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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

Course Update June 19, 2015 


Proverbs 10:12

Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses. 

Please continue to pray for our friends and family in Charleston, SC.  The state and town suffered a horrible tragedy this week! 

As of this afternoon we have had over 3″ of rain this week and are expecting more tomorrow from the hurricane out of the gulf.  Fred I know y’all have had enough rain in Houston, but thank you for the heads up that it’s heading my way!   Thank you Bill Kennedy, CGCS President of the Carolinas Golf Course Superintendents Association for your accommodations and advice this week. 

 Our pump on the greens sprayer went down this week but a replacement arrived today and Jim will have it installed tomorrow. Fortunately, the Pythium weather broke from Monday & Tuesday and our last fungicide application on greens has carried us through! We started leveling heads this week and Travis leveled the head on the new approach on 15 Players and coincidentally the irrigation line blew out 20 feet away.  We spot sprayed the crabgrass on the collars next to the greens where we did not get the pre-emergent applied to keep it off of the greens. It was recommended not to spray the greens with the pre-emergent and with the resources available we got as close as we could with out getting on the greens, ergo we had some Digitari (crabgrass) break through but it has been sprayed  this week in between rain showers. As well as the bunker faces on Foxfire!  
Our fairway blower went down this week too we need a new head gasket, but a pull behind utility blower would be beneficial for more ergonomic out put.    

 

Irrigation Repair #15 Players  

  

  

  This is an area that had been added on to the original irrigation system or improperly repaired at an earlier date!  The fittings that were used had rock and cinder blocks piled in the old hole. The new repair was made correctly but the irrigation line has too much flex in it and may need repaired in five years from now with a trencher, sod cutter and new pvc pipe.  Furthermore, lightning and ants took out the satellite box on this hole as well, ergo there were a multitude of opportunities to train our new Assistant Golf Course Superintendent! Approximately, $1,800 worth of electronic out put boards and the main rdr receiver that does the communication was inoperable. Fortunately, we had a spare rdr board and spare out put boards as well. We still have nine solenoids to repair from last summers irrigation upgrade and this head on fifteen in the approach was the first. The irrigation control box below! Once the ants have been eradicated completely and the Ohms regulator tests are complete we will add the replacement electronics.  

       

The puzzle solving issue is to return the box to its original state in which is was intended to operated under the software from the computer at the shop. These wires were switched around in various ports for various inconclusive reasoning by a prior Superintendent!  To top our week off we had the main hydraulic line on the 2011 4000D blow out today on 13 Players so we currently do not have a rough unit, but the good news is my contact who is the President of the International  Equipment Managers Association helped us locate the by pass valve so we could safely transport the unit back to the shop so Jim can add that to his list of repairs along with the three tri plex units that failed us this week.  

   

The great news is that even with all the rain and issues the courses look the best that they have in several years. The current Agronomic program we are utilizing is aiding in this effort.  We began tri plexing Players fairways today since they have not been mown this week and pumped out as many bunkers as possible given the resources available before the afternoon rain today.  

     

More photos above of weed control and the standing water on two Foxfire is a combination of infiltration and percolation deficiencies.  The infiltration issue will be solved when we verticut and topsress. The percolation issue will only be solved by rebuilding greens or utilizing sonar technology to find the broken drain tile. For greens that are forty years old the percolation issue is somewhat insignificant but just a side note of a reminder between the variance of the two terms.  

    

  

Course Update May 30, 2015


The Players Course and Foxfire Course are continuing to improve. We looked absolutely amazing for the Channel Six TV shoot yesterday in accordance with our resources available. Hopefully, we can get a utility pull behind turbine blower or fix a tractor to operate our 1984 PTO Toro! We are currently working with one pump out of each pump house! This means I reprogrammed the entire Site Pro hydraulic links to regulate flow. This is a simple comprehension of Blaise Pascal’s law of physics, which states: Pascal’s law or the principle of transmission of fluid-pressure (also Pascal’s Principle) is a principle in fluid mechanics that states that pressure exerted anywhere in a confined incompressible fluid is transmitted equally in all directions throughout the fluid such that the pressure variations (initial differences) remain the same.bThe law was established by French mathematician Blaise Pascal.  This means that there may be a few dry spots in some fairways due to the inability to create enough pressure given the Horse Power available to fill the pipes even with software reprogramming! We have to Pray for rain and fix the other pumps!  Also, Jim is  attempting to grind fairway reels in between repairs. Luis has helped Jim in the shop this week repair numerous items of equipment to help catch up. We had a greens mower, grounds master, and the zero turn mower all go out this week, and two of our four utility carts. The staff has slowly increased to twenty members for 36 holes which remains well below the national average, but we are selecting one right team member at a time and the ergonomic out put has steadily increased compared to last year. Remember this is a five year plan to incorporate improvements over the entire property. We are in year two! All the bunker faces have been treated with a selective nutrient product to create a mono stand of the turf we desire. In layman’s terms the weeds have been sprayed and results are noticed. We will continue this process in between regular scheduled applications of disease prevention on greens tees, and fairways. A wetting agent was applied to the greens this week along with a fulvic acid and some sugar! Salesman always ask where do you get the sugar? My answer is always from the Kitchen! Which comes from GFS or someplace like that!  

     

   
          

New Fly mowers from Muirfield and Luis repairing Tires, and helped Jim repair carts and mowers.  

   

   

   
 

Training staff how to tri plex fairways. Broken Collumn below in Players pump house that needs replacing.  

 

Watering in wetting agent on greens Thursday! 

   
     

   
     

Hydraulic leak on 6700 D no damaged turf only clover. Jim repaired in field and Brad noticed the leak immediately and followed the standard operating procedures. # 15 Foxfire Below.