Autumn Begins Today, Seed, Cool Front, Aerification Continues.


James 5:7

Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains.

We finished aerifying the Foxfire course and I re-seeded the tees yesterday afternoon and some of the spots in the fairways. We are still waiting on the repair of a loader so we can topdress the greens. We got just over .5″ of rain last night which was perfect timing for the seed.

I did get the mounds fly mowed on 3 players and we got started on the traps before it rained. We will finish them Monday before the Sectionals Tuesday Coach. Good Luck.

We will do our best to have them in shape by Tuesday. That’s the goal. We will start the solid tine process on the greens and tees on Players Club Tuesday after sectionals. And I will try and find us an aerifier to rent for the fairways

with solid tines.

One of the Ash trees blew over last night during the storm on #14 Players Club and the boys got most of it cleaned up and off the fairway this morning.

We treated the Players Club fairways and tees the week with a plant protectant, nutrients, and a growth regulator that will help with the clippings after we mow.

We started aerifying the Foxfire greens last Sunday and Fairways. We core aerified the fairways and solid tined the greens, rolled, and mowed. We drug the fairways, blew, then mowed behind to smooth out the surfaces.

We only had one solid tine break so far which is good. Noah keeps a wrench with him and puts them back in if they fall out.

That’s a broken tine above. Sometimes the tine will find a rock underneath and it’s just a matter of physics. Something will give. Ground or machine. This time the ground won, but it’s normal.

Thanks Justin for demoing the Verti-drain and utility verticutter, sweeper, chipper. Those items were awesome. And we did get to go over two Foxfire green where the water holds in the bird bath area. That’s not uncommon for 40 year old plus greens to develop these areas over time.

These are both German made machines called Wiedenmann. They have not been affected by any tariffs but still bring a good price. Both are well worth the investment if you can afford them. Equipment like this usually depreciates over 20-30 years and are a one time purchase. The verticutter sweeper was my favorite. I have seen the vertidrain before. We set it up at 7″,8″,9″ depths with zero heave. The heave is the kick the shaft has underground while traveling forward to fracture the soil. We just had about 3″ of rain the day prior so we could really see the water being pushed down and rolled in to the holes with minimal surface disruption. Both units costs approximately 45k. The brown spots on the fairways have been from grub damage and most of the animals or skunks that we’re feeding on them have been relocated to another area.

We have had a busy month of outings and play has been decent.

I love my Lely above I utilize it for anything i can apply dry. The above photo is post grub control. I have also been repairing irrigation and some equipment while Jim was gone. It’s the most under appreciated Job by most crew members in our profession. If everyone had to repair what they used or broke I believe they may have a better respect for that position. Remember no one ever brings the mechanic something operational and says hey great job. It’s always broken. So great job Jimmy! I learned early on in my career to respect & appreciate that position with the highest value.

Adjusting mowers below. That’s a dexterous job when your talking about micrometer readings.

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See you on the course.

Darden

Low 55 Today High 75, Wiki Leaks, Aerifying, Seeding, Staff!


Matthew 6:34

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

We repaired the 4*4*3″ Tee 12 days ago on one Foxfire 1. And it’s leaking again in a new spot.

Thanks John for stopping out and helping with Jacobsen.

Fertilized, aerified, seeded Foxfire tees.

Found some heads flagged off on the back nine tees on Foxfire. They need to be in auto so whoever is helping please stop.

Flag points to position the words are engraved on the head.

Past the tee leaking new spot same hole. That’s good news.

Turtleman got his Turtle. Never a dull day.

The fairways are filling back in from the wetting agent and oxygenating the rhizosphere on the few spots we had and I treated for grubs on 18 Players. Striping Roadside Saturday afternoon above for the outing.

13 days ago leak one Fox.

Big Tree Branch on #14 Players is cleaned up from yesterday. Luis & Maria are raking bunkers.

Thanks Billy Bob for fixing the 150 marker

Jim fixing everything. Keeping it going. Thank you sir! Leaping trough summer! What a neat and rare shot mid air.

See you on the course! Thank you for your prayers Reverend and understanding. I’ll be back soon to Church soon!

D

July Grind! Starring Heat Theft & Fish Pump! Bunker remodeling will Commence today Too!


Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

No, that’s not a Rock n’ roll band nor onomatopoeia it’s just onomatology for the title. A collection of words literally not metaphorically. We had an excellent turnout for the week of July 4th and the break in the weather had every golf cart on the Turfgrass last weekend.

Let’s get straight in to it. The Grind is daily attempting to produce quality ergonomic output given the resources on hand and six very important resources were stolen from my shop. I felt the same way when July 6th that I did when my Titleist golf clubs were stollen out of my office the Monday after the Masters in 2015. We had four Sthil weedeaters taken and two backpack blowers from our agronomy center.

My office window slides open side to side was breached. Curt Geron put the wooden bars up during his tenure but they popped it right off. Someone knew exactly where to go and the Deputy thinks it was two Generation Z kids that recently fired them selves. Five days in a row of no call no show equates job abandonment.

The good news is that the playing conditions will mirror the British Open this week and you can come on out to Foxfire and enjoy the same experience for a much better price! Another positive note is that we saved money on fuel and labor this week by not utilizing these resources. Actually, we will attempt to trim the bunkers today and probably have most of them finished by mid day Saturday. We also saved money by having both sand Pro machines down. Jim ordered the parts for the John Deere 1200 A Infield Pro and John Deere sent the wrong part. The UPS entity lost the secondary package. Now we will get free shipping. Isn’t this amazing so far!

Second, we are out of plant protectants but I was able to order more Wednesday and I should receive a delivery phone call soon. Thank you Pauley for the case of Secure. We were able to treat the bentgrass tees and fairways this week and will have enough left over to spray greens. Secure is a BMP product which means low use rate and broad spectrum contact suppressant. It’s great to have good neighbors and serve on the board with the local Supertindent Chapter.

We stretched the last application an extra three days. I wait until I see breakthrough then apply to save money. This is Sclerotinia homoeocarpa or dollar spot.

Next, we have several pieces of equipment broken down. Watch the video below in one minute. I missed the Workman in the video but it needs a clutch and Jim will get that in quicker than anyone else I know.

Third, the heat is returning and we have to have phosphites to prevent Pythium blight. As of right now we do not have any on hand. I usually apply 1.83 ounces per M which is a light rate but has worked so far in conjunction controlling the physical hydraulic conductivity of the water supply. A lower Ph aides in efficacy and longevity of the chemistry. Stretching dollars makes cents.

Fourth, we had many fish die in the irrigation lake due to the oxygen levels dropping. This happened after the fourth because of thermodynamic principles. The pond flipped with the weather. Extreme temperature inversions will cause this to happen. I usually get asked the question, “What did you do or dump in the lake?” Well, if I do not have any products to treat the turf I certainly do not have extra stuff to dump in the ponds. On to, the above photos are the pond on 11 Players Club. The pond lost most of its water due to a Muskrat digging through the side of the bank. The lake valve is broken so we will let God fill the lake. The muskrat trapper will be here Saturday to catch and relocate. We have mitigated the hole.

Fifth, the Players Club Pump failed early Wednesday morning and Wednesday night due to the pump start relay tripping and blocking the variable frequency drive from operating. Long story short is one motor is wearing out and we need to purchase the spare pump from Rodney at The Country Club of Muirfield. Vince L. notified me that Mid-Ohio could help install it if we bought it. Thank you for coming out yesterday. It’s always great to see you sir.

Vince I will call you in a little while to update the status. When ET rates are high it is vital to have water. We may need to order a retro pump start relay if the adjustment to this one does not work. I’m not going in to details on mega hertz ohms etc. I’ll save that for another post.

Continuing, field adjustments equal data adjustments. Thank you Joel Braun Technical Choice for the quick assist on the Dos data transfer in the hydraulic tree.

In order to run all the heads on Players Club the water time window is now from 8:30 PM to 10:45 AM EST. The flat line across the graph is Players with maximum output decreased to 450 gallons per minute which is approximately 12 sprinkler heads. The spike in the graph is the Foxfire Golf Course with two pumps and motors. We can put more water out with two pumps than one in a shorter time frame. Foxfire has less sprinklers automated because the fairways are center row brass quick couplers. Nevertheless, all are factors in calculations.

Last, and certainly not least. We will begin adding sand to the bunkers. I will let you know which holes when we dump the sand in it. 😀 We have a pile of sand and I will go in to more detail in the next post about depth compacting, and penetrometers. It’s a beautiful sand we got from a mine in southern Ohio. Thanks Sam for finding the dump truck & driver. Saving money by getting it ourself.

Bishop did not set the parking brake. Violation of Agronomy Standard Operating Procedure 13.2-duh huh. And he’s in the penalty box!

Felix 93 got stuck on a tree stump on 14 Players. Gary will be here Friday to Grind! There ya have it. I utilized my Title in some order.

PS Thanks Mr. President for the greens mower wheel. The wheel fell off the greens mower Saturday and I had to go shopping at Pinnacle Golf Club. Thanks again Mike T.

Thank you for your prayers! See you on the course! Darden

Happy 4th Of July! 🇺🇸🇺🇸


We have had two weeks in a row with the highs in the upper 80’s to mid 90’s and for C3 grasses that is not ideal. The weather should break tomorrow for a few days, but we sprayed our last fungistat on the foxfire fairways today. My earlier repost from Novotny was about and in reference to the Grass going quiescent or semi-dormant. Mark explains it in layman’s terms where I would go in to detail about the bundle sheath cells, carbohydrate partioning, and the plant shutting down. The evening temperatures have not been cool enough for the plant to transpire “breath” so we are just hanging on. This is not a time to punch holes in the ground or anything like that. I believe for only having one pump on Players Club and the funds spent we are doing well above average regionally and nationally.

The brown line behind the Flag is from the greens sprayer breaking down and is man made the actuator malfunctioned on the 1993 model. It happens.

Pray & Spray is all we can do!

We have Z generation and baby boomers for our staff and this Z Gen. is the best of those but the baby boomers are the best workers. Z-Gen is below Millineals.

Great seeing this guy Mike a former member came all the way back up from Coco Beach, FL to play Players Club. That’s Coach talking golf.

This is what the greens, tees, and fairways would look like if we did not treat them. Rough on 2 Fox covered in mycelium.

Chuck mowing the high grass areas. Chuck was in Vietnam. He doesn’t miss any workdays. So we are transitioning through some Z-gen staff members for lack of participation.

Water time window with 1 pump on Players & 2 on Foxfire. I had to recalibrate the entire hydraulic tree data on site pro 3 years ago when the other pump went down and we have not replaced it yet due to funding.

Jimmy rebuilding an engine.

Great Match at Rattlesnake last week. CEO Brian Laurent of COGCSA and OTF won but I had em’ close at the turn and out drive him on 10.

Great conditions Kyle. Thanks for the hospitality sir. It’s always great to come home. My bunker below. Bag before match at Rattlesnake.

Have a safe and Happy 4th & Weekend. Please continue to Pray. See you on the Course.

Happy 4th I’m re-blogging this for all my followers from Mark N Westchester! Thanks for leg work on post Mark. 7-4-18 This one’s for Mike!


7-4-18 This one’s for Mike!

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4.5” Of Rain in 5 Days Happy Fathers Day Weekend! Media Mention


Acts 14:17

Yet he has not left himself without testimony: He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy.”

Channel 4 NBC posted this article with six other courses Tuesday on their web page.

Top Spots: 7 of the best golf courses in the Columbus area

CENTRAL OHIO (WCMH) – Father’s Day is just around the corner, and if your family is anything like mine, a gift certificate for a round of golf is a no-brainer.

Central Ohio is home to many beautiful courses, ranging from exclusive, private clubs to public courses to suit any player’s skill level. I asked NBC4 viewers what their favorite courses were in the Columbus area and here’s what they said:

Foxfire Golf Club

Where: 10799 State Road 104, Lockbourne

Boasting 36 holes, the Foxfire Golf Club offers two courses for golfers: The Foxfire Course and the Players Club Course. The Players Club Course offers a bit more of a challenge, combining American and traditional British designs. NBC4 viewers say both courses are among the best here in central Ohio, and it’s nice to have the option to take it a little easier on the Foxfire Course or to step their game up on the Players Club Course. Foxfire Golf Club offers lessons in both private and group settings. The course’s summer rates range between $13 and $32 for the Foxfire Course and $23 to $45 for the Players Club Course. Viewers Top 7 Courses Click link for a list of other courses.

We have had over 4″ of rain in the last five days and we have been moving water, clearing drains, and chasing carts off the Foxfire Course yesterday. The bridge approaches were compromised and that was the main reason I had the Foxfire Course Walking Only yesterday morning. The ground is at Field Capacity ergo quick heavy showers rise Peters Run and it runs over the banks taking Amy and all items in its path. We will begin repairing sand traps today in preparation for the weekend as well as continuing to apply plant protectants for Rhizoctonia, Sclerotinia homoeocarpa, and Pythium prevention. We have also been repairing broken sprinkler heads on Foxfire and Players Club.

I spent some of the day keeping up relations with members and a volunteer worker that got a little confused on which course had cart paths. I’ll let y’all decide.

Noah & Clay apprenticing on irrigation. We fixed two leaks in the last 14 days. 10 Players Club and 17 Foxfire Tee.

Jim has been keeping up with the equipment and lapping the mowers mid season.

Drain wasn’t clogged it was more like a Spring Tide in Murrells Inlet. Sam Fly mowing with our new flymow we bought for $50 Thanks Rodney for the flymow!

Monday afternoon!

Wednesday golfers waiting to go off of 1 Players tee so the race was on to repair the bridge approaches. Brad applying plant nutrients and plant protectants.

15 Fox greenside Head replacement.

Dr. R & Mr. Tom last week on 16 Players. Two of my favorite listening members. Dr. I have your ball washer in the shop for repair. Someone strong armed the handle and I am ordering a new top. It didn’t wash away.

Ducky driving next to the tee with turf tires is acceptable. Another member driving his golf cart beside the par 3 tee on 17 Players not usually acceptable! But we won’t tell who it was Jack. Thank you for helping me complete my example lesson for the greens committee. JR and Mark wanted these for their power point.

See you all on the course.

Happy Fathers Day Dad! See you soon sir!

Bunker Work, Plant Nutrients, Peak Crabapple Bloom, Staff of 12 for 36.


The Weather is finally warming up and last weekend we had the peak bloom for the crab apple trees down Foxfire Blvd. I was able to get the greens treated Last Friday for Waitea Patch & Microdochium nivale, and Sclerotinia homoeocarpa. Thanks Paul Campbell for the product. The turf responded well and with the timely rain Friday of .22″ and Sunday evening of .30″ it helped the uptake of the Nutrients and suppressed the diseases. The bentgrass fairways will need to be treated next on Players Club. The crabapple blooms peaked Saturday for the Derby.

Treceia helped mow some of the Range this afternoon while I picked it.

Thanks for the photo from Palm Springs Leslie. Glad y’all got to get away. Sorry it was 106 but that’s the Springs for ya! I played that course awhile back it is really neat.

See y’all on the course or the range out I’m picking balls. Please do not hit me while I’m driving the utility cart picking the range. Thank you!

Darden

Spring is Finally Here 6 Staff for 36 Holes.


Song of Solomon 2:11:12

See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land.

We have more than normal Taraxacum on the property and I am 95% complete with the spraying, but I ran out of product to expedite the epinastical curation of this species.

I will spray greens next. Thank you Paul Camble for allowing me to pick up products for the greens to help me get started. I’m not sure how I would get what I needed with out your assistance. We have a little Spring disease on the greens and they are hungry. Tom did fertilize them in March but the Size Guide Number on the prill was too big for the Foxfire greens. That is why there are green dots on them and I switched him to the 100 SGN prill for Players Club. Even though we had the correct SGN for Players Club greens the fertilizer was not taken up by the plant, ergo we need liquid fertilizer for the C3 bundle sheath cells to aide in a rapid uptake and carbohydrate partitioning.

Back to, The herbicide for the dandelions is also working on many other perennial weeds. We have had a long winter and it is good to see some low humidity and sunshine. Jim as gotten more equipment ready this season than I have had the last four. Staff is slowly coming back. All the reels are sharp and the equipment is running the best it can given the age and the hours.

Brad has helped get the course ready since March and we would not be where we are with out his early arrival. We just had snow 12 days ago and the crabapple trees are a month behind blooming from 2017. It is going to take several days of sunlight and correct temperature for the Turfgrass to kick in.

I had some volunteers show up a few weeks ago one Friday to help. Paul C is on the Local board with me and brought his crew over one Friday afternoon to help start getting the bunkers ready. Supercool. Thank you sir. He has about 14 staff members for 18 holes.

The solenoid and actuator arm for the 300 gallon SDI sprayer came in and Jim will put those on as soon as I’m finished with the dandelions. We will need about 1/2 of a day to complete this process because the entire circuit has to come off the back to fix it. The center boom does not come off so I have to hurry up and get going once I start spraying. Wearable parts eventually wear.

Luis & Noah made it back to help and were able to get 9 Foxfire bunker cleaned out today. I will have after photos later but it looks great! Paula & Skippy have been raking bunkers as well. I got the roof fixed on the Players Club pump house last Friday. Mrs. Graves asked me to put a new tarp on it before it rained so Jim helped hold the ladder.

Hey y’all it’s wet on the course don’t be this guy!

Brad and I did charge up the Foxfire pump station about a month early so I could fill up the Sprayer in about 17 minutes opposed to 1 hour and 45 minutes with the well at the Shop. We do have a quick coupler seal leaking on 7 Foxfire to repair.

Watering the Frost off the greens Monday morning before the outing so we could mow greens and get the outing out on time. A trick I learned last century from Bill Kennedy. Great speaking with you today sir! Thanks Billy Bob for helping fix the tee sign, 150 yard marker and the drain on 10 Foxfire. You are the best handy man volunteer I got!

I have been picking the range for Vinny in my spare time and hopefully my certified range picker will be back next week. Here’s the tee Sign Billy Bob fixed.

Our 2-4-D arrival for the dandelions. Every vendor has a different way to deliver and when you have to go off the grid you get off the grid delivery service. No forks I had unload by hand so I got the Workman and backed under his tailgate and we pushed it in the Workman.

Jim got the Smithco ready today and we will utilize it tomorrow to get the Players club traps ready for the WGA event Thursday. Thank you to everyone for your help and welcome back Nancy W. Out of retirement to mow rough until my school bus driver neighbor Kevin shows up. Kevin your on deck bud! See you soon somewhere on the course!

My wife’s front yard. Only 12 Taraxacum in the lawn. Thank you Dillard for the Andersons! Just need a little mulch and some annuals from Haunty.

Esse quam videri! Winter Update Foxfire Golf Club! Thank you Trump for our raise!


“To be, rather than to seem” I remember the Rev. Robert Lee Nicks telling the lady at Hardee’s in Beaufort, NC that when I was about six or eight years old. He won a free ice cream, and I got to share it with him. That’s right we shared it- he didn’t give it to me. He said, “You have to learn it to earn it.” A moment I’ll always remember. That is the state motto of North Carolina! It’s not easy but I have tried to “Be” even though I may appear to be “seeming” sometimes! 😂Yesterday is gone and tomorrow is not here. 12 years ago this month he died shortly after I left from visiting my grandparents in Jacksonville, Florida. My grandmother still resides there at 96 years young.

We have been busy cutting trees down, working on equipment, taking classes, planning next years agronomic program, moving snow, and finalizing water reports for the ODNR. And Nancy and I even found a little time to visit Leslie and Andrew in the Portland Zone over Christmas and New Years! We got to see the coast and the mountains.

Super bowl Sunday February 4, 2018 we got about .4″ of rain/snow and the forecast has 3-6″ of snow in it the next few days. We will find out after I happens the weather man doesn’t know.

Portland is a beautiful city and we had a blessed trip with Leslie and Andrew and stayed in a wonderful Air B & B. That’s the new swanky trend now. To stay in someone else’s house. It’s partially rented with separate access. Hood River to Newport Beach and Mt. Hood in the background. We didn’t go snow skiing this time but maybe next time. New Port Beach Leslie, Nancy, and Laurelhurst Park below was how we walked to their house. <<<<<<
hristmas Eve at Kara's which is a tradition out there <<<<<<
ven snowed and iced in the Portland City which is a rare event given the Mediterranean Climate. They even have Palm trees in Portland.

Jim has been working diligently getting the equipment ready for Spring and has even cut down 69 dead Ash trees. You all will notice Players Club will have more room on 14,15,16.

Timber! We will continue removing the logs and debris when the ground is frozen. Unfortunately, it is not staying frozen. But we will get them removed one at a time!

Many repairs have been accomplished already such as: water pump on the EBay 4500 D, brakes on triplexes, Jacobsen 311, re-molded/ leveled the deck on the 311- Fixed the missing rotted frame on the 1993 Toro multi Pro sprayer with 7000 hours. Just a few of many items and we hope to start sharpening reels in the next two weeks. <<<<<<
ave already had a foot of snow or more this season and Tony came to help plow it a couple of weeks ago. We had drifts on the course up to 2 feet deep! And I utilized the snow blower at the house to clear the backyard chipping green with the Governors Club flag flying! Deer at Mom & Dads above! We have to help them remove snow too so they can get down their 1/4 mike driveway off the estate!Yes, I tried the skid steer loader before I called Tony but it was too Deep! It was so cold while we were gone I only saw one set of snowmobile tracks tracks on the course when Ingot back <<<<<<
finitely interesting to see all the trails from the deer, coyote, foxes, and rabbits. I got to see my Amish friend before Christmas up north off campus and his horses.

That’s Fred & Frank “Real Horse Power” Alan doesn’t like photos, an Amish tradition but we hook up occasionally to say hello and get some work done!

And I am Refurbishing Doc’s ballwasher that he donated to us. Thank you Doc! <<<<<<
usy time and Jim and I have plenty of work to do and thank you to all the volunteers for helping when you can. Billy Bob I'll have a small indoor project for you next week sir making entry and exit posts if interested. We still need to put the tire back on the skid steer loader. See y'all soon thank you for your help! I did get to take Dad to the men's prayer breakfast at church a couple of weeks ago. He's not driving by himself anymore but he does know where he is still and I thank God for that everyday! Gotta take care of pops! Nancy has been picking him up from Tuesday bible study and Virginia did go with him to see his mom last week in Jacksonville! He's not in the photo but we had a good crowd the 3rd Saturday of January. Rusty had an excellent lesson! Please continue to pray for Dad and also pray for our President! No matter who you voted for it's our obligation to pray for our leaders. <<<<<<