Hyde Park Est. 1909, A Donald Ross Design

Monday, July 20, 2015

Thanks Mary!

It is always great to see our team members grow and develop personally and professionally. It is bittersweet to announce that Mary Bush, facilities Horticulturist will be moving on from HP July 24th  after 3 years to take a supervisory position with Brickman Landscaping. In a short-time she was able to transform the grounds of the clubhouse area with wonderful color and design. We wish her all the best in her future endeavors.  I am sure she will make a guest appearance to take a look at the future work.

If you would like to pass along any messages to Mary, please forward to grounds@hydeparkcc.com.


Pat O'Brien
Grounds Superintendent

Early Spring Plantings

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Volunteering at US Women's Open


During the week of July 5 thru July 12, several members of the Grounds Maintenance Department had the opportunity to volunteer at Lancaster Country Club in Lancaster, PA for the 2015 U.S. Women's Open. This is a valuable experience for all, as we get to see first hand the preparation of a course for a major, and the host course gets experienced, temporary employees to supplement their staff for a tremendously busy week.

Sunday evening meeting with volunteers and staff


Over 100 people are involved with the grounds maintenance staff during tournament week. The immense amount of work involved during the week of any tournament is too much for the host course's standard grounds staff to handle. Many courses will ask for volunteers to help get the course to peak condition under the strict time constraints of a tournament.

The week started Sunday evening prior to tournament week, with a meeting and training session, to get all volunteers and full time staff on the same page.

Ben Evans, our intern from Manchester, England and myself were in Lancaster from Sunday the 5th thru Wednesday morning the 8th, returning to prepare for the Braemer. Pat O'Brien and Tony Taylor left following the Braemer shotgun and worked Thursday evening thru Sunday morning.

The tasks that Hyde Park staff were involved in varied greatly. Ben and Tony were both involved in bunker prep, rolling of green surfaces and divot repair. Pat was happy to mow fairways and I was involved in the daily setup of the course with the USGA officials.


USGA Officials determining daily hole locations

A look back down the 7th hole in the evening

It is a great experience for our staff to volunteer at these tournaments, as we get to see other courses and operations, as well as meeting and working with our peers from different parts of the country and/or world.

I would like to thank Todd Bidlespacher, Mike Yelenosky and the rest of the Lancaster CC staff for allowing us to be a part of the preparation for the 70th U.S. Women's Open.

Thank you. Any questions or comments please feel free to email me at gnickerson@hydeparkcc.com and follow on twitter @ganick23









Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Run/Walk The Course For The Cause

This Friday evening, the front 9 of the golf course at Hyde Park Golf & Country Club will be transformed into a running course for the Run/Walk for the Cause. This is a can't miss event for members, their families and guests.

There will be raffles and prizes, games and movie night for the kids along with food and drinks. What better way is there to help out a great cause and charities while having fun doing it?

All proceeds will benefit the Breast Cancer Foundation as well as The First Tee.

The 1.95 mile Run/Walk Course at Hyde Park Golf & Country Club

For any questions or help with further information please contact les@hydeparkcc.com


Thank You,

Dan Lawendowski

Assistant Grounds Superintendent

Dan@hydeparkcc.com and twitter @djlaw308




Monday, July 6, 2015

Golf Course Update 7-6-15- Yellow Nutsedge and Hydraulic Leak

The recent trend in the weather has been very wet, with more rain on the way! The conditions have been ideal for a weed called Yellow Nutsedge and we have seen much more in the fairways in comparison to past seasons. Most of the contamination has been brought from outside sod, or from our wet range nursery. Fairway areas that have sit wet, have the highest populations (2 fwy and 1fwy) We have been spot treating these areas with an herbicde, the Yellow Nutsedge is turning brown, the zoysia is off color but will be just fine. We will be mapping the populations of nutsedge in order to have more of a preventive approach next year, similar to how we treat the rough areas.

Healthy Yellow Nutsedge In Low Moist Area
Yellow Nutsedge-Following Herbicide Application

Today, we experienced a hydraulic leak on the 7th hole with one of the older fairway mowers. The good news is the operator was in transport on the cart path, when the line ruptured. When the line ruptured the steering was limited but, he was able to control the machine safely enough to bring it to a rest in the rough in front of the 7th green. The high temperature of the fluid will kill the turf, we will replace roughly 100 feet of sod in front of the green once some the soil is excavated to remove containmination.

Hydraulic Leak in 7 rough

If there are any questions please email us.


Pat O'Brien

Grounds Superintendent