Memorial Day Thank You! Staff of 16 part time. Boys of Summer are back! 

Joshua 1:7 Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go. 

Colonel Petrek and many more, this flags for you! May all of our family serving and friends serving be safe. Guys at Miramar, Pendleton, Langley, and places we can’t name because we don’t know but pray for their safe keeping. Thank you grandfathers who served in WWII, and made it home. Only recently did I read the Lettters from The Reverend Robert Lee Nicks to my grandmother, and never knew the danger or living conditions he was in. Briefly, he speaks about his journey and the shelling all around his ship in the Pacific specifically, and I can not imagine, but by the hand of God did he turn out the way he did. Nancy’s grandfather Thronihill received a Purple Heart and slept sitting up the rest of his life upon his return because that’s how he slept in the foxhole. Her grandfather Rogers was Ret. Lt. Colonel from the Army.  My great Uncle Buddy Darden who passed away this week to be with the rest of the Darden’s who have gone to heaven also brought back a Purple Heart from WWII. My Grandfather Darden was in WWII. Just to be raised up by children who were just one generation away from “The Greatest Generation” and have known them and remember them is a complete honor. Anyone of them would have done anything in the world and did to help us. 

18 Players Club. 

We don’t put USA flags on every hole because people like to take them with out asking and do not bring them back. But if you are Golfing there is a flag holder for each green designated with an American Flag. The practice greens have the wall you may lean them against. Rising Sun! 
The Digitaria sanguinalis preventer is applied and we will complete the practice tees the 29, of May or 30.  We still have time here in the Midwest based on the temperatures and should get more longevity or efficacy out of the Dithiopry by applying 2 weeks later than last year. This product acts as an early post and pre-emergent control. All the greens were treated this week as well, on schedule, and I thank you all for the emails and complements. It has only been by strategic planning and execution of the plans that have permitted this to happen because we are still only working with one tee mower and one fairway mower for 60 acres of turf. God Bless Primo! Primo is growth regulator enhancer that I am well known to utilize without hesitation because of the synergism that it creates with nutrients and protectants. I believe I have sound visual evidence that it aides in the translocation of products through the plant. We won’t go in to How but it does. It has something to do with the way plants process carbohydrates through the bundle sheath cells and xylem and Phloem or something like that. Basically it makes the plant short, fat, and happy! Like many Americans! Sorry, we can say fat anymore it’s Husky! I surely do not want to offend the grass. It’s not magic. It’s science and chemistry. We will have two fairway mowers in operation by June 8.  Brad has done an excellent job keeping up with them and many other issues. We built a bridge this week and thanks to the Trail Life leader Ramey, Brad, Noah, Brasket, Luis, and engineer Brooks llc for assembly and foundational penatrometer readings. I believe in allowing the best people for the job to do it and provide them the resources~ then get out of the way. ​

This is temporary, and I think maybe the neighbors horses or coyotes got the other one late one night. Much work to do always! Just honored that I can still do it and have people to help. ​

#6 Players Tee Box. A plaque for a veteran who used to play out there. Mr. Ramey is quite the historian and a welcome addition back after many years gone! 

.5″ of Rain early Saturday morning. 

These are hard to catch but I am always very fascinated at how ducks in a row operate and the mom leads the way and waits on the other ones until they are safe. It would be neat if people were like that. “Sometimes people can be like hearding cats.” Wilson R. Thanks Jim for getting the R-311T almost ready. We need to change some hydraulic hoses and it should be ready by Wednesday. Friday I found my warm up jacket Puma. From the 16 and under team. 27 or so years and it kinda still fits and in my mind I can still play! 🇺🇸😂 Noah plays for the Bible College down the street. And we got Sammy back this year. He texted me about 2 months ago from seminary school and Asked if he could come back and I said “Hurry!”Caught the Boys from Rickenbacker Airforce base flying to Wright Pat. AFB for lunch Friday. At least I hope that’s what they were doing. And that’s why I wouldn’t have made it in the military. Such a beautiful day Friday. Just like a Winter day in SRQ. Still getting accclimated to the weather.  We will be treating for ants soon so don’t let them get you all ancy. It is going to be a great year for insects.  I’m looking at various products now. Below is my great Uncle Buddy Darden and his wife. Below that is my grandfather James F. Darden in back right and his brother Buddy on back left with my great grandparents Dardens. Too many to list but our condolences are with my cousins.  That may have been the photo from Boca when they all four drove down an about 11 hours for a 14 drive and stayed 3 days instead of a month and went back to Suffolk.  We all went to Applebee’s and Nancy and I were the only ones who could hear between the six of us. I wont share all of the story but ole Uncle Buddy brought his pistol and set it on the table. No fear- it was normal and perfectly his right. Y’all just don’t see that too much anymore these days and this was 14 years ago. I said Buddy we are in a restaurant what are you doing? He said y’all invited us I’m hoping to have a beverage and something to eat your granddaddy wouldn’t stop. I said no the gun is that real? He said it was bothering his leg because my brother wouldn’t stop the car. He looked at me And said last time I shot it – it was real now let’s eat. What a memory. I felt safe~ not sure about the wait staff but I didnt see anyone try and take it or tell him he couldn’t have it. 

May 16 Frost 7 days ago but February temperatures 50’s /70’s returning to Cbus! Staff 8/9 Part time for 36! Earlier Photos from career! Players Club Charged Up! 

Psalms 5:3O LORD, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch.
Thanks to all for helping out the last few weeks. We are continually progressing. Cover Photo is Mothers Day Sunrise from Myrtle Beach! Amazing! No, I’m not there but asked Paula to send me a photo because it has been about 16 years since I saw the sunrise there! The temperatures will be rising and I turned the water on players club today or yesterday by post ~for a test run last night. Luis is continuing to work in the bunkers preparing them for the outings this week. We will be applying plant nutrients and plant protectants to the fairways today.  Brad will be mowing rough when Ramey gets the unit up and running again.  As of 5 PM May 15 there were no major issues with the irrigation system on players club. We do need to add another pump in the pump house on players club we only have one pump and can only water so much at night. Below checking out the Lely Mr. G bought. It’s going to need some work. Video of Jim and Brad towing the 5200 D back to the shop. 

Saturday was a busy day cleaning mulch beds but we found time to add a little bit of color to Mrs. Graves’s house. 

I did see a little mycelium Saturday morning but not much it was 43° and I did notice a lot of Cottonwood blooms had fallen in the fairways. 

Cottonwood on the bottom and mycelium in the top one. 

The boys of summer are starting to come back slowly but surely Joey LeBlanc is working on Saturdays and we now have Jacob Hastings back.  Saturday morning came early after leaving the Baptist Church at 10:00 Friday night. 4:00 Am arrival. 

Dr. One of the members told me I should write this statement and he has it in his office but I think it may say Health or Life vs Doctor instead of Golf Course & Superintendent. 

Thanks Billy Bob for making the beautiful new Fairway post. Not sure how they are doing this season but there’s one in the dugout above. Thanks Matt for letting us utilize your “tractor” we were able to mow all the rough on both courses. Sunrise Moon Set Below. “Before the Noise” just me and Morlan the former MLB pitcher are there that early and can get some things done. Rainbow last week. 

Don’t forget I got y’all Pink Flags for Tuesday “Ladies Day! And new cups and poles as well. 

There is an entire Standard operating procedure for assembling ropes and stakes to herd the population. Notice no sagging rope or knots in it. If you can guess how I did it you will win a prize! 

Frost 7 days ago. 

Earlier years in my career. Day 1 north of. Charlotte. Today we have been married 7604 days by my grandfather Rev. Robert Lee Nicks.  One of us still looks the same & its not me! 

Nancy and I have been through 13 major hurricanes in a 1996 hurricane Fran came in island and devastated the Governors club in Chapel Hill North Carolina. 

I believe over 13,000 trees were knocked over. The Governors club is set on a beautiful piece of property on Edwards mountain the highest point in Piedmont North Carolina to the east coast. On a clear Day you can see Raleigh North Carolina. Below is a snippet of Boca Raton which means the Mouth of the Rat in Spanish! We did many upgrades and renovations there. Practice bunker renovation. 

Yes I’ve done this many times with the proper resources and staff. Below are the first two years of Sarasota and given time we were able to utilize best management practices following the “recession” and restore the greens ~postponing any huge capital expenses to the members. Those photos are a year apart the bottom photo is Fenruary 18, 2010. Then we got to fly over the office and really see how it was. 

Matt Auen & Dave W. watching me catch all the fish. We Had to eat somehow. Two of the greatest men I have ever worked with. Love the SRQ. Hopefully will get back for a visit soon. Maybe for the Christmas Party. See y’all on the course.