Hyde Park Est. 1909, A Donald Ross Design

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Seeding Trial
 August is upon us! Hard to believe how time flies, the Grounds Staff and I continue to move forward with many initiatives to enhance the golf course and grounds. The rough still continues to be a topic of discussion with overall good density and a playability challenge. Areas of decline are sporadic and are limited to Annual Bluegrass, nevertheless this is great opportunity to set-up trials for possible future renovation of the roughs to turf type tall fescue at HP. Our goals are to evaluate; seeding timing, seeding techniques, rates and chemical options to remove annual bluegrass prior to and after establishment. The trials will begin the first week of August between the 11th green and the 10th fairway, noted in the photo below.

Other initiatives include:

  • Preparations related to the Northside of the Legacy plan, which include: Construction of temporary parking areas, relocation of irrigation infrastructure and landscape design
  • Aerification of the fairways 
  • Tree pruning and removal of dead trees
  •  Putting green aerification-9.11.17
As always, please do not hesitate to contact us with questions or feedback about the grounds at HP.


Pat O'Brien
Grounds Superintendent 

The John Deere Classic: George Edwards

Recently, I had the opportunity to enjoy my first experience at a PGA tournament while volunteering at TPC Deere Run for the John Deere Classic in Moline IL.

During the tournament I was one of 20 volunteers that assisted the Agronomy team with a multitude of tasks ranging from; Raking bunkers, mowing Fairways, changing holes, rolling dew off tees surrounds and blowing off fairways. I really enjoyed mowing the fairways and changing hole locations for some of the best in the world.

Some of biggest challenges as a team was the weather, most days it was forecasted to thunderstorm, Monday morning we had a 3 hour rain delay! Thankfully everything was good and we managed to get out and mow fairways on tuesday afternoon.

I enjoyed every minute of my time, I felt part of the team from the beginning. The highlight of my week was meeting new people from around the world and the networking that occurred. I have to say, even the food was great!

I would finally like to thank Alex Stuedemann,  the Hyde Park Members and the Grounds Team for the opportunity, to volunteer at The John Deere Classic, I thoroughly enjoyed myself and learned a great deal. I look forward to the next volunteer opportunity, hopefully I will make it back to Moline to assist in another John Deere Classic!


George Edwards
Turfgrass Intern
The Ohio Program

Friday, July 7, 2017

Flowers of Hyde Park Golf & Country Club, Part 3

This week's collection of flowers doesn't focus on a certain type of flower, but rather a group of flowers that require little to almost no maintaince and very little water. Some are all foliage with no showy flowers, one with a globe like flower, and another that is very tropical looking. Enjoy!

Caladium 'Red Flash' great container and combination plant. Can be a little vigorous but provides for a fuller look
Caladium 'White Queen' great container and combination plant. Can be a little vigorous but provides for a fuller look
Gomphrena 'Fireworks'
Gomphrena 'Fireworks' good for mass plantings, back of border
Angelonia 'Angelmist Spreading White'
Perilla 'Magilla' Beefsteak Plant, quite vigorous, excellent foliage and good in masses
Mandevilla, very tropical looking. Climbs great if you provide it a trellis or something to climb on


The warm, humid days ahead will only help these flowers fill out the beds even more with the proper care. Have a great day!

Bryan Miller, OCNT