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Director of Grounds at Abbey Springs Golf Course in Fontana, WI on Geneva Lake

Fast and Furious Storms Hit

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This week has been a challenge for sure. Heavy rainfall in just a few hours proved to be more than what our drainage systems could handle. Many areas on the property suffered damage from flash flooding and home sump pumps were pushed to maximum capacity. Our staff is working hard to clean up the mess left in the storms wake as well as keep up with our regular work load. Even though we have a lot of extra work for the next week we are still fortunate. Many of our neighboring communities received double the amount of rain that we did and suffered much more damage. Keep our neighbors in your prayers wishing them a safe and quick recovery.

Divots – Repair or Replace

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I have highlighted in red divots in the approach on the 10th hole from this past week. A properly repaired divot will recover very quickly, a divot left unrepaired will take weeks to fully recover. That is why it is so important that everyone replaces their divot or properly repairs it with our divot sand. After you are done admiring your spectacular golf shot please take a moment to fix your divot properly.

So how do you decide to repair or replace? If the displaced turf still has soil intact carefully put it back in place, using your foot firmly press to ensure good soil contact. If the displaced turf has broken into many pieces and has no soil intact fill the divot with sand and lightly press and level with your foot to ensure good sand soil contact.

Ugly bunker gets a facelift

We have started the renovation of the sand bunker next to the 17th green. The old sand has been removed and a little reshaping done to keep water from entering the bunker. We have also installed drainage lines to keep water from collecting in the bunker. The next step is placement of the bunker liner to prevent any future contamination of silt and soil and finally adding the sand.

In-between the raindrops

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April was a very difficult month to accomplish any small projects, due to frequent heavy rain storms. It seemed that just about the time the ground was drying up another storm would roll in. Despite the rain we did manage to do some bunker repairs, subsurface drainage repairs, remove several dead trees and plant replacements. Hopefully better weather in May will allow us some time to scratch a few more projects off the list.

February Thaw

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Activity on dormant turf does damage

 

We are heading into a warm weather pattern for the next week which undoubtedly triggers everyone’s desire to play some golf.  Unfortunately, we still have frost in the ground so we will not be opening the course anytime soon. Extensive damage to the golf course turf is inevitable if we allow play during the transition to spring. We strive to provide the highest quality playing conditions and allowing play too early would be counter-productive to maintaining that standard.

 

2017 Preparations Underway

Early December snowstorms and frigid temperatures have moved most of our activities indoors for now. Equipment Technician Don Fort is busy sharpening cutting units and servicing all of our equipment so it is ready to go in the spring. We are also repairing ball washers, tee markers and other signage followed by a fresh coat of paint in preparation for the 2017 golf season.

Our staff would like to thank all of our Abbey Springs members for providing us with a great place to work and are wishing you and your families a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

 

The Fall Rush

The fall season is always a very busy time for the maintenance staff. It is a time when our mowing schedule slows down and we can concentrate on accomplishing a multitude of projects. Recently we have been installing subsurface drainage lines to aid in drying up areas that are negatively affected by too much moisture.  Leaf removal is a huge undertaking on the course, common areas and within the condominium units. We also have to prepare the golf course for the winter which includes aerifying, topdressing and pesticide applications to protect our turf from winter fungal diseases.