This May was the wettest in at least the last 15 years with 3.55 inches of rain and snow melt. The next closest was 2010 but still .41 of an inch less than this year. We even received one more inch of snow on the course in May as we did in April. While it may have seemed a lot cooler the high temperature was only about 2 degrees cooler than the past 10 year average. All the cloud cover and moisture in the air definitely made it feel cooler.
While we needed the moisture to make up for the dry March and April it has slowed down the recovery of some of the winter damage in the fairways and rough. Now the last week has been warm and sunny, this should help raise soil temperatures and get the course healing quickly. Next Tuesday we will be applying our first application of fertilizer to the course which will also help in the healing process.
With the GoPro games coming up this weekend it usually times well with Gore creek flows getting higher and this year is no different. You will start to see high water on the course most notably right now in #1 fairway and around the cart path on #7. Some years are worse than others as we all know so we'll see how much run off and ground water coming up affects us this year.
Friday, May 15, 2015
We have started working on tees this spring. Again we are continuing to level and shape tees and continue to make improvements. The blue tee on #17 has already been leveled this year. On number #5 blue / Black tee the rock wall has been removed and the gold tee has been slightly elevated and leveled. The construction crew is now on 2 yellow tee and should have it leveled and re-sodded by the end of the day. Other tees that will have work done on them are #9 black, #13 green, gold, blue, and #17 black. Once a tee is re-sodded it will be out of play for two to three weeks while it begins to root and recover. The tees in the meantime the tees will be moved to the nearest playable tee. Please be patient while the sod recovers it will make for a much better tee once they are opened back up.
Sunday, May 3, 2015
It's opening weekend here at The Vail Golf Club! The weather has held up and the course is in great shape. Thanks to the warm weather and lack of snow this spring the course is at least a couple weeks ahead of schedule.
Just a reminder we are cart paths only until we the fairways fully recover and we get into a full growing season. On Monday May 4th we will be dry-jecting the greens. The back nine will be open but the front nine will be closed. Dry-jecting is a fairly non-evasive form of aeration and should have very little impact on the playability of the greens. Enjoy the weekend and get out and play!
Thursday, April 19, 2012
More Snow! After the driest and one of the warmest Marchs I can find on record we are starting to get back on track with moisture this month. We only received .5” of moisture in 5” of snow, while the average high for this March was 46 also one of the warmest Marchs I can find. I know everyone was excited to play golf in Vail in April but like it or not this snow is very much needed for the course now and going into the summer. http://www.erwsd.org/files/snow/SnowWaterApr16_2012.pdf is the latest snow water equivalent graph which is very important for future water use and the heath of the course and all living in the Vail Valley
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Thursday I began clearing greens. We are a little behind due to being short handed on staff but with the good weather we had last week I had to get out and see what was happening under the snow. So, Kirk has picked up a couple of grooming shifts for me and I’ve been working on clearing greens. This is the first time I’ve appreciated the lack of powder days this year. So far I’ve been able to clear 2 and 3 completely and they look great. I was able to get 6 and 7 blown off but not completely shoveled. Seven looks good and I should be able to get it cleared by the end of the day Wednesday. Six on the other hand is going to be more work, as usual. It had several inches of water standing on it along with some ice. Luckily we have good weather through at least Friday and have plenty of time to get it dried out. Overall clearing greens has gone well and they look pretty healthy. This weekend I’ll get some help as an intern will be joining us early to help get things ready this spring.
Friday, February 10, 2012
The first Winter Teva Games are here! We are all familiar with the fun and excitement that Teva brings to town every spring. Now they have stepped into the winter. There are competitions for all skill levels and activities. The Vail Nordic Center is the site of the 5K and 10K Freestyle Nordic races. There will be almost 100 racers of all skill levels battling it out for Teva gold. Over the past two weeks Tony, Kirk and I have spent extra time widening the track and keeping it in top condition to accommodate all the racers that will take to the track on Friday. With the lack of snow this season it has taken extra time and effort to keep the conditions top notch. We have spent hours shoveling and plowing snow on to the track to keep it skiable. I’ll be competing in the ski mountaineering, citizens comp, of course. If you are not entered in any competitions you should at least be sure to check out some of the activities, I’m sure it will be fun for spectators and athletes alike.