Irrigation repairs, mulch, cooler weather, equipment repair, thanks Syngenta, Sloma, and Schaner! 

We continue to work with 2 pumps for two courses and one benefit of this is the utility bill is reduced significantly. We will need to plan to get all four major pumps overhauled and repaired next year. The other columns will not last much longer. The field repairs continue as we switch out solenoids and level heads. Thanks Mark Novotny for the tip Wednesday on tightening up the multitude of common wires! It worked.  

Jim was able to rebuild Mrs. Graves riding mower this week! Travis & Nancy mowed Ray’s and Mrs. Graves lawn as well as the club house.   

 We lost four more college students this week so keeping up with the details will become more challenging. However we were able to spray and begin mulching the HOA or area which should be an HOA to the entrance off of the other state highway on Players. 

We are still under coverage with our disease applications and nutrient management applications.  I have added a buffer to the water to prolong the efficacy and ergonomic output of the products we are utilizing. We still remain well under the national average for 36 holes on expenses in this category.  

Thank you Residex, Syngenta, Nick McAdow from Upper Landsdowne for hosting the information meeting Thursday. Course was in great shape Nick. Great to see George from Raintree South. George and I worked together at New Albany CC over two decades ago. Enjoyed catching up. And Schaner thank you for the Slab of cow! Your are the best traveling steak griller in the country! We should talk about expanding your operation to some Central Ohio meetings! I’d post a photo of the beef but with all the regulations coming at us it may have been too big of a piece of steak, and we ate it all! As you may see below! 

  Nick had a little Florida flavor here with a certain kind of Palm! Great to have Jim Turner fly up from Florida to speak about water quality and Ph.  

I got to play a few holes of golf with one of my agronomy members Wednesday. Fred is 77 and can stripe rough with the best but I was most impressed with his fishing ability and casting. It came down to the wire and he won by 2 shots.  


May 18, 2015 Course Update


Luke 21:19 By your endurance you will gain your lives!

We have gotten the pre-emergent applied to the Players Course fairways, tees, and one pass around the roughs for crab grass.  We were also able to get all the greens treated for dollar spot prevention as well as the Players Course fairways and tee tops.  Bunker progress continues with a few of the staff members including your new Assistant Superintendent Travis Russell.  Travis knows how I want the bunkers and has done an excellent job.  However, we still have 80 bunkers to maintain and the rain is beneficial but but creates continual work in the bunkers.  Jim has the older rough mower repaired by rebuilding the axle instead of purchasing a brand new one.  We are waiting on a rear clutch arm assembly from John Deere for the bunker machine.  This is a wearing moveable part. We acquired the machine last summer and it was new to Foxfire but used and these parts wear from normal use.  We are looking forward to obtaining the grinder which will allow us to begin sharpening fairway reels, and eventually other reels as we catch up.  This is very time-consuming and may take up to a month to complete one mower.  Each reel must be completely disassembled and most likely new bearings, seals, racers, bushings, and rollers could need replaced.  We will not know this until the units are completely disassembled.  The photo shoot for the TV ad on Players went well last week and I feel the courses looked as good as possible for the resources available.  Thank you Mike Sloma, and Jim Dillard for the products.

IMG_5725TV Shoot for the Out and about Columbus. IMG_5724 IMG_5723 IMG_5722 IMG_5721 IMG_5720 IMG_5719 IMG_5718 IMG_5727 IMG_5726 IMG_5724 IMG_5723 IMG_5722 IMG_5721 IMG_5720

IMG_5734 IMG_5733 IMG_5732 IMG_5731The wheels fall off the wagon sometimes! IMG_5730 IMG_5728The ultimate goal! Ducks in a row make it look easy! IMG_5746 IMG_5745 IMG_5744 IMG_5743 Handwork in bunkers on Foxfire before last weeks outings.

And when the wheels fall off the wagon to haul the wagon with out the wheel it turns in to an official project which permits me extra time to pray for endurance! IMG_5741 IMG_5738 This is the area where the newer grinder will be located.  IMG_5736

Handwatering will continue but I need to buy two more hoses and nozzles. IMG_5734IMG_5767 IMG_5766 IMG_5765 IMG_5764 IMG_5763 IMG_5762

Foxfire Course preparation for last weeks tournaments.


Travis working with TJ on picking rocks and weeds from traps. IMG_5768 IMG_5767 IMG_5766 IMG_5765

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It’s always a pleasure to see Dr. out walking during the week.


Proverbs 3:5Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.

Quick update: Mr. Graves has completed the malnutrition application for the dandelions on Foxfire And I am already noticing some epinastical decline in the plant which is good. The pre-emergent for the crabgrass will be applied on the Players Course Friday or next week. Fortunately, we still have a good window of opportunity with the product selected. We hired a couple of new employees with experience and that includes an IPM manager or Integreted Pest Managemet Expert. This is another positive step in building a solid team. Our new Assistant Travis graduates this weekend and will start next Wednesday! I will have updated photos later of the chemical room and South Barn organization. To date the south shop is housing all the mowers that currently operate or were operating a few weeks ago. We currently have one tee mower, one rough mower, the trim rough unit (sidewinder) and the grounds master for the wood lines. Jim the new Equipment Manager has been able to restore both greens mower triplexes and has been diligently working on putting together at least one fairway unit that operates and the older 4000d that the head was replaced.  Brad and I pressured up the Players Golf Course yesterday and had a great cycle run last night on the entire course. However, the pump station failed this morning during my inspection and I have contacted Vince with Mid-Ohio Electric to assist in bringing the station back up. Joel Braun is arriving tomorrow afternoon to trouble shoot the box on Foxire #12. We pressured the Foxfire  station last week on one pump and just have one satellite with no power. It controls 27.5% of the foxfire course on holes 10 thru 13 so they have not watered yet on greens and tees. Luis will work on repairing the leak on #13 Players Tee tomorrow in the morning. Our new retired rough mower has stepped right in and done an excellent job on the sidewinder. These issues are common for courses with this age. I fully expect to have them resolved by Monday at the latest. The great news is the greens have been fed and treated with a mycelium preventer and we will continue to scout the fairways for the upcoming dollar spot. I spent a good deal of time today visiting another course to inquire about acquiring their grinder for sharpening reels. The bunker work has been continual but mostly with 2 people. I am reviewing applications looking for the right choices due to the talent pool! I’d rather have the right people on the team than just a body. We ordered new cups and flags, however there was an issue with the mold or casting on the new cups, and I held off on putting those out last weekend due to the right fit on the ferrule of the new flag poles. Jerry in San Diego is sending new cups at no charge and a label to return the other ones. The inside diameter of the new cup is a few millimeters narrower than the ones we ordered last year. The only thing I can say is that they were made in China on an assembly line and most likely they had a bad run at the mill.  Luis below  finishing  Rays Creek. 


  sunrise today #6 Players
Training for Chuck the grounds master operator has been completed with ref paint since we don’t have access to internet mapping red paint has been added to assist in areas with arrows.  

    Bubble #13 Players Championship Tee.  



Head stuck on #15 Players! All in all  I  am pleased with the progress and  not surprised with the reparable issues. The Players Club irrigation pump station is a quarter of a century old! See you on the course. As always it is a pleasure to serve! 

Progress, Rain, Staff Increase to 6 for 36! 

“If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done.”(Ecclesiastes 11:4 TLB)

Progress has been made the last two weeks and I want to thank Mark Novotny again for the use of his grinder for the other greens mower reels! Thank you Bill for moving the water out of traps and cart paths! Paula great progress on tree, bunker, and rough! The product to erradicate dandelions and prevent crabgrass will go out in the next two weeks! Timing, historical data, resources, and weather are imperative to continuing this process! Jim, the new equipment manager is progressing well and accomplishing many tasks!  


Westchester grinder above and parking lot last Tuesday. Couldn’t find a place to park he had so much staff there!  

   Jim ground the reels while I set up the angle on the bed knife grinder! A brand new 2015 set of grinders can cost 30-50K.   


New starter and alternator were added to the Toro 3150 Triplex. This is our newest model with over 6200 hours. We are trying to adjust the Venturi’s and tappets so there will be enough pressure to create a spark. The hours are equivilant to 600,000K miles on a Porche  BMW !  


2 Foxfire first cut of three for this week. The bluegrass is growing much faster than the bentgrass fairways on The Players Course.



The only set back of the week was my Titleist golf  clubs were stolen out of my  office! Priceless! God will provide, and I am grateful they didn’t steal Nancy, my wife!  


Or my former dead brother-in-laws hat from the Naval shop he served on! May God rest is soul! 

Moving on, more mowing took place this week and it looks much better! 


It’s wet an afternoon AAA run is part of the progress for  these stripes!