Well, it would be very easy about now to start griping and complaining about the weather (intense heat and drought)..right? I mean we’re all doing it, aren’t we? But, as a wise person (not me, my father) once said, what good will it do? So that’s it for the complaining. More importantly, what are we doing at Hilldale to help the greens, tees, and fairways through this severe heat spell? Besides the obvious watering which is being done at all hours…night/early morning with sprinkler system; and during the heat of the day with our staff cooling down hot spots with handwatering. We definitely limit the amount of mowing during hot weather also. Practices such as double-cutting and mowing during the heat of the day (after 11 a.m.) are eliminated. After all, when temps. are this hot the grass is growing much slower than normal so it’s easy to skip a day here and there w/o noticeable playability effects. Alternating mowing and rolling on a daily basis has become very popular the past few years and is another practice I like to employ during stressful weather.
Last week, a new irrigation pipe was installed that runs from the 16th green to the 17th fairway. Most of the project is complete with only the bridge crossing near the 16th green remaining (will be completed early next week). This new section of irrigation pipe is replacing an old section of pipe where the original 17th hole (old par 3) used to be…approx. 75 yds. straight west of the current 17th fairway. The old irrigation pipe had deteriorated beyond repair and thus forced us to install the new line.
Another very important task just completed on the golf course was the injection of insecticide to approximately 90 ash trees to combat the Emerald Ash Borer. I’m sure by now that most everyone has at least some knowledge of the severe destruction caused by this invasive insect which is native to Asia. The Emerald Ash Borer was first discovered in 2002 in southeast Michigan and Windsor Ontario. Tens of millions of ash trees have been killed in urban, rural, and forested settings. As of June 2009, emerald ash borer (EAB) infestations were known to be present in 12 states and two Canadian provinces. Even though this pest has been discovered in many areas of northern Illinois, we’re extremely fortunate to have several treatment options available to combat EAB. Research has shown these treatments can be effective. If you have any questions or concerns relating to the treatment of EAB at Hilldale Golf Club, please contact the Grounds Dept. (847-884-6868) for further information.
I apologize for being unable to post pictures today further detailing the topics discussed above (technical problems). I will post these pics asap.
Thanks to all for playing Hilldale thus far in 2012. Hopefully, as “tournament season” draws near the weather will cool down and the 2nd half of the season will be as good as the 1st.