Thursday, May 30, 2013

Snapping Turtle Migration

This morning, a large female snapping turtle was seen moving along Traver Creek. She was between the first bridges downstream from Traver Road and the #17 pond. This is great news because it means that at least some of the turtles we moved last fall for the Traver Creek Project have made it back to the areas they were relocated from. The photo above is from last fall, as I did not have my camera with me this morning. You can read more about the turtle relocation HEREHEREHERE or HERE.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Substantial Completion of the Traver Creek Project

With the laying of the sod on #10 fairway and tee, as well as the seeding of the remaining areas of rough, substantial completion of the Traver Creek Project has been reached. Substantial completion does not include the cart paths that need to be replaced, the spoil pile to the west of #14 tee and the irrigation system (which has some kinks to be worked out.)

#10 tee ready for sod.

Bentgrass sod being delivered and rolled out on #10 tee.

The tee is taking shape.

After the bentgrass sod was laid out on the tee, the contractors went to work on the bentgrass in the fairway on the front half of the fairway. This area was raised about a foot in order to facilitate drainage. They then put down bluegrass sod around the tee. This is the predominate grass type in our rough. In the next couple of days, the contractors were able to finish grading and seeded everything. Now it will need some time for the grass to germinate and grow.

I am hopeful that this tee and fairway will be open in a couple of weeks, although it may be longer before carts are allowed onto the new fairway section.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

April 2013 Weather Summary

April 2013 was a cold and wet month. It was more like the April we had in 2011 than last year. This year we had 5.41 inches of rain. Compare that to last year (2.04 inches) and 2011 (4.86 inches.) The maximum daily rain was 1.03 inches (April 11th.)  Leslie Park had 18 days with at least a trace of rain, while 11 days had over a tenth of an inch.

The average temperature was just 45.3 degrees. The high temperature recorded was 76.5 (18th) and the low temperature was 22.3 (3rd.) Eight days had low temperature below freezing.

The highest wind speed was 39 mph, which happened on the 18th. The average wind speed for the month was 5.3 mph.