Autumn Begins Today, Seed, Cool Front, Aerification Continues.


James 5:7

Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains.

We finished aerifying the Foxfire course and I re-seeded the tees yesterday afternoon and some of the spots in the fairways. We are still waiting on the repair of a loader so we can topdress the greens. We got just over .5″ of rain last night which was perfect timing for the seed.

I did get the mounds fly mowed on 3 players and we got started on the traps before it rained. We will finish them Monday before the Sectionals Tuesday Coach. Good Luck.

We will do our best to have them in shape by Tuesday. That’s the goal. We will start the solid tine process on the greens and tees on Players Club Tuesday after sectionals. And I will try and find us an aerifier to rent for the fairways

with solid tines.

One of the Ash trees blew over last night during the storm on #14 Players Club and the boys got most of it cleaned up and off the fairway this morning.

We treated the Players Club fairways and tees the week with a plant protectant, nutrients, and a growth regulator that will help with the clippings after we mow.

We started aerifying the Foxfire greens last Sunday and Fairways. We core aerified the fairways and solid tined the greens, rolled, and mowed. We drug the fairways, blew, then mowed behind to smooth out the surfaces.

We only had one solid tine break so far which is good. Noah keeps a wrench with him and puts them back in if they fall out.

That’s a broken tine above. Sometimes the tine will find a rock underneath and it’s just a matter of physics. Something will give. Ground or machine. This time the ground won, but it’s normal.

Thanks Justin for demoing the Verti-drain and utility verticutter, sweeper, chipper. Those items were awesome. And we did get to go over two Foxfire green where the water holds in the bird bath area. That’s not uncommon for 40 year old plus greens to develop these areas over time.

These are both German made machines called Wiedenmann. They have not been affected by any tariffs but still bring a good price. Both are well worth the investment if you can afford them. Equipment like this usually depreciates over 20-30 years and are a one time purchase. The verticutter sweeper was my favorite. I have seen the vertidrain before. We set it up at 7″,8″,9″ depths with zero heave. The heave is the kick the shaft has underground while traveling forward to fracture the soil. We just had about 3″ of rain the day prior so we could really see the water being pushed down and rolled in to the holes with minimal surface disruption. Both units costs approximately 45k. The brown spots on the fairways have been from grub damage and most of the animals or skunks that we’re feeding on them have been relocated to another area.

We have had a busy month of outings and play has been decent.

I love my Lely above I utilize it for anything i can apply dry. The above photo is post grub control. I have also been repairing irrigation and some equipment while Jim was gone. It’s the most under appreciated Job by most crew members in our profession. If everyone had to repair what they used or broke I believe they may have a better respect for that position. Remember no one ever brings the mechanic something operational and says hey great job. It’s always broken. So great job Jimmy! I learned early on in my career to respect & appreciate that position with the highest value.

Adjusting mowers below. That’s a dexterous job when your talking about micrometer readings.

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See you on the course.

Darden

Fall Swing Course Update! Staff reductions continue 14 for 36 holes! 


Matthew 6:34

“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

The weather has been perfect this week and we were able to get some great photos of sunrises, golf cart windshields in trees, transitional statues, and many other events on the course! I expect the golf rounds to continue to be busy during the week days! We will pray the current weather pattern holds up for a few more months! It looks like we have one day of rain per week for 3 weeks in a row and that is excellent. The lows will be in the high forties and the highs will be in the mid to upper seventies. 

We began clearing the wild Japanese holly along the green on one Foxfire and will continue selected holes on Players around tees and greens. Mike is working on this solo so we will see how far he gets. 

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After

  We may add some grass seed in this area or sow some wild flower seed there next year to add color since it is on the drive in to the club. 

We began needle tineing the greens last week and got four or five holes completed before the timming linkage on the cogs to the rocker arms became untimely. This unit is 16 years old which is about six years past its life span for an aerifier. Ideally we could utilize six of these units and perform this once a month with verticutting.  

  

  The large putting green will be closed for a few weeks. We needle tined, and top dressed it last week. The lower end of the putting green has had over 80,000 feet walk across it this summer and I think a slight break from traffic will give the green time to rebuild its turgidity.  There were two slight thin spots down by the tree which already filled back in.  Grass lives and dies everyday we just want to reproduce new plants faster than the old ones die.

  

  

 Untimely above causes spooning or heaving of the canopy and I do not want that. Jim is in the process of aligning the belts and linkage on the unit and we may do a few more holes this Fall.  Coreing is not necessary and this is non disruptive to the putting surface except when it is not properly operating. This only happened on one pass on 6 Foxfire. Coring to remove organic matter is essentially ineffective based on mathematical principals alone, and we do not have an abundant amount of organic matter on the greens anyway. A healthy underground biological ecosystem containing organic matter is like a savings account with funds available (nutrients) to draw from.  I believe the report I did this summer showed we had five to six percent OM, which means it’s actually only one or two percent combustible OM. This is an excellent rate on return when we applied less than .5lbs on nitrogen per/M ft^2 all season through liquid fertility and utilizing acids to draw out available nutrients in the bank thus saving on current opportunity cost of more nitrogen.  We tried to spray the greens yesterday, but the sprayer failed and after five hours of diagnosing actuators and solenoids we discovered there was a bad cell in the battery. We installed a new battery and we will finish the application today. 
      Aerifier in the shop with chain below adjusted. Each side has a chain and then there are timming belts inside like a car that have to be aligned as well. 
  
The growth regulator on the fairways is wearing off and creating more grass clippings.  We will try and back lap the reels today because the quality of cut is rapidly declining since we only have 3/4 of a fairway unit to mow 36 holes.  This truly has been a miracle this summer to get by with a partial fairway unit. Brad and Jim have done an excellent job, but the Primo has absolutely saved us and kept the grass in check from producing excess verdure. Ergo, we will not be fertilizing fairways this week with staff reductions, no primo, and warmer weather. We will wait until next week or the week after that to apply the fall fertility. This is a best management practice ergonomically right now.  

   
Paula, Skipper, and Terry on 18 Players on a Tuesday enjoying the afternoon. Thank you for your help this past summer!  

 We repaired some irrigation leaks on Foxfire last week and charged up the system Tuesday. We are scheduled to drain the systems Nocember 1 & 2 this year.   

   
We had to sharpen a tee mower reel this week and a tire fall off the greens mower yesterday on Players so we only have one tee mower available right now and the grass is growing faster than it did during the summer on the Foxfire course as well as Players.  

   We got what’s left of the pull behind Lely spreader ready to put out the fertilizer when it is time.  The shoots on it are worn out and the axel is dragging a little bit, but the gear is turning on the drive wheel so we should be okay for one more application with this Lely.  
 We began pushing up the dump pile so we can burn it this fall. We had to stop that because the smoke stack fell off the backhoe and we will have to get it started again. The dump is almost pushed up in to one small mountain.  

   
I did get the logs up off of 15 Foxfire and 14 Foxfire Tuesday.  

 
Nancy got the window shield out of the tree on 14 Foxfire that a golfer had thrown in to the tree for some reason. That’s is why we go back to the top of the post and only worry about one day at a time because tomorrow will definitely be there soon enough!  

 Last Monday before I went to the OTF fund raiser at Pennicle Travis and I got to meet Kate.  

 OTF at Pennicle was a success as well as the Foxfire vs Westchester round one outing on Players!  

    
 
The Staff from Westchester came over last week and we go there next week to see there course.  

 
   
  Treceia teeing off on 18 Players!   
 
Chuck has done an excellent job on the tractor blower keeping up with the leaves. It is a daily assignment right know and he is the perfect leaf distributor!  

    
 

 

 

First Week of Fall!


In the last eight days we have gone from high temperatures of 82 to high temperatures of mid to high 50’s, and only one day of precipitation in the last 22. We even had a practice round of ice, sleet, or snow on Saturday across central Ohio! But the rain was perfecting timing on the Fall nutrients!
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The Single row irrigation system on the Foxfire course still operates as it did 40 years ago!

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Pilot Valve repair #1 Players.

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Final round of the Member’s League Wednesday night!

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Preparation for the last 8:00 am Shotgun start of the season.

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I have been blessed to see many of these over the years on the course! Sunset from 13 Players!

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And after Sunset the Sunrises the next day on the other side of the Plantation!

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