quick update

Well Hermine came and went. Lots of hype but we fared well. A lot of sticks and twigs but no major damage. We also received .68" of much needed rain. The course took the rain well and we were open for business. A few hearty souls took advantage before the full brunt of the storm came. The Labor Day Scramble was moved to the following Saturday so we delayed our greens aerification to Monday the 12th. The scramble was well attended and remains a popular event. The weather looks good for tomorrow when we will attempt to aerify and topdress greens, collars and maybe even approaches. There will be temporary greens all day. Thank-you for your cooperation.

some of the Hydrangea think it is still June

Hard to believe a storm that size could miss us but it did. We had serious winds all morning as it went through and the skies were dark but no rain to speak of and after it passed the sun came out the wind died and it hit 80 degrees. The low predicted for this evening is in the 50's however so Fall is coming.

September at last. Careful what you wish for...

The last 24 hours finally felt as if we have made a turn in the weather. It has been one heck of a hot and dry summer. The showers yesterday were just perfect as soft gentle rain. We received .18" over a few hours. 5 more days of that and we will be in business. Add to that the nice cool temperatures of 64 this morning and we have ourselves some happy cool season turf. Sadly we cannot always get precipitation when and how we want it and the forecast for the weekend does not look great. I guess our streak of perfect golf weather may be over. If all we end up with during this hurricane season is rain I for one will be pleased. Wind an all that comes with it is never any fun. Besides who could hate a storm named Hermine? She was one of my favorite Harry Potter characters.

photo from Facebook

1st green Thursday afternoon

Interesting colored dragonfly
Salt damage on vegetation
The one good thing about heavy rains is the flushing aspect. The salt levels in our irrigation well have been very high lately as evidenced by the damage to the trees (see picture above). It builds up in the soils and wreaks havoc on grass roots as well. Hopefully any rain will help flush some of those salts away and we can begin our road to recovery in the areas most affected by the drought.

sunrise 1st Green

Catching up

I started this post a few weeks ago and still never found the time, or interest I guess, to complete it. As a follow up to the last post outlining the drought we are in I will give a few more facts and figures. The first picture is one I saw on Twitter. The numbers are from June 1 to August 31 and were posted on 8/6, I believe. We have all seen some rain since then so the graph is not current but still relevant.

Our own number to compare with this graph is 5.94" The day after the last post (7/23) talking about the drought and posting our local records we received  3.19". See the radar of that storm below and notice the white dot amongst the purple cells. Red on the radar is scary enough. To have received only rain and not massive wind or lightning damage with purple and white is lucky indeed. The rain was a blessing but the numbers become skewed. Most of that type of rain simply runs off and its greatest benefit would be to fill a pond, if we had one. The point is prior to this storm we were at 2.75" compared to the 3.02" in the graph so our deficit is still quite real. The few rain events we received were helpful and the only reason we are not in the same drought category as Boston.

massive storm in july. we are just east of the white cell
irrigation leak on abandoned galvanized pipe attached to 1936 main line
All things considered the course and staff had held up well. We had a visit from President Obama, our first in a couple of years. He even played 18 holes, a first. The crowds are starting to dwindle much like the amount of daylight. We notice it since we start so early that what we were able to accomplish with good visibility just a few weeks ago are now being done in the dark. I assume cooler temperatures and lots of precipitation are also in our near future. Both will be a welcome change.

POTUS and Ray Allen. adding up the scores