the renovation of #3 green and the extensive drainage project in the landing area of #10 fairway. We also worked on some bunker renovation, irrigation improvements, and improving drainage along cart paths. With all these improvements we felt pretty good about the upcoming season as dormancy broke and the growing season began.
|#2 Green on April 19 under attack from nematodes|
|Putting green Nov 2 recovered from nematode damage|
the TGA Match Play Championships at the end of July the agronomy staff jumped right back into improving the golf course. Our aerification of the golf course this August was the most extensive we have undertaken since we renovated the greens back in 2003. Removal of major amounts of thatch and organic matter from greens, tees, fairways, and the driving range made a tremendous improvement in the course.
All of the activities cataloged in posts about 2016 Greens Aerification and Showing the tees, fairways, and driving range some love.
The fall was a definite reminder that every year is different from the next. The hottest, driest summer that I can remember that gripped the southeast was unprecedented with Chattanooga breaking long standing records with a total of 108 days with temperatures over 90 degrees and over 7 months without receiving a total of 1" of rainfall in a single day. This was the first summer I can remember of having to place supplemental irrigation sprinklers around the course just to save wilting 419 bermudagrass.
welcomed the latest two eaglets HB9 and HB10 to the HBEC family and unfortunately said goodbye to Eloise as we got a new female eagle at our nest, which Hannah named Eliza. We are currently experiencing some technical issues with the main PTZ camera and sound resulting from the storms a couple of weeks ago but hope to have this resolved in time to watch the next brood of HBEC eaglets enter the world.
|Barry supervising Mitch's work in the mini-ex.|
The golf course lost two very good employees this year. Barry Webb passed away unexpectedly on May 29th. Barry was one of those guys who never complained, always showed up to work, and did his best for the course. RIP Barry.
We also said goodbye to my first assistant Mitch Sivley. After 17 years of dedicated service to the golf course he left to follow his dream of being a truck driver. Mitch was a cornerstone of our course and I relied on him greatly throughout the years. His skill on heavy equipment and with a chainsaw will be missed as will his dedication and passion for the golf course itself.
The agronomy staff deserves all the credit for the turn around in the conditioning of the golf course this year and I am grateful for their continued dedication to the course.
From frustration to elation, from failure to victory, from questioning my future in the industry to remembering why I really love my career.
Farewell 2016...You have been an interesting year and one we will not forget.