Wednesday, April 27, 2011


3.68 inches!

That is the amount of rain we have had in the month of April, so far. It looks like more is on the way tonight. According to Weather Underground, 1.85 inches (ed: says 3.3 inches is normal) is normal for the month of April. What this means is that we are wet.

Some other things that have been going on:

We planted 9 cherry trees and 3 apples trees in the orchard. Most of the cherries are at the north end of the orchard, near #7 green. This is just replacing trees that have died over the last forty years since the course was built. This is one of my favorite projects out here. The orchard belonged to the original farm owned and operated by Dr. Eugene Leslie. They would sell apples, pears, cherries and raspberries to the local citizens. The orchard is a signature of holes 6 and 8, as many drives make it into the tightly packed trees. Last year we replaced 10 cherries, 8 apples and 7 pears. I have counted around 40 more spots where trees have been cut down in the past and not replaced. My plan is to fill these areas in so that there is a fruit tree every 15 feet in this section. 10- 15 trees a year should see this plan done in the next 5 years.

We had these little guys drop by for a few days.

They are Bufflehead Ducks (Bucephala albeola) They stopped by on the migration north.

This last picture is my attempt at a close up of some lilac buds getting ready to burst.


Brian Kuehn said...

Your interest in the orchard is great. I agree that the fruit trees define #6 and #8, probably more #6. The opportuniyt to play from the rows of trees has occurred too often in my golf career.

I always look forward to pear season. The pears are small and have a lot of "character" but after trimming up those little guys, they are really sweet.

Scott said...

Thanks, Brian.

Also, add 0.72 inches of rain to the April total.

Right now, we stand at 4.4 inches