Salty September for Ohio! Staff 12 for 36 holes! One fairway mower one tee mower for 36 holes. 


Philippians 4:13 

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Many people ask me several times a week when I call to ask their advice “How do you do it?” And I can only refer to the above verse as an example because I have no sound qualitative or quantitative response for the ergonomic out put or explanation of how something may end up better when lacking knowledge or resources.  I have over a twelve year study on coring and have not released it on my web page due to traditional contrary beliefs in agricultural practices. I believe in creating a healthy underground biological ecosystem that is somewhat self sufficient and utilizing the nutrients already present in the soil to feed the plant. This is called mining.  That being, said many cultural practices that need to be performed need funding and resources to accomplish. We are very blessed to have the current conditions we have. I am not satisfied with some of the current conditions of the fairways on the Foxfire Course but have complete confidence that the predominating grass will return once the weather breaks. I have spoken to several experts in the Central Ohio area and everyone from private, public, semi-private courses are in awe of the weather pattern we have encountered this summer. I have quotes from veterans that state they have not seen the weather this hot since 94′ to never'” and local guys stating that this is normal for the poa annua to melt out. The Players Club is in outstanding shape with regards to turf uniformity & coverage. Here is one of our problematic fairways. #8 Players Club. We utilize best management practices agronomically and this fairway faces the South and receives sun light and wind daily from the South South West. The Turfgrass requires all 3 radiant levels of sun, red, blue, and white sunlight for so many hours a day, and number 8 definitely gets sun all day!  It’s a par 5 and the drainage is fair to poor given the water table levels. This is definitely an indicator fairway to check when issues arrive. The Fall is supposed to be above normal through December according to five different sources.  We may go bellow freezing twice up to December 6, 2016. So look forward to a long Fall golfing season in Central Ohio with below average rain.  Uniform hydrology is one major component to the success of a uniform Turfgrass stand regardless of bundle sheath cell count being 3 or 4. Below is an example of a problematic fairway with 40 year old center row irrigation that requires a person to install the sprinklers at night and rotate them. I increased the water in a 24 hour period this week to verify any issues were not due to an immediate lack of water but the availability of water and excess heat combined with lower humidity rates. We watch the weather all day every day and many times the TV forecasters are incorrect. Like today- “Hot and Humid” excess heat! Was the forecast. Well, it was humid and chilly this morning. However, as I expected around 9:00 AM EST the winds picked up out of the South South West and blew the humidity from 80% at 6:00 AM to below 60% after 10:00 AM for the rest of the day. That is huge. That’s like OSU leading The Bowling Team last weekend 77-10 there’s no comparison. And maybe just maybe that is why OSU can not grow real grass at their football stadium!  Even though NC State has real grass it is not the same grass that would be grown up here!  It’s a most difficult daunting task regardless of the location.  Never the less #2 Foxfire fairway below yesterday afternoon. This is our most difficult fairway and we added grass seed today to several spots. The bunker project is moving along well given the ability to create work based on a mathematical equation and definition. #1 Players. We are waiting on our vibratory gas powered plate tamp to create the correct resistance or penatrometer reading for bunker sand! Then we will fill in the areas we want to eliminate and sod them. The sand came first otherwise I would have chosen to fill in the areas to eliminate first,sod and then add sand. 

#6 Players above after! 

Sunflower Foxfire Golf Club, Inc

Rose Petals fell in place for my sweet Nancy!

Halfway house on Players with a slight landscape upgrade with flag poles holding the Sunflower plants I planted. 

Thanks Brooks for fixing the walkway path on #3 Players today! Thanks Brad for helping diagnose the irrigation malfunction on #1 and #16 Players! During this weather all weakest links are exposed and we are finding heads that do not have guts to other heads in Roughs that are paired up with other stations that previous Superintendents eliminated or thought would not be needed. I can not explain how or why other people think the way they do. We can only assess, diagnose, reason, rationalize, and solve issues.  Labor Day last Monday! Thank you to all who have served Chuck & Colonel!  Jim the Ole Salty Scientist is back from back surgery trying to grind and get me 3 greens mower reels ready! He’s fighting the good fight. Please keep praying for him.  Happy Hollidays from my sisters house Sunday and brother in law! Nice new deck! Saturday Sunrise last weekend for the tournament!  Someone Show Vern & Charlie their Photo! Bumps on Basket-Do you think it will start if we keep starring at it? 95 Degrees end of August~ Could not resist!

Nancy and Velma – Don’t forget Ladies Day is Tuesday! 
Above Jim showing Luis and Rodolfo how to grind reels and we were able to share a sunflower with the Judges wife Mrs. Journell!  As many of y’all know he died in August at 80! He is in heaven. 
Randy Riffel above stopped by to help me locate some irrigation valves he installed a few decades ago! What a great help! Thanks Randy! Well we had a little rain 2 weeks ago and the sand truck got stuck behind #7 Players and I had to bring out the big toy to pull him closer to the bunker then pull him back the other way! Thanks Sam for the sand! ​In case y’all missed my you tube video a couple of weeks ago here is a sample of the bunker remodeling project. Thank you for watching and we greatly appreciative your support and prayers!

6 thoughts on “Salty September for Ohio! Staff 12 for 36 holes! One fairway mower one tee mower for 36 holes. 

  1. Hi Darden! Man, not sure IF I’ve ever seen a Super like you that updates members and others like you do as to what you’re doing on a Club course and, that causes it to look so good with the types of budgets you’re dealing with, low, most of the time, etc. Nice work!

    I wanted to send you a picture or two of a weed that’s growing like crazing in my neighborhood and in most every loan I see; and, see IF you could recommend a fertilizer and or weed killer for this…IF nothing can be done this year, I’d certainly like to know what to put down next year to KILL it….it’s taking over our lawns!

    I’ll get a few pictures and send to your phone…I will greatly appreciate anything you could suggest or recommend, so will my neighbors!

    Thanks much…keep up the good work!

    Best,

    Alex

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