Okay this isn't chiropractor related but I have patients that want access to it so here it is.
Greetings Oak Meadow members,
I would like to begin with offering our sincere condolences to treasurer Larry Thomas. He recently lost his father. We are so sorry for his loss; Mr. Thomas raised a fine man in Larry.
A word on Larry, he has done an incredible job at keeping your club in great financial shape. Small clubs like ours are struggling. Sullivan was just sold to the city, and Lebanon has lost all of their greens. Thanks to Larry we are securely in the black. Larry has helped give you a fine product this year. He has been integral in getting us new equipment and manpower. Please thank him for doing a yeoman’s job.
The member/member tournament is this week. A word on what we are doing to get the course up to the highest standards for the event.
The greens are cut off from water until the tournament. This practice will firm up the greens and start the process of ramping up speed. The roots of the greens are in fine shape, best they have ever been, this will further improve root structure. If the afternoon temps get too high, we will syringe the greens to lower the surface temps. We are mowing at 0.140 inches. This mowing-height will be lowered Friday.
The greens are being double cut daily and the final cut is being hand mown. Saturday and Sunday, the greens will be double cut, hand mown, and finally the greens will be double rolled. The four to five hours after this process should give you exceptional putting surfaces.
Friday evening, myself and the golf chair will direct the grounds crew on pin placement. There will be 6 tough pins, 6 easy pins and 6 reasonable pin positions. We really want to give you a fun tournament.
Oak Meadow has the highest quality flag sticks you can get. They are embedded with crystal prisms that are intended to work with lasers with “Jolt” or “Pin-seeker” technology. If you use a laser the pin will quickly give you a precise measurement. Lasers, when used with these sticks, give you much more accurate measurements than GPS. Generally, the GPS is off by 3-5 yards.
I did have Golf Logix map our greens recently last week, if you use the app by “Golf Logix” you now have approach and green mapping. It is neat however nowhere near as precise as a laser.
Oak Meadow gets a heavy amount of play. We all like to ride one to a cart. This puts more stress on the course and our carts. Please double up on carts. The greens are getting beat up by un-repaired ball marks. Please set an example by repairing yours and one other. Its your green, be a great steward of the course by pitching in and taking care of it.
The new equipment we acquired this spring is paying off. Particularly the Toro 3500-D Sidewinder. It mows the tee boxes, collars and surrounds. We are seeing better contrast in our cut now. It is not only pleasing to the eye it gives us a better playing surface.
After the member/member, both of our greens mowers will be taken back to Toro for servicing. The heads and tournament blades will be gone over, sharpened, re-calibrated and significantly improved. Next week there will be a day when the greens will not be mowed so please bear with us.
The practice green is slowly coming along. June brought us temperatures that were too cold as opposed to too warm. Night temps are in the upper 50’s; the seedlings are needing some heat. Mother nature will supply this soon.
We have a lot of clover, this is due to the extreme rain we’ve had. Next week we will spray out the clover. Many thanks to our agronomist Alan Helms. He has given us the chemicals to do this, saving you $3,000.
Foxes and Armadillos are getting into our greens and digging holes. They seem to hit #6 every night now. We are open to any ideas to keep down their activity.
We are slowly re-doing all the bunkers. #3 and #4 have new high quality sand that plays very well.
Next month, tees, fairways, approaches and surrounds will be aerated. The tee boxes will be top dressed with a sand-peat mix. This should be a significant improvement to our teeing surfaces.
Finally, the next few tournaments (including the member/member) will have the three-hole opportunity on #14. Please support this fundraiser. All of the improvements we have achieved have been through donations and this fundraiser. The money you give will go back directly into the course. We are only scratching the surface as to what we want to accomplish for you.
As always, if you have questions or concerns send them my way.
See you in the fairways,
Dr. David Moreland