Tournaments, Bunker Work, Irrigation Repairs, Seeding, Striping, 16 Staff for 36! NCR Meeting Harrells & Syngenta


“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10 NIV)

Great job Staff! All of you did an excellent job this week preparing for today’s 280 plus outing! We had an outstanding usual week at Foxfire Golf Club overcoming obstacles and improving the courses. We spent a good deal of time in the bunkers and with out rain they turned out the best I have seen them this summer. Thanks Chuck for allowing us to borrow your tiller, and bunkering the port holes in the pump house so the Christmas ornaments do not continue to get wet!  We will use the sand in the bunkers once the pump is repaired! Mrs. Graves did say we can fix the check valve and clay valve! We will assess that in a couple of weeks when Vince returns from Colorado! 

  We need about ten more full time team members, and a new sand pro to restore them to the architects original intention. We can do one bunker at a time by repairing or adding subsurface drainage, and sand! I am blessed that I can still teach this labor intensive work. We found a few pockets of sand and I went through my operating procedures from standing on the tee box and explaining what our objective was in the bunkers.  

  Luis in 9 Players above, and Travis tilling 13 Fairway below.   
   
13 Fairway bunker above after tilled raked and edges tamped in. A gas powered plate Tamp from Franklin Equipment would assist in packing the faces so the golf balls do not plug. 

Brad did an excellent job striping the fairways this week in to checkerboards! Even though the fairway mower broke down three times this week Jim was able to get it running again and Brad stayed late to finish mowing. The cut on the reels is great we have an intermittent fue/fire/air/temperature/sensors with the 6700D, ergo it is going to take some time to diagnose and repair correctly.  

    
    
     
 Nancy, Fred, and Trecia did an outstanding job mowing all the rough and Chuck was able to continue some secondary rough or “high grass” along with operating the tractor blower. Unfortunately, the 4000-D rough unit blew a hydraulic hose on #10 Players around the ladies tee so you will notice a brown ring around that teeing surface. Nancy noticed it and stopped Trecia. We only lost 3 gallons of hydraulic fluid!  

    
 Jim was able to repair the line in the field by taking a hose off the broken 4000-D at the shop! We were up and running again with in a couple of hours.  

 Travis was able to repair the solenoid on 9 tee Players and seed the irrigation repair on #14 Foxfire!  

    
    
 Pushing up bunker edges below and locating the original bunker sand.  

    
    
    
    
    
    
    
      Thanks Chuck for getting new tires for your High Grass mower and the Toro Sandpro. We were able to use the Toro but the hydrostatic pump needs replaced. 
   

  Our landscape crew was able to finish the mulch beds behind the clubhouse last Saturday! The Mums are out and Fall is coming!  

Thank you Jim Champion Director of Agronomy at NCR Country Club for hosting the meeting sponsored by Harrells and Syngenta. Thank you Jim Dillard and Greg Schaner for the updates on the new products. The course was absolutely amazing! 

  

  

  

11 thoughts on “Tournaments, Bunker Work, Irrigation Repairs, Seeding, Striping, 16 Staff for 36! NCR Meeting Harrells & Syngenta

  1. Darden, I shared your Blog with a new friend, an attorney from Dublin. His name is Adam Rinehart. I believe he said he knew the Director or Parks and Recreation in Dublin. He maybe someone to get in touch with in the future. Adam can get you in touch if interested. Adam Rinehart 155 Waterford Drive Dublin, Ohio 43017 Home phone 614-791-1199 Work Phone 614-717-9701 he works from home adam.rinehartlaw@sbcglobal.net 614-406-8927

    Love, Dad

    On Fri, Sep 18, 2015 at 7:11 PM, Darden’s Agronomy wrote:

    > Darden posted: ““Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is > in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10 NIV) Great job Staff! All of you did an excellent > job this week preparing for today’s 280 plus outing! We had an outstanding > usual week at Foxfire Golf Club overcoming obs” >

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  2. D, man, you’re doing a great job with very old equipment, limited staff, and keeping a golf course in TOP shape is challenging by itself, throw in OLD and worn out mower’s / equipment or the lack thereof, is a TALL order! So, with your vast “Super” knowledge, etc…you ‘re to be commended! Again, course looks well kept, and to be in great shape! Great job. All the Best… Alex

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    • Miracles still happen, just in case anyone was wondering! We are well below the national average in every category, but expenses have decreased and ergonomic out put has increased!

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  3. Wow that was strange. I just wrote an extremely long comment in other wordpress site but after I
    clicked submit my comment didn’t appear. Grrrr…well I’m not writing all that over again on that site. Anyways, just wanted to say wonderful blog! Keep on posting!!!

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