The latest from Shack Superintendent Rich Tacconelli and the Grounds Crew.

18 Bridge Repair
Sunday, September 15, 2013

Aerification Education
Thursday, August 29, 2013

Greens aerification is the practice by which hollow tines are used to extract cores from the turf grass.  This is a necessary management tool to maintain good soil aeration resulting in:
1. Improved air and water movement within the soil.
2. Helps stimulate root growth.
3. Help control thatch.
4. Helps produce a change in the soil profile to a more sand based root zone.
The end result is a healthier turf grass plant that will handle environmental stress better.
We finished greens aerification last week, then we veri-cut greens to help close up the aerification holes, helps in the healing process and smooth out the greens. Then we mow greens, roll and blowing off excess sand, this process will continue until surface sand is removed.  Then will switch to our normal sharpermowers for a cleaner cut.
Greens should be fully healed in another week.
The next step is spot sod and plug out blemishes on greens and collars.  We are in process of going from green to green and our goal is to have the golf course as blemish free as possible. 
Example right side of # 2 green- collar area which has tree roots growing into and affecting the right side of the green.  We cut out bad area and excavated root zone, removed tree roots added new mix and sodded. Another example is back of 18 green, we are plugging out bad areas and adding new sod.  We will also replace worn out rough sod coming off back of 18 green by bridge.
We will then continue to improve our fairways and rough. Our overall objective is to have the golf course as well groomed and as close to championship condition as possible for every day play.

Birds in Flight
Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Rain, Rain, Go Away
Thursday, August 8, 2013

Mid-Season Course Update
Friday, July 26, 2013

To: Members of Shackamaxon CC   
We started July in great shape, then around the time of the Shack cup we had excessive rainfall and high humidity.  Then we went into a week of a heat wave of prolonged periods of high temperatures, which stressed out the golf course.  Cool-season turf grasses  of which we have bent grass, annual bluegrass (poa annua) and others become stressed when temperatures and humidity are high.
Just want to help our members and guests understand that water from rain or irrigation is not always the answer.  There is a difference between heat stress and drought stress.   Adequate water will alleviate drought stress; adequate water will not alleviate heat stress.  There are times that a turf grass plant will suffer heat stress under extended periods of high temperatures, even if there is adequate water from rain or irrigation.
There are inherent problems at every golf course, our greens at Shackamaxon CC have a problem with poorly drained greens, that is why we have fans and drain lines added to help keep golf course as dry and firm as possible.  We try to water, to provide adequate soil moisture, but not over water as saturated soil will cause the turf grass to decline, do to lack of oxygen.  We hand water a much as possible to hand water dry spots and use overhead sprinklers to water entire green.  It is not for the lack of trying, it is a balancing act of not to much and not to little.   
We recently needle tined aerifyed our greens to help air and dry them out.  We also raised the green height of cut temporarily to help reduce stress.   We also apply pesticides preventatively to our greens each week to help protect the greens.  Also the fairways and 1st cut rough and tees are sprayed with pesticides every other week or as needed.  Please remember the pesticides will help protect our golf course to a certain degree,but not with heat stress.
Each season is different and some are better then others, it is understandable for members to forget past problems.  We came through the heat wave dinged up, but all in all we are holding up pretty well.  The drop in temperatures will be helpful in our recovery and we have already started to work on projects to improve course conditions. 
Respectfully Submitted,
Richard Tacconelli
Golf Course Superintendent
Shackamaxon CC

Heat Wave
Thursday, July 18, 2013
A week of extreme heat provided us with this great image of the sun rising over Shackamaxon We are happy to finally get a break from the ninety plus degree weather!

July 4th – Flower Bed
Thursday, July 4, 2013
Our front entrance flower bed is filling in nicely!

Greens Health
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Pictured below is Carlos Martinez and Steven Benally; they are needle tine greens which will help the greens dry and improve aeration and the overall health of the greens.

Rain, Rain, Go Away!
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
The only upside to the amount of rain we have been getting, are these two gorgeous photos of Shackamaxon.

Happy Memorial Day
Monday, May 27, 2013
Our front entrance flower bed is filling in nicely and is all decked out in Red, White and Blue.

Wildlife at Shack
Thursday, May 23, 2013
“It is always an adventure for the grounds crew at Shackamaxon.  You never know what you are going to see.” – Rich Tacconelli, Golf Course Superintendent

Flower Bed – Phase 1
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Phase 1 of our Front Entrance Flower Bed.

Rise and Shine
Friday, May 17, 2013
A gorgeous early morning shot by Steve Benally.

Practice Green Maintanence
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Pictured here is Assistant Superintendent Brett Saganiec overseeding bent grass into the practive green.

NJSGA Amateur Qualifier
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Shackamaxon Country Club hosted the NJSGA Amateur Qualifier on Wednesday.  Did you know that five of the twnety four Qualifiers used Shackamaxon Caddies and out of those five, three placed in the top ten!

Pond Cleaning
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Pictured here is the Shackamaxon ground crew hard at work cleaning the pond after a heavy rain storm.


Tuesday, May 7, 2013
The Grounds Crew has completed weeding the flower bed by the 15th tee and has added fresh woodchips to the area.

Golf Course Photos
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Golf Course Photographer Jim Krajicek stopped by yesterday to take pictures of the course at sun up and sun down.  Here is a photo our grounds crew took catching him in action.

Inspired by Mr. Krajicek, our own Steve Benally tried his hand at some course photography!

Bunker Renovation

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Thank you for your comments at our Annual Agronomic Preview!  Bunker renovation has taken place course wide.  The grounds crew has been busy checking the sand depth in each bunker and repositioning it as neccessary.

 Repositioning Sand                            Finished and Raked