Happy 4th Of July! ðŸ‡ºðŸ‡¸ðŸ‡ºðŸ‡¸


We have had two weeks in a row with the highs in the upper 80’s to mid 90’s and for C3 grasses that is not ideal. The weather should break tomorrow for a few days, but we sprayed our last fungistat on the foxfire fairways today. My earlier repost from Novotny was about and in reference to the Grass going quiescent or semi-dormant. Mark explains it in layman’s terms where I would go in to detail about the bundle sheath cells, carbohydrate partioning, and the plant shutting down. The evening temperatures have not been cool enough for the plant to transpire “breath” so we are just hanging on. This is not a time to punch holes in the ground or anything like that. I believe for only having one pump on Players Club and the funds spent we are doing well above average regionally and nationally.

The brown line behind the Flag is from the greens sprayer breaking down and is man made the actuator malfunctioned on the 1993 model. It happens.

Pray & Spray is all we can do!

We have Z generation and baby boomers for our staff and this Z Gen. is the best of those but the baby boomers are the best workers. Z-Gen is below Millineals.

Great seeing this guy Mike a former member came all the way back up from Coco Beach, FL to play Players Club. That’s Coach talking golf.

This is what the greens, tees, and fairways would look like if we did not treat them. Rough on 2 Fox covered in mycelium.

Chuck mowing the high grass areas. Chuck was in Vietnam. He doesn’t miss any workdays. So we are transitioning through some Z-gen staff members for lack of participation.

Water time window with 1 pump on Players & 2 on Foxfire. I had to recalibrate the entire hydraulic tree data on site pro 3 years ago when the other pump went down and we have not replaced it yet due to funding.

Jimmy rebuilding an engine.

Great Match at Rattlesnake last week. CEO Brian Laurent of COGCSA and OTF won but I had em’ close at the turn and out drive him on 10.

Great conditions Kyle. Thanks for the hospitality sir. It’s always great to come home. My bunker below. Bag before match at Rattlesnake.

Have a safe and Happy 4th & Weekend. Please continue to Pray. See you on the Course.

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

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Aside


Be humble and give more honor to others than to yourselves.” (Philippians 2:3b NCV)

Thank you Colonel Curtis Petrek you are my modern day hero! Colonel retired from the U.S. Airforce and served during the first part of the century when we were under attack. He’s only about fifty and runs marathons and I heard he can do this in his bare feet with no shoes! But he still works today and is in my Sunday school class! I recently met Sargeant Deatley who is serving at Guantanamo Bay in the U.S. Army through some travels. Thank you to my family members who served and all who serve today! Your service affords us the opportunity to display our flag and work on golf courses in a free country! This flags for you Colonel! And a gorgeous sunrise this morning.  

        
 
Both Golf Courses are shaping up nice for the weekend and all the pin locations are set for the weekend on the Players Course. Jim got our new grinder in place! Thank you Ray Graves for helping us and the use of your truck. Great job this week to all the staff for your extra efforts in working on the details! The triplex mowers worked well on the Players Course for mowing fairways, but will be excited to get some reel grinding started and attempting to get the bigger units back out. I may even get the walk mowers out as the staff increases to about 14 people for 36 holes!  I walked the Players Course this morning and caught up with Dr. Ritchlin to watch his amazing birdie out on #11! It was 60 feet. What a beautiful day for walking the course. It is 6.37 miles from the shop all the way around Players tee to green! 

   
 Thank you Paula for Black Topping the entrance to the shop!  

 

Ray thanks again for helping spot treat the traps in the evening and for hauling the grinder and range machine to the shop.  

  

  

cotton wood blooms falling now in Ohio. 

  

  

    

               

5 Players & 6 below

   
                Mowing out the rough beside 9 green Players and then we will cut the left area down to approach height as soon as we get a mower with enough power and sharp reels we will create more shorter cut turf around the greens to increase playability. 
   
 

   
14 Players    

   
15 Players The walk is starting to set in.        

Stripes are right! 

   
     

18 Players