New Practice Green for Leslie Park
At the beginning of September, we stripped this area of rough behind #1 tee.
We added 60 tons of sand mixed with top soil.
Shaped it and seeded it with bentgrass. This will be an additional practice putting green.
Five days later, the grass was starting to germinate.
Two weeks after seeding, it looked like this. We have now mowed it three times at 0.400 inch. In the spring, we will slowly bring it down to our normal green cutting height of 0.125 inch.
Level and expand tees at Leslie Park
Some of the smaller tees are getting noticeably mounded in the center. This comes from golfers taking shots from the same spots and maintenance filling the divots with sand and seed. After 20 years, the center of the tee may have grown by 6 or 12 inches.
This forward tee on #9 was stripped of sod and leveled.
Sod from a different tee was laid out on the level surface.
It looks like we will only get to the two forward tees on #9, the white tee on #18 and the right side tee on #7 this year.
Rock wall on #7 tee at Leslie Park
As part of the leveling of #7 tee at Leslie, we are also trying to expand the usable teeing area on the back of this tee. In order to accomplish this, we are adding a rock wall, which will allow us to build up the back corner of the tee.
Geo-textile fabric is laid out behind the rocks to keep erosion to a minimum.
Cart paths and rock walls at Huron Hills
New cart paths were added to #13, 14 and 15 at Huron Hills this year. They tie into the path that was put in last year on #12. In order to keep to contours of the holes as close to original as possible and still have a fairly flat path, rock walls were also put in here.
#13 at Huron.
#15 at Huron.
Fertilizing Oak by #5 at Leslie
This oak on the right side of #5 fairway has been declining in recent years. Last year, we pruned all of the dead wood out of the canopy and de-compacted the soil around the tree.
We had a leaf tissue analysis done this year and found out that there were some micro-nutrients the tree was lacking. Micro-nutrients are nutrients aside from the big three of nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium. Here the arborists are preparing to inject the nutrients into the tree's bark.
A close-up view of the system of tubes and injection sites.
Greens aerification and top-dressing.
During aerification, I would always break tines on the front, left corner of #2 green at Leslie. After doing so again this year, I decided to dig up the rock that we kept hitting.
This little guy will love it's new home in the rock wall on #7 tee.