Hyde Park Est. 1909, A Donald Ross Design

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

A Busy but Exciting Time for HP

With the recent approval of The Legacy Plan for the South Side, the Grounds team and I have been very busy with final winter preparations on the golf course and grounds, along with whole host of activities surrounding the Legacy plan on the both the South and North sides. 2018 will be an exciting and busy time!

Golf Course Operations:

The staff continues to move forward with the following tasks:

Deep Tine Aeration
  • Leaf removal. Which will continue well into December
  • Final fall Herbicide applications to all 70 Acres of rough
  • Winterization of the irrigation system
  • Collaboration with the Grounds Commitee utilizing Ross drawings and Master plan for new 5 year plan for golf course and grounds
  • Staffing for 2018 season
5-year plan template

Legacy Plan:


  • Landscape and irrigation and plans are approved
  • Staff will begin removing dated landscape at front and rear of clubhouse
  • Developing timelines for landscape and irrigation install
  • Collaboration with multiple contractors
Landscape Plans-North
Dated Landscape Rear Clubhouse

Legacy Plan:


Practice Area

Logistics- The South phase scope of work is significant and the compact site will pose many challenges

there are many details to work through.

Collaboration- working with multiple contractors and stakeholders to ensure a successful project.

Communication-use of multiple platforms to share information.

Execution- project management while maintaining golf course and grounds.

Over the coming weeks please check in or subscribe to our Grounds Blog: www.hydeparkgolfandcountryclub.blogspot.com

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Or get caught up with daily HP emails concerning the Legacy Plan

As we head into the Holiday Season I would like to wish the entire HP membership and Grounds team a very Happy Thanksgiving!

If there are any questions or feedback please email me: grounds@hydeparkcc.com


Pat O'Brien

Grounds Superintendent


Friday, October 27, 2017

Putting Greens at Hyde Park-2017

With the 2017 season coming to a close there has been much discussion about the putting greens and the consistency noted throughout the entire season. The composition of the putting greens over the last 4 years have changed significantly, therefore our practices have changed as well.
In 2013, with the help of the Grounds Committee we began to look closely at the challenges of managing Annual Bluegrass (Poa) an unwanted Turfgrass at Hyde Park. Poa is susceptible to many plant pathogens, it has poor heat tolerance and can provide a particularly bumpy surface in the spring due to seed head production.
Putting green 2013- 50 percent Poa?
2017- less than 5%
The timing was almost perfect, the recent additions of internal drainage in the 100 year old greens, along with significant tree removal, gave us the opportunity to shift our practices to encourage bentgrass. The challenges ahead included improving the physical properties of the profile below and managing playability while the Poa was shrinking?

Our program was compreshensive, we incorporated many strategies that other Turfgrass managers were using to enhance bentgrass which included:
2013- First use of plant growth regulator to slow growth of Poa
Sand topdressing to fill voids of shrinking Poa and improve phyical properties of the profile.

Physical removal of Poa
Solid Tine aeration to reduce bringing Poa seed to surface
Other practices that have helped to reduce Poa populations to less than 5%:
  • Smooth front rollers on mowers
  • Increased lightweight rolling
  • Precise moisture management
  • A great staff that understands the vision and strategies to make the putting surfaces better!
To further help to enhance the putting quality on a daily basis we track data on ball roll, moisture and growth rates of the plant to see what inputs are needed? On a yearly basis we monitor closely how cultural practices are paying off with laboratory testing of the growing medium. So far, we are happy with the results of the program, but the learning curve has been steep trying to figure out how these old bentgrass types respond to nitrogen rates, traffic and playability. Thanks again for the feedback, we are excited to see how are strategies enhance the surfaces in 2018! Our next target is Poa control in the rough, stay tuned.

The addition of turf fans to lower canopy temperatures
Bryan showing off his grass clippings!
Clipping yield bucket
If there are any questions or feedback we can be reached at grounds@hydeparkcc.com

Pat O'Brien
Grounds Superintendent