Thursday, August 30, 2018

Drought to Flood

By Golf Superintendent Ben Larsen

The timing of the rain could not have been better.  Displayed below, you can see, that before the rain, Green Bay made the US Drought Monitor Map. 

However, the amount of rain, along with the spacing between storms, was not ideal. Between August 27th and August 29th, we received 5.7” of rain. That amount of rain surpassed our total amount, 4.47”, received over the last two months. 

Notice, we received more rain in those three days than the last two months.

When we receive that much rain over a short period, not all 5.7” of rain will absorb into the ground.  In fact, the majority of last week’s rain resulted in runoff into our drainage system, ponds, and creeks. Overall, the course took in the moisture well and will allow us to put down the hoses and focus on projects after Labor Day.  

Interesting Fact

To put the amount of rain received into perspective, the 5.7” of rain received over the playable/irrigated areas (greens, tees, fairway, rough, range, some fescue areas, etc.) around the golf course equated to 18,263,780 gallons of water.  Now, the amount of irrigation water we use each YEAR is between 18,000,000-20,000,000 gallons. So, the amount of rain from August 27th-August 29th equates to one year’s usage of irrigation water…WOW! 

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

2018 PGA All-Stars Sectional Qualifier

The Green Bay PGA Junior League All-Star Team competed at Mascoutin Golf Course in Berlin, WI on Sunday, August 19th and just missed advancing to the Section Championship. The Green Bay team shot a score of 106 while the Madison North team won their division shooting a score of 95. 

Team Green Bay was led by Green Bay Country Club members Grace Durkin and Mason Haupt who shot an amazing nine-hole scramble score of 5 under par 31. Mason Haupt hit the shot of the day holing out for eagle on hole 9 (a par 4) from 130 yards with a 7-iron. Captain Lucas Hana witnessed the amazing shot which brought a huge smile to his face!

Also, GBCC Members Drew Siudzinski and Bennett Madson along with Oneida G&CC member Tommy Hall shot a solid nine-hole score of 1 over par 37 for the second best score on the team. Congrats to everyone on the PGA Junior League team at GBCC for a fantastic season!

GBCC All-Star Team Members
Grace Durkin
Mason Haupt
Bennett Madson
Drew Siudzinski

GBCC PGA Junior League Team Participants
William Vincent
Aiden Piencikowski 
Drew Siudzinski 
Charles May
Henry Weber
Bennett Madson
Mason Haupt
Grace Durkin
Danielle Dow
Evelyn Cloud
Claire Sonnenburg
Carter Broten
Sophia Sonnenburg
Owen Hein
Nolan VanMiller
Sam Behrend

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Mr. Ace

Tom Laatsch aced Hole #4 on Thursday, August 16th for his second Ace in less than a month. He used a 7 iron from 115 yards and played the green tees. Congrats Tom- also known as Mr. Ace!! 

Check out a flyover of #4 below:

Friday, August 10, 2018

A Matter of Course: Cart Path Additions & Guidelines

By Golf Superintendent Ben Larsen

Recently, the Grounds Crew repaired all potholes and repainted all the yardages found on the cart paths. In addition to repainting the yardages, we have added a 150 and 200 yardage to the #17 cart path. These yardages were painted for all the slicers (or hookers for you lefties) from #16’s tee, that happen to find yourselves hitting their second shot in #17’s fairway.  By having these yardages, this will help speed up play and give a better representation of yards to the center of the #16 green. Notice in the picture below, that the numbers face the direction of play; so not to be confused with a distance indication for #17.

Speaking of cart paths, now that rain has become more frequent, the low areas adjacent to the carts paths have become very soft.  Please avoid merging on and off the path around any areas that are muddy or wet; otherwise, damage will occur, similar to what is pictured below.  Also, when on the cart path, always drive in the middle with four tires on it at all times.

Lastly, when playing your next shot or putting on the green, please keep your cigars and drinks in your cart.  Pictured below, are examples of how a spilled alcoholic drink (left) and a cigar burn (right) can kill bentgrass.

All cooperation is appreciated. Thanks!