Thursday, November 17, 2016

The Veterans Golf Outing was a Success!

The Green Bay Country Club hosted it's fifteenth annual Veterans Golf Outing.  This years' member sponsored outing was the largest ever!  A total of 143 golfers were treated like a member of the club on October 3.  Each participant was charged a discounted fee which included breakfast, lunch and eighteen holes of golf with cart.  After golf, we provided them with heavy hors d'oeuvres, and a brief awards ceremony.

Over the past 15 years, $120,000 has been donated to local veterans organizations and over 1,500 golfers have been entertained. This year, $7,800 in funds will be donated to the following organizations:

This member-sponsored tradition will continue in 2017. Please tell any veterans you know to save the date: Monday October 2nd, 2017!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Hole in One

Kevin Sandmire made an Ace on hole 4 from 155 yards using an 8 iron this morning. Check out hole 4, otherwise known as "Creekside," in the video below. 

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Is There a Frost Delay Today?

By Golf Superintendent Ben Larsen

That’s the question that will be on every early morning golfer’s mind from now until winter. Generally speaking, for frost to form the surface must be colder than the surrounding air with clear skies and calm conditions. Temperatures do not need to be equal to or below freezing in order for frost to occur. Also, frost may not be present everywhere, it depends upon the area’s microclimate. The erratic occurrence of frost is partly due to: differences of elevation, lower areas being cooler than higher, shaded or sunny, turf height and moisture; which are all examples of microclimates. Typically, frost can be forecasted based on the following day’s weather but the only unknown variable is how long the frost is going to persist. During periods of frost, we want to protect the golf course from any damage from both the employees and golfers. So on that note, a practice that will both protect the course from damage and speed up the frost delay, is to introduce (warmer) irrigation water to the grass which essentially helps to “melt” the frost off of the leaf blade.

Why is frost a big deal?
 Many plants can be damaged or killed by freezing temperatures or frost. The damage varies by the type of plant and tissue exposed to low temperatures. Once frost forms, the leaf cells may be damaged by sharp ice crystals that are located on or inside the plant. However, the turf plant itself is not necessarily damaged when leaf temperature drops below the freezing point, just the leaf tissue. This is evident on some areas of bentgrass that turn either a dull green or purple. On the other hand, if those sharp crystals are present and are stepped on, you can damage the leaf blade and kill the plant or turf.

Off-site example of frost damage/ kill from someone walking on a green with frost present.
Below is a video from the USGA that illustrates and further explains frost, the golf course and you.