Thursday, April 30, 2015

Slow Start...

As the warmer weather is finally upon us. I felt that it was a great time to give you a course update. Hopefully I can clear up any questions you may have. As of Friday, (May 1) the driving range tee will be set up on the grass from now until fall. The mats will only be used for certain events, and Extremely wet conditions. How do we determine win the tee is set up on the grass? The answer to this is soil temperature. As the soil temperature rises and the grass becomes steadily active, it is able to compete with the divots taken. It also allows the seed in the divot mixture the ability to germinate. Had the practice tee been open in early March, we would not have much of a playable surface come June. Another reminder is to begin to change your warm up pattern to the picture below...
This will greatly improve the practice surface throughout the year. Higher soil temperatures will also help heal divots, ball marks (if properly repaired) and slowly start to green things up consistently throughout the course. Respectfully, Andy Perry Golf Course Superintendent

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Welcome Back!

As the 2015 golf season approaches us, I wanted to take this time to welcome everyone back to Blackstone!  After a very long and depressing winter, it is a pleasant relief to see that the course didn't suffer any winter damage.  You may notice some areas in the rough that mice have chewed thatch and leaf tissue, but once soil temperatures increase we get a flush of spring growth, these areas will no longer be noticeable...

If you were able to play the course before the recent snow fall, you may have wondered when we will be mowing the greens.  The answer to that is hopefully soon.  We are waiting for soil temperatures to increase and see some growth activity.  My best guess would probably some time next week, once the snow and moisture soaks in.  We were able to get 3 good rolls on them, which really helps smooth them out after the freeze/thaw cycles of winter. 

All we can do now is wait and hope for better weather. 

Hope to see you all soon!

Andy Perry
Golf Course Superintendent

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

17, 10, and 18 Pond Bank....

If you have been to Blackstone lately, you may have noticed the tall native grass that covers the slope of 10, 18, and 17 pond banks to be burnt, and tilled bare soil.  These areas will be fine graded and seeded with Kentucky Bluegrass, like we did to the right of 1.  These areas were rounded up, burnt, and tilled, in order to prep for seed.

This will not only speed up play, but it will provide a cleaner look.  Below is a few pictures of the process.  We are hoping to complete this project asap, just waiting for a break in the weather.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Divot replacement

Each morning my staff and I drive the fairways, and pickup perfectly good divots.  The misconception is that these will not regrow, and divot mix is the only way to replace these gouges in the fairway.  This could not be further from the truth.  

As long as the divot has good roots and soil in tacked, the best way is to replace them.  With adiquate moisture from rain, or irrigation, these will take root fairly quickly.  Much quicker than seed/mix will establish, and give you a better playing surface to hit from.  If the divot shatters to tiny pieces it is best to use mix.  

Thanks again for continual effort in making our fairways the best around!

Andy Perry
Golf Course Superintendent 

Friday, August 8, 2014

June rains continue...

Blackstone received about in inch of rain in 20 minutes Wednesday evening.  The corse really soaked in well by Thursday morning.  Bunkers weren't so lucky.
90 degree rule for the day, and we ask that you please use caution.  Enjoy your round!

Andy Perry 

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Proper Ball Mark Repair

Proper ball mark repair has been a continual issue here at Blackstone Golf Club. As the maintenance staff we pride ourselves on providing the absolute truest greens around, and we repair ball marks each and every morning, but some times the damage has already been done.

Either a ball mark was left early in the morning and dried out, or the golfer chose to use the "lift method" and tore all the roots.  Fixing a ball mark properly is very simple.

1. Insert ball mark tool at the back of the mark.
2. Push inward, towards the center, working your way around the entire mark.
3. Tap mark down with the bottom of your putter.

It's as simple as that.  When I first began playing golf, I was taught to fix yours and another one.  If all golfers were to take this in to fruition, it would go a long way in helping us provide the best possible putting surface that we can. 

Below is a sign that I put together, that will be sitting by the first tee box.  Hopefully the pictures will make it even easier to understand.

Thank you in advance for your efforts!


Andy Perry
Golf Course Superintendent

Thursday, June 12, 2014

New Roller

Recently we purchased a new roller, for our greens here at Blackstone.  The new roller replaces one that was about 9 years old, and mounted on a triplex.  

This roller will allow us to free up a triplex that we can use for mowing tees, approaches, and dethatching.  It will also allow us the ability to roll, without leaving tire marks, ensuring that we can continue to provide the smoothest putting surfaces possible.

Andy Perry