Friday, August 11, 2017

READY FOR THE SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS

Big weekend starts tomorrow.   It's been one of those weeks.  We didn't get the bunkers put back together until Monday---Then it rained again forcing the outing to only get 9 holes in before we had to stop them because of standing water on the greens.   We noticed the fairways were off color from a growth regulator we sprayed last week.   We applied a green pigment on Tuesday and Wednesday to solve the problem.  On Wednesday I noticed the water fall pump was off.  Upon further inspection we must of had a power surge and our control panel was, as they say "fried".  Then we noticed the irrigation pumps were not working.  Of course it is now starting to dry out.   A quick call to DAF Services was in order.  Ed was here the next day and got us up and running.  Then to put the final cap on a very eventful week Ed was back on Friday to fix the other pump that we thought was fine.  All in  a weeks work.  We are ready for the Championships ---just hope it doesn't rain.
Jay spraying green pigment.  He has two passes on the left side completed.
A close up.  you can see it is greener on the left.
Here  is Ed, our pump man to the rescue on Thursday.  

Here is Ed back at it on Friday.   Thought we had if fixed yesterday.  So.....You know what's going to happen.  If we didn't have any pumps you know it would not rain.  Now that we have them up and running it will probably pour.   Seems to always be the case.  
In closing,  These small green caps are bait to control ants.  We have a problem on a few tees.   The distributor dropped off a few of them at no charge to see how well they work.  Ants can be difficult to control because you have to kill the queen.  This container holds a bait that the ants take back into their nest.  

Sunday, August 6, 2017

POST STORM UPDATE:

Yesterday we received 1.4" of rain just before dawn.  Because of standing water on greens and fairways we delayed opening until 8:30 and then it was cart path only.
Standing water on 14 green.  
We had a river running across the valley on holes 18 thru 12.

The bunkers took the brunt of the storm.  We fixed most of them today.  Only a few holes left but because of play (We can't get much done when the course gets too crowded and you don't want us getting in your way --can't say as I blame you)  We will finish up the few remaining ones on Monday.  

Major washouts in a lot of our bunkers.  
Staff did what they could,  a lot of work putting things back together.


Yesterday we had a Greens Committee meeting.  Topics covered were Green speeds,  Cart paths, Native areas, and Fairways.  Green speeds: have been acceptable these past few weeks.  We came away with the understanding that we will maintain ball roll as fast as we can given weather, time of year, staffing, and member events.  In order to do this we will be increasing our aerifications.    Cart paths:  There are some edges that need to be touched up and we will tackle them as time allows this fall and winter.  Native areas: will be looked at in terms of aesthetics and play ability.  We will be reviewing these aspects in the near future.  We have many different types of native areas.   Native grass areas, wild flower areas, forested areas, and of course our water features.   All require special maintenance.  We want to keep our main goals of providing habitat for wild life, removing invasive plants, adding beauty and an element of risk reward for a well played stroke all while saving precious budget dollars.   Fairways: were looked at with respect of trying to get the grass to "stand up" more.  We are going to look into verticutting our fairways.  If approved we will need to purchase a machine to do this and add it to our maintenance schedule. 
It was a great meeting and much discussion will follow.  Stay tuned!!!!!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

END OF A TOUGH STRETCH

End of another heat wave and glad its over.   When we get into a tough stretch of weather we don't worry so much about green speed as we do about just keeping the turf in good shape.
Course held up pretty well.


Not to bad for the middle of July.  
Putting green is doing pretty well.  
The heat didn't bother the Purple Martins,  we have over 76 chicks and 15 eggs.

Making progress on our Spray tank.  Waiting for parts.  UGH!!!


Osprey Chicks are up and flying around testing their wings.  This one flew to a branch on 15.  


First Question Mark of the year.   A good find.  It gets its name by the white "?" mark on its wing.  Can you
find it?  



Wednesday, July 12, 2017

JUST ONE OF THOSE DAYS

Not a good day.  Trouble right from the start.  First, two staff members were out.   Then while heading up to spray the practice green the spray tank sprung a oil leak and its not an easy fix.   The gasket went and you need to basically split the machine in half to fix it.  Tank has to be removed, etc, etc,.....   About a two day job for Moe our mechanic with out interruptions and that never happens.   We had two hydraulic leaks on our fairway mowers.  One in the piston that steers the mower and the other in a hydraulic hose.   The guys did a good job seeing them before they got to big.  

I guess to keep this blog "real" you have to post the good with the bad.  It could have been worse.  The oil leak could have happened on the putting green.  That would not have been good!!!!

Funny what you look at as a superintendent.  We all look to the roads for signs of problems.  Here is the trail of oil left by our spray tank leaving the shop.
Down for the count.  Need to remove the spray tank and split engine from gear case.  
Hydraulic leak on fairway.  It will turn brown and die but luckily its very narrow and should grow out in a couple of weeks.   this happened on two machines today.  The guys did a good job catching them before they got bigger.  
Might as well end on a positive note:   The pond is pretty full for this time of year.  No worries about running out of water.