Happy New Year! Dardens Gardens Vegas Residency Begins!


Isaiah 43:19

See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.

Happy New Year! Nancy & I started our Residency in Henderson just before Christmas. It took a minute to get here but it’s a beautiful drive. I would have updated the web page sooner but I was immediately welcomed by government agency’s requiring remediations be completed at the Wildhorse Golf Club. Dealing with government agencies is time consuming, and they love paper work. Welcome to the neighborhood right!!

The golf course is in a state of quiescent or dormancy on the cynadon dactylon or C4 turf. We have been cleaning the shop area, and reduction pruning the golf course for playability and aesthetics. Frost delays here have been intermittent.

Water quality here is horrible but not worse than Kiawah. They do need a So^2 generator to increase hydrogen and decrease the bicarbonates by lowering the ph of the irrigation water.

Watering the frost off the green on #2

The picture on the front of the post is of #4 tee to green and we could not see the green from the tee box now we can. We will continue clearing debris. Here is the creek on 17 that we couldn’t see. Some areas may not have been pruned for eight to ten years.

#9 before and above during. We will add some red mulch around the palms and get the water feature back to a water feature and not a jungle!

The pump houses need some major work and new filters inside. The filters are broken ergo debris passes through like tiny fish or Protozoa and clogs the sprinkler heads at the foot valve. When that happens it’s like trying to get water out of a fuel tank on a vehicle one start at a time in 25 degree weather. It’s not good and rain fall here is sparse. I’d suggest fixing the pump stations repairing the pumps.

The steel baskets fit inside the pipe to filter but are bent and can not rotate inside the pipe. Over time by not spinning in a centrifugal motion and rubbing the paddles they are not at specification any more. Something with specificity can not be welded with chicken wire. It is “special” item for the pump station.

Christmas Lunch with the boys in the shop. Here’s the boys.

Rain, humidity, and dew points here are typically low to none so when it does rain there is always a chance of a flood due to the Mountains around the valley. We are on a hillside in Henderson but still get some water run off from nearby neighborhoods. The junk has to go and did. Literally, the health department also stopped by my first week here and sent a nice government letter telling me to remove it and provide the debris removal ticket. And so we did. We would have cleaned it up regardless but it became a priority. Great Job grinding reels Jim. They’ll be ready in 2019 no doubt! We’ll see who figures this out!!!! Ya never know where I’ll be right! Here there everywhere. Jim Ramey is one of the top equipment managers in the country. And he’s not here he’s there!!

I tried to add up all the cities I’ve been in the last 3 months and I lost count after 25 but 13 states at least between here and There. Stopped in Denver for lunch one Sunday and dinner in Vail. Pretty neat!Christmas in Galena off the grid at the Estate. Nice shirt Dad! Don’t fly Sprint ever

9 Wildhorse before we started reshaping Landscape. Roses need trimmed. Snow in Ohio before I left the second time to fly to Denver. Snow in Denver.

I almost forgot about Detroit- No need to go there either like flying spirt or sprint. Don’t do it. Just kidding actually Detroit had their tree up first I think. There’s the progress photo on 9 pre progress. This will look amazing when finished. But it’s going to take a minute to finish it with three guys. See you all soon. We are making greens great! The tees and greens were overseeded with poa trivialis and ryegrass prior to my arrival. The base turf is Bermuda that’s why it’s brown. We get frost here.

please excuse any brevity or typos as always if you have any questions please ask. Thank you for your support. See you on the course.

D

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

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! 

 

    
 

Course Update May 30, 2015


The Players Course and Foxfire Course are continuing to improve. We looked absolutely amazing for the Channel Six TV shoot yesterday in accordance with our resources available. Hopefully, we can get a utility pull behind turbine blower or fix a tractor to operate our 1984 PTO Toro! We are currently working with one pump out of each pump house! This means I reprogrammed the entire Site Pro hydraulic links to regulate flow. This is a simple comprehension of Blaise Pascal’s law of physics, which states: Pascal’s law or the principle of transmission of fluid-pressure (also Pascal’s Principle) is a principle in fluid mechanics that states that pressure exerted anywhere in a confined incompressible fluid is transmitted equally in all directions throughout the fluid such that the pressure variations (initial differences) remain the same.bThe law was established by French mathematician Blaise Pascal.  This means that there may be a few dry spots in some fairways due to the inability to create enough pressure given the Horse Power available to fill the pipes even with software reprogramming! We have to Pray for rain and fix the other pumps!  Also, Jim is  attempting to grind fairway reels in between repairs. Luis has helped Jim in the shop this week repair numerous items of equipment to help catch up. We had a greens mower, grounds master, and the zero turn mower all go out this week, and two of our four utility carts. The staff has slowly increased to twenty members for 36 holes which remains well below the national average, but we are selecting one right team member at a time and the ergonomic out put has steadily increased compared to last year. Remember this is a five year plan to incorporate improvements over the entire property. We are in year two! All the bunker faces have been treated with a selective nutrient product to create a mono stand of the turf we desire. In layman’s terms the weeds have been sprayed and results are noticed. We will continue this process in between regular scheduled applications of disease prevention on greens tees, and fairways. A wetting agent was applied to the greens this week along with a fulvic acid and some sugar! Salesman always ask where do you get the sugar? My answer is always from the Kitchen! Which comes from GFS or someplace like that!  

     

   
          

New Fly mowers from Muirfield and Luis repairing Tires, and helped Jim repair carts and mowers.  

   

   

   
 

Training staff how to tri plex fairways. Broken Collumn below in Players pump house that needs replacing.  

 

Watering in wetting agent on greens Thursday! 

   
     

   
     

Hydraulic leak on 6700 D no damaged turf only clover. Jim repaired in field and Brad noticed the leak immediately and followed the standard operating procedures. # 15 Foxfire Below.