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

Mid-Ohio Electric -Pump Removable, Bunker Work, Natalie Grant, Spraying  Continues. 


April 24, 2016

Psalm 40: 1:4 I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet upon a rock and made my footsteps firm. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord. Blessed is the man who makes the Lord his trust, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods.  This passage came to me a few weeks ago and I have been leaning on it daily! Also, a favorite group of mine sung a rendition in the early 80’s called “40.” You may have heard of U2. 

Great meeting with Natalie Grant last Saturday. Your music and talents are certainly a blessing and shinning light! And thanks for the mention Bob Burney on your show last Thursday prior to the RUC banquet! Your service for the Lord is commendable and I certainly enjoyed your sports segment in regards to Curt Schilling and his firing from ESPN by stating his boldness. The Harbingers coming could not be more forth right when we align the current  time with scriptures from Isaiah, especially 9 thru 11. Everyone remembers 9/11 but go back and read that passage in Isaiah. I would encourage all to read the book Harbinger or watch the series! 

Next, why I am here, the golf courses below are just a snap shot of the ongoing progress from last week! 

  1. The Foxfire Course has been treated with prodiamine, and salt of dicmaba with 2 – ethyls, and a growth regulator. We sprayed the toprange tee and all the tees and fairways on the Foxfire course with 25-0-0 fertilizer! One 30!gallon liquid drum is empty. These product combinations will erradicate the dandelions, all broad leaf plants, and prevent the emergence of the digitaria species which has 4 bundle sheath cells or is a warm season grass commonly called crabgrass, however there are many mutations. The mode of action chosen for Foxfire was due to the variety of the Barricade of turf and the dinitroanalin properties. We will spray the rest of Players Club today with dithiopyr and other selected products to prevent crabgrass and other unwanted plants. The weather 15 days ago was snowing, then we followed that up with rain and wind! However, even with both spray tanks breaking down this week we managed to make progress but obviously not at the ergonomic output planned. 

Thanks Brad for getting the greens Secure! 


Bunker worked continues when Luis and his crew showed up to make progress. The next step will be to begin adding sand to them 

Jim switched out and fixed many units this week but the drive wheel on the sidewinder was one of the most important. 

Jim also rebuilt 3 pumps for the greens sprayer this week. 

Thanks Mid-Ohio for pulling the pumps out of the pump stations so we can replace the bad ones. I have too many photos to list here but this is just a snap shot from Players Club.  No I didn’t operate the crane but Joe was one of the best. 

Thanks Doug for cutting the holes in the roof of the pump stations. And thanks Daniel & Derek from Mid Ohio! 
The bridge held up great on Foxfire for the crane to access that pump station. 

Many other pieces of equipment broke down this week and delayed some progress but Jim and Fred helped get them back up and running somewhat. Thank you to my team, owners, and members for your patience and steadfast commitment to making Foxfire Golf Club,  Inc the best 36 hole semi- private club in central Ohio area. And congratulations to our new slope rating that gives us the third toughest slope rating. Obviously, my goal is # 1 and getting there. Mrs. Graves the owner was planting azaleas at the front entrance under the spruce trees Saturday!  This should look wonderful! 

To Nancy thank you for the 7218 days of marriage~ that’s 19 years 9 months and 4 days! We count each day one by one as a blessings and it also helps me keep track! 

See y’all on the course! We are going to make dramatic improvements this season with steadfast ergonomic planning and implementation where fiscally feasible ! Please excuse any brevity or typos this is all done through an I- Phone. Someday I will upgrade with a more user friendly lap top or desk top. Siri don’t know Jesus. 

Tournaments, Bunker Work, Irrigation Repairs, Seeding, Striping, 16 Staff for 36! NCR Meeting Harrells & Syngenta


“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10 NIV)

Great job Staff! All of you did an excellent job this week preparing for today’s 280 plus outing! We had an outstanding usual week at Foxfire Golf Club overcoming obstacles and improving the courses. We spent a good deal of time in the bunkers and with out rain they turned out the best I have seen them this summer. Thanks Chuck for allowing us to borrow your tiller, and bunkering the port holes in the pump house so the Christmas ornaments do not continue to get wet!  We will use the sand in the bunkers once the pump is repaired! Mrs. Graves did say we can fix the check valve and clay valve! We will assess that in a couple of weeks when Vince returns from Colorado! 

  We need about ten more full time team members, and a new sand pro to restore them to the architects original intention. We can do one bunker at a time by repairing or adding subsurface drainage, and sand! I am blessed that I can still teach this labor intensive work. We found a few pockets of sand and I went through my operating procedures from standing on the tee box and explaining what our objective was in the bunkers.  

  Luis in 9 Players above, and Travis tilling 13 Fairway below.   
   
13 Fairway bunker above after tilled raked and edges tamped in. A gas powered plate Tamp from Franklin Equipment would assist in packing the faces so the golf balls do not plug. 

Brad did an excellent job striping the fairways this week in to checkerboards! Even though the fairway mower broke down three times this week Jim was able to get it running again and Brad stayed late to finish mowing. The cut on the reels is great we have an intermittent fue/fire/air/temperature/sensors with the 6700D, ergo it is going to take some time to diagnose and repair correctly.  

    
    
     
 Nancy, Fred, and Trecia did an outstanding job mowing all the rough and Chuck was able to continue some secondary rough or “high grass” along with operating the tractor blower. Unfortunately, the 4000-D rough unit blew a hydraulic hose on #10 Players around the ladies tee so you will notice a brown ring around that teeing surface. Nancy noticed it and stopped Trecia. We only lost 3 gallons of hydraulic fluid!  

    
 Jim was able to repair the line in the field by taking a hose off the broken 4000-D at the shop! We were up and running again with in a couple of hours.  

 Travis was able to repair the solenoid on 9 tee Players and seed the irrigation repair on #14 Foxfire!  

    
    
 Pushing up bunker edges below and locating the original bunker sand.  

    
    
    
    
    
    
    
      Thanks Chuck for getting new tires for your High Grass mower and the Toro Sandpro. We were able to use the Toro but the hydrostatic pump needs replaced. 
   

  Our landscape crew was able to finish the mulch beds behind the clubhouse last Saturday! The Mums are out and Fall is coming!  

Thank you Jim Champion Director of Agronomy at NCR Country Club for hosting the meeting sponsored by Harrells and Syngenta. Thank you Jim Dillard and Greg Schaner for the updates on the new products. The course was absolutely amazing!