Tuesday, January 9, 2018

O.K. : WHO P_ _ _ED OFF MOTHER NATURE?

We have had quite the cold stretch.  Way too cold for me.  Today is much better, finally above freezing.  How do those guys and gals do it in Minnesota is beyond me.   It was nice not to have to wait to heat up the car this morning.   The holiday's take a toll on productivity but its a well needed time to rest, relax and reflect.   In the mean time here's a few things we have been working on. 

Jay and Owel have been working on fixing up our bathroom.  It was showing its age.  Needed a new floor, sink and a paint job for starters.



Nice tile floor, new cabinet, and painting are all finished.  Need to install sink, molding  and final touches. 

Touching up Tee Markers.  Next up are the Garbage Cans, Ball Washers, Benches, ETC....


Although hampered by the weather and Holidays the tree work has continued.  Trees on right side of 1, 13 tee, and 14 green have been removed.  This is the tree by 14 green that had a lot of decay and became a safety concern. 
Don't have to worry about it falling on anyone or causing any damage any more. 

Hopefully we will have some more normal temperatures to get some more work done.  We have at least a couple of months of cold weather to get through.  Lets hope Mother Nature starts to be a little nicer to us.   















Friday, December 15, 2017

COLD WEATHER HAS PUT THE KIBOSH ON GOLF

Even for the few die hard's their is not much sense in braving this cold snap.  Too much snow.... 


It's time to clean house...Literally. 



We started by cleaning the room, washed floors and walls.  Here you can see the garbage cans will be prepped and painted.  Next comes....
Tee markers and ball washers and more cleaning.   


Small projects like changing light fixtures,  fixing the down stairs bathroom.  (needs a good painting and refurbished floor not to mention a new sink)  This keeps us busy with much need shop improvements.   We expect to be starting tree work next week.  We will work outside when we can but on days like this it just gets too cold and we need to keep our shop organized and clean.  













Saturday, December 2, 2017

WELCOME DECEMBER.

Why cart paths only in December?    This is because the grass isn't actively growing where it has a chance to recoup from excessive wear.   Most problem areas are where carts are congested.  Around greens and tees but also fairway bunkers and even trees can make cart traffic confined to one small area.   In order to prevent damage we have determined that the best answer is to confine carts to paths during the months of December and March.  We felt it was a better alternative than to not allow carts at all. January and February the pro shop is closed so carts are not available.   

Why did you bring in all the bunker rakes?    We are down to a skeleton crew during the off season months so we are not able to rake bunkers.  The rakes get hidden in leaves and can get run over by carts and equipment.  They also hinder our efforts to keep the course clean.  We use the winter months to go over the rakes and make sure they are in good shape and get them ready for next season.  

Any plans for the winter months?    Besides all the sharpening, and maintenance of the equipment we have planned to do some tree work.    Best time is when the ground is frozen and no snow.  We will first concentrate on safety issues, removing dead trees and branches that could cause harm to player or property.  Next we will look at areas where trees have grown   causing playability issues and where we wanted to promote good turf and finally removing trees that were growing into one another.  We feel it is better to sacrifice one tree for the health of another.   Their is never a shortage of work to keep us busy.    


This tree is in bad shape,  you can see the rot around the base. It needs to be removed for safety reasons.   


Shade, carts, and equipment make growing grass under this tree near impossible.  


We are removing two trees near the cart path for better turf and also to allow the other trees to mature.  


This tree on 13 is now restricting play from the tee.   


Work in the clubhouse is progressing.   The bar and everything else has been removed.  You have to break a couple of eggs to make an omelet!!!!


This may be the last time we are able to change cups.   Ground may soon be frozen.  We put the holes closer to the edge to try and limit wear on the greens.  
A sure sign of winter is the return of Buffleheads.  They are in the duck family and spend there summers north of here all the way into Canada where they breed.  They will stick around until the pond freezes over.  

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

THE FAT LADY IS GETTING READY TO SING

 As the saying goes the show is not over until the fat lady sings.  So lets just say she is warming up for the finally.   The Greens and Grounds staff is now down to its hearty few who will brave the cold and keep the course as playable as possible and ready the equipment and grounds for next season.  Let me take this opportunity to thank the rest of the staff on a successful season.  With out these people we would not have the course we enjoy so much.   "THANKS GUYS". 

Before the final curtain comes down we continue to spend most of our time picking up or removing leaves.   We need to apply our winter plant protectants, top-dress greens, continue our Belgium Block installation and a few other miscellaneous tasks.    The following are a few pictures that were taken last week.
The  Kitchen staff is busy prepping for the big day.   Well over a hundred diners and more than 20 turkeys will be served at the thanksgiving feast tomorrow.
Adding some block along path by nine ladies tee.
Blue Birds hang around all winter.   Nice to spot one posing for a picture.    

Frosty morning work,  time to bring in the Bunker rakes for a winter spruce up.

Installing a drain to the left of 10 green to catch run off from melting snows.  
I had the pleasure to meet "Mr. Monarch".  Dr. "Chip" Taylor on my recent trip to Kansas.   Dr Taylor is the founder of Monarch watch a  program run by the University of Kansas dedicated to the protection and education for Monarchs.  We are  working with the USGA and Audubon International to get golf courses involved  in providing more habitat.  For more info. go to Monarchwatch.org.  
Well said Mr. Palmer!!!!
Our 2017 Greens and Grounds staff.  Thank you gents for a job well done.   Everyone have a great Thanksgiving.