August 25, 2011
All cart restrictions lifted; 80 degrees and sunny with a light breeze; quick greens and very receptive. Hope you can all make it out to Hilldale. Below is the maintenance schedule for Fri.-Sun.:
Greens-Double-cut and double-roll all three days. Depending on stimpmeter readings, greens could also be mowed on Sat. evening. Goal is to be at 11.5 ft. in the morning, which normally would indicate about a 10-10.5 ft. speed in early afternoon. I know many players would like to see speeds in the 12 ft. range, but past experience has shown the amount of time for an 18 hole round increases significantly when greens are rolling that quick.
Tees & Fairways-Mow on Friday and Sunday. Both areas have firmed up nicely and with no rain in the forecast, should play to your liking throughout the weekend.
Rough-All rough areas will be cut at a 2″ height on Thursday and Friday, with the primary rough (20-30 ft. around greens and fairways) mowed one additional time over the weekend.
Bunkers-Will be raked with a mechanical rake on Friday and Sunday, and hand raked on Saturday. As I’ve written in earlier posts, the unusual number of heavy rain events over the last 4-6 weeks have caused an excessive amount of washouts in the sandtraps. Because of this, we’re using the cultivation tool on our mechanical rake to “loosen” the sand and attempt to minimize the number of “hard lies” in Hilldale’s bunkers.
Hope everyone has a great weekend and good luck to all those playing in the Hilldale Men’s Club event on Saturday and Sunday.
August 21, 2011
Forgive my poor weather forecasting skills…we did receive another .25″ of rain overnight. Today will definitely be a soggy day on the golf course, albeit a nice sunny day. I’m hopeful that by tomorrow (8/22) we’ll be able to lift the cart restrictions and go back to our ninety-degree rule, but until we can reevaluate conditions later…please follow the cartpath only rule with no exceptions today. Thanks very much.
August 21, 2011
18th fairway at noon on 08/20/2011
It’s safe to go out and play golf….we get another 2″ (just shy) of rain in barely one hour’s time! Hilldale is open for play, and although there was originally more rain in the forecast for Sat. evening, the updated (5:30 p.m.) future radar looks like Hoffman Estates should be rain free through the night. And of course tomorrow looks to be a glorious day (79 deg., sunny, and less humid. Carts must stay on cartpaths at all times and it’s hard to foresee that changing until Monday (8/22). We did have a chance to dry out some this week after receiving .5″ of rain last Sat. evening (8/13), so at least the ground wasn’t overly saturated prior to today’s moisture.
18th fairway at 4:30 p.m.-8/20/2011
Again, the bunkers took a major beating from the heavy rainfall. So for what seems like the upteenth time this summer, the major focus for the grounds department will be dealing with washed out bunkers. Carlos was a huge help this afternoon as all water has been removed from the front nine bunkers, and tomorrow we’ll deal with water in the back nine traps. As many of you know and have graciously commented on, I’ve been extremely pleased with the condition of Hilldale’s greens this summer. Considering the amount of heat, humidity, and rainfall the past six weeks…it’s hard to imagine the putting surfaces coming through the stress season in any better shape. With cooler nights and hopefully drier weather ahead, I see no reason why greens conditioning practices can’t be very aggressive well into the fall months. Stimpmeter readings were consistently above 11 ft. this morning (prior to the rain of course) after double cutting and rolling. It’s hard to say if the greens will firm up enough overnight to employ the same practices tomorrow, but that is the hope right now. Thanks for coming out to Hilldale.
Hilldale's 18th hole-5 hours after a 2" downpour
August 8, 2011
Well, it only rained from 9:00 until 9:25 a.m……only 1″ in 25 minutes! But all is well that ends well; fortunately we were able to let play resume at 10:00 a.m. Carts were restricted to stay on cartpaths and will remain so through most of the day on Monday (8/8). This is a big inconvenience for some players…I assure you we’ll get back to the 90 degree rule as soon as possible (when fairways can tolerate cart traffic). Thank you!