Harrison Bay Eagle Cam project is now five years old and what a fantastic and amazing journey the past five years have been. We have been so blessed to watch, and allow others around the world to watch, Eloise and Elliott raise their young over the years and this year's excitement is well under way. On Wednesday night, January 27, at 5:52 PM Eloise laid HB9 much to the surprise of most as this is about two weeks before the normal laying time.
We welcome everyone to join our eagle family and get an unclose and personal experience of life and love in a bald eagle nest. You will likely witness Eloise sheltering the eggs/eaglets from rain and snow, Elliott providing multiple meals for his family, sibling rivalry between the hungry and growing eaglets, and the tenderness and love of Elliott and Eloise as the carefully roll the eggs, feed the eaglets, and coax them to leave the nest.
This project continues to show how golf courses can be an environmental sanctuary and a great place for many forms of wildlife to raise their families. We, at The Bear Trace at Harrison Bay, strongly believe that we have a responsibility to the wildlife that call our golf course "home" to protect and preserve their habitat and we hope that we can show that dedication to everyone around the world through this project. The Harrison Bay Eagle Cam Project can be viewed at www.harrisonbayeaglecam.org. Tell your friends, your children's teachers, and any one else you can think of to visit us and get a view of our eagles.
Sunday, January 31, 2016
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
The Bear Trace @ Harrison Bay gives a detailed view of what is going on at the course. Our Twitter account @BearTraceHB allows us to give instant information about course conditions and activities. Our website www.tngolftrail.net provides information on our golf course and the other courses along the Tennessee Golf Trail in a broader, more in depth format. We are also on Vine at Bear Trace HB, Instagram at beartracehb, and of course this blog, which we love to keep up to date.
Social media sites are a great way to get YOUR word out about changes or improvements to the course, course closures for weather or cultural practices, or to announce upcoming tournaments or outings. If you don't already utilize this free way to promote your golf course and yourself I would strongly encourage you to consider it.
Sunday, January 24, 2016
Syngenta Business Institute which is held at Wake Forest University. This is a unique educational opportunity offered by Syngenta in that it does not deal with any agronomic information but rather deals entirely with the business side of our industry. Financial management, negotiating, and personnel management are the center of attention of this gathering of 25 golf course superintendents selected from around the nation. We can all grow grass but getting a refresher course in business is unique and greatly needed. I would suggest that every superintendent apply for the Syngenta Business Institute. It is a great opportunity to meet other supers from around the nation and gain friendships that otherwise would not happen in a special setting and I thank everyone at Syngenta for this special learning opportunity.
Tennessee Turfgrass Association. For the past two years I have had the honor and privilege of serving as president of TTA so this made it even more special. We had a fantastic lineup of presenters including Chris Tritabaugh of Hazeltine National-home of the next Ryder Cup, Ms. Laura Katen of Katen Consulting, Dr. Clint Waltz of the University of Georgia among many, many more great informative speakers. We also had an extremely successful mock trial, which was the talk of the show and of twitter, which pitted the values of bentgrass greens vs. ultradwarf greens in the transition zone.
|TTA VP Theo Lankford presenting Coach Fulmer with a gift|
Sustainability in Golf and speaking at the Winter Green Express for University of Tennessee Extension Service on The Environmental Benefits of Golf Course, I also had the pleasure this past week of traveling to Greensboro to speak at the 9th Annual Turfhead Summit held at Bryan Park Golf Course. All three of these educational opportunities gave me a chance to gain valuable information that I can bring back to our golf course to improve it but also gave me the opportunity to tell others about what we are doing and having successes at so hopefully they can implement some of our practices and programs to improve their operations.
Education is invaluable and there are so many ways out there to gain this information these days. I have to thank our supervisors in Nashville for providing and encouraging us to take these opportunities to better ourselves and invest in our futures. I also have to thank my staff who maintain the golf course in my absence without skipping a beat.
Now on to the Golf Industry Show in San Diego and the New England Regional Turfgrass Conference in Providence, Rhode Island to wrap up this years educational circuit.
Friday, January 15, 2016
Here is a link from a previous blogpost including a webcast from the United States Golf Association which better explains covering greens.
So much like you or I need a coat on when it gets cold outside, our greens do also, especially this year with the warm weather and the extended growth of the grass. Covering the greens will increase the temperatures under the covers from 5-8 degrees higher than the temperature outside of the cover. This may not sound like much but that slight increase in temperature can be the life and death of ultradwarf greens. It takes a little work to protect them but it is worth every second in the long run. And it is still better than syringing bentgrass greens all summer long.
Saturday, December 19, 2015
Improvements will continue at Harrison Bay all winter, especially if we continue to have this great warm weather. Any area, on or around any of the greens, that has been renovated will be marked and should be considered Ground Under Repair and should be played as such.
Thanks to Willie, Barry, and Mitch for doing such a great job on this project. Now onto the next one.
Saturday, December 12, 2015
Golf Agronomics. The new mix was spread and floated out across the green. We were able to successfully disturb the top 2-3 inches of the existing greens complex by using the tracks of the Bobcat to fluff up the sand which I feel allowed for the new greens mix to blend with the existing green so we will not have a layer barrier and thus did not need to till the two layers together.
Champion Turf Farms on Wednesday morning. It took Thursday and Friday to install the 6,500 sq ft of sod. I had forgotten how challenging laying small rolls of sod on a green could be but thanks to our dedicated agronomy staff we got it done, and done well.
We thank you for all your patience and understanding as we continue to work to improve the golf course for your enjoyment.
Saturday, December 5, 2015
The Harrison Bay Eagle Cam Project, which can be viewed at www.harrisonbayeaglecam.org, is a great project that we have a lot of fun with. The project was begun to allow us to watch "real time" life in a bald eagles nest but also to show how a properly managed golf course can not only be a place of enjoyment for golfers but also provide a safe and suitable habitat for wildlife to live and raise their young. Over the years we have had over a million viewers view our project from all over the world. We hope that everyone who logs on will enjoy the project for what it was designed for and we thank you for your continued support and funding.