The Superintendent

Scott Gibson
Superintendent

“I know, it’s a thing of beauty! No, no, no, the grass, the trees, the flowers, the way we manicure Indian Tree”.

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What is the proper way to hit range balls on a Practice Range Tee’

Most players on the range just drop a ball down and hit it in no particular order. When done in this fashion server damage is done to a large area.

The maintenance is difficult and the grass plant repair time is extremely long. At Indian Tree we move and repair these areas daily. When necessary, we move to the artificial grass mats, close the natural tee area and allow it to restore itself.

Improper Divots:

The area below has had over 75 range balls hit in the correct way on a practice range tee. In order to help maintain the grass surface, have minimal loss and allow for quick recovery, range balls should be struck from the back edge of the last divot taken. Only a small area of grass is damaged. This smaller area can then be easily maintained with sand and seed. This will allow for a shorter repair time for the grass plant.This area will have quick germination and will be ready to use in 10 days!

Proper Divots:

Cart Paths

“I love spring, it allows us to do important projects that help upgrade the facility.” This year with the help of Capital money of close to $25,000, we were able to complete and extend some of our existing road base cart paths to concrete cart paths. This not only looks much nicer, but will also eliminate the constant wash outs that occurred. The new additions are around 2 tee, 4 tee, 5 tee and 14 tee, as well as, our practice areas (driving range and chipping tee).

Why we trim our trees’
To remove diseased, dead, or broken branches. Dead wood holds the tree in stress.

A well maintained landscape with mature trees plays into the golfers skill.

It can increase the life of a tree by many years.

It increases Safety. Dead limbs or broken branches may at any time fall out of the tree.

It decreases Likely-hood of Storm Damage. Storms usually break or damage already weakened tree limbs. It may cause the limbs or entire trees to fall, often causing damage to buildings, greens, golf carts and patrons.

Dead or broken limbs are more susceptible to a fungus called Cytospora Canker. Also, damaged trees will send out signals to insects when trees are weak.

The other main reasons, why we trim trees are for aesthetics and to elevate low lying limbs so that our equipment, as well as, golfers and their carts don’t clip them causing damage to the trees and our equipment.

No Geese

Its working! After years of banging our heads we figured out a simple way to direct the geese off of our greens. Who would of thought of just a fence. It’s small, but the geese for some reason just don’t want to step over it. When the geese fly, some do land in the area but are quick to leave the confined space.

Why are we doing it’ The geese simply dig up and damage the greens. Its hard to maintain good quality greens to putt on with several hundred of these guys eating daily. The geese love the grass and they need the sand underneath the turf for their digestive systems, along with water the golf course is a smorgasbord for them.

We currently have done over eleven greens near the water at a cost of approximately $125 per green. We will remove the fencing once the grass starts to grow.

Lets hope this continues to be successful!

Damage by one goose.

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