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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 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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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! 

Bunker Work, Nutrient Appication in Fairways, Heat Continues. 


James 1:2Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 1:3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.

We have had back to back to back double shot guns the last three weekends in a row on Friday & Saturday mornings and Sunday afternoons! Play has increased and the course conditions are withstanding the heat and traffic fairly well. The poa annua turf decline on #2 and #17 Foxfire has been seeded and Nutrients were applied yesterday. Travis helped me utilize my Dad’s pull behind spreader yesterday to fertilize 6 fairways with the fertilizer we had left in the barn. We rigged up an old grill grate for a cover. Not a bad rental price for the spreader either. We got it for $50 a week.  I just have to pay my Pops and of course if I break it we buy it. We got .40″ of rain yesterday morning from 4:00 AM to 6:30 and were cart path only. Please remember to stay on the path on your way out to start as well. 

Cart Path Only Please Means Carts on the Path! Its the same if you ask me to take my muddy shoes off amd I walk across your white carpet anyway smiling and waving🙈😀🤗

We were able to finish the Bunker remodeling on #2 and #5 Foxfire this week. Please watch the video below for instructions on the playability. Tomorrow  we will continue to add sand and complete #10 green side bunker on Players Club.

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Thank you to the Agronomy Team for your steadfast efforts these past few weeks! Thank you Tom for aerifying the tees on the Foxfire course this last week as well. We had 280 people Friday and the parking lot overflowed in to the golf course. TJ and Pordy helped squeegee the greens yesterday morning after the shower. They are part time now and are available to work on the weekends and occasionally in the afternoons during the week. 

Full Moon

We are still getting by with older equipment! Here is our Foxfire greens mower and the backhoe. The skid steer loader blew another hydraulic line ,,      #9 Players Club StripesI found some old equipment while getting topsoil from the neighbors. There was a plow, drain culverts, part of a fertilizer spreader, and cast iron pipes. The John Deere sand pro broke down again this week. Remember when this happens it takes more time to Rake them by hand.  Sandy Selfie by RK & NancySkid Steer loader leaking oil. Backhoe died This week too! 

​​And the rest of the Sunflowers are blooming.  New Vibratory Plate Tamp

Salty September for Ohio! Staff 12 for 36 holes! One fairway mower one tee mower for 36 holes. 


Philippians 4:13 

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Many people ask me several times a week when I call to ask their advice “How do you do it?” And I can only refer to the above verse as an example because I have no sound qualitative or quantitative response for the ergonomic out put or explanation of how something may end up better when lacking knowledge or resources.  I have over a twelve year study on coring and have not released it on my web page due to traditional contrary beliefs in agricultural practices. I believe in creating a healthy underground biological ecosystem that is somewhat self sufficient and utilizing the nutrients already present in the soil to feed the plant. This is called mining.  That being, said many cultural practices that need to be performed need funding and resources to accomplish. We are very blessed to have the current conditions we have. I am not satisfied with some of the current conditions of the fairways on the Foxfire Course but have complete confidence that the predominating grass will return once the weather breaks. I have spoken to several experts in the Central Ohio area and everyone from private, public, semi-private courses are in awe of the weather pattern we have encountered this summer. I have quotes from veterans that state they have not seen the weather this hot since 94′ to never'” and local guys stating that this is normal for the poa annua to melt out. The Players Club is in outstanding shape with regards to turf uniformity & coverage. Here is one of our problematic fairways. #8 Players Club. We utilize best management practices agronomically and this fairway faces the South and receives sun light and wind daily from the South South West. The Turfgrass requires all 3 radiant levels of sun, red, blue, and white sunlight for so many hours a day, and number 8 definitely gets sun all day!  It’s a par 5 and the drainage is fair to poor given the water table levels. This is definitely an indicator fairway to check when issues arrive. The Fall is supposed to be above normal through December according to five different sources.  We may go bellow freezing twice up to December 6, 2016. So look forward to a long Fall golfing season in Central Ohio with below average rain.  Uniform hydrology is one major component to the success of a uniform Turfgrass stand regardless of bundle sheath cell count being 3 or 4. Below is an example of a problematic fairway with 40 year old center row irrigation that requires a person to install the sprinklers at night and rotate them. I increased the water in a 24 hour period this week to verify any issues were not due to an immediate lack of water but the availability of water and excess heat combined with lower humidity rates. We watch the weather all day every day and many times the TV forecasters are incorrect. Like today- “Hot and Humid” excess heat! Was the forecast. Well, it was humid and chilly this morning. However, as I expected around 9:00 AM EST the winds picked up out of the South South West and blew the humidity from 80% at 6:00 AM to below 60% after 10:00 AM for the rest of the day. That is huge. That’s like OSU leading The Bowling Team last weekend 77-10 there’s no comparison. And maybe just maybe that is why OSU can not grow real grass at their football stadium!  Even though NC State has real grass it is not the same grass that would be grown up here!  It’s a most difficult daunting task regardless of the location.  Never the less #2 Foxfire fairway below yesterday afternoon. This is our most difficult fairway and we added grass seed today to several spots. The bunker project is moving along well given the ability to create work based on a mathematical equation and definition. #1 Players. We are waiting on our vibratory gas powered plate tamp to create the correct resistance or penatrometer reading for bunker sand! Then we will fill in the areas we want to eliminate and sod them. The sand came first otherwise I would have chosen to fill in the areas to eliminate first,sod and then add sand. 

#6 Players above after! 

Sunflower Foxfire Golf Club, Inc

Rose Petals fell in place for my sweet Nancy!

Halfway house on Players with a slight landscape upgrade with flag poles holding the Sunflower plants I planted. 

Thanks Brooks for fixing the walkway path on #3 Players today! Thanks Brad for helping diagnose the irrigation malfunction on #1 and #16 Players! During this weather all weakest links are exposed and we are finding heads that do not have guts to other heads in Roughs that are paired up with other stations that previous Superintendents eliminated or thought would not be needed. I can not explain how or why other people think the way they do. We can only assess, diagnose, reason, rationalize, and solve issues.  Labor Day last Monday! Thank you to all who have served Chuck & Colonel!  Jim the Ole Salty Scientist is back from back surgery trying to grind and get me 3 greens mower reels ready! He’s fighting the good fight. Please keep praying for him.  Happy Hollidays from my sisters house Sunday and brother in law! Nice new deck! Saturday Sunrise last weekend for the tournament!  Someone Show Vern & Charlie their Photo! Bumps on Basket-Do you think it will start if we keep starring at it? 95 Degrees end of August~ Could not resist!

Nancy and Velma – Don’t forget Ladies Day is Tuesday! 
Above Jim showing Luis and Rodolfo how to grind reels and we were able to share a sunflower with the Judges wife Mrs. Journell!  As many of y’all know he died in August at 80! He is in heaven. 
Randy Riffel above stopped by to help me locate some irrigation valves he installed a few decades ago! What a great help! Thanks Randy! Well we had a little rain 2 weeks ago and the sand truck got stuck behind #7 Players and I had to bring out the big toy to pull him closer to the bunker then pull him back the other way! Thanks Sam for the sand! â€‹In case y’all missed my you tube video a couple of weeks ago here is a sample of the bunker remodeling project. Thank you for watching and we greatly appreciative your support and prayers!

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Happy Memorial Day Weekend 2016!


“I thank God for the help you gave me” (Philippians 1:5a NCV).
Thank you to all who serve and still serve today! We have many friends and family that serve or severed in the military! We did move this pin today before play. Little tough for regular play! 

Thank you staff for a great presentation! Everyone did an excellent job the last few weeks! Keep it up! We have been hand watering greens and you will see staff periodically through out the afternoons watering greens with a hose. 

Thanks “Willie” for Fixin’ the well yesterday and Tom & Brad for helping get that done! Wow! We got to have water with the forecast of La Niña now it will be warmer and drier than normal! The humidity dropped from 85% yesterday morning  to 45% by 2:30 pm with a SSW wind and 12-15 knots! We may get a shower today but I doubt it! 

Jose and Brad did an excellent job mowing fairways this week and Jim did an even better job keeping the mowers running! These guys know I like diamonds! 

The rough mowers are all working well this week and got everything cut once and twice on a few more holes! Fred Nancy Treceia were so fast I don’t think I got a photo this week of them! But I did get Mike who waters at night to come out during the day and get a turtle removed for us! 

The skid steer lost a hydraulic cylinder this week and Jesse has been helping Jim work on the Backhoe to get it up and running. Jesse is a skilled operator and is able to help run saws and loaders when he’s not at the warehouse. The guys have been doing better in the Bunkers and once the new pumps are installed we will start adding sand in some of them. 

The new engines arrived for the Toro triplexes but we had to order a lift cylinder for this one. We will continue to add them in between repairs like below on the fairway unit or when I need Jim to create something! 

Repairing level lawn for tee divots! Another fab job by Hollen! If your sneezing this may be the reason! That’s not snow in May even though it has snowed in Ohio in May before-this is cotton wood! 
See y’all on the course and don’t forget to Thank a Vetern! Thank you Colonel Petrek~ safe travels back from New Mexico! And pray for Matthew’s grandson Matt Zipper call sign “stuck”!  How creatively skilled and brave those pilots are! He’s flying right now in an F-15 somewhere ~ boys are still flying missions! Hopefully we will have the Judge back soon. I spoke with him yesterday and he sounds better! 

Course Update Pray for RAIN! 


Nehemiah 1:11
O Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of your servant, and to the prayer of your servants who delight to fear your name, and give success to your servant today, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man.” Now I was cupbearer to the king.
The end of August means we are closer to the Autumn Equinox but the high pressure siting over us the next 8-14 days will bring high temperatures in the upper 80’s to low 90’s which will be the hottest of the year so far. We had highs last week in the 60’s and 70’s. We will also remain dry with only a slim chance of rain, and that means the grass will have some dry areas due to the low humidity and higher temperatures. This will occur on the fairways on both courses primarily because of the 2 failed pumps and a third big pump on Players has a crack in the column as well. By the time this is published I will be night watering the Foxfire Course Fairways. We had a great start to the week last week organizing the last box on the Players Club back to its original pattern to coincide with the site pro software. These got out of order when the grandchildren wired the boxes prior to my arrival. Brad was able to help with this. I went through each wire, located, and labeled it. This takes about 4-6 hours depending on the number of wires.  

  Brad takes great photos! Capturing the moment after a zap! Yes 28 volts will increase your heart rate a little.   The multi colored strand bell wire has a pattern as well. All the boxes should look like this in the top with the eight various colors in an order for every out put board. 

  Complete back in order.  
Terecia continued to mow rough and well there’s one less tree to cut down.  

 Tree trimming is on the list and is over due by a few decades in many spots but we were blessed to have the utility company come and trim the trees going down 16 foxfire. Hopefully we will get an assessment later today to see what timber values are bringing.  
    
   
With the pump columns broken in the Players pump house I am estimating we have the ability to water at 38-40% capacity. I can not quantify the field pressure reduction at night with the new cracked column yet but I am sure there is some.  

    
    
 We were able to spray greens last week and we will begin spraying the fairways this week with a plant protectant, plant nutrients, and wetting agents.  

    
    
 A week ago Last Saturday night Nancy and I got to see our first MSL Crew match! In the big City! Thanks Jim & Gregg the seats were great! Wesley the field looks wonderful. Congratulations, you & your staff are doing an excellent job! I look forward to the tour!  

    
 The beverage cart broke down Wednesday night and we were able to get the secondary clutch installed Friday morning so we would have two beverage carts for the weekend. Jim also got the parts in to repair the front axel on cart 118 and a solenoid switch for our workhorse utility cart.  The greens mowers had a rough week as well with the hydraulic issues on the Foxfire greens mower and electrical issues on the Players Club greens mower we were still able to mow the greens before the outings and regular play this week.  Secondary clutch installed below on the Ez-go beverage cart! 

    
 Front axel repair above! We were also able to mow the fairways this weekend before the outings! Tees, collars,and approaches were also mowed on Saturday before the wounded warrior outing on Players! 

    
   This week began yesterday with the irrigation box on #8 Players failing so I re-wired all the common wires and replaced a fuse on Sunday morning. I noticed the dew pattern was off a little and when I inspected the box and radio signal there was none! It is up and running again and was only down for one night. Usually one yellow common wire is needed in the main Receiver card on the bottom right but I believe having more is not better in this situation. I fixed the box how it should be and we will see if it continues to operate properly. # 3 Players was the same way a few weeks ago and it has been operating well since I replaced the transformer and re-connected the common wires properly. Time will tell! This is also 2 miles from the shop ergo radio signals travel the farthest to this box! 
    
   The magneto or alternator is failing on the new greens mower with 6000 hours. We do have a new used spare alternator for the rebuilt motor we just put on in June otherwise we will have to continue switching batteries out half way through the course. This will be our project today and Tuesday and will skip mowing greens on the Players Club on Monday.  
  These reels are acuated by an electronic solenoid with a hand joystick and do not take over hydraulically until they are set down then it takes direct current power to raise them up again. When the battery is not charging it fails quickly especially when we are utilizing the lights to see in the morning. Sunrise is at 7:00 AM now so it is vital to repair this but it takes extra time disassembling the fly wheel off the motor and taking the motor off of the unit to perform this task because we do not have a lift. As the engine spins there are copper windings or magnets that create electricity and send it back to the battery. When these magnets get worn, they do not send a charge. The great news is we remain dedicated to the mission of presenting two golf courses to the best our ability with the resources available!