Thursday, July 28, 2016

Course Closed

The course will remain closed for the rest of the day as we have experienced a tremendous amount of rainfall. We will re-evaluate tomorrow morning and will hope to open the course then. The members lounge is open today.
Thank you,
Klint Ladd
Golf Course Superintendent

Course Closed

The course is currently closed until further notice due to rainfall.  We will update you here upon any changes to the course status.  You may also call the golf shop at 513-495-1234.

Thanks,
Klint Ladd
Golf Course Superintendent


Friday, May 6, 2016

The Irrigation Battle Begins

The worst day of year for the Stillmeadow Turf and Maintenance crew is usually sometime around early March every year.  It is the day when we turn the irrigation system on.  In the last 5 years we have poured countless time, energy and resources into the irrigation system.  This hard work has paid off as we continue to see less issues on a yearly basis.  However, we still see a lot.   

The biggest culprit since our arrival at SCC has been the swing joints for the quick couplers.  This a port that has been installed at various locations around the golf course.  These ports allow us to quickly connect a hose to the system for handwatering and other various task.  Many of these quick couplers are part of the original irrigation system and how the course was watered on a nightly basis before the installation of double row sprinkler heads.  The quick couplers are supported by galvanized steel piping which is where the majority of our problems occur. The following photos show the rusted hole in the steel piping along with some photos of the repair process.  In most cases the couplers are removed and the main line is then repaired.



Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Pre-emergent Application to tees, fairways and rough

Yesterday at Stillmeadow Country Club, we applied over 100 acres of fertilizer combined with a pre-emergent herbicide.  Thanks to Advanced Turf Solutions for doing an awesome job on the application.










Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Progress Updates

Over the last 4.5 years, the current staff at Stillmeadow Country Club has worked diligently to maintain smoother and firmer greens.  We have been able to achieve this as well as other benefits through regular sand topdressing to the green surfaces.  One of the additional benefits that probably gets overlooked is the positive changes that can be made to the soil profile if the process is done correctly.  

Organic matter is constantly being created in any turf area.  This is caused by dead plant material and will occur even when the turf stand appears healthy.  This occurs where the bottom or "crown" of the plant meets the soil.  This is known as the thatch layer.  The thatch layer causes many problems, especially when trying to maintain turf in a putting green setting.  The primary concern would be that a thatch layer can become like a sponge that ties up water, nutrients, chemicals and fertilizer from getting to the roots of the plants. 

There are different ways to combat thatch.  Verticutting and core aeration would be two of the better known ones.  Frequent topdressing is another and a great tool when you consider the benefits to ball roll and playabilty that you can also achieve.  The goal with sand topdressing is to apply enough sand to match the rate of organic addition to the point where layering is not evident.  The USGA makes recommendations to help turf managers have an idea of what these quantities would be in each area of the country.

Now we would like to show you a picture of a soil profile taken from #8 green
The greens at our club were originally constructed out of native soil which you can still see on the right hand side of the picture.  You can see areas where clean sand has been added to the native soil by our team.  This was done by the process of deep tine aeration and topdressing.  Sand throughout the profile allows for better water peculation and ultimately allows for a faster drying surface after rain and irrigation events.  As we move left in the photo the next area was years of hard work by previous superintends and their staff's to incorporate sand for all of the previously mentioned reasons.  You can also see pockets of new sand where our team has also contributed to this area.  The next area is organic layering.  This area was created by years of improper cultural practices including a lack of sand incorporation.  Much like a thatch layer, this layer will act like a barrier that will tie up water, nutrients, chemicals, fertilizer and will ultimately end up reducing rooting past this layer.  Moving left, the top area is what we have been able to achieve in just 4.5 years.  You will see some minor organic layering in this area which means we could be even more aggressive.  However, overall it is a fairly well blended area of sand and organic matter that should allow for the movement of water, and nutrients through the soil while also continuing to push the black organic layer further down to a level where it becomes less of a concern.

We are proud of the progress we have made and wanted the membership to see that there is always more going on than meets the eye!  All of this behind the scenes effort, finances and planning shows the end result of a better putting surface and a better overall product to our membership for now and in the future!

The end result

Friday, January 8, 2016

Tree Transplanting Project

The Stillmeadow Turf and maintenance crew has wrapped up the transplanting of native trees found in wooded areas and brush lines. These trees have been strategically placed across all 18 holes and have made a huge and immediate impact. In total, over 70 trees have been transplanted. Many thanks to all members involved in raising the funds to make this project the success that we believe it will and can be in the future.
With gratitude,
Klint Ladd
Golf Course Superintendent











Sunday, December 20, 2015

Tree Spade Progress

Thanks to some generous donations from the membership here at Stillmeadow Country Club, we have generated the funds required to really transform the golf course.  This is being accomplished by the transplanting of native trees, found in the woods lines as well as trees that were identified in tall grass and brush areas. Many of these areas have been cleaned out over the last few years.  While some of the impact will be immediate, there is a lot to look forward to as these trees continue to mature over the years.  We are about half way done with the tree spading process as over 30 trees have been relocated thus far.  The following photos are some examples of the work that has been done so far.  I would like to mention that some tracking has occurred from the machinery.  However, I feel that the damage is primarily cosmetic and that the benefit to the course of moving these trees is well worth the temporary tracking that has occurred.

Thank you,

Klint Ladd
Golf Course Superintendent






















Friday, December 11, 2015

The Latest Happenings

The recent warm temperatures have allowed the Stillmeadow Turf and Maintenance crew, along with the help of a couple contractors, to complete a variety of task while continuing to keep the golf course playable.  The following are pictures of the mentioned work in progress.


Stump Grinding




Bunker Drainage Work







 Dead Ash Tree Removals