Thursday, April 19, 2012

More Snow!

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. 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

Spring Clearing

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

Winter Teva Games

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.  

Monday, October 3, 2011

Successful Day of aerating

Today we aerated all 20 greens.  I think that is a first in the five years I’ve been here.  Everyone on the staff really worked hard to accomplish it and Mother Nature helped out too.  Hopefully she is kind to us again tomorrow so that we can finish topdressing the last 11 holes.   The aeration process is a necessary evil for a green.  We start with a deep tine aerator which has a solid tine and goes up to 10 inches into the soil.  It fractures and loosens the soil deep in the profile.  Then we pull cores which helps to further reduce compaction, release gases from the soil, allow oxygen to reach the roots, and break up soil layering.  After the plugs are removed we top dress with a heavy layer of sand.  Some of the sand that you see on the green will work it’s way into the holes, the rest will settle into the turf canopy protecting the crown of the plant during the winter months.  As detrimental as this process seems it is very important to the health of the green throughout the growing months.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Looks like another beautiful weekend at the Vail Golf Club.  Fairway aerification was a success.  Everything went smooth and they came out great. The Course will be closed on Monday for deep tine and core aerification.  We hope to have the front nine open on Tuesday and all 18 opened by Wednesday morning.  Once the greens are finished we will aerify tees which will have little to no impact on play.  The driving range will remain open during any course closures. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Fall Aerification

Monday we started the fall aerification process. Aerification has many benefits for the turf. It lessens compaction, allows air and water to penetrate into the soil profile and helps thatch to break down. All of this is very important to the health of the turf and help to provide great playing conditions year after year. We start with fairways during the last two weeks of September. The first week of October we hope to get greens and tees completed. Aerification is a weather dependent practice that we are not able to accomplish when it rains, or dare I say the ‘s’ word, snows. This week looks good and has started out a very productive week. By the weeks end we should have 1,9 and the back 9 fairways completed. The schedule for the rest of the season is shown below. On October 3rd we will be closing the course to deep tine and core aerify all greens. The back 9 will remain closed to finish the aerification process. During course closures the driving range will remain open.

Tuesday – Fairways 10, 17, 18
Wednesday – Fairways 12 & 16
Thursday – Fairways 13 & 14
Friday – Fairway 11
Monday 26th – Fairways 2, 7, 8
Tuesday 27th – Fairways 4 & 5
Wednesday 28th – Fairway 6
29th and 30th – These two days will be used to make up any rain day cancellations we may have.

Vail Golf Club's Master Plan (DRAFT)

VGC Master Plan 9-20-10