Friday, September 23, 2016

2016 "Most Outstanding Intern"

I am proud to announce the "Most Outstanding Intern" of 2016, Jared Kief. Jared is from Wisconsin and attends Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. Jared will receive a $1000 scholarship. Next season, Jared has accepted an intern position at Erin Hills, which will be hosting the 2017 US Open. Congratulations to Jared, and thanks for all your hard work at CCRockies this year. Good luck at Erin Hills next season.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Elk on the Golf Course...

It's that time of year, wildlife moving on the golf course. We are starting to see substantial bear and elk movement/activity on the course. This past Thursday morning we had a small herd of elk come up from Highway 6 and run at full tilt down #7 fairway. Even with firm fairway conditions these animals can cause some major damage. Not the kind of aerification I was planning. 

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Two Guarantees of Fall....

Each year when mid-September rolls around, two things are guaranteed, the Vail International Pro-Am and the Aspens starting to show some good yellow color. Well, it's that time again......

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Cold Morning....

This morning was the coldest we have experience since springtime. We were 27 degrees at 5am, that is almost 10 degrees colder than any other morning so far. Looks like turf growth will start to shut down for the year soon.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Let the Irrigation Installation Begin....

Tanto Irrigation is back on site and has begun installing laterals on Hole #6. We plan on installing laterals on holes #6, #5, #4 in that order, this fall. I like to call it, out with the old, in with the new! Take a look....

Out with the Old!

In with the New!

Installing the Green Loop on #6.

Sunday Morning Rainbows....

This past Sunday we had some unusual weather roll through the Valley for a few hours. That weather contributed to these photos taken by my assistant, Carey Hofner. Very impressive!

Looking down #17 to the West.

Standing on #3 first Fairway looking to the West.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Kevin's ON COURSE "Turf Care Tips"

I would like to thank the many members who have complimented me on the premier edition of Kevin's ON COURSE "Turf Care Tips" and the Ballmark video. Its been overwhelming. I have made note of a couple suggestions to keep everyone updated in the fall with project work using quick videos. I will see what I can do. Once again, thanks!

Flower Transition Time

With cool nights over the past couple weeks occurring regularly, this is the time of year some of our flower beds get
transitioned to fall Mums. Here we are planting the summer Cosmo Beds behind #9 green to Mums for the rest of the season. We will also plant additional Mums around the clubhouse area to help maintain some color over the next month.

Friday, August 26, 2016

What a Difference a Year Makes....

Mother Nature sure can be complicated! Last year the Vail Valley was inundated with aphids. They were everywhere.... trees, flowers, you name it. This year, virtually none. Last year I monitored a tree near the Eagle River for aphids, I probably looked at it 2-3x a week for 4-5 months. This year I have been monitoring the same tree. Last year it had world record numbers of aphids, this year, virtually none? Why? Hard to say, only Mother Nature knows for sure! Take a look.......

August 2015

August 2016

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Eagle River Flow

The Eagle River is at its lowest flow levels of the year. With no precipitation over the past week flow levels have dropped rapidly. Take a look at peak flow vs present flow.

June 11, 2016

August 22, 2016

Friday, August 19, 2016

Tree Work..

This week Swingle Tree from Denver was on-site to perform some tree work around the clubhouse and on Highway 6 berm. Each year the trees are treated for insects and injected with a Yucca based water holding agent. Swingle has been performing this work for a number of years and does first class work! Take a look....

The thing about WEEDS....

Usually in early August we tend to get our second "go around" with weed germination. This year is no different, and maybe worse than normal. It's always difficult to control weeds this time of year as well, due to the amount of play the course experiences. The interesting thing about weeds is when we spray for them, they easily become more noticable. As the weed reacts to the herbicide and curls, it becomes much more noticeable than if it wasn't sprayed. Another thing about weeds is just because they are sprayed, they don't vanish immediately. It takes a while for a weed to completely die and to disappear. Here are a few photos of weeds we sprayed this week and suddenly how prominent they appear...