Thursday, August 4, 2016

Dear Members-

I am at a loss as I sit here and try to find the right words to say after 24 years as your Golf Course Superintendent.  I never dreamed when I started here in 1992 that I would have had this opportunity to work here until now.  It is with mixed emotions that I am leaving, but change is good for the soul and it is time for me to have a new adventure.


I want to thank all of you for your many years of kindness and camaraderie; it has never just been a job for me, but more like a home away from home.  I feel privileged that I have been able to stay here all of these years and help make WHCC the “Hidden Jewel” of Los Angeles. As the saying goes you should always leave something better than you found it and I know that is what I have accomplished.


I have met many people and made lots of friends whom I will never forget. 


Again, thank you for the opportunity to take care of your golf course, it has been a great learning experience and has made me a better person.


If you are ever around Wood Ranch Golf Club, please stop by and say hello.


Steve Sinclair, CGCS

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Wisp Broom

We have added a new maintenance feature for members to use while playing.  The Wisp broom is designed to sweep sand left on the green from bunker shots, and yes it is USGA approved.  You will find the Wisp brooms near the greenside bunkers on #3, #5, #6, and #15.  Below is a link to short video about the product.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Earth Day

Ten Facts About Golf in Celebration of Earth Day 2016

Golf Course Superintendents Association of America and USGA offer facts on water and environment

Lawrence, Kan. (April 19, 2016) — Golf is a sport for a lifetime that delivers more than 2 million jobs and $69 billion in annual economic impact while contributing $3.9 billion per year for philanthropic causes -- more than all other sports combined.
A professionally managed golf course also can demonstrate environmental stewardship and provide a place to meet exercise and fitness goals. Just walking 18 holes, for example, can burn more than 2,000 calories.
As part of the celebration of “Earth Day” on April 22, here are 10 facts about golf that help promote the sport and the environment:
  1. Golf courses are professionally managed landscapes where environmental stewardship is important – from using water and nutrients more efficiently to implementing improved methods of erosion control.
  2. In general, the golf industry is striving to deliver firm playing surfaces that are better for everyone and improve the bottom line. More than two-thirds of golf courses report that they are keeping turfgrass drier than in the past.
  3. The golf industry is continually investing in research to identify drought-tolerant grasses and improve water conservation through best management practices.
  4. Golf courses continue to adopt water conservation practices, reduce irrigated acreage and use innovative technologies, such as targeted irrigation systems and ground moisture measurement tools, along with weather monitoring systems, providing the science to water only when and where it is needed.
  5. Irrigated areas on golf courses have decreased by more than 14,000 acres between 2006 and 2014.
  6. Use of recycled water has increased by 32.7 percent from 2006 to 2014. Recycled water now counts for 25 percent of all water used on golf courses.
  7. Golf courses routinely have recycling programs to reduce and reuse.
  8. More than 90 percent of a typical golf course is comprised of turfgrass, a water body or other natural areas that prevent erosion, filter runoff, and provide for cooler temperatures when compared to urban settings.
  9. More than 70 percent of acreage on an 18-hole golf course is considered green space that provides benefits to the ecosystem, reduces maintenance and supports wildlife habitat, including protected species.
  10. Through governmental affairs involvement, professional education and public information, the golf industry continues to promote environmental responsibility as a widespread industry practice.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Greens Aerification Notice

As many of you may already be aware of, aerification is an integral part of any quality greens maintenance program.  Our number one goal at Woodland Hills Country Club is to maintain the highest quality putting surfaces for as much as the year as possible.  To make this possible we must aerify greens to relieve compaction to allow water and nutrients to reach the root system of the turfgrass plants.  This fall we will aerify and topdress greens on October 5th, please bear with us over the next couple of weeks as the greens heal and return to the high standard you are accustomed too.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Waste Bunker

The first load of sand was dumped in the waste bunker between 8 and 11 yesterday.