Indian Summer–Light

November 3, 2011

Thank goodness the weather sounds good for Friday thru Monday (11/4-11/7)…because today (Thursday) can pretty much be labeled miserable…drizzle with 30-40 mph winds.  Well, let’s hope the forecast holds true and good golfing weather arrives just in time for the weekend.

Just a few notes about the goings-on at Hilldale:

*The second half of greens 1-5-6 have been aerified and therefore the cup location/flagstick will now be located on the half that was aerified 2 weeks ago.  If all goes as planned, we will aerify the second half of greens 4 and 8 on Monday 11/7.  That will most likely conclude greens aerification for 2011.  Obviously in a perfect world all greens would be aerified and fully healed at this late date…that’s not the case at Hilldale because we decided several weeks ago to delay aerification this year for business purposes.  In order to minimize the threat of winter damage (dessication), putting surfaces will be covered with a heavy layer of sand prior to the ground freezing…especially those greens where aerification holes haven’t fully healed over.  

*Leaf cleanup work is going well and moving toward the final stages this season.  It’s looking like the next few days will be extremely busy as the oak, maple, and locust trees are currently dropping their leaves…about 7-10 days after ash and cottonwood trees went bare.

*Anyone who’s played at Hilldale recently can speak (curse) to the many Canadian Geese taking refuge on the golf course.  The grounds crew has a daily routine to deal with the droppings (presents) left behind by our fine friends…we use heavy drag ropes followed by large and small blowers to clean up the mess..hopefully to your satisfaction.

*The Hilldale Men’s Club had their dinner banquet last Friday evening and enjoyed a good turnout…thanks to all for the very nice comments and it was fun working with you for another year.

*Bill Salzman (General Manager) retired effective Oct. 31, 2011.  Bill, thanks for giving me the opportunity almost nine years ago (wow, time really does fly!) to manage this fine golf course…it was great working for/with you..here’s to a long, happy retirement.

Thanks for coming out and enjoy the light version of Indian Summer this weekend.