Archive for December, 2009


The arctic like weather we experienced a week ago took its toll on some of the greens on the course.  It was the first time in many years that the temperature was below freezing for so many days without a snow cover.  This caused some winter desiccation damage to the greens.

During this time, the greens were frozen down several inches.  The frozen moisture was not available for uptake by the grass plant.  We had a few windy days during this stretch that caused the exposed leaf blades of the grass plants to dry out.  Had we had a snow cover, this would not have happened.

The damage varies from one green to the next.  The greens facing into the sun aren’t as desiccated as those that were shaded or facing away from the sun.  This is because those facing the sun were warmed a little more on the surface during the day, allowing a little thawing on top.  This made a small amount of moisture available to the grass plants on those greens.

The older greens that have a little more organic matter (such as #17) don’t exchange heat or cold as much as the newer, sandier greens.  These greens didn’t freeze down as far and so more water was available for the uptake into the grass plant.

It appears as though the damage is mostly just “tip burn” and the greens should grow out of this condition.  Unfortunately, growth is slow this time of the year so the recovery may take some time.  We’ve recently fertilized the greens in an effort to speed the recovery time.  I will keep you informed of any further developments.

See you on the course,

Bill Swancutt


Holiday Sales at Illahe

Holiday Sales:
-All Demo Clubs 20% OFF
-Selected Golf Bags 50% OFF
-Nike Dri-Fit Gloves $11
-Nike Dura Feel Gloves $6
-Heavy Putters Now 50% OFF
-All ladies Sandbaggers in stock $35
-All Ecco shoes in stock 30% OFF
-Close Out Ball Sale on selected Titleist, Callaway, Precept, and Nike balls
-Cleveland Fairway woods $99 and Hybrids $79 while supplies last

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See you on the Course,


President’s Winter Gala a Huge Success!

Thank you to all of our members that attended this year’s President’s Winter Gala, formerly known as the President’s Ball.  Last Saturday evening, we hosted over 110 of our members at this annual event.  All that attended were treated to a fantastic night of dinner, cocktails, socializing, and dancing.  This was one of our best turnouts in years and we expect even larger numbers for next year’s President’s Winter Gala.

Enjoy your Holiday Season!

See you at the Club,

Jason Unruh

Weather and the Golf Course…

The recent cold snap has brought us far below normal temperatures for the past several days.  According to the National Weather Service this unusually cold weather is to last for a few more days.

Traffic on frosted and/or frozen grass plants can damage or kill the plants.  This is because the cells within the grass plant are frozen and easily crushed.  This is particularly true if the crown area (growing point) of the grass plants are frozen. 

This cold weather has delayed morning starting times recently.   Yesterday we were closed to play the entire day and it looks like we may not be open today and/or tomorrow with temperatures not expected to climb above 30 degrees.

The subsurface of the greens are frozen down several inches right now which makes for rock hard greens.  Traffic under these conditions isn’t too detrimental to the turf…as long as the turf on top isn’t frozen as well. 

When the greens start to thaw as the weather warms you will notice that the putting surfaces are softer than normal…this is because water expands upon freezing and thus the moisture that’s frozen in the greens will expand as well.  This is a common occurrence under these conditions and they should firm up after a few days.

If it starts to rain before the greens have completely thawed, the surfaces will puddle on top due to the frozen subsurface.  Once the entire soil profile thaws it will allow water to penetrate through the sand layer.

We are monitoring conditions several times per day in order to keep you apprised of the conditions.   We will allow play when all danger to turf injury is past.  Thank you for your patience and here’s hoping for warmer conditions in the near future!

See you on the course,


Shop At Illahe This Christmas Season!

Happy Holidays from the Golf Shop!!!

We have new arrivals for your Christmas shopping in the Golf Shop. For our women – Sport Haley, Nike, EP Pro, and SDI will surely please.  We also feature brands for men that include Ben Hogan, Greg Norman, Nike, and all the lasted in outerwear.  There are also great deals to be had on golf equipment.  Remember Shop Illahe First!  We do have free gift wrapping!

See you on the course,


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