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Out with the OLD. In with the NEW
The course just got a little face lift this week. Post aerification means a whole new set of pins, flags and cups. It is amazing to see the difference in the flag color after a year in the sun. New pins and cups means 'hopefully' straighter pins that have n...

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Aerification!!
Welcome to aerification week! It was a long couple of days out here on the Ridge. Though Monday morning was held off about an hour and a half due to a frost delay, we were able to finish all 20 greens within two days! With holes spacing 2.5x2 inches, there ...

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Breathe!!!
Every green has drain tiles running underneath that gets rid of water and excess gasses. Over time these drains can get clogged causing problems on the greens. As you can see here the drains have been capped underground allowing no way to reach them. Using ...

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One of our final winter projects was cleaning up the underbrush behind 16 green. Some of the shrubs were tall enough that they were in play from 17 blue and black tee box. It was no easy task, taking multiple days and requiring tractors to remove some of th...

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It has been a little over a week since we have completed our zoysia spray. As you can see from the photo below, we are already getting some great results! This is close to the green on hole 2 where we decided to use plywood to help us cover tight corners. B...

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Spring Tease
Its that time of year again when the fairways turn blue! We couldn't have had better weather over the past few weeks to get prepared for the upcoming season. Hundreds of golfers were out to enjoy the 70 degree weather that gave us an early taste of spring. ...

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Inside work
Inside work has begun here at the Ridge! With low temps and snow falling two days this week, we decided to stay in and stay warm. As you can see from the photo below, Jose and I used our artistic abilities to paint new tee markers. Tee markers received two ...

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These past few days we have been blessed with a few warmer temperatures. With that we were able to get out on the course and accomplish a few tasks other than tree work (Front 9 completed). Surrounding our tee features are clumps of pampas grass. These tall...

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Goose Problems
Every winter golf courses run into one problem that no one can seem to solve. Geese. Canada geese can be considered one of the biggest nuisance pests to not only golf courses, but many parks and suburban areas with ponds or lakes. Because these giant birds ...

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A Change in Weather
It looks as though winter is finally here! Only a couple days late for a white Christmas. This little winter storm has brought severe weather to much of the Midwest. We have received a wintry mix over night and throughout the day. As of now the temperatures...
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