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

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! 

Progress, Rain, Staff Increase to 6 for 36! 


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

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

       

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

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

     

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

                     

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

   

   

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

 

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

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

       

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

   

   

The Last Saturday of Summer!

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Another Eight AM Shotgun brings an opportunity to audit the irrigation on the Players Course! Great Work Guys!
Photo below is from the Deluge of rain on Labor Day Weekend.

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I did not have the opportunity to get an after shot as soon as the bunker was restorated but was able to get one on Sarurday! This is amazing work with only three highly skilled laborers.

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Number 8 Players Bunker resembles that of a Reese Jones or Pete Dye design, and is looking the best it has looked since my arrival! Thank you Luis for your dedication to detail!

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Irrigation Audit #8 Players

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The Halfway House & Finch

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Kevin on the greens mower!

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Irrigation Repair # 7 Foxfire

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Eight for An Eight Am Shotgun!


The day light is getting shorter, but the golfer’s are still coming for events and regular play in central Ohio! We had Eight Agronomy Team Members today prepare for an 8:00 AM shotgun on the Players Course and regular play on the Foxfire Course. Matt I took the photo of the parking lot for you sir since you mentioned I did not have any photos with golfer’s in them on the web page! Yes we have people up here in Ohio! The course was set up this morning for the tournament, and the irrigation/drainage project on # 5 Players is now in the finishing stages.

Luis putting the putting green flags back this AM.
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Checking the Foxfire Pumphouse and capturing the sunrise!

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Nancy Mowing Nine Players, and #12 & #13 Players Sunrise over the fairways!

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Sunrise over the Putting Green & Parking Lot!

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Jose mowing #2 Foxfire fairway and I came back this afternoon with the Toro 6700 D for the Stripes are Right in the rough!

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Luis, Jose, Jose, and I installed the pipe, gravel and Charlie was able to grade the dirt back over the area for seed preparation.

Text Book Form Grain Shovel Operation. Notice the tight pattern and placement of the rice rock as it is pitched from the back of the cart! Accuracy is important, and these stones dull the cutting blades.

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Luis, Jose, and Jose installing the drainage tile. Great job guys!

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We will complete the final grade and seed the area!

Deer On the quarry in Galena! Still Surviving running from the Coyotes!

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