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


Jeremiah 29:11

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Course Preparation between Rain, Snow, Wind, and Sunshine!  Staff of 8-12 people for 36 holes.  Second Radio broadcast for RUC! 


Philippians 1:2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 

Thank you to those of you that were able to listen to the radio broadcast for RUC. I did not realize how many were listening until I did not update my web page for the second show. Here are the links below and just a reminder this is a show for a non profit organization that brings a message to children in public and private schools. When you click on the links my part is #7 and # 8  and you will Catherine’s introduction for the first 3 minutes and the entire broadcast is only 12 minutes.  

880 WRFD #7 & 8

El Niño continues we had .35″ Wednesday night prior to the cold front arriving this morning.  I remember the last El Niño in 2008, and Nancy and I were in Sarasota.  Each region of the country is effected uniquely from the various weather patterns and typically after El Niño subsides the sister arrives La Niña, and I would expect those conditions by late summer in to the Fall equinox. 

Judge came out and mowed greens this week twice.  The nutrient application applied is helping smooth them out and slow the growth. Jim has the second greens unit ready and as soon as it warms up to a consistent temperature we will mow both courses daily.  Fred and Nancy did an excellent job mowing the rough even though it was wet we tried to cut a week ago in preparation for today’s tournament! Fred got hung up a little bit here on the mounds on 3 Players. No damage was done and I was already out on the tractor to pull Nancy out off Foxfire between 13/14 so I swung over to get Fred. Usually it’s stuck Chuck that gets stuck but he was doing an excellent job on the trim mower on Foxfire. I will have Brad mow the “First Cut” on Players today if it is not too wet since he knows where I want the walk paths and designs around the greens. 

    

 

  
Jared did come in and help get the greens sprayed with nutrients, and Primo! The Primo will reduce any seed heads! We did have to replace a couple of nozzles because of the mounding around the greens and the booms do not raise up and down, ergo Jared got one of the ends hung up. Thank you Kurt at Blackhawk for the replacement. I will bring it back today on my way up!  Teaching Jared calibration and below Jim is teaching Ralphy how to rebuild a sprayer pump. 

    
    
 Nancy below before she got stuck!  

 Testing the John Deere 2653 A First Cut mower! It is cutting great when it starts and runs. Jim did get the rear wheel put on correctly. A previous technician had the tire on backwards and it was rubbing the hydraulic hoses.  The Fall fertility is Cracking Now! The grass is growing and glowing! 

    
 Sunrise last Friday with a Frost delay and we may have one today! Thanks #Volunteer brush cutter Bill Brooks for cutting the wild Japnesse Holy back off the cart path! 14 looks better we need to do the left of 13 tee box next.  

    
    

  1. Luis my bunker crew is getting the bunkers ready for season. Jose has helped him this past week some but it will take more time. The longer we go with out staff in the Fall until now, the longer it takes to get them back I shape. It’s the simple accounting principle of opportunity cost and ergonomic output. But Luis is a great bunker crew and course set-up guy! We added the practice cups last Friday!  

 I will continue the update next week I have to upgrade my website now! I need more space! See you on the course! With the upgrade I will be able to post videos so stay tuned! Who knows where we will go! 

 

    
 

2.1″ of Rain in 3 Days! 


Zechariah 10:1Ask rain from the LORD in the season of the spring rain, from the LORD who makes the storm clouds, and he will give them showers of rain, to everyone the vegetation in the field.

We had an inch of rain yesterday afternoon with in 45 minutes. That is 2.1″ of rain in 3 days.  Thanks to Tom & Bill for coming back yesterday evening and helping with the water removal! We will need a new gfi outlet for the sump pump. The down spout was repaired. Possible showers again today then the forecast is too cool off for the first day of Spring with possible snow Sunday morning. 

    
   Jim has been working on the frame of the Toro 5200 D fairway unit. Most of the bushings and pins have been replaced.  

  No we are not using the chain saw on the fairway unit!  Billy and I saw another bubble yesterday from all the water. This was on 18 Players.  
 We will get one of our New Holland tractors back from Franklin Equipmnet tomorrow. The TC 48 They are installing new clutches. The photo below is the TC 55.