Friday, December 2, 2016

November 2016 Weather Summary

The high temperature for the month of November was 77.3 degrees (Nov 1st) while the low was 18.6 (22nd.) You can see how this month starts the transition from Fall to Winter. The average temperature was 45.6 degrees, nearly ten degrees cooler than last month. Over the last 60 days, the average temperature has dropped by more than 20 degrees. Nine days had temperatures that were below the freezing point in the morning.

There were 10 days of precipitation with a monthly total of 1.90 inches. Four days saw more than a tenth of an inch of rain and the 28th had the most rainfall with 0.64 inches. The total for the year so far is 28.71 inches.

Average windspeed was 2.7 mph. The highest recorded sustained windspeed was 31 mph, on the 28th.

Friday, November 4, 2016

October 2016 Weather Summary

The high temperature for the month of October was 81.7 degrees (Oct 7th) while the low was 32.0 (28th.) The average temperature was 55.0 degrees, eleven degrees cooler than last month.

There were 10 days of precipitation with a monthly total of 3.26 inches. Eight days saw more than a tenth of an inch of rain and the 20th had the most rainfall with 0.93 inches. The total for the year so far is 26.81 inches.

Average windspeed was 2.2 mph. The highest recorded sustained windspeed was 26 mph, on the 17th.


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Fall Project Update

We finished aerification on the Huron hills greens today. We hope to start Leslie next week. We have aerified some of the tees at Leslie and hope to continue "plugging" away at those. (That is an aerification joke.)

We had a tree company come in to trim up one of the oaks on #5 as well as cable the three parts of the tree together. The large oak on the left of the hole was developing a split and in order to cause less stress on the joint, they took some of the heavy limbs off. After the limbs were removed, you do not notice a difference, but the weight reduction was significant. Hopefully, this tree will be around for several decades.

How many climbers can you find in the tree? There are 3.


We have also built a new forward tee on #11. The tee that was on the far side of the wetland was too small and also accentuated the dogleg. This made the hole more difficult than it should be from the forward tees. The new tee will give players a straighter shot to the hole.

Half the sod in place.

From this view, you can see down most of the fairway.

Another project we have started was on #16. When the Traver Creek Project was going on, the approach on #16 was used as a haul road. Hundreds of dump trucks full of silt from the pond were hauled over this portion of the fairway and dumped on the left side of #14. When the project was done, this area was supposed to be excavated and filled in with topsoil. If you have played during the summer since the project, you probably noticed that this area was never looking good. After digging it up and examining the soil, it looks like the compacted soil was never removed. It was just graded out and two inches of topsoil spread on top. 

We excavated the area down 4 inches. The we roto-tilled the compacted soil.

Topsoil was dumped onto the area and spread around.

The next step is to lay some bentgrass sod over the leveled topsoil. It should be fully grown in by next spring.









Tuesday, October 4, 2016

September 2016 Monthly Weather Summary

The high temperature for the month of September was 90.2 degrees, on Sep 6. That brings the number of days with high temperatures above 90 degrees to ten. The low temperature for the month was 49.0 degrees (27th.)  The average temperature for the month was 66.7 degrees.

#17 green and pond. 

Total rainfall for the month was 4.06 inches, bringing the yearly total to 23.87 inches. The highest daily rainfall was 1.77 inches on the 29th. Seven days in the month saw more than a tenth of an inch of rain and 9 days had at least a trace.

The average windspeed for the month was 1.4 mph. The highest sustained windspeed was 23 mph, on the 7th.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

August 2016 Weather Summary

The high temperature for the month of August was 92.2 degrees, on Aug 10th. That brings the number of days with high temperatures above 90 degrees to eight. In 2014 and 2015, there was only one day each summer that got to this mark. The low temperature for the month was 55.5 degrees (23rd.)  The average temperature for the month was 74.1 degrees. This is slightly above July's average temperature, which is normally our warmest month of the year.

We finally got significant rainfall in August, starting on the 13th. During a stretch of 6 days, Leslie Park got a total of almost 3 inches of rain, capped off by a soaking 1.93 inches on the 16th. This rainfall filled up our irrigation pond and replenished the soil moisture enough to bring un-irrigated areas out of dormancy. Total rainfall for the month was 4.07 inches, bringing the yearly total to 19.49 inches. This is about an inch short of what we average since the weather station was installed in 2010.

The average windspeed for the month was 1.5 mph. The highest sustained windspeed was 28 mph, on the 12th.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Bunker restoration

We are trying a bunker restoration on the greenside bunkers on hole #11 at Huron Hills. The sides of the bunkers were very steep between the sand and the green. This area was starting to collapse from lack of support. We are going to soften the slope while shrinking the bunker size slightly. We would also like make the bunker have a flatter bottom so the sand does not wash out after heavy rains. We are starting on the left hand bunker. We hope that it will be the easier of the two bunkers, which will allow us to perfect out technique before trying trickier projects.



You can see how the edge has started to collapse. Over the years, this has expanded the bunker toward the green.


The boards allow us to form the new edge.

The slope has been taken down and used to fill in up to the boards.

Looking east, toward Huron Parkway.

The fill was covered with topsoil and raked out.

The bunker face will be sodded next week.

This slope will be easier to maintain.








Wednesday, August 10, 2016

July 2016 Weather Summary

Lack of precipitation is again at the top of the weather worries. The month of July had 10 days of rain but that rain only totaled 2.38 inches, with the highest daily total falling on the 30th. (0.70 inches) For the year, we have gotten 15.42 inches of rain, which is about 4.5 inches below normal. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, we are abnormally dry in Ann Arbor, but other parts of Southeastern Michigan have lapsed into a moderate drought. Ann Arbor is not included in this area due to a couple of nice rainfall events in the early spring. There were 10 days with at least a trace of rain and seven with over a tenth of an inch. There were also only seven rain "events," as three times the rain started before midnight and continued into the morning. The weather station records the rainfall for each day, starting at 12:01 AM, thus that number can sometimes be inflated.

The high temperature for the month of July was 93.0 degrees, on July 23rd. There were 3 days were the high temperature got above 90, bringing the total for the year to 5. Each of the last two years had only one day above 90 each. I should note that this is not what the TV weather people think. The official weather for Detroit is taken at Metro Airport. The golf course is away for all of the buildings and concrete. The grass and trees help moderate the temperatures and keep those high temps lower than official. The low temperature for the month was 49.0 degrees (July 2nd.)  The average temperature for the month was 73.8 degrees.

The average windspeed for the month was 1.6 mph. The highest sustained windspeed was 32 mph, on the 21st.