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.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Two Hawks Near #7 Green This Morning

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Two Red-tailed hawks were spotted this morning near #7 Green.  One is flying, one is standing on the turf having his breakfast (a Field Mouse.)   Hawk sightings have been a bit less numerous this year due to the ultra-dry conditions in the native areas.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Water Reduction Underway at Golf Course and Range

Driving Range Before

Driving Range After

Hole #4

The Stanford Golf Course, Driving Range, and Siebel Varsity Golf Training Complex use non-potable, non-drinking water for irrigation of turf and landscape.  The water comes from creeks flowing onto the campus lands, as well as ground water from wells.

In the face of the drought, we've been asked to conserve water wherever possible.  At this point we've cut perimeter irrigation in many non-essential areas.  So far we've been able to completely turn off 36 large (120' diameter) sprinklers on the Driving Range and Holes #1 - #5. We've also converted six sprinklers from full-circles  to part-circles, cutting their water use in half.  

With these reductions, we will net a savings of 58,320 gallons per week and a projected savings of 933,120 gallons (2.78 acre/ft.) over the June-Sept. irrigation season.   

We are continuing to look for other areas where we can reduce consumption, and will implement them throughout the summer.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Sandpiper Nest on Path at Driving Range

Four Sandpiper eggs are shown here along the Driving Range.  The eggs are very well camouflaged, and the mother bird has been doing a great job of luring away predators.  Hopefully we should see some baby chicks soon!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Memorials to be Claimed

We're currently looking for descendants or other family members who may want to claim these memorial plaques. Under the Gifts and Memorials policy, memorials are slowly being removed from the golf course as the course accessories are updated.

Merl Mooney
Jack Brumbaugh
Bob Levison
Jack Christiansen
Ginny McCarthy

Please contact me if you know someone who'd be interested in having one.

Ken Williams, CGCS
(650) 323-0937