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

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Trial of Re-Purposed Brick for Path at #6 Tee

We're experimenting with the use of crushed brick which has been re-purposed from building demolition.  The material looks attractive and appears to make a nice path.  We're looking for a more attractive, sustainable option for our gravel paths.

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Monterey Pine Removals - #5

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This Monterey Pine (Pinus radiata) on Hole #5 was severely attacked by bark beetles.  Fortunately we've planted smaller native oaks nearby that will quickly fill the vacant space.