Turf Care & Maintenance
Superintendent Steve Rowell, Sr. is instrumental in making Nippo Lake a beautiful place to play. Hired by the previous owners, Steve has worked tirelessly for 25 years and it shows. From the daily maintenance to the addition of the Back Nine, Steve has shown that he is a Jack of all Trades and the Master of all of them!
New this year to the website will be our Superintendent Blog. Steve will periodically add pertinent and anecdotal information for our golfers regarding the care and maintenance of his "playground".
Holes are moved as needed Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and during the weekend. At NLGC we use red, white, and blue flags.
- Red --- Front 1/3 of green
- White --- Center 1/3 of green
- Blue --- Back 1/3 of green
We strive to adhere to these accurate pin placements when the nature of our greens and cup-able area allows.
Tees are moved Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and as needed on the weekend.
We have never been a fan of the Broken Tee Caddies. Most players would just throw the broken tee at it, resulting in a pile of broken tees, which is unattractive. Our rangers and crew do an excellent job of filling divots and keeping the tee areas clean. If you do wish to pick up your broken tee, simply toss it in the rough and it will be gone forever.
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Greens mowers are set at a height of .140 of an inch. They are normally top dressed every 2 or 3 weeks, on a Monday or Tuesday. Top dressing helps keep them smooth, fills un-repaired ball marks and aids in the decomposition of thatch. Mowers are dulled by topdressing and must be sharpened to maintain the quality of cut.
Tees and Collars
Tees and Collars are mowed at a height of 5/8 of an inch. Buckets are used to collect clippings and broken tees. Divots are filled, seeded and smoothed weekly.
The Roughs at NLGC comprise 38% of the maintained turf. Roughs are mowed at a height of 2", on an as needed basis. Many areas, because of soil conditions and microclimate, require more frequent mowing. But normally it would be one time around and start again. In 2014 our 3 rough mowers recorded 687 hours!
It is the responsibility of all players, amateur or pro, to repair ball marks.
If we have 25,000 rounds per year, there is the potential for players to make 450,000 ball marks per year. Under the right conditions, even a short-range chip shot will leave a ball mark. A repaired ball mark will heal in half the time. Please repair yours and any others you may see.
Everyone at some point will make a divot. When they happen to be playing with Steve, some of them will apologize. You don't need to apologize, just replace or fill it. Divot containers are provided on golf cars & teeing grounds, please use all of the mix you need. Steve was once asked, “Does that stuff really help?” His reply, "Only if you use it."
Aerification of greens is the one-thing golfers dislike the most. It is also one of the most important cultural practices required to maintain turf quality. Aerification breaks compaction of soil from mower and foot traffic, removes thatch and allows better penetration of air, water and nutrients. For the past few years at NLGC, we have relied on topdressing and deep tine aerification to control thatch. This kept the players happy, but the turf suffered. In the fall of 2011 the greens were core aerified with 1/2" tines. This began the aerification program, which we began in 2012. We will again, core, aerify, topdress, brush, roll and mow in Spring and Fall of 2015. The 9 holes we will be working on will be closed, until our work is completed (around 3:00 PM). This plan will be the least disruptive for both players and the maintenance crew.