July Grind! Starring Heat Theft & Fish Pump! Bunker remodeling will Commence today Too!


Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

No, that’s not a Rock n’ roll band nor onomatopoeia it’s just onomatology for the title. A collection of words literally not metaphorically. We had an excellent turnout for the week of July 4th and the break in the weather had every golf cart on the Turfgrass last weekend.

Let’s get straight in to it. The Grind is daily attempting to produce quality ergonomic output given the resources on hand and six very important resources were stolen from my shop. I felt the same way when July 6th that I did when my Titleist golf clubs were stollen out of my office the Monday after the Masters in 2015. We had four Sthil weedeaters taken and two backpack blowers from our agronomy center.

My office window slides open side to side was breached. Curt Geron put the wooden bars up during his tenure but they popped it right off. Someone knew exactly where to go and the Deputy thinks it was two Generation Z kids that recently fired them selves. Five days in a row of no call no show equates job abandonment.

The good news is that the playing conditions will mirror the British Open this week and you can come on out to Foxfire and enjoy the same experience for a much better price! Another positive note is that we saved money on fuel and labor this week by not utilizing these resources. Actually, we will attempt to trim the bunkers today and probably have most of them finished by mid day Saturday. We also saved money by having both sand Pro machines down. Jim ordered the parts for the John Deere 1200 A Infield Pro and John Deere sent the wrong part. The UPS entity lost the secondary package. Now we will get free shipping. Isn’t this amazing so far!

Second, we are out of plant protectants but I was able to order more Wednesday and I should receive a delivery phone call soon. Thank you Pauley for the case of Secure. We were able to treat the bentgrass tees and fairways this week and will have enough left over to spray greens. Secure is a BMP product which means low use rate and broad spectrum contact suppressant. It’s great to have good neighbors and serve on the board with the local Supertindent Chapter.

We stretched the last application an extra three days. I wait until I see breakthrough then apply to save money. This is Sclerotinia homoeocarpa or dollar spot.

Next, we have several pieces of equipment broken down. Watch the video below in one minute. I missed the Workman in the video but it needs a clutch and Jim will get that in quicker than anyone else I know.

Third, the heat is returning and we have to have phosphites to prevent Pythium blight. As of right now we do not have any on hand. I usually apply 1.83 ounces per M which is a light rate but has worked so far in conjunction controlling the physical hydraulic conductivity of the water supply. A lower Ph aides in efficacy and longevity of the chemistry. Stretching dollars makes cents.

Fourth, we had many fish die in the irrigation lake due to the oxygen levels dropping. This happened after the fourth because of thermodynamic principles. The pond flipped with the weather. Extreme temperature inversions will cause this to happen. I usually get asked the question, “What did you do or dump in the lake?” Well, if I do not have any products to treat the turf I certainly do not have extra stuff to dump in the ponds. On to, the above photos are the pond on 11 Players Club. The pond lost most of its water due to a Muskrat digging through the side of the bank. The lake valve is broken so we will let God fill the lake. The muskrat trapper will be here Saturday to catch and relocate. We have mitigated the hole.

Fifth, the Players Club Pump failed early Wednesday morning and Wednesday night due to the pump start relay tripping and blocking the variable frequency drive from operating. Long story short is one motor is wearing out and we need to purchase the spare pump from Rodney at The Country Club of Muirfield. Vince L. notified me that Mid-Ohio could help install it if we bought it. Thank you for coming out yesterday. It’s always great to see you sir.

Vince I will call you in a little while to update the status. When ET rates are high it is vital to have water. We may need to order a retro pump start relay if the adjustment to this one does not work. I’m not going in to details on mega hertz ohms etc. I’ll save that for another post.

Continuing, field adjustments equal data adjustments. Thank you Joel Braun Technical Choice for the quick assist on the Dos data transfer in the hydraulic tree.

In order to run all the heads on Players Club the water time window is now from 8:30 PM to 10:45 AM EST. The flat line across the graph is Players with maximum output decreased to 450 gallons per minute which is approximately 12 sprinkler heads. The spike in the graph is the Foxfire Golf Course with two pumps and motors. We can put more water out with two pumps than one in a shorter time frame. Foxfire has less sprinklers automated because the fairways are center row brass quick couplers. Nevertheless, all are factors in calculations.

Last, and certainly not least. We will begin adding sand to the bunkers. I will let you know which holes when we dump the sand in it. 😀 We have a pile of sand and I will go in to more detail in the next post about depth compacting, and penetrometers. It’s a beautiful sand we got from a mine in southern Ohio. Thanks Sam for finding the dump truck & driver. Saving money by getting it ourself.

Bishop did not set the parking brake. Violation of Agronomy Standard Operating Procedure 13.2-duh huh. And he’s in the penalty box!

Felix 93 got stuck on a tree stump on 14 Players. Gary will be here Friday to Grind! There ya have it. I utilized my Title in some order.

PS Thanks Mr. President for the greens mower wheel. The wheel fell off the greens mower Saturday and I had to go shopping at Pinnacle Golf Club. Thanks again Mike T.

Thank you for your prayers! See you on the course! Darden

4.5” Of Rain in 5 Days Happy Fathers Day Weekend! Media Mention


Acts 14:17

Yet he has not left himself without testimony: He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy.”

Channel 4 NBC posted this article with six other courses Tuesday on their web page.

Top Spots: 7 of the best golf courses in the Columbus area

CENTRAL OHIO (WCMH) – Father’s Day is just around the corner, and if your family is anything like mine, a gift certificate for a round of golf is a no-brainer.

Central Ohio is home to many beautiful courses, ranging from exclusive, private clubs to public courses to suit any player’s skill level. I asked NBC4 viewers what their favorite courses were in the Columbus area and here’s what they said:

Foxfire Golf Club

Where: 10799 State Road 104, Lockbourne

Boasting 36 holes, the Foxfire Golf Club offers two courses for golfers: The Foxfire Course and the Players Club Course. The Players Club Course offers a bit more of a challenge, combining American and traditional British designs. NBC4 viewers say both courses are among the best here in central Ohio, and it’s nice to have the option to take it a little easier on the Foxfire Course or to step their game up on the Players Club Course. Foxfire Golf Club offers lessons in both private and group settings. The course’s summer rates range between $13 and $32 for the Foxfire Course and $23 to $45 for the Players Club Course. Viewers Top 7 Courses Click link for a list of other courses.

We have had over 4″ of rain in the last five days and we have been moving water, clearing drains, and chasing carts off the Foxfire Course yesterday. The bridge approaches were compromised and that was the main reason I had the Foxfire Course Walking Only yesterday morning. The ground is at Field Capacity ergo quick heavy showers rise Peters Run and it runs over the banks taking Amy and all items in its path. We will begin repairing sand traps today in preparation for the weekend as well as continuing to apply plant protectants for Rhizoctonia, Sclerotinia homoeocarpa, and Pythium prevention. We have also been repairing broken sprinkler heads on Foxfire and Players Club.

I spent some of the day keeping up relations with members and a volunteer worker that got a little confused on which course had cart paths. I’ll let y’all decide.

Noah & Clay apprenticing on irrigation. We fixed two leaks in the last 14 days. 10 Players Club and 17 Foxfire Tee.

Jim has been keeping up with the equipment and lapping the mowers mid season.

Drain wasn’t clogged it was more like a Spring Tide in Murrells Inlet. Sam Fly mowing with our new flymow we bought for $50 Thanks Rodney for the flymow!

Monday afternoon!

Wednesday golfers waiting to go off of 1 Players tee so the race was on to repair the bridge approaches. Brad applying plant nutrients and plant protectants.

15 Fox greenside Head replacement.

Dr. R & Mr. Tom last week on 16 Players. Two of my favorite listening members. Dr. I have your ball washer in the shop for repair. Someone strong armed the handle and I am ordering a new top. It didn’t wash away.

Ducky driving next to the tee with turf tires is acceptable. Another member driving his golf cart beside the par 3 tee on 17 Players not usually acceptable! But we won’t tell who it was Jack. Thank you for helping me complete my example lesson for the greens committee. JR and Mark wanted these for their power point.

See you all on the course.

Happy Fathers Day Dad! See you soon sir!

Bunker Work, Plant Nutrients, Peak Crabapple Bloom, Staff of 12 for 36.


The Weather is finally warming up and last weekend we had the peak bloom for the crab apple trees down Foxfire Blvd. I was able to get the greens treated Last Friday for Waitea Patch & Microdochium nivale, and Sclerotinia homoeocarpa. Thanks Paul Campbell for the product. The turf responded well and with the timely rain Friday of .22″ and Sunday evening of .30″ it helped the uptake of the Nutrients and suppressed the diseases. The bentgrass fairways will need to be treated next on Players Club. The crabapple blooms peaked Saturday for the Derby.

Treceia helped mow some of the Range this afternoon while I picked it.

Thanks for the photo from Palm Springs Leslie. Glad y’all got to get away. Sorry it was 106 but that’s the Springs for ya! I played that course awhile back it is really neat.

See y’all on the course or the range out I’m picking balls. Please do not hit me while I’m driving the utility cart picking the range. Thank you!

Darden

Spring is Finally Here 6 Staff for 36 Holes.


Song of Solomon 2:11:12

See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land.

We have more than normal Taraxacum on the property and I am 95% complete with the spraying, but I ran out of product to expedite the epinastical curation of this species.

I will spray greens next. Thank you Paul Camble for allowing me to pick up products for the greens to help me get started. I’m not sure how I would get what I needed with out your assistance. We have a little Spring disease on the greens and they are hungry. Tom did fertilize them in March but the Size Guide Number on the prill was too big for the Foxfire greens. That is why there are green dots on them and I switched him to the 100 SGN prill for Players Club. Even though we had the correct SGN for Players Club greens the fertilizer was not taken up by the plant, ergo we need liquid fertilizer for the C3 bundle sheath cells to aide in a rapid uptake and carbohydrate partitioning.

Back to, The herbicide for the dandelions is also working on many other perennial weeds. We have had a long winter and it is good to see some low humidity and sunshine. Jim as gotten more equipment ready this season than I have had the last four. Staff is slowly coming back. All the reels are sharp and the equipment is running the best it can given the age and the hours.

Brad has helped get the course ready since March and we would not be where we are with out his early arrival. We just had snow 12 days ago and the crabapple trees are a month behind blooming from 2017. It is going to take several days of sunlight and correct temperature for the Turfgrass to kick in.

I had some volunteers show up a few weeks ago one Friday to help. Paul C is on the Local board with me and brought his crew over one Friday afternoon to help start getting the bunkers ready. Supercool. Thank you sir. He has about 14 staff members for 18 holes.

The solenoid and actuator arm for the 300 gallon SDI sprayer came in and Jim will put those on as soon as I’m finished with the dandelions. We will need about 1/2 of a day to complete this process because the entire circuit has to come off the back to fix it. The center boom does not come off so I have to hurry up and get going once I start spraying. Wearable parts eventually wear.

Luis & Noah made it back to help and were able to get 9 Foxfire bunker cleaned out today. I will have after photos later but it looks great! Paula & Skippy have been raking bunkers as well. I got the roof fixed on the Players Club pump house last Friday. Mrs. Graves asked me to put a new tarp on it before it rained so Jim helped hold the ladder.

Hey y’all it’s wet on the course don’t be this guy!

Brad and I did charge up the Foxfire pump station about a month early so I could fill up the Sprayer in about 17 minutes opposed to 1 hour and 45 minutes with the well at the Shop. We do have a quick coupler seal leaking on 7 Foxfire to repair.

Watering the Frost off the greens Monday morning before the outing so we could mow greens and get the outing out on time. A trick I learned last century from Bill Kennedy. Great speaking with you today sir! Thanks Billy Bob for helping fix the tee sign, 150 yard marker and the drain on 10 Foxfire. You are the best handy man volunteer I got!

I have been picking the range for Vinny in my spare time and hopefully my certified range picker will be back next week. Here’s the tee Sign Billy Bob fixed.

Our 2-4-D arrival for the dandelions. Every vendor has a different way to deliver and when you have to go off the grid you get off the grid delivery service. No forks I had unload by hand so I got the Workman and backed under his tailgate and we pushed it in the Workman.

Jim got the Smithco ready today and we will utilize it tomorrow to get the Players club traps ready for the WGA event Thursday. Thank you to everyone for your help and welcome back Nancy W. Out of retirement to mow rough until my school bus driver neighbor Kevin shows up. Kevin your on deck bud! See you soon somewhere on the course!

My wife’s front yard. Only 12 Taraxacum in the lawn. Thank you Dillard for the Andersons! Just need a little mulch and some annuals from Haunty.

Taraxacum Epinasty, Bunker Work Contiues, Pipe Line nearing completetion, Staff 6 for 36! Through the years of my career! 


1 Corinthians 15:10But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.
Thank you all very much for your help. I greatly appreciate everyone’s compliments and suggestions. Those are what make a leader better! Brad and I stopped this morning to speak with Mr. Thomas and he said the fairways were the best he had ever seen them. Two more members stated this morning that the greens held better than they had before. Over four years the club is on a progressive program to become the premier club in central Ohio that is was at the turn of the century before the depression of 2008! Mr. Thomas is just Jt’s grandfather of a leading PGA player Justin. I haven’t met Justin yet but I did send him note last season regarding PT and hunting golf balls in the “creek”. No damage done Jimmy and Travis set him upright again and he went on his way. What a neat area to be virtually neighbors with a kid named Jason Day who lives between our house and my parents with several in between, but a quaint serene area.  

You may research the title I will not give that answer away but if you choose to respond you will win a prize to be determined at a later date which will include but not limited to a special volunteer project. Office flyover in Sarasota before photo shoot with Carleton Holt for Tv add. New Sentinale Palms behind Seven East. Coquina around the Live Oaks, and Red Mulch around the club house for “pop” eye candy! If you ever really want to see how you are doing go up in the air and look down. It’s not for the faint at heart with eyes for detail you see everything. It’s tough. No air brush real deal. Many have never seen so I wanted to share. 

I’ll add earlier years later. 


We will continue adding new sand this summer when we get our dump trailer back from Westchester. Thanks Mark for the repair. Sunrise this morning! Before the noise! 

Original Superintendent and Owner Ray came back to assist with bunker remodeling and restoration. 


Great roundtable meeting with many highly respected presidents and agronomists in Central Ohio at Pinnacle Golf Club. Great post card El Presidente Mike! Stripes are right at Pinnacle! Thanks Brian Laurent Executive Director for setting this up! We discussed local labor pool, wages, poa annua issues, weather, and resources. Great visit with Scott at Darby Creek last week! What a beautiful property I think they are on the right track! He are the regional issues which we have completed treating. Still not giving up the answer! But you are getting lots of hints. 

Beverage Cart retrieved fixed this Am. Tee mower fixed this Am, blades changed on sidewinder. 

The ditch digger has hit almost everything We marked. Thanks Randy Riffel for coming out and helping. It’s the experience of local knowledge that helps Superintendents learn. Cables marked pipe marked. Boom hit it. Fixed it. Unbelievable but we look forward yesterday is gone. We are raking bunkers fixing pipe mowing fairways rough greens tees and changing holes for ladies day. 

Nice shirt Luis! I was raised to give everything you have and God will provide more. Everybody has my shirts. Brad trying pin backslapping machine up against the cabinet so we can “hone” in the grind on our tee mower. One tee mower for 36 holes. And he needs to hurry up because we have one fairway mower and need to cut all the fairways. Great job Brad.  
Thanks Matt Fellows for bringing the rough mower last week it was huge! Great machine! 


Volunteer J.R. Picking up empty wire spool from ditch diggers. Brad on new fairway mower we should have it repaired today and back in service tomorrow. 

And on a Saturday I won’t share my score but anytime I get to outdrive Jimmy and Doc. On Cash Alley at my home club per pops it’s going to get a photo. Kyle it’s looking great at Rattlesnake brother. Max should be proud. See the two dots in the background! That’s their drive. I didn’t win the war but celebrated the battle. 

There is the ditch digger crew. Go to you tube if want to see video. ​

​Quick video of this morning! Fourth repair of the day. But we move forward. 

Irrigation repair. Below ​

Alex Hall from Columbia SC- call me tomorrow set up a time to discuss what you wanted to talk about with sensors. God Bless you all. I’ve been blessed to go all over  . Great speaking with Fred in Houston last week,  Zach in SRQ, Jeremy in Austin, boys in Chi town. Dave in Scottsdale. Thank you all and Steve W. in West Palm. 

D

Harrell’s Fall Fertility, Aerification, and Slit seeding Completed! Staff of 4 for 36! 


2 Corinthians 9:15 Now thanks be to God for his unspeakable gift!

The long range forecast is for a warmer fall as we roll in to November the highs next week will be in the upper 70’s. The low temperatures range from the mid 30’s to mid 40’s and we are not scheduled to go below freezing but 6 times before December 5 2016. Great golfing weather continues in Central Ohio! 

The grass seed is germinating and we were able to fertilize the entire golf course fairways, tees, and green surrounds Wednesday night and finished Thursday morning with Aj from Harrell’s and Brad riding along in the truck. This is the most efficient way to apply bulk applications and as we continue to improve we can incorporate fall pre-emergents on a polyon prill that will last all year long in one application saving future funds upwards to 30k annually based on accumulated depreciation and opportunity cost factored in with labor. Thank you Mr. Jim Dillard for organizing the application and Owner Mr. Jack Harrell Jr. for your steadfast commitment to providing cutting edge technology to enhance our Best Management Practices with the utilization of GPS mapping along with the science behind your products. 

Great Prill Pattern!

This is a great example of our industries awareness of proper applications and the GPS permits safe buffer zones from water ways. The course map shows the rates in variable colors as I made adjustments along the route to stretch out every fertilizer prill possible. We got an early start this morning.  The gator caught a ride up from Lakeland, FL. Just kidding I found this photo when looking for verticutting photos. This is how I used to verticutt and someday next Spring we will add the proper equipment to provide the best greens in town by achieving results like this. These piles are from one verticutting on 39 greens in Sarasota and then they are buried in sand and the ball roll is not affected by big holes in the turf and the bentgrass will enjoy the same attention. 

TifEagle & Tifdwarf Spring Verticutting

Smooth and Puttable after aerifying

Chuck was able to finish Slit seeding the range tee and foxfire course last week and the seed is already germinating. 

​The dry areas in the video are now recovered. This is due to improper irriagation spacing. Below we were able to locate an intersection of pipe previously repaired a decade ago or so and will charge the system up today. I have never seen this many irrriaggion lines intersecting but not connected in my entire career. This took much imagination to figure out this assembly. Very fascinating. The leak is fixed and we will charge the Players Club system tomorrow to water in the fertilizer so carts can drive on the fairways. 

The Beauty of Maples in Fall!

We have many quotes coming in soon for equipment and speciality pieces to take is to the next level. The Buker work is continuing and we will be mowing a bunch of grass the next 2 months and the fertilizer kicks in and grass seed germinates and fills in.  

Ms Paula and the girls got a round in after a long season of working!


Thank you Billy And Mike for upgrading some of the bridges! Great job! 

Clean and organized before staff leaves for winter break!

Beautiful Sunrise! Thank God for each and every day!  We will continue to work on the bunkers as weather and time permits and look forward to a better and more productive fall season and next Spring.  Thank you all for your prayers and support. I will see you on the course or stop by the agronomy center and check out the progress! See you on the course ! Upcoming scheduled events will be November 7 & 8 to blow out the irrigation lines and prepare for winter so the pipes do not freeze! Remember to submit any agronomic questions with photos to dardensagronomy@gmail.com and I will respond with an answer or tell you how to find the answer but great questions from friends and followers alll over the country. One question I used to get in the South quite a bit was “there’s An alligator or rattlesnake what are you going to do or what should we do?” I’ll always follow up from a distance but would advise people stay away and don’t near them nor provoke them. Those are easy answers. Any turf questions y’all have email a photo and I’ll get back with in 24 hours. Swing easy when it’s breezy! 
Darden

Jack Frost Tournament Today! Bunker Work Continues-Slit Seeding Foxfire Tees and Fairways. 


Genesis 9:13 I set my rainbow in the cloud, and it will be a sign of a covenant between me and the earth.

Good morning! The Cover photo was taken October 5, 2016 when Nancy and I were walking in to Wednesday night Bible Study. We have not had any rain since then which has been a blessing! The courses are drying up nicely pushing roots down deep in to the soil.  

Welcome to the Annual Jack Frost Jack Daniels Tournament today at Foxfire Golf Club. The forecast for today is sunny with a low of 47 degrees and 58 degrees at the 10:00 AM shotgun start. The high temperature will be 70 degrees. The wind will be out of the South South East at the start of the tournament at 8 knots, but will switch to the South South West at 11 knots by 1:00 Pm EST. The green speeds will be 10 and were double cut Friday and Early Saturday! Thank you Jim Dillard and Harrell’s for sponsoring door prizes. JD stopped by Friday to check the trueness and speeds! The agronomy team has done an excellent job preparing for today’s two man event.  Brad was able to finish the fairways yesterday after Jim repaired the fairway mower and put five freshly grounded and sharpened reels on the unit as well as both greens mowers. Raymond set the cups last night and Tom assisted with tee placement. The course should play very well!  Chuck spent most of the day blowing leaves, while Luis, Sergio, Jose, Rodolfo, and Javier spread and packed the new bunker sand on 14 Players. Fred and Nancy helped finish mowing the rough!  I’d also like to thank Billy Bob for switching out the sump pump on five Players last Monday which helped finish draining the water off that hole. 

​Sam Shaw delivering sand that was spread out yesterday and we will continue to run the plate tamp in the bunkers to firm up the base to the proper penetrometer measurement.  Thank you guys for keeping a clean shop. Beautiful Sunrise yesterday morning and a light Frost in the Roughs on Foxfire but no delay in play. Below Brad spraying greens with our multi pro 1200 that has 5450 hours and we had to use the jump box to get the first tank out because the regulator and rectifier do not recharge the battery even after we replaced those parts. We spend 2-3 hours a day fixing the greens sprayer before we can apply nutrients and plant protectants. We switched to the 300 gallon pull behind sprayer after that tank so we could finish all the greens in the same day. A 4 hour job took about 11 hours. Never the less, we were  blessed  to get the application completed. We have stretched out the time frame between greens applications because the products we are utilizing are excellent newer fungistats and the synergism in correlation with the primo and fertilizer from Harrell’s has really helped save money by stretching applications further apart.  We also buffer the water by dropping the Ph and this maximizes the ergonomic output of the products as well by not having them break down nor taken up by the plant due to high alkalinity. The Blue Jumper Box has been a huge life saver the last 2 years! There’s our hybrid modification of the sprayer. The Leaves are starting to change colors and the forecast outlook for next week is awesome! The grass seed arrived. 

Thank you Mark from Westchester Golf Club for the use of your slit seeder.  Me burying Mr. Ray Graves family cat for his daughter. It’s always sad to lose a family pet. Jimmy is back in action sharpening and assembling reels as fast as the grinder will go to get us through the fall. We need sharp reels for the new grass seed which has already started germinating on Foxfire. Brad and Darden fixing irrigation boxes on Foxfire course. Thank you Mr. Tom for aerifying the tees on Foxfire next week we will finish the Players Club collars and seed those as well.  The Foxfire fairways are already looking much better and we will fertilize both courses October 25. With only having center row brass quick couplers for irrigation and the hottest August on record I am pleased that the turf loss was minimal on the Foxfire fairways and most of the desiccation was variable strains of Poa Annua.  #10 Greenside Bunker on Players Club was also finished this week as well!  Pre check on the greens sprayer always requires additional motor oil! 3/4 Players above! Chuck will be busy blowing leaves this fall. I will be very excited when we get a pull behind utility turbine blower. That will save on time, labor, fuel and depreciation. Thank you Mrs. Graves for getting the mums for the front entrance and the pumpkins for the tee boxes. Luis and the guys will be over to help you later this Morning after the tournament goes out. Mr. Graves thank you very much for buying us an aerifier. I was so excited to see that it  had the venting style blades on it – that’s perfect. Travis and I hooked up the slicer I found  in the woods last winter and were able to test it out on the greens last Saturday and it will be awesome as well! Jim has been busy catching up sharpening Cup cutters, bed knives, and reels. The grass seed on 2 foxfire trap is germinating and last Saturday I was able to capture some really cool photos of the spiders webbing! Click on the link below to view my updates on. You Tube Jack Frost Preparation 

You Tube Link from September 30 rain documentation. #5 Players Drainage Video

Bunker Work, Nutrient Appication in Fairways, Heat Continues. 


James 1:2Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 1:3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.

We have had back to back to back double shot guns the last three weekends in a row on Friday & Saturday mornings and Sunday afternoons! Play has increased and the course conditions are withstanding the heat and traffic fairly well. The poa annua turf decline on #2 and #17 Foxfire has been seeded and Nutrients were applied yesterday. Travis helped me utilize my Dad’s pull behind spreader yesterday to fertilize 6 fairways with the fertilizer we had left in the barn. We rigged up an old grill grate for a cover. Not a bad rental price for the spreader either. We got it for $50 a week.  I just have to pay my Pops and of course if I break it we buy it. We got .40″ of rain yesterday morning from 4:00 AM to 6:30 and were cart path only. Please remember to stay on the path on your way out to start as well. 

Cart Path Only Please Means Carts on the Path! Its the same if you ask me to take my muddy shoes off amd I walk across your white carpet anyway smiling and waving🙈😀🤗

We were able to finish the Bunker remodeling on #2 and #5 Foxfire this week. Please watch the video below for instructions on the playability. Tomorrow  we will continue to add sand and complete #10 green side bunker on Players Club.

Thank you to the Agronomy Team for your steadfast efforts these past few weeks! Thank you Tom for aerifying the tees on the Foxfire course this last week as well. We had 280 people Friday and the parking lot overflowed in to the golf course. TJ and Pordy helped squeegee the greens yesterday morning after the shower. They are part time now and are available to work on the weekends and occasionally in the afternoons during the week. 

Full Moon

We are still getting by with older equipment! Here is our Foxfire greens mower and the backhoe. The skid steer loader blew another hydraulic line ,,      #9 Players Club StripesI found some old equipment while getting topsoil from the neighbors. There was a plow, drain culverts, part of a fertilizer spreader, and cast iron pipes. The John Deere sand pro broke down again this week. Remember when this happens it takes more time to Rake them by hand.  Sandy Selfie by RK & NancySkid Steer loader leaking oil. Backhoe died This week too! 

​And the rest of the Sunflowers are blooming.  New Vibratory Plate Tamp

4th of July Preparation, Lightning on 5 Players Memorial Day Weekend! Wee One,Happy80th Judge! 


“God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another” (1 Peter 4:10 NLT, second edition).La Niña has been in full force with little relief from rain and cooling, ergo on our Foxfire Course one of the original ways tinware fairways is to have a night time watered to out the ole brass quick couplers in the fairways. We do the best with what we have and thank God for each and every day! Mike and Darius watering tonight. 

The evaportranslirations rates have been upwards of .32 ” of moisture per day with the low humidity. We are currently reprogramming the site pro for the Olauers course and have two cables to tack and utilize a ground fault locator to fix the wires and all the heads should be up and running after Joel Braun stops by tomorrow at noon. 
I added 8 USA Flags on the entrance way in to the club and we will have ten USA flags out on the course this weekend with flag holders. Everything has been mowed and the bunkers are in the best shape they have been in for 3 years. I would suggest coming out early to get a great tee time on fast greens. 

Lightning that struck 5 green on Saturday night Memorial Day Weekend. Chuck mowing the first cut when the machine worked. Is repairing it now. 

We water & water & water with hoses all day long  It’s how I was raised. We have been battling basidimycetes fungi which has over 16000 varieties and only soap and water will kill the fungus those are the dark green circles on the green and we are trying to prevent them from dying by utilizing soap or a wetting tablet. We should have some flutalonil and symphony to spray next week. To keep the grass alive for 28 days with that is nothing short of a miracle. 

Mushroom below means the combustible organic matter is rapidly releasing nutrients whic cause the above photo to look completely brown under the profile or hydrophobic. We relocated samples from one ring to another one to in ovulate the micro spores in hopes one of the  cultivars of the disease would erradicate the other ring. To the average golfer they will not notice this but we do have product coming now. Thank you Mrs. Graves! Jim had done an excellent job keeping the three tri plexes going. We only have one tee mower operational for 36 holes and one fairway mower again. Fabricating a fork in the side winder because the nut in the ball joint became stripped from normal wear and tear. 

Blacky his race car makes it out to the track once and awhile. 

Joey and Jastings learned how to repair a green side sprinkler on 13 Players Wednesday the brass valve at the foot valve was clogged, it’s working now. Very tricky with no isolation vslves you have to be quick. 13 tee needed lowered and the head by the green needed an osmac wire to clear the bottom brass stem. Blaise Pascals law. 

Happy Birthday Judge he was 80 on Monday bat telling stage 3 cancer. He paid for the pizza party for the boys, and his wife brought him which was wider full. Keep praying he needs a miracle. 
Thank you Mr. Joe for hosting the Wee One event at Wedgewood. One of the best courses in the Mid West. 

Joe has been at Wedgewood since he built it. Only one of 2 Robert T Jones Jr. designs in Ohio. 

Looking for Joel Braun today to utilize his expertise In tracking wires 500 yards long which make no sense logistically in the design but I’ll get it fixed we got one head on 11 green not working and ground fuses blowing on 003/008  Sat. Boxes. See you on course guys. Always great to see the greens committee chairmans! 

Dandelions Dyin’ Pre-emerge, Primo, Nutrients Complete on Fairways, Tees, Collars and Bunker Slopes! 


Proverbs 3:5
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
As you can tell by the first post that went out with out any information we have been busy the last two weeks. We have had approximately .8″ of rain in the last seven days which has been perfect and expect a possible shower this afternoon. We have the Foxfire irrigation system charged and will charge the Players system as needed.  We are waiting on the new pumps to arrive which I would expect to have in the next few weeks. We still have the ability to water and the weather has been great but the night time lows are expected to rise next week by 8-10 degrees F. I finished spraying all the pre-emergents on May 2, 2016 which included a pass around the front 9 Foxfire course collars and approaches. We were also able to spray both range tees, and the driving range for dandelions and crabgrass preventer and a pass around the fairways as well. Luis and Jose have done an excellent job working with multiple various staff members getting the bunkers in shape. Also, the high school kids have been working after school as well on the Foxfire Traps. We will asses which traps to eliminate on Foxfire and which ones to add sand too. I have sand quotes and am waiting to hear back on quotes for a material handler, and also a spinner style topdresser so we can add sand to the greens more efficiently after we verticutt. We will need to also find 2 Billy Goat Vaccuumms which are lawn style sweepers to pick the chafe or “clippings” up after we verticutt, and a buffalo blower. Jim as done an excellent job and we may have the other rough unit running.  He was able to utilize one of the hydrostatic detent valve banks off of the scrap pile unit and convert the rocker arms and Pistons to retro fit the 4000 D. We did have a hose blow out on it yesterday after testing by the mulch bed by the shop. So that area will appear brown for a few weeks and some of Mrs. Graves Azaleas she planted may get some epinastical appearance from that happening nearby her newly planted shrubs. These are normal things that happen when utilizing aged equipment. 

Sunrise May 7, 2016

We are adding or reshaping 2 approach on Players Club and will continue to do this on Foxfire as well where it blends in and makes the playability more efficient, which will increase rounds and revenue. The area below to the right of the green will have an approach height cut similar to the area we have in front of 15 Players Green. 

One Players below after & before photo. 


One Foxfire before and after photo. 


15 Players green side before and after


Nancy, Brad, Fred have kept up with the fairways and rough this past week on both courses. 


Tom, JR, Jim Mandrell, and McMillen playing #2 Players on Wednesday. Tom’s bunker shot spun back for the makeable par putt. Thank Brooks for the new monitor and Internet access now we can access the GCSAA and work email from the office. Occasionally, I’ll have a hotspot mifi from my other job which is a little faster but it is better than nothing. We used it the other day to locate the model number of the engines from our 16 year old tri-plexes that we will be replacing soon. This will save the company money and time in many areas. 

Also, Elijah helped organize all the files and comprehends spreadsheets so we will be able to complete the equipment list with in the next few weeks for inventory and eventually set up a cost analysis for what parts are going on which machines when we order them. Most days are interesting on any golf course property but yesterday I thought the 4000 D Jim was working on fell on him, but that was not the issue at all. We had a skunk pass by him through the main bay and went in to the only corner of our other bay that has not gotten straightened out yet. You can barely see the critter but we did get him to leave. 


Thank you all for your support and we will see you on the course. The new flags, and sticks are out and I am waiting on the new replacement cups due to a manufacturing issue with the Ferrell sticking inside the bottom of the new cups. 

Darden