Monday, July 23, 2018
Sunday, December 10, 2017
Course Evaluation Now Available
Please take the time to review the Course Evaluation prepared by the golf course architecture firm -Tripp Davis and Associates (TDA). This evaluation will be used to help develop short and long term improvements through the creation of a Master Plan for our golf course.
One critical component in this process is gathering member input and suggestions. We want to know what you currently like about the course, what you don’t like, and what improvements you think can be made - both now and in the future.
Access to the evaluation can be found by following the links in the right sidebar. Hard copies of the evaluation can also be obtained from the Golf Shop or in the 19th Hole.
Monday, September 18, 2017
Fall is finally here and our golf maintenance operations are in full swing. Our greens are steadily recovering from another long summer, several projects are currently underway, and we are working to implement important fall maintenance practices throughout the course. Please continue reading and check out the links in the side tabs to learn more.
|Fall is one of the best times of year to play golf in Central Texas. As cooler temperatures return, playing conditions on greens will improve.|
Course ConditionsGreens - Overall our greens are going great and we expect continued improvement over the next few weeks. Weak areas on the edges of the practice green, 9th green, and 16th green have been repaired and our first "planet air" greens aeration for the fall season was completed this past Monday. We expect full recovery by the end of this week and look forward to steadily transitioning our maintenance practices on greens from recovery to performance.
|Our "planet air" aeration process involves several important steps - one of which is the use of our Coremaster aerator.|
|Properly repairing damaged areas on greens is a is a difficult task that requires experience, patience, and unique skills. With a combined tenure of 55 years Jose Nava (right) and Sergio Zapata (left) have perfected the art of greens repair.|
|Asst. Supt. Randy Stewart spraying #1 green in late August. Weekly spray applications to greens provide fertility, regulate growth, and help prevent disease outbreaks.|
Tees, Fairways, Roughs - It has been a few weeks since our last significant rain event, and the course is showing signs of drought stress for the first time all year. Fortunately our irrigation water budget is in good shape - allowing us to irrigate all areas of the course as needed. During extended dry periods inconsistencies in the irrigation system are much more obvious. In order to minimize the affect of wet and dry areas on playing conditions, we are constantly making adjustments and repairs to the system.
|Andrew Moore checking and adjusting irrigation heads on the 6th Fairway.|
|Mowing patterns must constantly be adjusted - particular with square tees. We are currently working to realign multiple tees and adjust mowing patterns in approaches.|
|Ted Crews of Crews Service Company removes stumps from #1 Tee|
|Crew members Tyler and Drew complete the labor intensive task of mowing and edging bunker faces.|
- Over-seed practice tees and greens
- Seeding of tall fescue in roughs
- Preventative herbicide application to entire course and landscape areas
- Fall fertilizer applications
- Sod work on #1 tee, putting green collar, and other areas
- Irrigation modifications
- Fall flower change out
- Tree trimming along entrance road for clearence
|Tripp Davis discusses bunker design and mowing patterns during a recent site visit to RCC.|
Repairs to 15 and 16 - RCC is still working to find the best solution for repairing flood damage on holes 15 and 16. Earlier this month bids were received from several contractors, however overall cost was much higher than anticipated. We are currently working with Walker Partners and Tripp Davis to come up alternative solutions.
Maintenance Facility - We are steadily moving forward with our maintenance facility renovation plans. RBDR is currently working to complete the "design/build" specs so that bid documents can be prepared. We are optimistic that work may begin late this year.
Landscape Improvements- The House Committee is currently working to finalize plans that will overhaul the appearance of the main entrance into RCC. If approved, these much needed improvements will likely begin in October..
|The main entrance to RCC may be getting a "makeover" later this year.|
Lease Expansion- Work continues with the USACE to gain approval for expanding our marina lease. We are working with the Marina Committee to resolve compliance issues and to provide the USACE with all documentation needed in order for the proposal to move forward. .
Transfer Pump- During periods of low lake levels we must use a floating transfer pump to supply water to our irrigation system. In order to be compliant with USACE pumping policies, RCC had to make changes to our current pump. Our plans were approved earlier this year, and work is almost complete.
|This new "boat slip" will house our irrigation transfer pump, and provide compliance with USACE pump policies.|
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
|The 11th Hole at RCC. June 2017|
Golf Course News
How are our greens doing?
|One of new gas powered fans on #16 Green|
|GPS golfer tracks showing foot traffic on #9|
|Fairy Ring in July on #2 Green|
|Dakota and Gary repairing #2 Green|
bentgrass greens with temperatures over 100 degrees damage can occur rapidly. Over the last few weeks multiple spray applications, hand watering, and light aeration have been used to prevent additional damage. We believe that the fungus is now under control and have already started to repair several damaged areas. Full recovery is expected in four to six weeks. To learn more about "fairy ring" check out this article from North Carolina State University:
Master Planning and Tripp Davis
|Tripp Davis, Golf Course Architect|
Earlier this year the Golf Committee commissioned the golf course architecture firm Tripp Davis and Associates (TDA) to develop a new Master Plan for the course. Based out of Oklahoma, Tripp Davis has worked with clubs throughout the United States and is experienced in all facets of golf course architecture. A few of his clients in Texas include Brook Hollow Golf Club, Northwood Club, Oak Hills Country Club, and Preston Trail Golf Club. As explained by Tripp Davis below, the Course Evaluation and Master Plan will provide a road map that guides our efforts to continually improve and preserve the course – both now and in the future.
“Briefly, our Master Planning process begins with a complete evaluation of the existing golf course and practice facilities, looking at everything from the infrastructure of the course (irrigation, drainage, greens, tees and bunkers), to the overall landscape and the state of shade and airflow around the course, to the strategic makeup of the course from each tee. This is an objective analysis that looks to understand how everything exist before we look at how a Master Plan could be developed.
The Master Plan itself is a byproduct of learning from the evaluation the areas of need, strong points to build on, and opportunities that would enhance the golf course or practice facilities. The plan is not a directive for immediate change, but a guide so that anything done now, or five years from now, no matter how small or large, work together.” – Tripp Davis
Additional information about TDA’s approach to the Course Evaluation and Master Plan is available online by visiting TDA Golf. The Golf Committee will be working closely with TDA over the next couple of months and looks forward to sharing details of both the Course Evaluation and Master Plan as they become available.
In July, we received approval from the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to complete repairs to the flood damaged cart path and retaining walls on holes. We are currently beginning the bid process and work should begin by early October. We have also continued to move forward with plans to expand and renovate our golf course maintenance facility. Check out the short video that I created using Google Sketchup to help illustrate our ideas. Waco based architecture firm, RBDR currently working to complete design/build specifications which also include the installation of a new water line for the marina and maintenance facility. This water line will cross portions of holes 1, 2, and 3 and will accomplish the following goals: provide fire protection for the marina and maintenance facility, improved water service, future main water supply for clubhouse.
|May of 2016 Flood Damage to Holes 15 and 16|
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
|The 12th Hole on Januray 16th, 2017|
Flooding Solutions - We have been working to develop a multitude of solutions to help keep our course playable during flood events. In order to explore all possible options we have solicited the help of multiple golf course architects. By the end of this month, we will have met with at least five different architects. These architects will provide their own individual ideas to the golf committee for evaluation. For More information please click here: Flooding Solutions Summary
|#1 Green with USACE property lines, contours, and yardages|
|Inside the office trailer - employee breakroom and new digitial job board.|
|Prelimary boundary lines on Holes 15 and 16|
|Survey markers indicating USACE monuments on #1|
Repairs to Holes 15 and 16 - Since April of last year we have been working to develop plans to repair the damaged path and retaining wall on holes 15 and 16. These repairs will likely have to wait until the property issues mentioned above are settled. In the meantime, RCC has contracted with a local engineering firm to complete plans and bid specifications for the repairs. Hopefully, we will be able to move forward in the next few months.
Cart Path Repairs - We are 95% complete with much needed repairs to cart paths around the course. The worst sections of path were repaired on holes: 5,6,7,8,10,11,12,13, and 17. We were also able to complete minor repairs to the tennis facility.
Additional Projects and Possible Improvements
|We have plans to redesign the native landscape behind #9 green|
- Redesign of native landscaping between #9 green and the main driving range tee
- Drainage improvements on many holes
- Additional lighting for the putting green area
- Additional fans for the putting green and #9 green
- Major drainage work to #9
- Repair of the walls on #5 and #7
- Fix the lake overflow on #5
- Repair erosion along the marina road
- Dredging of ponds and erosion control on #11
- Fill in USGA test area at the chipping green
- Addition of new fence behind the back tee on #6 and #8
- Irrigation contoller upgrades
- Irrigation mapping and programming improvements
Current and Upcoming Routine Golf Course Maintenance Items
We rely on the winter months to complete much may maintenance tasks that we might not have time to accomplish during the growing season. From bunker maintenance to equipment repars to drainage work - the list goes on and on. Check out the list and photos below to see a few of the items we are working on.
- Redefining edges
- Weed control
- Sand depth checks
- covering up black liners
- Tree Work
- Trimming of live oaks and other small trees
- Removal of several dead or safety issue trees
- Stump grinding
- Crape Myrtle trimming
- Ligustrm trimming at Tennis
- Cleaning and inventory of memorial markers
- Weed control around greens
|Winter weeds on slopes near greens are difficult to control due the risk of herbicide damage to the bentgrass|
- Spray applications to tees and fairwas for dormant color
|Applications of iron and pigment help to provide definition of tees and fairways during the winter months|
- Beautification of drainage areas on 11
|This are to the right of #11 green has been an eyesore for months. We are working on ways to improve this area before spring.|
- Trimming of cannas, roses, and lantana
|Each winter we trim back many of our perrenial plants. Roses near the fire pit were trimmed last week.|
- Drainage improvements near cart paths
|New drain addedd near the fairway on #18|
- Sodding of chipping green
|Now that our nursery greens have recovered, we will be repairing this area on the chipping green|
- Staffing and agronominc planning for 2017
|We use excel spreadsheets to track our labor needs by area. This data is then used to help ensure that we are fully staffed throughout the year|
- Additional Items
- Maintenance Facility Cleanup
- Disposal of old buildings and equipment
- Organization of mechanic area
- Dry dock clean up
- Removing bermudagrass contamination in greens
- Equipment preventative maintneance and repairs
Thursday, September 29, 2016
|North wind blowing across #10 Green on 9.29.16|
FAQ and Golf Course Update
How are the newly seeded greens doing?
|#16 Green on 9.6.16|
|#1 Green on 9.29.16|
What's up with #9 and the Practice Putting Green?
|Practice putting green on 9.29.16|
How about the rest of the greens?
Overall, the rest of the greens are doing fine. For the same reasons listed above, we have been forced to remain conservative with our maintenance practices – resulting in slower putting speeds. Now that the weather is changing - we are rapidly adjusting our maintenance practices to focus more on performance and less on survival. We expect putting speeds and firmness to increase substantially over the next 7 to 10 days.
Ridgewood has been working together with United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and a local engineering firm to determine possible repair solutions. Survey work to determine property boundaries is almost complete and one potential repair solution is undergoing cost analysis. We are hoping to have more definitive costs and possible solutions in the next 60 days.
Similar to holes 15 and 16, long term plans for relocating or rebuilding #1 green hinge upon property boundaries and flowage easement lines. Survey work is nearing completion and property negotiations with the USACE are scheduled to begin in October. After this important step is complete, the multitude of ideas and suggestions that have been brought to the golf committee over the last couple of years will be reviewed and evaluated. A golf course architect will likely be solicited to aid in this process. To learn more check out the following links:
The same weather pattern that negatively affected out bentgrass greens has greatly benefited the bermudagrass on the course. We are mowing the rough at the same height as years past and are typically able to mow most areas two times per week. The late summer and fall rain has caused the rough to be much denser than it typically is this time of year - resulting in more difficult playing conditions. The positive side is that we will enter the fall and winter with great definition, and with healthy turfgrass that can better tolerate winter cart traffic. Please take a moment to read more about why the roughs are so tough and to learn about the challenges involved with changing it: Why is the Rough So Tough
|Hybrid (left) vs Common (right) bermuda mowed same height|
Where did the sand buckets go on the Par 3’s?
We have decided to remove the sand buckets on the par 3 tee boxes for a couple of reasons. The first is that we feel like we can actually save labor and be more efficient with our operations. Each day we must fill the buckets and relocate them to that day’s teeing location. The sand buckets are heavy and cumbersome to move and we feel that we will actually use less labor by filling the divots ourselves versues moving the buckets everyday. The second reason is that the tee boxes have an overall cleaner appearance without the sand buckets distracting from the view of the shot.
What else is going on?
- Trimming of important trees
- Mowing patterns and aligning tees
- #17 Green flood damage repaired
- Major cart path repairs scheduled to begin in October
- Overseeding of driving range tees scheduled for mid-October
- Planting of tall fescue in shaded areas scheduled to begin next week
- Re-grassing of flood damaged areas on holes 17 and 18 scheduled to begin next week
- Fall preventative weed control for entire course scheduled to begin in next two weeks
- Fall flower change out set to begin in next two weeks
- Maintenance Facility renovation plans undergoing review with USACE
- Changes to our irrigation transfer pump in order to obtain USACE compliance
- More than 50 acres treated for fall armyworms
- More than 20 acres treated for weeds
- Plumbing repairs to the bathroom on #14 completed
- Minor tree trimming on many holes underway
- Planet Air procedure scheduled for mid-October
|Aligning the gold tees on hole #15|
|Root pruning on the right side of #2 Fairway|
|Sod work on #17 Green|
|Mowing and Edging Bunkers on #5|
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Putting the Pieces Back Together
|General Manager, David Garder and I check out the shop via boat!|
Plan for Damaged Greens
|Crewmember, Andrew more removing the algae and silt off of #1 Green|
- Remove bermudagrass contamination and fix any drainage issues
- Prepare surfaces for seeding
- Plant seed August 15th
- Have the greens open and putting well by November 15th
Additional Flood Damage and Repairs
|Greenside Bunker on #17 after the flooding|
- Brush piles have burned
- Repair all bunkers by August 1st
- Remove dead sod on #18 and replant to tall fescue by September 1st
- Irrigation system has been repaired and is fully operational
Cart Path on #15 and #16
|Major damage sustained to the path behind #15 green|
- Survey work is currently underway that will help determine possible solutions
- Clarify property boundaries
- Develop plan and cost estimates for repairs
- Goal is to complete all work by end of the year
Golf Course Maintenance Facility
- Facility has been restored to operational state - for the time being
- Currently working to develop permanent solution
- Goal is to have firm plans in place by September 1st
- Several minor repairs are needed throughout the course
- Work is scheduled to begin in August
- Tree trimming has been scheduled for holes 5,8,9,15,16, and 17
- Work will begin in next two weeks
- RCC staff will be trimming low limbs on all holes over next 30 days
- Greens handling summer heat well
- Clean up of erosion materials on #11 and #13
- Trimming of all ponds and water features
- Planning fall cultural practices for greens
- Adjusting mowing patterns for tees and fairways.
For more information and photos o course happenings over the last two months please take a moment to view the following links:
Golf Course Update 7.12.16
Golf Course Update 6.16.16
Flood Photos and Video