Friday, November 22, 2013


The bentgrass that has infested the new fairway borders continues to decline. Aaron made several herbicide applications over it this fall.

Friday, November 15, 2013

November 15, 2013

Our boys are putting together the finishing touches on the brick pavers between the pro-shop and swimming pool.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Thursday, October 24, 2013

October 24, 2013

Our boys Adelberto, Victor & Aristeo are converting the asphalt in front of the Pro Shop to brick pavers and bluestone.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

October 16, 2013

Our boys are recycling the abandoned chipping green sod by expanding the front of #9 green.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

October 5, 2013

We are treating the new bluegrass fairway borders to eliminate bentgrass encroachment. And it's working!!

Friday, October 4, 2013

October 4, 2013

Aaron is really bringing the new chipping area into shape. I can't wait to take a divot!!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

September 12, 2013

The boys are replacing the fine fescue with turf type tall fescue sod on three of the mounds on the left of #7.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Thursday, September 5, 2013

September 9, 2013

The boys prepare the new chipping fairway for seeding. While Aaron drops seed and fertilizer on the new green.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

August 21, 2013

This bunker on the left side of #9 is filled with cicada killer wasp galleries daily. Every morning we tour the course with wasp spray and fill the wasp galleries with insecticide. Spraying into the galleries will sometimes eliminate adult wasps but will always reduce populations by aborting egg development.

The wasps won't sting people, they are however very aggressive. They also are seasonal and I believe the population will be peaking soon. Good news if you're a cicada or a wayward golfer.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

August 15, 2013

We started spreading 85/15 sand/peat mix on the new chipping green today.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Thursday, July 4, 2013

July 4, 2013

Aaron Becker's yarrow project on the #17 tree island is beginning to mature.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

July 2, 2013

The boys are bundled up against the northeast lake breeze. Cold and raw.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

June 26, 2013

Flooded again. It's been a remarkably wet year. We're close to equaling all of 2012's total rainfall and its still only June.

We're thankful for the cooler temperatures and cloudy skies.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

June 19, 2013

After a little persuasion we've started using green sand for divot mix on tees AND the new fairways.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

June 8, 2013

Every once in a while Mother Nature will knock us down on the golf course.

It's important to remember the good days too. Today is a good day.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

May 30, 2013

The boys have been aerifying the new sod fairway edges recently. Please take the nearest relief if your golf ball lands in an aerified area.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

May 16, 2013

Evidence we have a coyote running the golf course. They love to slice the traffic control ropes.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

May 8, 2013

Every spring our boys clean the previous seasons debris from the ditch. A tough job, indeed.

Friday, May 3, 2013

May 3, 2013

Congratulations to Fernando, Miguel, Victor & Jesus. Today they finished up edging and flood restoration of all 69 sand bunkers on the property.

If a GOLFER could see the pride these boys put into their work, they'd never again walk up a bunker face or leave their footprints unrepaired.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

May 1, 2013

Putting green aerification has been completed. We now must manage recovery, which means frequent lite watering and infrequent daytime mowing.

Friday, April 26, 2013

April 26, 2013

The Club's new greens roller smooths the surface on #18 after the aerification process. We've completed nine greens as of today, we will return to that task on Monday. The crew will use this weekend to mow grass and prepare the course for play.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

April 24, 2013

Finished sanding #18 green. We will have completed nine greens by Friday afternoon. Next week we should finish up the remainder. Weather permitting.

Note the repaired bunkers in the background. We continue to correct flood damage in EVERY bunker.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

April 23, 2013

We finished punching and cleaning greens 8, 9, 10, 14, 17 & 18 before the rain started today. We will continue punching and cleaning tomorrow, then move to sanding on Thursday & Friday. Weather permitting.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

April 21, 2013

Our boys use a jon boat to ferry a walking greens mower out to #4 green. Holes 3, 4 & 5 remain closed due to standing water.

Friday, April 19, 2013

April 19, 2013

This picture, taken 24 hours after the previous post, shows how quickly the water level lowers.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

April 19, 2013

Regardless of how much rain falls, no more water leaves the property than can travel through the outlet pipe on the 11th hole.

April 18, 2013

The golf course is holding water for the entire area. What a great asset to the neighborhood the golf course becomes during a flood!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

April 14, 2013

The golf course is getting a later start then recent springs. Overall everything looks to be in good health and ready to take on a Chicago summer!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

March 19, 2013

Elliott & Eloise are expecting a pair of eaglets any day now. Check on their progress at;

Thursday, March 14, 2013

March 14, 2013

What a difference a year makes. Last year on this date the high temperature was 81!!! No such luck this year. Looking forward to a great season though.