Friday, November 21, 2014

Hydrojecting Greens

Greenskeeper Martinho Dias is using a Hydroject machine on #2 Green.  The machine injects high pressure jets of water to open a small holes in the green.  The holes allow water to penetrate and for gasses in the soil to freely exchange with atmosphere.  This machine has been s a big part of our program avoiding regular core aeration in the greens.

This fall marks the 19th year we've been able to maintain the greens without any disruptive plugging. The program was designed to keep bent grass as the dominant turf type, which has also allowed for almost no pesticide use on the greens.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Tournament Morning

Getting ready for the Stanford Intercollegiate, hosted by Condoleezza Rice......

Go Cardinal!

Friday, August 22, 2014

University Lake Water Pipe Extension - Driving Range

Pacific Underground Construction is currently installing a University Lake Water Main across the parking lot at the Driving Range.  This line will expand the University's Lake Water (non-potable) Service for landscape use in campus residences.

Driving Range parking is being shifted while the work occurs, so please allow extra time to get back and forth from parking areas.  Signage and/or flagmen will direct cars and pedestrians during the period. Since this is an active construction site, please use caution in the area!

Work is scheduled to be completed by the end of August.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

PG&E Contractors Starting Tree Removal Near #8 Tee

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The tree removal has begun for the PG&E Gas Line Replacement project near #8 tee.  Trees are being removed to facilitate a new pipe for Line #109 which runs the entire Peninsula.  The new 24" steel pipe will be bored beneath Alpine Road surfacing in a receiving pit in front of the Red tee on #8.  From there it will be trenched through the cart path toward the creek, eventually connecting to the pipe in the creek that was re-coated a few years ago.

The tree work is expected to take a little over a week, the entire project is hoped to be completed by early October.  Please respect the safety barriers, and use caution in the area.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Wildlife Sightings From This Past Weekend!

Below are a couple photos snapped by our early morning regulars.  The golden eagle was seen on #7 fairway, and the young coyote near the bridge on #14.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Golden Eagle Perched Above #9 Fairway

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Many of you have heard the screeching calls of a pair of Golden Eagles 
that have been soaring above the front nine recently.  I finally got close enough to snap a couple photos of one of them above the 9th fairway.  For more info on this top predator, follow the link below:

Monday, July 7, 2014

Water Reduction Efforts

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Shown here is an area on the perimeter of the course (#2) where irrigation has been cut off.  This is being done to save water to help with the ongoing 3-year drought.  The University is primarily pumping ground water for irrigation this summer, since surface runoff  was negligible this past winter.  

Problems in these areas include turf mortality, weed encroachment and golf cart damage. Later on, when rain returns, these areas are likely to become wet and muddy.  Unfortunately, the turf is very slow to recover in the short, cool days of  fall/winter. So watch for effects of this drought to linger well into next season.