Leaf Senescence, Greens Too Fast, Staff is 5 for 36 Holes! Fall Fertility! Elon Homecomming! 


2 Corinthians 4:15For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.

We had another busy weekend at Foxfire Golf Club with the annual Jack Frost Jack Daniels golf tournament. The staff did an excellent job preparing the Players Golf Course for this event while the Foxfire Golf Course was open for regular play last Saturday! I had the opportunity to play with an aspiring PGA player Steve Lee.  I always enjoy hiring and playing with people much better or smarter than I am because it inspires me to continue learning and improving! We did not win, but neither of us woke up that morning saying what can we do to lose! We put up a good fight and finished six under in a 2 man scramble! 

 I was recently asked “Why do the leaves change colors on the trees?” The brilliant fall colors come from leaf senescence. This is a nice plant pathology term used to describe the process of dying leaves on plants. The leaves change colors in the Fall because the trees are “winterizing “or drawing the chlorophyll back in to the tree to store nutrients for the Spring. God’s perfect timing permits all seasons to change.  

  

  

  

  

  

  

   
  Travis was able to fertilize the greens last week before the first frost of the season and this will help a little with the leaf senescence on the bentgrass greens.  However it is primarily for next Spring. We utilized an Andersons greens grade “DG” product and after the rain Saturday I noticed some slight growth on the top of the plant. But we apply this nutrient application for the roots. The grass metabolizes nutrients just like trees.  

I have had several comments that the greens are too fast! This is one of the best times of the year to golf in Ohio and the leaf senescence reduces the ball friction on the putting surface. Along with much drier cooler weather the speeds have increased upwards to an eleven or twelve. Hit a club less and keep the ball below the hole. 

We tried to fertilize the Foxfire Golf Course today, and may celebrate a small victory in the fact that 3.5 holes were completed before the axel fell off the Lily. I was going to hook up the Vicon spreader  but could not get the backhoe or bob cat started today to get access to it. I will try again in the morning. I really wanted this fertilizer out today with the forecasted rain expected.  We did spend a great deal of time trouble shooting both of these before and after I drug the lily to the shop. You may notice an edge along the main drive on the side of the road. That’s me and the lily. No choice but to drag it back with the axel dragging.

   

Victory below a small set back above! The towel is to keep the fertilizer from getting in my ears since two of the fingers or shoots flew off today when we started.  

    
 I still remain positive progress is being made and we will scrap this unit and buy a new one someday. The opportunity cost to repair it is far greater than a newer used one! And this was our good Lily, I think! I will try the other one tomorrow to confirm this because it will take five or six hours to charge the bob cat anyway.  The shop is steadily improving and organization has taken place.

    
 
We got to visit Westchester last week and here is what Mark is doing in his sand bunkers. Every year he budgets to replace three to five bunkers and replaces the drainage on a schedule so that in ten to fifteen years all the traps are replaced.  

 Next week we will commence blowing out or winterizing the irrigation system. I had Mike utilize his metal detector to locate and mark a few brass quick couplers last week on the Foxfire Golf Course.  

    
 #8 Foxfire should be a little better now that we have have located the quick coupler just past the bridge that goes to the fairway. Last Tuesday we replaced the fuel pump at the club house for the golf carts.  

 Preparation for the tournament last Saturday. Travis mowing greens and Rodriguez changing pins.  

    
 We started on #9 Players Saturday. Brad did an excellent job mowing the fairways last week for the tournament. We still are utilizing 3/4 of a fairway mower for 36 holes and the range tee. 

A few weeks ago we sprayed grape koolaide around the greens where the geese are problematic and have had less traffic on them if any. I added sugar just for carbohydrates! We had 100 packs of grape koolaide and 15 pounds of dextrose sugar cane. 

 Last Thursday number 6 Players had geese but they were off the green and away from where we had sprayed the koolaide. Not bad for 10 dollars and some sugar! 

 Many people ask me what Elon is. Elon is a University and also the Hebrew word for Oak or “Under the Oaks” Nancy and I both graduated there and we were blessed to be able to attend her 20th class reunion. Mine is next year! Wow the college has grown and and will always be home! Many of her family members attended as well as numerous Dardens’ & Nicks’. And yes I did get a medal for finishing second place in my age division for a marathon she entered us in. Or a 5k walk/run!  

    
   

   
  We found our bricks! Mine has an irrigation line under it! Of course! Going to the new island or 10 year old island bed in front of the Mosley Center!   

    
    
    

    
 No trip back home would be complete with out meeting the football coach on a Thursday night during his radio show with classmate Taylor Durham. Coach Rick Skrosky at the Fatt Frogg!   

   We used to be the Fightning Christians and I still wear my hat but now they are the flying Phoneix. The NCAA said that there can not be a religious affiliated mascot when we went to Division I. Unless of course it’s demonic like the Deamon Decons of Wake Forest or the Duke Blue Devils! Long Live Elon! 

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