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.

Esse quam videri! Winter Update Foxfire Golf Club! Thank you Trump for our raise!


“To be, rather than to seem” I remember the Rev. Robert Lee Nicks telling the lady at Hardee’s in Beaufort, NC that when I was about six or eight years old. He won a free ice cream, and I got to share it with him. That’s right we shared it- he didn’t give it to me. He said, “You have to learn it to earn it.” A moment I’ll always remember. That is the state motto of North Carolina! It’s not easy but I have tried to “Be” even though I may appear to be “seeming” sometimes! 😂Yesterday is gone and tomorrow is not here. 12 years ago this month he died shortly after I left from visiting my grandparents in Jacksonville, Florida. My grandmother still resides there at 96 years young.

We have been busy cutting trees down, working on equipment, taking classes, planning next years agronomic program, moving snow, and finalizing water reports for the ODNR. And Nancy and I even found a little time to visit Leslie and Andrew in the Portland Zone over Christmas and New Years! We got to see the coast and the mountains.

Super bowl Sunday February 4, 2018 we got about .4″ of rain/snow and the forecast has 3-6″ of snow in it the next few days. We will find out after I happens the weather man doesn’t know.

Portland is a beautiful city and we had a blessed trip with Leslie and Andrew and stayed in a wonderful Air B & B. That’s the new swanky trend now. To stay in someone else’s house. It’s partially rented with separate access. Hood River to Newport Beach and Mt. Hood in the background. We didn’t go snow skiing this time but maybe next time. New Port Beach Leslie, Nancy, and Laurelhurst Park below was how we walked to their house. <<<<<<
hristmas Eve at Kara's which is a tradition out there <<<<<<
ven snowed and iced in the Portland City which is a rare event given the Mediterranean Climate. They even have Palm trees in Portland.

Jim has been working diligently getting the equipment ready for Spring and has even cut down 69 dead Ash trees. You all will notice Players Club will have more room on 14,15,16.

Timber! We will continue removing the logs and debris when the ground is frozen. Unfortunately, it is not staying frozen. But we will get them removed one at a time!

Many repairs have been accomplished already such as: water pump on the EBay 4500 D, brakes on triplexes, Jacobsen 311, re-molded/ leveled the deck on the 311- Fixed the missing rotted frame on the 1993 Toro multi Pro sprayer with 7000 hours. Just a few of many items and we hope to start sharpening reels in the next two weeks. <<<<<<
ave already had a foot of snow or more this season and Tony came to help plow it a couple of weeks ago. We had drifts on the course up to 2 feet deep! And I utilized the snow blower at the house to clear the backyard chipping green with the Governors Club flag flying! Deer at Mom & Dads above! We have to help them remove snow too so they can get down their 1/4 mike driveway off the estate!Yes, I tried the skid steer loader before I called Tony but it was too Deep! It was so cold while we were gone I only saw one set of snowmobile tracks tracks on the course when Ingot back <<<<<<
finitely interesting to see all the trails from the deer, coyote, foxes, and rabbits. I got to see my Amish friend before Christmas up north off campus and his horses.

That’s Fred & Frank “Real Horse Power” Alan doesn’t like photos, an Amish tradition but we hook up occasionally to say hello and get some work done!

And I am Refurbishing Doc’s ballwasher that he donated to us. Thank you Doc! <<<<<<
usy time and Jim and I have plenty of work to do and thank you to all the volunteers for helping when you can. Billy Bob I'll have a small indoor project for you next week sir making entry and exit posts if interested. We still need to put the tire back on the skid steer loader. See y'all soon thank you for your help! I did get to take Dad to the men's prayer breakfast at church a couple of weeks ago. He's not driving by himself anymore but he does know where he is still and I thank God for that everyday! Gotta take care of pops! Nancy has been picking him up from Tuesday bible study and Virginia did go with him to see his mom last week in Jacksonville! He's not in the photo but we had a good crowd the 3rd Saturday of January. Rusty had an excellent lesson! Please continue to pray for Dad and also pray for our President! No matter who you voted for it's our obligation to pray for our leaders. <<<<<<

Busy Florida Fall Continues In Ohio!


Isaiah 40:31

but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

You know it’s been too long since my last update when peers across town are calling asking if I’m okay! “Yes sir” Mark all well just been busy great speaking with you sir. I’ll start there we have had many happenings since June or July and even a Holliday or 2 pass through, but it has been mostly dry and warm which is conducive for mycelium development. Our program of fungistats have been working on fairways, tees, and greens. I have taken “cide” out of my terminology for several reasons and here are two. 1. A fungicide does not actually kill a disease it only suppresses it for a given time frame during conducive conditions. 2. As an industry that constantly gets a negative connotation it makes no logical sense to re-iterate number 1 constantly for the subliminal subconscious or unconscious. We utilize Best Management Practices and that’s our adoptive mantra moving forward.

I got to meet another Ret. Air Force Colonel in early September, Bob Darden came over from Beavercreek to check out Players Club. I got to ride nine holes with him and yes we are cousins.

Robert Darden and Darden Robert Nicks above and Robert Darden and his friend below. I believe my entire family was either military, teachers, farmers, preachers, esquires, and then me. Someone had to fall off the turnip truck!

We have finally gotten some needed rain even through the Low is 71 this morning for an October day. It is groundhogish of sorts lately and before I knew it the second week of October was upon us! We have gotten over 2.5” since Friday with a little more on the way. Thanks Nate. Rain gauge at CH and 1 Players this morning. We will be open by noon with a Staff of 1.

Yes I wore red and my NC State hat. I took the fall and let her wear the OSU hat. I did not cheer against OSU. And they beat the turtles which is always great being an old ACC Foe! That’s probably the only ACC school none of us graduated from.

Tree work beautiful sunrises. And there is Nate. Thanks Nate.

Mycelium last Thursday a cultivar of Sceleratinia something like that. Latin ain’t real too swift after Nate got my feet wet.

Thanks Brooks for fixing the second different bridge of the year and painting the tee markers.

9 Quick Coupler Repairs this summer and sodding 9 Fairway Players where the geese roost. Need the Fox to catch them or the Coyotes.

I’m not sure that Fox will hunt if he’s eating hot dogs & bunking at the shop.

We have repaired 15 to 20 solenoids this summer as well as Joel Braun rebuilding an irrigation pedestal! Thank you drunk golfer. Thanks Joel #1

Now we are back through Labor Day I’ll try not to let to much time pass by before the next update. Thank you all for your prayers and support. See you somewhere soon!

D

Fire, Hail, Wind Rain All Came down from the Heavens Week=Over 8″ in 14 days 6″ in 7 Days & 4.5″ In 3 Days! Play Ball! 


Matthew 18:19 Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.

Mr. President as a mere Director I’d like to suggest a redo Summer Stress Event at Lake ToddHo~ especially after all is boys in Cbus went through “beat week”! 

We are open today with 3 outings and regular play. Cart Path Only Players Club and Riding on Foxfire. Showcase PK Sammy on our slightly used new Eclipse. 

Scuba D hookin’ Sump Pump back up so cash register can ring again! ​​

Look Mom​​ Tree No Tree! Picture loaded outta sync but tree gone. 

My Boy Coach Former work mate! Now he just plays golf out here and takes the summers off! What a genius! 

Thursday’s or Friday’s Staff meeting. I don’t know I can’t remember but we have them. Yes Virginia there is a staff meeting daily!  Matty Ice with my $100 Tilley Hat. That’s an offshore fishin’ hat. He was late cause he forgot his hat. Jacob brought his hat and was sleeping already. Great job guys! #16 Players in the Deluge! She held her own! I don’t know what day that was Tuesday Wednesday. But it’s over and it will never rain again for 40 days and 40 nights. That’s in the second book of the Pentateuch. Right Sam? Sammy is my seminary student. He is going on be brighter and better serving the Lord! 
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Started Range tractor for Vinny! Me and Morlan. ​

Verticutt Solid Tine Topdress Too! Thank you for everyone’s help. 

Happy 4th of July Thanks Everyone! 


The courses are shaping up nicely we will be verticutting and venting the greens the next couple of weeks starting with Foxfire tomorrow. 








Fathers Day week after at The Lakes with Pops! 
Fathers Day breakfast.

Nursery green trial run. Mark may we borrow your topdresser? 

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​The process is patented but not in this order. ​


Intermittent irrigation issues.  Joel will be here tomorrow to help diagnose it! Thank you Big Ray, Mr. & Mrs. Graves, Paula & Tom for you help and especially Brad Luis Jimbo! And this is what it’s all about. 21 years July 20! Colonel all the boys in service thank you! 

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!  

   

Happy 4th of July Course Update!


2 Corinthians 3:17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

Thank you staff and owners for the help this week! Travis, Jim, Brad, Nancy, Trececia, Chuck, Brady, Luis, Rodriguez, Sam, Elias, Elijah, Brady, TJ, Jake S, Jake H, Joey, Jared,Fred, and the rest of yall, great job this week! 

My father’s mother, a widow of a Reverend and a WWII Vetern turns 94 this month, and my parents have been married 17,532 days as of July 2, 2015. My brother and lawyer had his birthday July 3, 2015. This country needs more relationships like all of my grandparents, parents, aunts & uncles marriage. I believe one hundred percent that the decline and issues with our country starts with the Church and the family! Our Country needs its’ Spirit back! Our Constitution is being greatly altered and compromised by the current administration! Personally, I have had many family members serve, die, and defend this flag and the U.S. Constitution! Our Founding Fathers of the USA wrote the Constitution forever! It is as written, and not a “living breathing document” to be altered at the whim of any current elected official! If you want a Bible and a gun, carry one and don’t hide it!! Be proud to be a free American! There are no permits needed for your Bible or your Gun!  And 75 of the Darden’s and Nicks’ served and defended during the Cival War and American Revolution! Thank you all! Colonel Petrek, as always sir, this Flags for you! Let’s go golfing soon! I got my new clubs this week!  The Fourth of July starts here at the front gate of the plantation at 4:30 AM. Come see the show at Foxfire and see what God is doing and providing for many families! 

  
 Just after sunrise on 6 Players Club!  

  
A Clogged drain on 5 Players unclogged this morning!  

   
We have had over 9 inches of rain in June and .03″ last night. The disease pressure this season has been much greater than last summer! We are covered but have been batteling issues with our greens sprayer! We hope the new switches will correct any issues with that! We have replaced the pump, belts, and pressure regulator, but again this unit has over 6000 hours on it and will need replaced someday! 

   
Our sand pro broke down today as well but even with only two utility carts operating and a rotating staff of 18 people for 36 holes both courses were prepared the best I have seen them in the last two years for this weekend. We had 3 guys hand rake all the green side bunkers today and all 39 greens were triplexed as well as the cups changed!  

  Sam, the son of a preacher and our new amigo Rodriguez hand raked the Players Club bunkers while Dalton hand raked the Foxfire course!   
 
Pre tee time starts are normal for Foxfire Golf Club we accommodate all the members’ and guests what ever time they want to play. Steve  and his group play every Saturday at sunrise! 

   
   
This view in the morning reminds me to be grateful for what we do have and not worry about what we do not have! 

   
   
   
  TJ mowed the Foxfire greens and Akron graduate Brady set the pins for the day! Luis and Elijah set up Players Club! Brad was able to mow all the fairways this week in between hydraulic leaks. And some of the wetter holes on Players Club were triplexed with the tee mowers. 

Jim and I installed the new starter to the Massey Fergueson driving range antique tractor and I firmly believe the new starter blew the front head gasket out as it shot oil out the front of the engine block during its return. The great news is we do not have to change the oil in it but we will need to figure out what gasket or seal is leaking form the engine, but it starts now with out a hammer.  I did have to modify a housing bracket  to retro fit an after market starter! No that’s not why it leaking it was part of an L bracket that held the original starter in place and the new one was a little bigger with less room for that bracket which had the metric housing nut molded in to it from the factory. 

  

The hammer however is needed for the worm gear in the John Deere sand pro to knock back in place when it unwinds to far to actuate the rear rake lift mechanism. Training in progress! One whack at 3 mph puts the gear back in place. However, today’s issues were a slightly stuck throttle cable.   

    
 Brad and Chuck mowed the range tees yesterday and the primo is helping tremendously. The tenement on wheels is not cousin Eddie’s  it’s the owners tradition for the week of the fourth to go camping at the course!! No Chuck didn’t blow it over! 

   
  Thank you Chuck for your service and I am certain you will not get stuck in that new red truck!!! 

 We had a guest take out their frustration on 17 Foxfire on Thursday after an apparent missed put!! TV Golf from the U.S. Open doesn’t set a good example for regular folks who think it is okay to tear up a green.  This costs as much to repair as they paid for in a round of golf in turf and labor! 


   

  

  

 Detail worked continued earlier this week as we have 80 bunkers to maintain and improve along with 348 acres of Turfgrass. The 16,000ft^2 trap on 8 Players still has weeds due to the recent dessication enhancement application. We will remove the epinastical  weeds on Monday! 

   

Half of this tree was taken out because it fell on our rough unit this week for some certain reason! All in all we had a great week of progress and look forward to repairing several irrigation leaks next week!   

    
   
No clean up lap on Thursday! Leak on 14 Players Club. The “pump” has been off now for 8 days to save on power and wear since it is the only pump left we have for that golf course. 

  
Hopefully, soon we can verticut and top dress greens! As always it is a pleasure to serve. 
Darden