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May 9, 2018

POA – A Seed Head Unlike Any Other

May is a great month; the sun is bright and shining high in the sky, the threat of frost is all but gone and flowers are in full bloom all around us. But while May is one of my favorite months, there is a down side during this time period that I must deal with every new season, Poa seed heads. For many, the term poa seed heads means nothing, but for those that do know the term you are […]
April 25, 2018

What Trends Will You Be Following This Season?

As somebody who loves attending weddings as much as I love to plan them there is nothing better than seeing what brides are doing at their weddings and what might be trending during that time. Year after year we see what trends brides are doing and what trends the wedding industry wants to see. It would take you a couple days to read through all of the trends that are arising, so I went thorough and picked out some of […]
April 18, 2018

2018 Is The Year of The Tiger

What should you expect for golf in 2018?  From the professional tours to your local courses to vendors, there is a lot to get excited about in 2018. Are you excited about the return of Tiger? With the USGA and R&A looking to alter some rules, the golf world is having discussions about major changes.  Technology is steadily making their footprint in golf and looking to make bigger splashes.  Watching golf has changed in 2017 and looks to continually enhance […]
December 20, 2017

Trees – A Big Problem for Golf Course Turf and Budgets

To a golfer, few things are as satisfying as playing a good game of golf on a course with mature trees lining each side of the fairway. Players come to the course for the game but also to appreciate the calming beauty that a golf course can offer. However, it has long been known that trees on golf courses can wreak havoc with turfgrass quality and playability. For us, trees and the work they create have become a part of […]
December 13, 2017

An Open Mind

I am a fan of new discoveries. The allure of the unknown has always interested me, especially the notion that what I hold to be true could very well turn out to be false. The turf industry is no exception when it comes to new discoveries. It seems every year there is a new piece of equipment to try, a new chemical to spray or a lost philosophy that will solve all our problems. Choosing which new discovery to try […]
December 6, 2017

Golf Outings From A to Z

Candia Woods along with most public access golf courses rely on golf outings to help generate revenue. Most golf outings take advantage of not only the golf aspect but also food and beverage making it an attractive opportunity for fundraising groups as well as the golf courses. Hosting a golf outing at Candia Woods is a combined team effort of all of our departments; Matt Evans, grounds, Doug Alderman, Mike Lloyd and Christina Desjardins with food/beverage and of course Craig […]
November 2, 2017

Wedges 101: Is the bottom of your bag right for you?

What’s your wedge set up? Do you know what your 100-yard club is, or how many degrees of loft are between each of your wedges. Do you have a preferred yardage with your favorite wedge? The reason I ask these questions to help you, the golfer play better from inside 100 yards. Don’t buy into the marketing hype of the big driver manufacturers about how they’ll… “Take strokes off your game with X club!” The only real way to take […]
October 11, 2017

Spikeless or Spikes … That Is The Question

When you golf, what type of shoes do you wear?   Spikes?  Spikeless?  Or another type of shoe?   Now, when talking spikes I do not mean the metal spikes. More talking about soft spikes.     Here are some Pros and Cons to the debate: Spikes Pros Traction – with a traditional look and ability to change worn spikes, these shoes offer maximum traction Course Conditions – plays off of the first point but in wetter conditions shoes with […]
October 5, 2017

“Gorjus” George…. Yardologist

The following account is about a man named George Lucas. No… not the Star Wars guy. This George Lucas was never a movie maker, but he has had an illustrious career during which he has displayed a range of extraordinary accomplishments; Yes… in the arena of golf. And, I had the privilege of knowing him personally. • A professional caddie on the PGA tour. o Arnold Palmer’s personal caddie throughout 1980-81. o Inducted into the Professional Caddie Association’s “Hall-Of-Fame” in […]
May 9, 2018

POA – A Seed Head Unlike Any Other

May is a great month; the sun is bright and shining high in the sky, the threat of frost is all but gone and flowers are in full bloom all around us. But while May is one of my favorite months, there is a down side during this time period that I must deal with every new season, Poa seed heads. For many, the term poa seed heads means nothing, but for those that do know the term you are […]
December 13, 2017

An Open Mind

I am a fan of new discoveries. The allure of the unknown has always interested me, especially the notion that what I hold to be true could very well turn out to be false. The turf industry is no exception when it comes to new discoveries. It seems every year there is a new piece of equipment to try, a new chemical to spray or a lost philosophy that will solve all our problems. Choosing which new discovery to try […]
September 20, 2017

Teamwork Makes The Dream Work

This post is written by Steve Diehl, Assistant Superintendent at Candia Woods. “Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision, the ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives.  It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” Seeing as this is my first blog I wanted to write something sort of out of the realm of what others have posted in the past.  However, I came up short on what to discuss until […]
April 19, 2017

The Man, The Myth, The Legend

The year was 1963, Kennedy was president, Martin Luther King was standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, The Beatles were about to take America by storm and a quiet kid from Candia, NH began work on a golf course that would turn into a lifelong passion. These days Richard Weeks is synonymous with Candia Woods. Those that have remained part of the community through the years consider Richard the original care taker of this golf course; others that […]
April 5, 2017

How Do You Start?

Part 3 of our 2017 Guest Blog Series – This post is written by Brad Booth – Golf Course Architect. As a golf architect, the most common question I am asked is, “how in the world do you start”, (the design process).  The thought of looking at a very large parcel of land and then developing it into a new golf experience is indeed a daunting challenge.  My hope with this short piece is to share my starting process with […]
December 13, 2016

Sacrifice and Success

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve had several inquiries about the large holes in the greens; a process called deep tine aerification. It comes as no surprise of course that a magnitude of worry rushes over the unsuspecting golfer as she approaches the first green and sees the atrocity that has been committed. At first she holds nothing but contempt for the man on the tractor that seems suspiciously content with his actions and obtuse to the deprivation he […]
September 21, 2016

A Glimpse Into the Past

The other day on a walk through Bear Brook State Park I came across a tree with long serrated leaves that I just knew had to be an American chestnut (Castanea Dentata.) After closer inspection of the leaves, bark and structure of the tree, there was no mistaking it, it was indeed an American chestnut. Most people have probably never seen an American chestnut, and for those that have, the grandeur of this tree is nothing more than a memory. […]
July 5, 2016

Bunker Sand

Bunker Sand A few years ago I was invited to play a golf course in Maine named Belgrade Lakes.  Located about 12 miles due north of Augusta, a bit off the beaten path, Belgrade Lakes is a lovely course. I found the layout, designed by Scotsman Clive Clark (he also did Lake Winnipesaukee Country Club), to be an enjoyable play through rolling terrain.  Beautifully conditioned greens, tees and fairways but, from the very first hole, the most striking feature of […]
June 28, 2016

A Fungus Among Us

For many, the dog days of summer signify a return to easy living; vacation at the beach, barbeque in the back yard, cold drinks by the camp fire and of course, golf! Summer is an amazing time of year to be on a golf course, I have logged many. The warm temperatures bring about a variety of bustling life both plants and animals, all of which I enjoy seeing as I go about my work. However there is a life […]