Happy New Year! Winter Work! El Niño 

Psalms 118:24This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. 

El Niño has been a topic in the news this past Fall, 2016 Winter &……. El Niño is translated from Spanish as Christ Child or in everyday Spanish little boy! The term was first used in the 1600’s by sailors in the Pacific referring to a temperature inversion of warmer water in a normally cooler Pacific Ocean that is carried by the jet stream from West to East. Most of this phenomenon can be explained in the Bible so unfortunately for many “Global Warmer Believers” this is a normal occurance that has been happening since the beginning of time. I do not have to explain what it is doing we can all see the results. The jet stream may also be referred to as the Pineapple Expressway! Many collegues way down South are battling horrific rain events and the golf industry is taking a big hit financially. What does this mean for Central Ohio right now? Not much snow! Yeah! However, I have been asking many native Superintendents what does this mean for Spring and Summer, and the response is similar. I would expect a warmer drier Spring and Summer! We may enjoy it now with the occasional days to play golf up here and sunshine in the Winter, but have different challenges in the Spring and Summer! I would expect to see increased insect and disease pressure earlier than in the previous two years! 

Jim and I have been working on the reels, rollers, bearings, and seals for the mowers. In early January we received a shipment from Toro with reels, shafts, seals, and bearings,bed knives  and a few other items.  

 With in 14 days Jim had this box empty! 

Well, almost. I helped disassemble the rollers, salvage, and rebuild the ones for the fairway units.  


There are ten rear rollers on each fairway mower and each roller has two ends. Each end has 7 parts that need disassembled and reassembled with new bearings, seals, snap rings, and a shaft. Jim did all the grinding and reassembling of the cutting units. This is a very time consuming process that requires precise dexterity, accuracy, and geometry! The reel and bed knife must be sharpened to the correct angle which we determine and is a recipe for each Supernintendent! 


These are completed and we are working on the greens reels now! After this is complete we will need to figure out which engine can run these reels! We have had some rain this winter and below is 16 Players fairway that must have a drainage issue!  Bubbles always mean trouble in the golf industry! 

We have also been able to do some tree work which will provide more sunlight to areas and create a healthier turf canopy.  Luis below helped me haul some wood for a few days. And I hauled him after a long day! 



 Bundled up driving the skid steer loader. We have had a few days of extra brisk weather! Thank you Steve Hines for your help, and Mark Novotny for the utilization of your dump trailer! We have had some wonderful sunrises!  

  The “greens committee” below meets daily in the Winter when it’s too cold to golf at the agronomy center to go over ideas and suggestions!  They are shipped off to South Florida now for golf! Thank you Matt, Cutter, and Dave for the accommodating tee times. 

  I am in the process of upgrading my web site so that updates may be more frequent. I am running out of meta data storage and need to upgrade the storage on it.  The snow has melted and the sun has been shinning. I expect to see many of you all Saturday! Please remember that the ground will be thawing and carts will be on the Cart Path Only on Players Club and day to to day decisions on Foxfire! Thank you!