3 Staff for 36, Irrigation Winterization, 70 Degrees, Fertility is activated! 


Matthew 6:34Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Travis mowed the Foxfire Golf Course yesterday and Brad mowed the Players Club greens today and then spent the rest of the day on the tractor blower.  

  

Brad had to dump the baskets every five greens which is a sign that the plants are taking up the nutrients. 

Thanks John for bringing the air compressor, the transition from Players to Foxfire was smooth and your Machine is in Mint condition sir!  

    
   
   

  

  

  

  

 We blow all the water out of the lines until the air creates a Phoenix  shape mist blowing out of the Toro 670, and a cannon shape out of the 650 Toro heads. 
   

   
   
We put quick couplers around the greens, opened lake valves, and turned on the heads with the radio.  

 We wrapped up the day by transporting the compressor to the Foxfire Course for tomorrow.  

   We even had time to deliver Mrs. Graves Christmas lights. Jim also changed the oil in her cart which will be delivered tomorrow.  

 

Fall Swing Course Update! Staff reductions continue 14 for 36 holes! 


Matthew 6:34

“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

The weather has been perfect this week and we were able to get some great photos of sunrises, golf cart windshields in trees, transitional statues, and many other events on the course! I expect the golf rounds to continue to be busy during the week days! We will pray the current weather pattern holds up for a few more months! It looks like we have one day of rain per week for 3 weeks in a row and that is excellent. The lows will be in the high forties and the highs will be in the mid to upper seventies. 

We began clearing the wild Japanese holly along the green on one Foxfire and will continue selected holes on Players around tees and greens. Mike is working on this solo so we will see how far he gets. 

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After

  We may add some grass seed in this area or sow some wild flower seed there next year to add color since it is on the drive in to the club. 

We began needle tineing the greens last week and got four or five holes completed before the timming linkage on the cogs to the rocker arms became untimely. This unit is 16 years old which is about six years past its life span for an aerifier. Ideally we could utilize six of these units and perform this once a month with verticutting.  

  

  The large putting green will be closed for a few weeks. We needle tined, and top dressed it last week. The lower end of the putting green has had over 80,000 feet walk across it this summer and I think a slight break from traffic will give the green time to rebuild its turgidity.  There were two slight thin spots down by the tree which already filled back in.  Grass lives and dies everyday we just want to reproduce new plants faster than the old ones die.

  

  

 Untimely above causes spooning or heaving of the canopy and I do not want that. Jim is in the process of aligning the belts and linkage on the unit and we may do a few more holes this Fall.  Coreing is not necessary and this is non disruptive to the putting surface except when it is not properly operating. This only happened on one pass on 6 Foxfire. Coring to remove organic matter is essentially ineffective based on mathematical principals alone, and we do not have an abundant amount of organic matter on the greens anyway. A healthy underground biological ecosystem containing organic matter is like a savings account with funds available (nutrients) to draw from.  I believe the report I did this summer showed we had five to six percent OM, which means it’s actually only one or two percent combustible OM. This is an excellent rate on return when we applied less than .5lbs on nitrogen per/M ft^2 all season through liquid fertility and utilizing acids to draw out available nutrients in the bank thus saving on current opportunity cost of more nitrogen.  We tried to spray the greens yesterday, but the sprayer failed and after five hours of diagnosing actuators and solenoids we discovered there was a bad cell in the battery. We installed a new battery and we will finish the application today. 
      Aerifier in the shop with chain below adjusted. Each side has a chain and then there are timming belts inside like a car that have to be aligned as well. 
  
The growth regulator on the fairways is wearing off and creating more grass clippings.  We will try and back lap the reels today because the quality of cut is rapidly declining since we only have 3/4 of a fairway unit to mow 36 holes.  This truly has been a miracle this summer to get by with a partial fairway unit. Brad and Jim have done an excellent job, but the Primo has absolutely saved us and kept the grass in check from producing excess verdure. Ergo, we will not be fertilizing fairways this week with staff reductions, no primo, and warmer weather. We will wait until next week or the week after that to apply the fall fertility. This is a best management practice ergonomically right now.  

   
Paula, Skipper, and Terry on 18 Players on a Tuesday enjoying the afternoon. Thank you for your help this past summer!  

 We repaired some irrigation leaks on Foxfire last week and charged up the system Tuesday. We are scheduled to drain the systems Nocember 1 & 2 this year.   

   
We had to sharpen a tee mower reel this week and a tire fall off the greens mower yesterday on Players so we only have one tee mower available right now and the grass is growing faster than it did during the summer on the Foxfire course as well as Players.  

   We got what’s left of the pull behind Lely spreader ready to put out the fertilizer when it is time.  The shoots on it are worn out and the axel is dragging a little bit, but the gear is turning on the drive wheel so we should be okay for one more application with this Lely.  
 We began pushing up the dump pile so we can burn it this fall. We had to stop that because the smoke stack fell off the backhoe and we will have to get it started again. The dump is almost pushed up in to one small mountain.  

   
I did get the logs up off of 15 Foxfire and 14 Foxfire Tuesday.  

 
Nancy got the window shield out of the tree on 14 Foxfire that a golfer had thrown in to the tree for some reason. That’s is why we go back to the top of the post and only worry about one day at a time because tomorrow will definitely be there soon enough!  

 Last Monday before I went to the OTF fund raiser at Pennicle Travis and I got to meet Kate.  

 OTF at Pennicle was a success as well as the Foxfire vs Westchester round one outing on Players!  

    
 
The Staff from Westchester came over last week and we go there next week to see there course.  

 
   
  Treceia teeing off on 18 Players!   
 
Chuck has done an excellent job on the tractor blower keeping up with the leaves. It is a daily assignment right know and he is the perfect leaf distributor!  

    
 

 

 

July 25, 2015 Course Update! 


The rains have stopped and I re-charged the Players Club pump station yesterday and re-wired the irrigation box on #15 Players Club! Remember we only have the ability to water at 47% capacity right now until we get the 3 pumps replaced. Ergo, we will have to rotate different holes during the night and water will continue running thru the morning ahead of play. We had another packed day today which is great. We will be hand watering greens when applicable. All the fairways, tees, and greens are on schedule with their plant protectants from diseases, and have had nutrient applications.  

   
Sunrise Friday Morning!  

   
   
 Senior League from Tuesday! 

   

Turtleman caught a couple big turtles out of the Little Walnut Creek somewhere around here! 58lbs. And the one that was still alive was 38lbs. That should feed him for awhile.  

   Treceia did an excellent job mowing rough while Nancy was on vacation even when she had tree branches on top of her!  
   Jim repaired the range picker twice this week, and we finally got the fairway unit cutting correctly with 5 out of the 7 reels operating! Brad was able to stripe all the fairways. I like the checkers!  
    
   
I enjoyed playing a few holes of Golf on Friday with some of the members and Tom, the owner!  

    
    
    
 

   
    
   

   
   Jim got the motor taken off of Mrs. Graves Ariens zero turn mower to rebuild one of the pistons.  

   A busy Saturday morning included mowing rough and irrigation repairs. Travis learned how to switch out a sprinkler head on #18 Foxfire tee and mowed some secondary rough on one Players.  
    
 The Judge is back with laser vision and laser stripes.  

    
    
 Irrigation running on #15 Players this morning! 

 Halfway house flowers and beds will have mulch added to them next week! 

 The Parking lot at 8:45 AM Saturday!  

 Irrigation watering the Garden at the house!  

   

Tawny at BlackHawk? More Rain Progress and Play Continue! Course Update! 


Proverbs 12:14 From the fruit of his mouth a man is satisfied with good, and the work of a man’s hand comes back to him.

I got a call this morning from Kurt Boggs the Superintendent  from Blackhawk and a photo of what appears to be an adult Tawney Mole Cricket. Not native to this region of the country. I have only seen these In the Carolinas Southward, laterally and South West part of the country mostly below the transition zone. If these critters are migrating North that will change the nature of the industry financially for the mid west! I think it is just a rare occurrence and may have even been translocated through a traveler or caught up in the jet stream out of the South West front that blew up a week or so ago out of the Houston area from the tropical weather pattern. The control for these is the same product used on Canine and Feline for the treatment of fleas and ticks called fipronil. It is highly expensive to treat preventatively on golf courses so let’s hope it is just another rare occasion and not a pattern of tolerance and migration Northward for this golfing market. We have enough issues up here with disease pressure on C3 grasses to equate the costs of cricket treatment in the South.  
We have had another deluge of rain this evening and the leagues were postponed today, but we were able to get the leagues and outings off yesterday even with the rain from Sunday! We have not had as much rain at Foxfire as the course North of Columbus but still remain soggy and are keeping up with our regularly scheduled fungicide applications when the sprayers are functioning.   

   
We will remain Cart Path Only on the Players Club today and try to open the grass cart paths on Foxfire but when we allow that the printing from the carts will appear. This is after Monday’s horseman outing on Foxfire. It is no great concern long term it just appears badly due to the clay being brought up from the cart tires on the lower areas. Most golfers seem to gravitate towards the wettest areas and then repeat each other.  There are not enough signs nor rope to increase common sense in people! You can not learn it or buy it! You either have it or you do not. If you see previous tracks from other carts I would suggest you drive to the area where there Are no tracks and the elevation is 10-15 feet higher.  

    
 There is no real lasting damage agronomically.  We pressured up the Foxfire irrigation system today primarily to evaluate the seven irrigation repairs and have access to more water volume for washing equipment and filling the spray tank.   

    
 Grass seed has been ordered to seed any areas that were repaired. Someday a sod cutter would be a valuable tool to have and these areas could be covered back up immediately after repairs were made. We have been continuously working on all the equipment we have and the next unit to go back out will be the 6700 D with modified freshly ground units so we can grind the 6700 Reels that go with that mower. We retro fitted some 5500 D cutting units so that we would have something operational to mow fairways with other than the triplexes. One of the  triplex units had a cylinder leak last week on five Players fairway. It was not noticed by the operator until after several passes were made and it was under the unit. This is not detrimental either it is just a slight set back of discoloration to the turf in a few areas. 

   
   
We were able to add an extra hand in the shop this afternoon to assist in transferring the 250 lb reels since we do not have a lift it takes more than one person to switch the reels over. The triplex that was leaking oil had the lift cylinder switched out today and is back In operation. We found an older model sitting in the barn next door that had a matching  donor so we transplanted the cylinder to the unit.  

   
The new pump on the greens sprayer blew the seals out and will be replaced today under warranty but we have not had a smooth run with the unit and look forward to having it operate properly next time it goes out to spray greens. We did spray the Players Club but the leak got much worse so we switched to spraying the tees on Foxfire to get the product out of the tank and ready for another repair.  

    
 
Weap holes are doing their job by allowing the water to blow out since the seals are blown! This is a feature so the cast iron doesn’t crack and the pump does not need replaced. It just needs disassembled completely and have new seals replaced which is about a two hour project. But we have to have a greens sprayer. Everything else on it has been replaced but the tank, frame, and motor. Those could fail next at anytime given the age of the traction  unit. Toro has quit making some parts for it due to its age. The great news is the staff has kept up with the bunkers after each rain daily and prepared the course for play to the best of or ability given the resources. Weed work continues daily in mulch beds and crab grass break through has been sprayed in fairways and bunker faces on both courses. #12 Foxfire fairway crabgrass dying.  

 
Many irrigation leaks were repaired this past week including many quick couplers and a main 4″ T in front of number one Foxfire.  

    
  I had to jump in on this one and help after they didn’t get the first coupling taught that’s why there are two couplings on the right side of the hole. Nothing major just an extra coupling and the area was back filled with clay and a support block behind the T.  I’m glad I can still teach by showing.   
   
   
 
Travis also cored and seeded the white tee box on 16 Players and began adding drainage at the end of 15 Players Fairway today with Joey. That area will be tilled and seeded as well.  

   
   
  The guys continue to work diligently in the bunkers.  

    
     
 My first shot with new clubs in to 15 green Fox last week with a 60 degree wedge from about 50 yards out! Excited to have new clubs. I hope I get to used them soon! Thanks Matt Auen and Brian Sikema for your assistance in obtaining these! I hope to see yall soon again someday! 

 


 Thank you Todd & Heidi Voss for hosting the COGCSA meeting Sarurday night at Hooch & Hos’ Beach Bar in Galena. Nancy and all of us had a great time!  A little Sarasota in Galena! 

    
    
   
   
 Todd says if the Pirate Flag is flying at Double Eagle you are welcome to stop in!! 

Course Update June 12, 2015


“For we fix our attention, not on things that are seen, but on things that are unseen. What can be seen lasts only for a time, but what cannot be seen lasts forever.” (2 Corinthians 4:18 TEV)

The Agronony Team did an excellent job this week preparing for the golf tournaments this weekend! As we continue to search for a solution to the broken pumps remember the water will run longer throughout the morning  to keep up with watering demands due to 90 degree temperatures and  evapotranspiration rates. One Players green looks much better after hand watering with a newer wetting agent tablet!    
We are still operating at 47% capacity on irrigation efficiency due to the pumps being worn out and a failed jockey pump. Surge Pro and Primo were applied to the greens and Players Club fairways with fungicides and the Agra Rouse was added to the Foxfire fairways with Primo and a fungicide. The primo will reduce the clipping yield and create a tighter surface which will enhance playability. We also got our water reports and a couple of soil tests results this week and they coincide to the Agronomic program we are currently utilizing.  Great week staff! Thank you all for your hard work. We are operating on an ergonomic efficiency labor rate 25% below the national average for 36 golfing holes and practice facility. There is much work left to complete but we are progressing each week! The range was prepared Monday for the Junior golf program. Target greens were mowed as well as junior tees on the driving range.  

     

We added a new approach area to #15 Players this week and will continue this process in other areas as time and resources are available.  

     

Tournament preparation this morning.  

  

  

  

  

  


   

 Watering Foxfire this morning before the shotgun start!  

  

  

 Re mowed new walk paths on Players yesterday for our walking members. 

  

  

 Greens after brown patch preventer.  

  

  

  

  

  

 Working on details adding mulch and trimming branches back off cart path edges on players.    
 

  
String trimming lakes! 

  
 

   
 

Spot watering #6 Players this morning before shotgun.  

      

May 18, 2015 Course Update


 

Luke 21:19 By your endurance you will gain your lives!

We have gotten the pre-emergent applied to the Players Course fairways, tees, and one pass around the roughs for crab grass.  We were also able to get all the greens treated for dollar spot prevention as well as the Players Course fairways and tee tops.  Bunker progress continues with a few of the staff members including your new Assistant Superintendent Travis Russell.  Travis knows how I want the bunkers and has done an excellent job.  However, we still have 80 bunkers to maintain and the rain is beneficial but but creates continual work in the bunkers.  Jim has the older rough mower repaired by rebuilding the axle instead of purchasing a brand new one.  We are waiting on a rear clutch arm assembly from John Deere for the bunker machine.  This is a wearing moveable part. We acquired the machine last summer and it was new to Foxfire but used and these parts wear from normal use.  We are looking forward to obtaining the grinder which will allow us to begin sharpening fairway reels, and eventually other reels as we catch up.  This is very time-consuming and may take up to a month to complete one mower.  Each reel must be completely disassembled and most likely new bearings, seals, racers, bushings, and rollers could need replaced.  We will not know this until the units are completely disassembled.  The photo shoot for the TV ad on Players went well last week and I feel the courses looked as good as possible for the resources available.  Thank you Mike Sloma, and Jim Dillard for the products.

IMG_5725TV Shoot for the Out and about Columbus. IMG_5724 IMG_5723 IMG_5722 IMG_5721 IMG_5720 IMG_5719 IMG_5718 IMG_5727 IMG_5726 IMG_5724 IMG_5723 IMG_5722 IMG_5721 IMG_5720

IMG_5734 IMG_5733 IMG_5732 IMG_5731The wheels fall off the wagon sometimes! IMG_5730 IMG_5728The ultimate goal! Ducks in a row make it look easy! IMG_5746 IMG_5745 IMG_5744 IMG_5743 Handwork in bunkers on Foxfire before last weeks outings.

And when the wheels fall off the wagon to haul the wagon with out the wheel it turns in to an official project which permits me extra time to pray for endurance! IMG_5741 IMG_5738 This is the area where the newer grinder will be located.  IMG_5736

Handwatering will continue but I need to buy two more hoses and nozzles. IMG_5734IMG_5767 IMG_5766 IMG_5765 IMG_5764 IMG_5763 IMG_5762

Foxfire Course preparation for last weeks tournaments.

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Travis working with TJ on picking rocks and weeds from traps. IMG_5768 IMG_5767 IMG_5766 IMG_5765

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It’s always a pleasure to see Dr. out walking during the week.

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Proverbs 3:5Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.


Quick update: Mr. Graves has completed the malnutrition application for the dandelions on Foxfire And I am already noticing some epinastical decline in the plant which is good. The pre-emergent for the crabgrass will be applied on the Players Course Friday or next week. Fortunately, we still have a good window of opportunity with the product selected. We hired a couple of new employees with experience and that includes an IPM manager or Integreted Pest Managemet Expert. This is another positive step in building a solid team. Our new Assistant Travis graduates this weekend and will start next Wednesday! I will have updated photos later of the chemical room and South Barn organization. To date the south shop is housing all the mowers that currently operate or were operating a few weeks ago. We currently have one tee mower, one rough mower, the trim rough unit (sidewinder) and the grounds master for the wood lines. Jim the new Equipment Manager has been able to restore both greens mower triplexes and has been diligently working on putting together at least one fairway unit that operates and the older 4000d that the head was replaced.  Brad and I pressured up the Players Golf Course yesterday and had a great cycle run last night on the entire course. However, the pump station failed this morning during my inspection and I have contacted Vince with Mid-Ohio Electric to assist in bringing the station back up. Joel Braun is arriving tomorrow afternoon to trouble shoot the box on Foxire #12. We pressured the Foxfire  station last week on one pump and just have one satellite with no power. It controls 27.5% of the foxfire course on holes 10 thru 13 so they have not watered yet on greens and tees. Luis will work on repairing the leak on #13 Players Tee tomorrow in the morning. Our new retired rough mower has stepped right in and done an excellent job on the sidewinder. These issues are common for courses with this age. I fully expect to have them resolved by Monday at the latest. The great news is the greens have been fed and treated with a mycelium preventer and we will continue to scout the fairways for the upcoming dollar spot. I spent a good deal of time today visiting another course to inquire about acquiring their grinder for sharpening reels. The bunker work has been continual but mostly with 2 people. I am reviewing applications looking for the right choices due to the talent pool! I’d rather have the right people on the team than just a body. We ordered new cups and flags, however there was an issue with the mold or casting on the new cups, and I held off on putting those out last weekend due to the right fit on the ferrule of the new flag poles. Jerry in San Diego is sending new cups at no charge and a label to return the other ones. The inside diameter of the new cup is a few millimeters narrower than the ones we ordered last year. The only thing I can say is that they were made in China on an assembly line and most likely they had a bad run at the mill.  Luis below  finishing  Rays Creek. 

       

  sunrise today #6 Players
  
Training for Chuck the grounds master operator has been completed with ref paint since we don’t have access to internet mapping red paint has been added to assist in areas with arrows.  

     
    Bubble #13 Players Championship Tee.  

 

   

Head stuck on #15 Players! All in all  I  am pleased with the progress and  not surprised with the reparable issues. The Players Club irrigation pump station is a quarter of a century old! See you on the course. As always it is a pleasure to serve! 

May Day 1 and 2 Great for Golfing!


Psalms 31:19

Oh, how abundant is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you and worked for those who take refuge in you, in the sight of the children of mankind!
Thank you Agronomy Team for a great week and owners for all your volunteer help! Both courses are looking great this weekend! Mr. Graves thank you for mowing rough! The Crabapples are blooming along with the Tulips, and other trees. 

  
Foxfire Lane Popping! Crabapples are blooming!  

          
  

       New Cups, Flags, and Poles!

   
   

Fresh Mulch at Clubhouse and Saturday Sunrise!

   
          

Frost Delay Bunker Work Tournament Preparation and Foxfire Irrigation System is Charged! 


Frost Delay this morning and most likely tomorrow! Thank you everybody for your help this week! We have had another inch of rain and two straight days of 20 to 30 mph winds. Flowers are starting to bloom!  

    

   

  

 Range got mowed out to the wet area! The Polywog/Shellback found it. Chuck 27 year Navy Veteran knows that’s a complement! If you have never heard of a Shellback ask them.  

 

#1 Players Club ready for the practice round. 

 

#2 Players

   

   

Foxfire Pump Station 

   

1 Corinthians 15:10
But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.

Progress, Rain, Staff Increase to 6 for 36! 


“If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done.”(Ecclesiastes 11:4 TLB)

Progress has been made the last two weeks and I want to thank Mark Novotny again for the use of his grinder for the other greens mower reels! Thank you Bill for moving the water out of traps and cart paths! Paula great progress on tree, bunker, and rough! The product to erradicate dandelions and prevent crabgrass will go out in the next two weeks! Timing, historical data, resources, and weather are imperative to continuing this process! Jim, the new equipment manager is progressing well and accomplishing many tasks!  

       

Westchester grinder above and parking lot last Tuesday. Couldn’t find a place to park he had so much staff there!  

   Jim ground the reels while I set up the angle on the bed knife grinder! A brand new 2015 set of grinders can cost 30-50K.   

     

New starter and alternator were added to the Toro 3150 Triplex. This is our newest model with over 6200 hours. We are trying to adjust the Venturi’s and tappets so there will be enough pressure to create a spark. The hours are equivilant to 600,000K miles on a Porche  BMW !  

                     

2 Foxfire first cut of three for this week. The bluegrass is growing much faster than the bentgrass fairways on The Players Course.

   

   

The only set back of the week was my Titleist golf  clubs were stolen out of my  office! Priceless! God will provide, and I am grateful they didn’t steal Nancy, my wife!  

 

Or my former dead brother-in-laws hat from the Naval shop he served on! May God rest is soul! 

Moving on, more mowing took place this week and it looks much better! 

       

It’s wet an afternoon AAA run is part of the progress for  these stripes!