Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Nine Trees Down

Large Eucalyptus down on 5 fairway

Clean up efforts on large eucalyptus on 13

Large eucalyptus down on 17. One of three trees on that hole

Large eucalyptus tree that fell on 17 uprooted the cart path there

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

New Pump Station

The brand new pump station and enclosure has been installed near the 6th tee and the7th green. The new pump station will pump water from the lake on 6 and 7. Reclaim water will be pumped from the old pump station near 18 green to the lake on 6/7 as water is depleted from watering on the golf courses. The enclosure around the pumps and motors will keep the noise to a minimum. The old irrigation pumps can do 1200 gallons per minute while the new station can do 3800 gallons per minute. The new station will reduce the watering window allowing for better playing conditions on the golf courses.

Crane unloading new pump station and green enclosure

New pump station being lowered onto wet well pad


New pumps and motors with roof off the enclosure

Audubon Recertification



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- February 2017
CONTACT:              Allie Smith, Program Specialist
                                                (518) 767-9051, Ext. 116
                                                allie@auduboninternational.org

The Villages Golf & Country Club Recognized for Environmental Excellence

SAN JOSE, CA – The Villages Golf & Country Club has retained its designation as a "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, an Audubon International program.
Participation is designed to help course personnel plan, organize, implement, and document a comprehensive environmental management program and receive recognition for their efforts. To reach certification, a course must demonstrate that they are maintaining a high degree of environmental quality in a number of areas including: Environmental Planning, Wildlife & Habitat Management, Outreach and Education, Chemical Use Reduction and Safety, Water Conservation, and Water Quality Management.
"The Villages Golf & Country Club has shown a strong commitment to its environmental program. They are to be commended for their efforts to provide a sanctuary for wildlife on the golf course property," said Tara Donadio, Director of Cooperative Sanctuary Programs at Audubon International.
The Villages Golf & Country Club is one of 69 courses in California and 893 courses in the world to hold the honor. Golf courses from the United States, Africa, Australia, Central America, Europe, South America, and Southeast Asia have also achieved certification in the program. The golf course was designated as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary in 2011. After designation, courses go through a recertification process every three years.
This year the recertification process, coordinated by Mike Scully, Golf Course Superintendent, required a visit by a local community representative. Dr. Ali Harivandi, agronomist at Turfgrass Culture, LLC, was given a tour of the course and sent his observations to Audubon International.
“We see the site visit as an important component of a course’s recertification,” stated Donadio. “It provides an objective verification of some of the more visible aspects of the course’s environmental management activities. In addition, it offers an opportunity for golf course representatives to share publicly some of the voluntary actions they have taken to protect and sustain the land, water, wildlife, and natural resources around them.”
About Audubon International
Audubon International is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) environmental education organization dedicated to providing people with the education and assistance they need to practice responsible management of land, water, wildlife, and other natural resources. To meet this mission, the organization provides training, services, and a set of award-winning environmental education and certification programs for individuals, organizations, properties, new developments, and entire communities.
For more information, contact Audubon International at 120 Defreest Drive, Troy, NY 12180, 1-844-767-9051, e-mail at acsp@auduboninternational.org, or visit the website at www.auduboninternational.org.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Lateral Line Installation



The lateral lines in most cases run diagonally along the fairways branching off the main lines. Each lateral line will have anywhere from 4 to 7 sprinkler heads along the line. When the lateral lines are installed we will have to close golf holes so the construction crew can work both safely and productively. Head Pro Scott Steele and I will work on a plan to make sure players can submit 18 hole round scores while the hole closures occur. We really appreciate your patience during the irrigation project.  

This machine pull the pipe and comm wire underground

You can see the pipe going under ground here

Close up of pipe and wire being pulled



Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Irrigation Project - Main Lines

We are currently over two thirds of the way complete with installing main lines for the new irrigation system. Holes 1,4,5,8-18 have been completed as well as some portions of the short nine. Main lines range in size from 4 inches up to 16 inches. The new system will be a Rain Bird two wire IC system with a Watertronics pump station. The renovation includes all new main lines, accurate spacing, single head control, and back up green heads just to name a few upgrades. Foremost Irrigation is our contractor and Russ Mitchell is the irrigation architect. Both are the best of the best in what they do.


12 inch main line number 8

Cla Valve

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Animal Damage

You may have noticed animal damage from skunks, crows, and raccoons on 8 ladies tee, behind 3 green, in front of the left green side bunkers on 13, and on number 7 rough. These areas are from animals or birds looking for grubs or other insects under the turf. This happens every year from around September first until the end of October or so. There is not much we can do but try to repair the areas effected by the damage. We did put out a preventive application on tees and fairways to try to reduce the areas effected by insects. The animals are simply looking for a meal and are not directly to blame so trapping them is not an ideal solution to the problem. The local rules of the course give players relief in these areas and are to be considered GUR or ground under relief.


Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Preapring for the Day in the Dark

Currently our maintenance team starts work at 5:30 am and we often come in at 5:00 to make sure we stay ahead of play for most of our jobs. That puts my team in the dark for about an hour or so depending on the time of the year. Working in the dark has its own set of challenges so we use head lamps and lights mounted to our equipment so we can see and work safely. In the morning and in the dark we often see some cool wildlife. Some of those sightings include bobcats, owls, bats, and on a rare occasion a mountain lion.

Lights On!

My flash is on here

Can you see? Pretty tough right? A Large owl just flew by in this picture but it was to dark to capture it.