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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 […]
September 28, 2017

Seasons Change… and So Does the Beer

          One of the many perks of being a bartender brings the changing of the beer taps. Not only changing from one type of beer to another, but more so the changing of seasonal beer.  Seasonal beer arrivals bring a lot of excitement to the customer, and as bartenders we love seeing and sharing the customers’ excitement when we put a summer beer on tap as the weather starts to get warmer, or when we exchange the summer beers for […]
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 […]
September 6, 2017

Make-A-Wish: The Annual Weathervane Golf Fundraiser

Part 6 of our Guest Blog Series – This post is written by Ian Kelley for Weathervane Restaurants and Make A Wish. When it comes to making wishes on the golf course, most players probably pray for long drives and accurate putts — or perhaps a bit of divine intervention to escape from a deep, steep bunker. But for one very special day each September, golfers gather to help grant the wishes of children who have been diagnosed with a […]
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 […]
May 24, 2017

Green Speeds… What To Know

I have been wanting to address this issue for a long time since I receive many comments about green speeds from our customers as our spring greens aeration is behind us for the time being and much anticipated improved weather is ahead of us ensuring peak golfing conditions. There have been past days when golfers would have asked me if I thought the green speed number posted outside the golf shop was accurate. Some has said the greens were faster […]
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 […]
February 22, 2017

Three Things Golfers Should Know About Winterkill

Winterkill is an easy problem to define but difficult to understand. Winterkill simply put, is when turf dies during the winter. However, understanding the mechanism’s that cause winterkill whether it be ice, crown hydration, low temperature kill or desiccation is not that simple. Creating effective prevention strategies and formulating actual recovery tactics can be complex, time consuming and at times experimental. What causes winterkill? Winterkill is a catch all term describing winter injury to turf that can occur through a […]
December 20, 2016

Winter Covers… Good For Some Greens — Not Necessarily For All

There are two reasons for covering greens turf during the winter months in the northern climate of the U.S. 1) To protect the turf from cold, dry winter winds. 2) To help prevent the forma on of ice on the greens surface. But, not all cultivars on our northern greens are the same… some need extra protec on and some actually benefit with no protection. The most susceptible turf species to winter damage is Poa Annua (poa). Poa plants are […]
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 14, 2016

A Stimp Meter In Use

The U.S Open at Oakmont — Green Speed and the Stimp Meter This week’s U.S Open championship will be contested just outside Pittsburg, PA at Oakmont Country Club.  It will be the ninth U.S. Open hosted at this famed venue. Virtually all of golf’s aficionados consider Oakmont one of the most difficult courses in America; a fantastic facility to host the nation’s most prestigious golf championship.   Narrow fairways, deep bunkers and punishing rough… but, the real challenge of Oakmont is […]
May 31, 2016

Every Golfer’s Responsibility

One of the unique aspects of golf is that it is a game of integrity.  There are no umpires or referees; quite simply… there is no on course supervision. Instead, the game relies on the integrity of the individual – the golfer – to show consideration to others, abide by the rules and to have respect for the course. Over my more than 30 years as a golf course superintendent I’ve seen virtually every imaginable type golfer behavior… some good… […]
March 1, 2016

Winter… No Time Off For a Golf Course Grounds Crew

A common question that course superintendents hear from golfers is:  “what do you guys do in the winter?” Sometimes I think they presume that there really isn’t much for a golf course grounds crew to do during the cold, snowy months of a New England winter.  The reality is actually quite the contrary. That said, like most golf course maintenance crews in our area, my assistants (Bill Nickerson and Jeremy Stafford) and I do scale back to a 40 hour […]