Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Marking on #17

Signage has been added to the left hand side of #17 where the golf course boarders private property.  This area is marked as a red hazard however, playing the ball from the hazard is not an option in this case because it is a member’s yard.  Ken has worked very hard on enhancing the way we mark the golf course in accordance to the new rules of golf.  If you have any questions regarding this or any other area, be sure to stop in the golf shop and see Ken Mattis.


Looks like rain is continually in the forecast except for Friday which will be a great day!


I'll tell you one thing...Matthew (aka: Pee Wee) has a lot more courage than I do to grab this snapper turtle by the tail and hold it!  This guy was crossing the 10th hole this morning.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019


I found this interesting lady bug- all black with 2 red dots.  This was the first time I've seen one like this- It is know as an Oak Scale Destroying Lady Beetle.  You can see below the many varieties of lady bugs in the country.

Above, the foam dots you are seeing on the fairways and roughs are being used to mark the last pass made by our sprayer.  Matthew is spending the week on the sprayer applying our grub control product, Acelepryn, produced by Syngenta.  This is a perfect week for it because the chemical needs to move into the soil by way of irrigation or rainfall.  We never use the foam markers because it frustrates golfers looking for their ball.  However, this application is unavoidable because we are spraying late into the afternoon without any dew present on the grass.  In my opinion, Acelepryn is the best grub control product available because it not only controls white grubs (the larval stage of a beetle) but also gives 3 month control of caterpillars.  Even though Armyworms are very rare in Highlands, we've seen them in action on a few different occasions.

Finally, these small woodpeckers are working overtime on the poplar bark siding above the entrance at the LEC (Life Enhancement Center).  They are really quite fun to watch and I can't imagine what they are looking for.  It seems like a waste of time to be butting your head against kiln dry lumber??


Last night we received 1.6" of rain at Highlands CC.  We will be evaluating the cart path situation this morning and will most likely be going to 'cart path only' on 3 or 4 holes.  A majority of holes will remain open to cart traffic.  It will still be wet so we ask that you use caution on the golf course. 

The forecast looks to remain dry until noon, when the chance of storms increases. 

Thank you! 

Monday, June 17, 2019

Flagstick #5

On the 5th green, we are experimenting with a 10' flagstick as opposed to the traditional 8' pins we use on other greens.  We only had a yellow flagstick on hand and ordered a white flagstick to match the others so this is temporary.  I'm curious if this helps you see the hole location from the bottom of the fairway?  Or, do you prefer the traditional green/white striped pin?  Shoot me an email at if you have an opinion on the matter.  Thank you!

Wooden Bowls & Pens

Here are some impressive bowls and pens made from the Cherry that feel on #2 last year; turned by my father, John Stiehler.  It is fun seeing this tree live on in other ways.


There appears to be a good chance of rain each day this week.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Tuesday, June 25th Greens Venting

On Tuesday, June 25th, the greens will be punched with 1/4" tines to allow for oxygen exchange in the root zone.  This process is non-invasive and will only impact the greens for a day or two.  Please be aware of this if you are considering bringing guests to the Club on that Tuesday.  Thank you for your understanding and support in making the HCC golf course the best it can be.  

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

The Farm...

Rita has done a wonderful job at the farm this spring and several things are waiting for you to harvest!  Specifically, there is a good bit of lettuce for you to help yourself to.

In another week or two, there will be a number of flowers available for you to cut for floral arrangements.  Again, please help yourself to this Club amenity!  All flowers and vegetables at the farm are available on a first come, first serve basis.  While some tools are available, I recommend bringing your own shears and a bag to collect your harvest.  If you would like help, Rita would be more than happy to assist you.

A Short Par 4...

Just a short little Par 4 at this year's US Open at Pebble Beach!

Camp Fishing

The campers are having a great time catching some nice size trout.  Mr. Foster starts each fishing session by teaching the kids about fly fishing and doing a casting demonstration.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Final Rain Total

Monday morning and afternoon, we received another 0.4" of rain.  The total for this system was 7.7" of rain!  There still may be a lingering showing this evening.

It will be cart path only on Tuesday and hopefully we will begin to dry out with a few sunny days ahead.

Strike Guard Lightening Detection System

When the lightning detection system sounds, members and guests know to clear the golf course and other outdoor amenities.  Ever curious how this system works?  

Since we purchased this system in 2007, I installed it and have been responsible for the upkeep and preventative maintenance schedule.  This system has been very reliable and user friendly.  The picture above is the sensor that is mounted to the roof of the Clubhouse.  Technically speaking, this sensor is a 'optical coincidence' sensor.  In short, it works by detecting two things. One, the flash of light that is generated by lightning and two, the electromagnetic pulse that is also generated by lightning.  It takes both of these items into account and can then calculates how far the strike was from the golf course.  If that distance is 5 miles or less, the alarm will sound immediately.  We can program the desired distance we want the alarm to sound in 5 mile increments, up to 20 miles.

There are other systems on the market as well, but not as reliable as this system.  Another competitor of Strike Guard, is a system that measures static electricity in the air.  When the amount is conducive for lightning, the alarm sounds.  This sounds good but in reality it leads to more false alarms.

A lightning detection system is a great tool to protect golfers and others from approaching weather.  However, always use common sense when you are outdoors and while it is extremely rare due to battery back up systems, electronic equipment can fail.    

Camp Fishing

Several of us helped with the fishing this morning as part of camp week at HCC.  Numerous trout were caught as well as smaller sunfish/bluegills.  This particular fish, known as a warmouth sunfish, was caught off the bridge by a camper in the green group.  This is about as large as they come!