Autumn is such a magical time to be around a golf course. Other than a few cottonwoods, most trees have yet to change colors and drop leaves nor has the first frost of the season come our way. The cruel summer heat is a thing of the past and we’re still several months away (I hope!) from that first snowfall. It really is a perfect time to play golf and we don’t even have to miss the football game…thanks to mobile TV.
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.
Good Morning…Unfortunately, it has been a very stormy morning! I don’t have an official rain total as of this writing…but after viewing several areas of the golf course it looks like Hoffman Estates probably received 3-4″ of rain overnight. The course is not playable right now with several cartpath areas covered with water. The flooded areas are receding at a fairly quick pace…so although the course will be closed this morning, I am hopeful that barring additional heavy rainfall…the Mad Dog Outing will go as scheduled this afternoon. I’ll post an additional update later this morning and as always, you can call the Pro Shop @ 847-310-1100 ex.27 for information. Thank you.