Spring Rains Course Preparations! Happy Easter 2017! 

Maundy Thursday

John 13 12:1612 So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you? 13 Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. 14  If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.  16 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.

We have been busy getting the course ready for season and have five staff members for 36 holes right now. Labor in this region is most challenging but we will continue to place our faith that the right team members will come along. We saw several experienced operators retire last fall and I am diligently searching for the next team members.  I have early commitments from some of the college guys that were here last year and they did a good job. Paula has been mowing rough with our only rough mower for 36 holes and Brad has been mowing fairways with our only fairway mower.  We did get the John Deere 8700 today from Alabama on an auction and it will help tremendously keep up!  I do not have my statistical data in front of me right now but review it daily and we have had close to 10″ of rain since January 1, 2017. And with the warmest summer on record for Central Ohio in 2016 we have also experienced a warm wet Winter with minimal days below freezing and the ground never froze solid this Winter. February 12 the trees began to bud!February 17, 2017 we mowed greens for the first time a month early! We had a few solid weeks of play in February this was taken early on February 17.  Then the rains came back at the end of February through March. 

Saturday February 18, 2017 #14 Players The Creek stayed full most of the Winter except for the second half of February. March 1 our greens mower had some issues and the weather was rainy at best with beautiful sunrises. 

With the fall fertility and warmer Winter we are blessed to have an abundance of grass and unfortunately we have many dandelions to eradicate. February 20 dandelions were blooming and we had not received our proucts yet to commence eliminating them. We will begin treating them tomorrow and then apply nutrients on the putting greens. 12/13 Players February 20, 2017. The crabgrass control will be applied after the soil reaches 52°F and even up to early tiller stage which should occur in about 3 weeks.  The product we are using is a pre-emergent and an early post emergent. It is the most ergonomically sound product for control in this region given the resources available and eliminating a second application in August. The efficacy of pre-emergence is traditionally 90 days, however that may vary with environmental conditions such as extreme heat and rain! It also will have to be reapplied wherever divots or holes are made! Soil temp April 6 was 47.5 degrees Fahrenheit. 

We will also begin working in the sand bunkers preparing them and later this Spring we will continue our remodeling project. All the bunkers that were reminded last season have no weeds to very minimal compared to previous seasons. We move the water off the paths as quickly as possible utilizing the resources we have.  The Foxfire pipeline commenced last week and I hope they finish in the next week. The rain has slowed this project and last Friday we had snow and a friend sent me a photo from Cleveland last Friday. Mr. Joel Braun the irrigation specialist had a bunch. Cleveland snow one week ago and Snow in Westerville below that photo. Saturday morning after the Friday snow at Foxfire. 

Paying Tribute the The Judge! And a week later things are shaping up for a great Easter! Sunrise April 12, 2017 we tried to pressure up the Foxfire system today and had to retract after 40 minutes due to a main line blow out on 10 Foxfire fairway. We only needed it to have more water volume at the wash pad. We have a well but the volume is not quite enough to clean items to my expectations. The pipe on Foxfire is anywhere from 24 to 40 years old and this is not uncommon. We will repair it next week and try again. 5 Players below is an example of one of many positive progressions due to the amount of turf! And the day ended on a bright positive note! Paul thank you for getting the fairway unit. I know the dealer where it came from before the city in Mobile used it. Small world. 
See you all on the course it is a pleasure to serve! 

Golf February Cbus⛳

The Almanac predicted an above normal to normal Winter.  There are 25 days left until the Vernal Equinox and I would say the weather has been right on tack according to the Almanac.  Equinox is Latin for equal nights. This means that the amount of daylight on the earth is about the same or equal in both hemispheres. 

I decided to mow greens last Friday the first warm day in a series of 8 days and we mowed some fairways Monday. I do not think too many people in central Ohio mowed but I did hear of a few guys down in Dayton that mowed. All the pins have been changed.  The rest of the week remains warmer than normal through noon Saturday. It is great to see everyone out and playing golf! Remember the grass is not growing right now and what ever divots are made need to be filled and placed backed.  Mowing the grass now will expose it to sunlight and jump start it growing.  But it also means that it is “exposed” therefore we will be extra cautious during frosty mornings because any damage done now will be present for the next 60 days. 

14 Players last Saturday. All the bunkers that have been upgraded with sand are doing well and the additional sand has acted as a buffer for weed encroachment. We will be resuming this project in the Spring. We have also been busy upgrading some of the lights in the shop and sharpening reels.  Last week on Foxfire before it warmed up it was snowing a little bit. We are almost finished servicing the golf carts. Mike and Brad have done a good job getting those done. 

The trees are staring to bud! #1 Players Winter has provided some beautiful sunrises. The photo above is the nursery green and shows sign of leaf senescence.  We also have some Rhizoctonia Cerealis or yellow patch on a few greens which is not uncommon.  They will grow out of that. The purple color above will grow away as well. 

With the weather changes we had a dense fog bank until half past the noon hour Monday. 

Tuesday Brad was able to mow some fairways. The high Friday is 73! I have been converted again and will have shorts on! A few years ago I had long pants, wool socks, and definitely a pull over on until it reached 80!⛳🏄🇺🇸 See Y’all on the Course.