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

May 16 Frost 7 days ago but February temperatures 50’s /70’s returning to Cbus! Staff 8/9 Part time for 36! Earlier Photos from career! Players Club Charged Up! 


Psalms 5:3O LORD, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch.
Thanks to all for helping out the last few weeks. We are continually progressing. Cover Photo is Mothers Day Sunrise from Myrtle Beach! Amazing! No, I’m not there but asked Paula to send me a photo because it has been about 16 years since I saw the sunrise there! The temperatures will be rising and I turned the water on players club today or yesterday by post ~for a test run last night. Luis is continuing to work in the bunkers preparing them for the outings this week. We will be applying plant nutrients and plant protectants to the fairways today.  Brad will be mowing rough when Ramey gets the unit up and running again.  As of 5 PM May 15 there were no major issues with the irrigation system on players club. We do need to add another pump in the pump house on players club we only have one pump and can only water so much at night. Below checking out the Lely Mr. G bought. It’s going to need some work. Video of Jim and Brad towing the 5200 D back to the shop. 


Saturday was a busy day cleaning mulch beds but we found time to add a little bit of color to Mrs. Graves’s house. 

I did see a little mycelium Saturday morning but not much it was 43° and I did notice a lot of Cottonwood blooms had fallen in the fairways. 

Cottonwood on the bottom and mycelium in the top one. 


The boys of summer are starting to come back slowly but surely Joey LeBlanc is working on Saturdays and we now have Jacob Hastings back.  Saturday morning came early after leaving the Baptist Church at 10:00 Friday night. 4:00 Am arrival. 

Dr. One of the members told me I should write this statement and he has it in his office but I think it may say Health or Life vs Doctor instead of Golf Course & Superintendent. 


Thanks Billy Bob for making the beautiful new Fairway post. Not sure how they are doing this season but there’s one in the dugout above. Thanks Matt for letting us utilize your “tractor” we were able to mow all the rough on both courses. Sunrise Moon Set Below. “Before the Noise” just me and Morlan the former MLB pitcher are there that early and can get some things done. Rainbow last week. 

Don’t forget I got y’all Pink Flags for Tuesday “Ladies Day! And new cups and poles as well. 

There is an entire Standard operating procedure for assembling ropes and stakes to herd the population. Notice no sagging rope or knots in it. If you can guess how I did it you will win a prize! 

Frost 7 days ago. 

Earlier years in my career. Day 1 north of. Charlotte. Today we have been married 7604 days by my grandfather Rev. Robert Lee Nicks.  One of us still looks the same & its not me! 

Nancy and I have been through 13 major hurricanes in a 1996 hurricane Fran came in island and devastated the Governors club in Chapel Hill North Carolina. 

I believe over 13,000 trees were knocked over. The Governors club is set on a beautiful piece of property on Edwards mountain the highest point in Piedmont North Carolina to the east coast. On a clear Day you can see Raleigh North Carolina. Below is a snippet of Boca Raton which means the Mouth of the Rat in Spanish! We did many upgrades and renovations there. Practice bunker renovation. 

Yes I’ve done this many times with the proper resources and staff. Below are the first two years of Sarasota and given time we were able to utilize best management practices following the “recession” and restore the greens ~postponing any huge capital expenses to the members. Those photos are a year apart the bottom photo is Fenruary 18, 2010. Then we got to fly over the office and really see how it was. 

Matt Auen & Dave W. watching me catch all the fish. We Had to eat somehow. Two of the greatest men I have ever worked with. Love the SRQ. Hopefully will get back for a visit soon. Maybe for the Christmas Party. See y’all on the course. 

D

Taraxacum Epinasty, Bunker Work Contiues, Pipe Line nearing completetion, Staff 6 for 36! Through the years of my career! 


1 Corinthians 15:10But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.
Thank you all very much for your help. I greatly appreciate everyone’s compliments and suggestions. Those are what make a leader better! Brad and I stopped this morning to speak with Mr. Thomas and he said the fairways were the best he had ever seen them. Two more members stated this morning that the greens held better than they had before. Over four years the club is on a progressive program to become the premier club in central Ohio that is was at the turn of the century before the depression of 2008! Mr. Thomas is just Jt’s grandfather of a leading PGA player Justin. I haven’t met Justin yet but I did send him note last season regarding PT and hunting golf balls in the “creek”. No damage done Jimmy and Travis set him upright again and he went on his way. What a neat area to be virtually neighbors with a kid named Jason Day who lives between our house and my parents with several in between, but a quaint serene area.  

You may research the title I will not give that answer away but if you choose to respond you will win a prize to be determined at a later date which will include but not limited to a special volunteer project. Office flyover in Sarasota before photo shoot with Carleton Holt for Tv add. New Sentinale Palms behind Seven East. Coquina around the Live Oaks, and Red Mulch around the club house for “pop” eye candy! If you ever really want to see how you are doing go up in the air and look down. It’s not for the faint at heart with eyes for detail you see everything. It’s tough. No air brush real deal. Many have never seen so I wanted to share. 

I’ll add earlier years later. 


We will continue adding new sand this summer when we get our dump trailer back from Westchester. Thanks Mark for the repair. Sunrise this morning! Before the noise! 

Original Superintendent and Owner Ray came back to assist with bunker remodeling and restoration. 


Great roundtable meeting with many highly respected presidents and agronomists in Central Ohio at Pinnacle Golf Club. Great post card El Presidente Mike! Stripes are right at Pinnacle! Thanks Brian Laurent Executive Director for setting this up! We discussed local labor pool, wages, poa annua issues, weather, and resources. Great visit with Scott at Darby Creek last week! What a beautiful property I think they are on the right track! He are the regional issues which we have completed treating. Still not giving up the answer! But you are getting lots of hints. 

Beverage Cart retrieved fixed this Am. Tee mower fixed this Am, blades changed on sidewinder. 

The ditch digger has hit almost everything We marked. Thanks Randy Riffel for coming out and helping. It’s the experience of local knowledge that helps Superintendents learn. Cables marked pipe marked. Boom hit it. Fixed it. Unbelievable but we look forward yesterday is gone. We are raking bunkers fixing pipe mowing fairways rough greens tees and changing holes for ladies day. 

Nice shirt Luis! I was raised to give everything you have and God will provide more. Everybody has my shirts. Brad trying pin backslapping machine up against the cabinet so we can “hone” in the grind on our tee mower. One tee mower for 36 holes. And he needs to hurry up because we have one fairway mower and need to cut all the fairways. Great job Brad.  
Thanks Matt Fellows for bringing the rough mower last week it was huge! Great machine! 


Volunteer J.R. Picking up empty wire spool from ditch diggers. Brad on new fairway mower we should have it repaired today and back in service tomorrow. 

And on a Saturday I won’t share my score but anytime I get to outdrive Jimmy and Doc. On Cash Alley at my home club per pops it’s going to get a photo. Kyle it’s looking great at Rattlesnake brother. Max should be proud. See the two dots in the background! That’s their drive. I didn’t win the war but celebrated the battle. 

There is the ditch digger crew. Go to you tube if want to see video. ​

​Quick video of this morning! Fourth repair of the day. But we move forward. 

Irrigation repair. Below ​

Alex Hall from Columbia SC- call me tomorrow set up a time to discuss what you wanted to talk about with sensors. God Bless you all. I’ve been blessed to go all over  . Great speaking with Fred in Houston last week,  Zach in SRQ, Jeremy in Austin, boys in Chi town. Dave in Scottsdale. Thank you all and Steve W. in West Palm. 

D

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.