2014 Season in Review - Part I

2014 is in the books as another successful year! The weather cooperated and that helped to an extent, also the Grounds Department made a few changes to programs and to the course that really made a positive impact. In today’s post, we will highlight some of the changes.


Last winter, we selectively removed over 220 trees. Most of the trees were Ash, impacted by Emerald Ash Borer; the remaining trees were selected for removal to improve growing conditions of the surrounding turfgrass. We concentrated on 6, 10, and 11 green complexes last year, as well as the left side of 6 fairway. All of the areas had improved playability and health this season, and will continue to get better as the grass adapts to more sunlight. We love our trees, but trees and fine playing surfaces don’t mix and when trees become overgrown, preventing air and sunlight from reaching the grass, it is time for removal. 


We were not happy with the playability and looks of the collars around the greens for a few seasons. In 2014, we decided to hand mow the collars and also bring the height down. Hand mowing reduces stress on the collar and the edge of the putting green. Lowering the height improved playability around the green and removed some unwanted grass types, as well. Although this practice is very labor intensive, the benefits are numerous and we will continue this practice for the foreseeable future. Click here to see a video of us hand mowing the collars. 

Bucks Run Golf Club Hand Mowing Collars

Check back with us for next week's post, where I discuss the changes made concerning topdressing and grinders. Thanks for reading and have a great day!

Posted by admin at Dec 09, 2014 Category: December 2014
Tags: Grounds Department, Collars, Trees, Hand Mowing