an amazing slice of real life. While the language
Here Are Ten Reasons Seniors Should Play Golf: 1. Age is not a barrier: You are never too old to learn golf and it doesn’t matter what shape or size you are either. Golfers, even professional golfers come in ever shape and size imaginable. 2. You’ll live longer: Really they do, 5 years on average according to a Swedish study. 3. You’ll Stay Healthier: Golf help keeps you physically active and, if you walk, a round of golf sure helps you keep the weight off with an average 1500 calories burn in 18 holes. 4. Golf Keeps You Mentally Active: Golf is not just a physical game but a mental one as well. It calls for strategy, creativity and problem-solving, all of which help keep your brain active, one of the key ingredients in fighting off the aging process. 5. Great Way to Bridge the Generation Gap: You can play with your son or daughter,