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Full steam ahead…

Full steam ahead… It’s kind of a weird saying, but it fits for us right now. Both courses are open. There is only one temporary green (10 South) that remains in all 36 holes; all 36 holes will be open by the end of the week. Carts are allowed on the South course right now and likely to be going on the North course by the middle of this week. With only 10 people on staff right now (including myself), we are definitely very busy trying get both courses playing as normal as possible. Tree cleanup is being done on 7 and 17 North; 6 and 10 South this week. Greens have been cut and rolled once on both courses and will be cut at least once more this week before the weekend. Fairways, tees, and approaches will also be cut for the first time this week. We are very happy to report that even with all of the snow this winter, we had very little snow mold formation on short cut turf. You may see some small gray patches in the fairways, but this will grow out very quickly once we begin mowing the turf on a regular basis. Our sand cleaner will begin cleaning bunkers by the end of this week and will work through the rest of this month (please click here for a more detailed explanation of the sand cleaner). We are very excited for another great season here at Stow Acres! Please stay tuned into the blog as I will continue to post course updates. 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