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Needle Tine on the South Course…

We needle tine aerated the front nine South course greens yesterday, and we are needle tine aerating the back nine South course greens today.  This process is simply done to alleviate surface tension entering the warm, summer months.  This will allow for better water and nutrient penetration down to the root system.  It is a fairly quick and non-disruptive process.  We roll the greens immediately after allowing for the putting surface to be very close to normal.  Thanks for your understanding during this very important cultural practice.  Good luck to those competing in the member/guest this weekend.  See you on the course!







-Jason VanBuskirk, Superintendent

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It has finally become routine…

It is finally that time of year again where maintenance is becoming routine.  We have reached a point in our maintenance schedule that has allowed us to get caught up with many areas on the two courses.  While you will definitely see some projects that are ongoing; both courses have reached a maintenance level.  This is all thanks to the extreme effort that our staff has put in over the last two months!

Over the next few weeks as the temperatures become consistently warm, you will notice staff members syringing the greens with hoses.  Yes, we do have sprinklers and yes, we do water at night.  These hoses allow us to carefully monitor the moisture level and surface temperature level.  We are not actually watering the greens, but simply cooling the surface atmosphere right above the plant.  This practice, although labor intensive, ensures firmer, faster greens and less disease pressure.  Please watch this short USGA video on hose watering:

While playing the North Course, you will also notice the construction of a new tee box on hole 7.  This project began with us identifying a cluster of trees that needed to be removed for better air circulation.  This project is under construction and should be completed by sometime next week.

We also plan to start extensive work on the sand traps.  This will begin with filling in some misplaced bunkers and modifying some existing ones to become more playable.  As always, thanks for your continued support!  See you on the course!

-Jason VanBuskirk, Superintendent

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Spring Fertilization on our Electronically Controlled Spreader

The weather this week has provided an excellent opportunity to complete our tee and fairway granular fertlization.  Fairways are being fertlized today and tomorrow, with tees having been completed on Monday.

Given the large area of treatable turf we have here at Stow Acres, this process is completed using a PTO spreader mounted on our New Holland TC33D turf tractor.  As always, we do things a bit differently here at Stow.  Rather than use a pulley and rope, or lever setup to open the hopper and start spreading the fertlizer, we’re using a 12V linear actuator and controller to operate the gate.  This allows us to control the rate exactly and make minute adjustments as the fertilizer is applied.  It also ensures that the gate is opened at the exact same speed each time, providing a controlled gradiant of applied product at the beginning and end of each pass.  The controller allows for three different positions: Position 1 is for the gate closed, and Positions 2 and 3 are reserved for two different application rates.

Keep an eye on the tees and fairways in the next week, they’ll be greening up in no time!

-Justin Parker, Equipment Manager

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Greens aeration complete…what now?

Greens aeration is complete for the season.  The North course is close to 100% healing in, but we may not see total recovery with these night-time temperatures before the end of the season.  We will definitely not see 100% recovery on the South course, but that will be okay entering the winter season.  We have seen good results with leaving aeration holes open through the winter.  Now that greens aeration is complete, we are looking to finish up some projects and ready the course for winter. 

Our tree project on 12 and 13 North is about 50% complete.  This project will help open up light and air channels for the green and green surround.  As well as tree work, we are also in the process of making a few greens larger in size.  Greens 3/14, 8, and 11 North are all being cut back to their original size.  These should be playable sometime next season. 

We have seen mediocre seed germination from our slice-seeding in fairways and have decided to wait until the spring to slice more seed into the surface.  However, our seed germination on tee boxes was very successful.  Before the last sprays are done, we are busy blowing, raking, and cleaning the leaves throughout the course each day.  Before long, snow will be on the ground. 

If you have any questions about preparing your own lawn for winter, feel free to email me at  See you on the course!

-Jason VanBuskirk, Superintendent

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North Course Greens Aeration Announcement…

I would like to remind everyone that we will be aerating the North Course greens starting Monday, October 4th.  The process will be completed on Tuesday, October 5th.  We will aerate 9 holes each day.  The front nine will be closed for play on Monday and the back nine will be closed for play on Tuesday.  For more information regarding greens aeration, please refer to a previous post from this Spring (  Thank you for your cooperation.  See you on the course!

-Jason VanBuskirk, Superintendent

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South Course Tee Aeration

I hope you are enjoying this tremendous Fall weather as much as we are!  We will be aerating the South Course tees today and tomorrow.  The same process will be carried out as was done on the North Course last week.  The tees are cored, cores are blown off, and the tee is slice seeded with a bentgrass blend.  The tees on both course will be fertilized this week.  The North Course tees were mowed today with buckets to help remove the last remaining debris.  They cleaned up and recovered very nicely from aeration. 

Thank you in advance for your cooperation during this necessary cultural practice on our turf.  See you on the course!

-Jason VanBuskirk, Superintendent

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North Course Tee Aeration

We aerated the front nine North tees yesterday, and we are aerating the back nine North tees today.  This process helps with nutrient and water delivery, and it is a similar process to greens.  Once the tee is aerated, the cores are blown off and the tee is slice-seeded.  A fertilizer will applied next week, once the seed coat softens and the tees return to normal appearance.  We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause you, but it is very non-disruptive to playing conditions.  Thanks for your support!  See you on the course!

For more information regarding the benefits of aeration, please refer to the previous post:

Below, Chris Scherer is filmed while aerating the tee on 7 North…

-Jason VanBuskirk, Superintendent