9-26-2021

Good Morning,
The past week was focused on daily maintenance practices on the grounds.  We had a rainy day on Monday which put us behind schedule.  This left us with four days to get caught up on our mowing practices.  The weather was cooler which slowed the growth of the turfgrass.  The staff did a great job of keeping everything manicured at a high level and the golf course looks great.


With the warmer temperatures upcoming the irrigation system will be running more frequently.  Irrigation totals were done for the month of September which should leave us in good shape with our Iowa DNR irrigation permit.  This permit allows us to irrigate from April 1 through the month of October.  Our season totals are very high but will remain below the allotted amount by the end of next month.  I will most likely file for an extension to irrigate in the month of November.


Starting on Monday our fall green fee special will be in place for the remainder of the golf season.  For $30 golfers will get a rental cart and unlimited golf for the day.  This is usually a popular price attraction for people to stop out and play some fall golf.  Also, our season pass special is still in place until the end of the season.


Last night we hosted the Kiwanis After 5 “Shot in the Dark” glow ball event.  There were 66 golfers teeing off at 7:30 PM.  The event consisted of nine holes of golf and a long drive contest afterwards.  It was a great event to help Kiwanis After 5 raise money for community projects.  This was the third year we hosted this event.  It has increased numbers each year.


There will be open golf every day until Sunday, October 3.  We will be hosting our annual chili open on that date.  This is a four person best shot with 8″ cups on every hole.  The remainder of the fall event schedule is listed on our website.


Please contact me with any questions or inquiries for further information.  Enjoy the beautiful day that lies ahead!

Brian C Mohr

Director of Golf Operations
City of Spencer

101 W 5th Street

Spencer Municipal Golf Course

Spencer, Iowa 51301

712-260-5370

www.spencermunigolf.com

9-19-21

Good Morning,
The past week was a little slower with our golf leagues completed for the season and no golf events scheduled.  It was cold and wet early in the week, beautiful on Wednesday, and the blower was over 40 mph on Thursday.  Overall our golf numbers remain pretty consistent with last year. 


Greens were sprayed early Thursday morning with a fungicide to help prevent fungal damage, a wetting agent to help with water movement in the soil profile, and a foliar fertilizer.  This application will keep the greens healthy and stress free for about 14 days.  A granular fertilizer application will be made on the greens in the near future.


I made a handful of irrigation repairs around the golf course to eliminate some of the leaking valves.  The practice green, #11 fairway, #12 fairway, and #13 fairway were several of the worst valve problems.  The irrigation system was drained and the diaphragms were replaced in these valves.  Periodically small rocks get into the valves and won’t allow the diaphragm to close when the station is done running.  This causes large dents in the rubber and allows the water to continuously flow through and leak.  Here is an attachment below:

General course maintenance was the main focus of our work week.  The fertilizer application to the fairways and tees has really improved the quality of the turf and increased mowing time.  The staff was able to put in extra hours to maintain everything at a high level.  

Brian C Mohr

Director of Golf Operations
City of Spencer

101 W 5th Street

Spencer Municipal Golf Course

Spencer, Iowa 51301

712-260-5370

www.spencermunigolf.com

9-12-2021

Good Morning,


The past week started off with the golf course extremely saturated and the maintenance staff way behind schedule.  We mowed most of the day Monday, late in the day Tuesday, and finally had the entire golf course covered by late Wednesday morning.  Heavy winds started drying things out rapidly.  


The tile on hole #13 had not been functioning properly during the heavy rainfall days.  This caused extremely wet conditions on holes #5 and #13.  Tim Hamrick, from the cemetery, came out on Tuesday and exposed the tile with their mini excavator.   The tile ran full bore for several hours.  After 24 hours the majority of the turf had dried out and the tile was functioning.  


This tile was plugged with tree roots which created a giant cork in the tile.  This is the same problem we encountered last year.  We plan to replace the perforated tile with a solid tile in this area to eliminate this issue in the future.  We will also add a tile clean out so we can access the tile from ground level. 


On Wednesday morning I fertilized the fairways and tees.  This granular application will provide nutrition to the turfgrass until the month of May 2022.  It will also help the turf recover quickly from the fungal issues we experienced.  The course has been irrigated multiple times to push the fertilizer prills into the turf canopy.   There is already a nice green tint appearing throughout the golf course.


This coming week will focus on normal course maintenance schedules.  String trimming and clean up will also be happening around the golf course.  Herbicide applications, tree removal, and hand top dressing will be some of the other practices started.  


Please contact me if you have questions or concerns.  Enjoy the remainder of the weekend!


Brian C Mohr

Director of Golf Operations
City of Spencer

101 W 5th Street

Spencer Municipal Golf Course

Spencer, Iowa 51301

712-260-5370

www.spencermunigolf.com

9-6-21

Good Morning, 


It’s been another wet week at The Muni.  The precipitation has definitely been needed after the long hot summer.  Our sand traps have been repaired multiple times and several still have a lot of standing water.  We’re busy trying to get caught up with our daily mowing practices with additional mowing being completed over the weekend.  We should be caught back up by tomorrow afternoon.  Sunshine and green grass go good together.


With all of the rainfall the fairway and tee fertilizer application was placed on hold.  The fertilizer needs to be watered in after application but it also is a risk to apply it with all the projected thunderstorms.  This can end up with fertilizer washing away and piling up in low areas.  We will get these areas fertilized this week.  


Also, the herbicide applications were placed on hold for at least another week.  There is a lot of golf course that still needs to be sprayed to control broadleaf weeds on the property.  We will eventually get this process completed.
The greens were sprayed Wednesday with a foliar fertilizer, fungicide, and a wetting agent.  The wetting agent helps moving water through the soil profile and holding moisture in the top several inches where the plant roots are located.  The foliar fertilizer is sprayed to provide nutrients to the turf.  The fungicide helps prevent the pressure of “dollar spot” on the greens.  This fungus is currently present in the fairways and tees but will start to decline after fertilization.


All of the rainfall has presented us with a tile issue on hole #13.  This tile is damaged or plugged with debris SW of the retention pond behind #12 green.  I have met with Public Works and we plan to excavate the area so the tile can drain into the retention pond.  We will clean and repair the tile after it has drained.  This repair will eliminate the saturated soil conditions on #5 and #13 fairways.  


It’s going to be a busy week with daily maintenance practices and also a couple of golf events.  We host the Police Outing on Thursday and the Carl Spackler this weekend.  It should be another busy week at the golf course.  We are also promoting our annual season pass special.  If you purchase your 2022 season pass now you can play the remainder of this season and all of 2022.


I will see the golf board members on Tuesday evening for our monthly meeting.  If there are any questions please contact me for more information.  Enjoy the day!

Brian C Mohr

Director of Golf Operations
City of Spencer

101 W 5th Street

Spencer Municipal Golf Course

Spencer, Iowa 51301

712-260-5370

www.spencermunigolf.com

8-29-2021

Good Morning,


This is the first time in 2021 that anyone has said, “It can stop raining for a little bit!”  Our irrigation pond overflowed into the stream for the first time this year.  The waterways were completely full when I arrived at work this morning.  Two inches of rain last night, plus two inches of rain on Friday morning, and the rainfall earlier in the week has left the golf course completely saturated with a lot of standing water.


It was a busy week trying to keep up with our normal maintenance practices each day.  Greens were sprayed on Monday morning with a fungicide, wetting agent, and a foliar fertilizer.  This was a scheduled application for the greens.  Fairway and tee fertilization was delayed until next week.  Herbicide applications for broadleaf weeds were also delayed until next week due to all the rain.  


Tuesday morning was the final fun day of golf for the morning ladies league.  The evening ladies league competed in their end of the year tournament in the late afternoon.  This upcoming Tuesday the ladies will be playing in their annual Two Gal Triple Treat event starting at 9:00 AM.


Thursday we hosted the Spencer High School cross country meet.  We made it through the morning rainfall and were lucky enough to get the varsity and junior varsity meets completed for the boys and girls.  The October district meet will possibly be run at The Muni.


We hosted the ServPro First Responder event Friday morning.  There were 88 first responders from NW Iowa participating in the sponsored event.  Sponsorships allowed these individuals to enjoy a day of golf at no charge to them.  Rainy skies eventually cleared away plenty of sunshine and everyone had a great time.

Today we will be preparing the golf course for the end of the season men’s league tournament.  Wednesday and Thursday golfers will be playing this morning with tee times off #1 and #10 starting at 9:00 AM.  Open golf will be available around 3:00 PM today.  Sunshine should fill the sky today and hopefully soak up some of the excess standing water everywhere.  


The high amounts of precipitation helped reduce the amount of irrigation for the month of August.  Fortunately our irrigation system has performed excellent during the high temperatures and dry conditions.  We have used 80% of our irrigation permit for the allotted time of April 1 through the month of October.   


Starting September 1 we will be offering our annual golf special.  Pay for your 2022 season pass now and play the remainder of 2021 and all of 2022.  There is still plenty of great golf weather left this season.


Enjoy the remainder of your weekend!  Please let me know if there are questions or further information necessary on a topic.


Brian C Mohr

Director of Golf Operations
City of Spencer

101 W 5th Street

Spencer Municipal Golf Course

Spencer, Iowa 51301

712-260-5370

www.spencermunigolf.com

8-22-21

Good Morning,


The rainfall, on Friday, was a welcome sight for the golf course and the rest of the community.  It delayed a golf outing for an hour or so, but they picked right back up where they left off once the sun returned.  The rainfall can never be replaced by the irrigation system.  It made an immediate impact on the golf course conditions.  The cooler morning temperatures will also help with the turf conditions.  


On Tuesday, the Street Division was on site to remove the remainder of the debris we removed from the irrigation pond last fall.  This material was hauled to south end of the golf course where it will be leveled in the near future.  This area will be seeded over the off season.  


This coming week we will fertilize fairways and tees with a granular product.  The fertilizer application will help reduce the amount of dollar spot present on the fairways and tees.  This application will be completed on Monday and Tuesday.  


I will also continue to spray broadleaf weeds throughout the golf course.  This application will help control weeds present and help reduce the amount of weeds present in the spring.  Greens will also be sprayed with a foliar fertilizer, fungicide, and wetting agent.


The SHS cross country team will be hosting a meet on Thursday at The Muni.  This has been an annual event each season for quite a few years.  The golf course will be closed around 3:00 PM that day.  The event will be over around 7:30 PM.  


Please contact me if you would like any additional information or have questions.  Enjoy the remainder of the weekend.  It’s a beautiful day!!



Brian C Mohr

Director of Golf Operations
City of Spencer

101 W 5th Street

Spencer Municipal Golf Course

Spencer, Iowa 51301

712-260-5370

www.spencermunigolf.com

8-15-2021

Good Morning,
We are quickly approaching the halfway point for the month of August.  School starts on Monday for the teachers and the following week for students.  I can’t believe the time has passed by so quickly.  We will be short staffed during times as we move forward but we will do our best to continue providing high customer service.  
The grounds crew has been busy keeping the golf course in great shape.  The high humidity and warm temperatures has the grass growing at a rapid rate once again.  The high humidity and rainfall has also produced a bumper crop of “dollar spot” around the golf course.  This is a fungus that appears in a silver dollar shape and generally thrives on bentgrass but it has currently appeared on our tees, fairways, and even in the rough.
I spray the greens every 7-14 days with a fungicide that helps prevent this fungus from appearing on the greens.  It’s not feasible to spray any other areas of the golf course due to cost.  The turf will eventually recover and nobody will be able to tell “dollar spot” visited the golf course.  We will be fertilizing fairways next week which will help with the recovery process.  I have attached a few pictures to show you what the fungus looks like on the course.
Next week I will start the fall herbicide application to the golf course.  This process will help control broadleaf weeds and clover present on the golf course.  This is a very time consuming process that takes about 20 hours of spray time.  I start early in the morning and spray until we start to get a lot of golfers out on the course.  This amounts to maybe four or five hours maximum per day.  
This morning we will be hosting a mixed couples event with open golf starting at 1:00 PM.  Tomorrow will be a Siouxland golf course superintendent meeting and golf in the afternoon.  Friday afternoon will be reserved for the Clay County Pork Producers on the front nine at 3:00 PM.  Add in our golf leagues and open golf and we have another busy week at The Muni.
Enjoy the remainder of your weekend.  Share a little sunshine and a smile with someone today!

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Brian C Mohr

Director of Golf Operations
City of Spencer

101 W 5th Street

Spencer Municipal Golf Course

Spencer, Iowa 51301

712-260-5370

www.spencermunigolf.com

8-8-2021

Good Morning,


The golf course has completed another busy week.  Our open golf has been very busy each and every day.  We love to see new faces along with our familiar ones visiting the golf course.  We are very thankful for our golfing community choosing to spend their time at The Muni.


Our biggest project of the week was trimming the red twig dogwoods and cotoneaster bushes around the golf course.  These bushes were pruned to a height of two to three feet from the ground.  They are now more aesthetically pleasing to the landscape and will be easier to complete maintenance around in these areas.  The homeowners will also have a better view of the golf course.  I have attached a couple of photos.


Daily maintenance practices have consumed the majority of our work schedule on a daily basis.  The new rough unit has been wonderful for keeping 120 acres of turf under control each day.  And the new fairway units have made a huge difference on the quality of cut on our fairways.  They look beautiful.  


Today we are hosting the annual Unified Golf Event.  This is one of the most amazing events we host each year.  The Special Olympics of Iowa chose our golf course to host this event for NW Iowa many years ago.  It’s a blessing to have them come back year after year and spend the morning with us.  The front nine will be closed from 9:00 AM until 11:30 AM.  Athletes and sponsors will have a meal together following golf.


We have been fortunate to have some precipitation again this past week.  The measurable rainfall gives the irrigation system a few days off and saves us water usage on our permit with the Iowa DNR.  As of the end of July we have used 67% of our water permit for 2021.  The permit allows irrigation from April 1 through the month of October.  


This upcoming week is the last one we will be fully staffed for the season.  We have teachers and students starting inservice or classes on August 16.  This will have a slight impact on some of our daytime hours.  The evening and weekend shifts will not be affected.


Please contact me for additional information on any topic at the golf course.  Enjoy the remainder of the beautiful weekend.  


Brian C Mohr

Director of Golf Operations
City of Spencer

101 W 5th Street

Spencer Municipal Golf Course

Spencer, Iowa

51301

712-260-5370

www.spencermunigolf.com

8-1-2021

Good Morning,


The month of July was another busy one at The Muni.  Our rounds played and revenues were higher than average.  We hosted six different golf events as well as our weekly golf leagues.  Open golf has been busy every day of the week.  It’s great to see so many people enjoying the game of golf and choosing to visit our golf course.  The forecast for August looks great!


The maintenance staff has been very busy manicuring the golf course and keeping it in great shape.  Our greens are rolling very nicely and the course looks beautiful.  The rainfall on Friday gave us a nice break from running the irrigation system every night.  The cooler morning temperatures have also helped lessen the stress the high temperatures place on our turfgrass.


Two new fairway units arrived on Friday.  These units came to us from the U.S. Senior Open held at Omaha Country Club.  Both units were used for maintenance during this event and sold at a discounted rate following the tournament.  I’m excited to add them to our equipment inventory.  They are Toro lightweight units and will be used to mow our fairways and tees.


This upcoming week we will begin pruning the redtwig dogwood bushes on holes #14 and #15.  The remainder of the bushes on the golf course will be trimmed after these two holes are completed.  The pruning will leave the plants approximately two feet off the ground.  Staff will also trim the grass and remove any debris in these areas.  In the end it will provide an attractive appearance while still providing a barrier to the out of play areas of the course.


Next Sunday we will be hosting the Unified Golf Tournament.  This is a Special Olympics event that is held annually at The Muni.  It’s a great opportunity for volunteers to play a round of golf with some of our area athletes.  I have played in this event almost every year and it is definitely one of my favorites.  We are happy to have this event back on the schedule after COVID caused it’s cancellation last season.


This concludes another week from the ol’ golf course.  Please contact me if you have any questions or would like further information on a topic.  Enjoy the remainder of the beautiful weekend!  I will see the golf board members tomorrow evening at our scheduled meeting.

Brian C Mohr

Director of Golf Operations
City of Spencer

101 W 5th Street

Spencer Municipal Golf Course

Spencer, Iowa 51301

712-260-5370

www.spencermunigolf.com

7-25-21

Good Morning,


The months of July and August bring a lot of golf events to The Muni.  These events generally close the golf course for 5-6 hours with open golf returning immediately afterwards.  Many of the reserved dates are for fundraisers that help contribute dollars to specific causes within our community.  It is wonderful that we are able to provide the venue to make these fundraisers possible.


We hosted 100 seniors this past Monday and 124 golfers for the Salute to Veterans event on Saturday.  Both of these events were a great opportunity for players, who normally don’t play here, to visit The Muni.  Our golf leagues have also seen higher numbers than past years.  Along with open golf it was another busy week.


Our golf course has been in very nice shape this season.  It’s been quite a battle with the higher than normal temperatures and lack of precipitation.  The irrigation system continues to work on a nightly basis.  I continue to monitor the water usage in order to stay within the parameters of our Iowa DNR water permit.  


This coming week two new fairway units will be arriving to our maintenance fleet.  We purchased these two units a year in advance due to the availability from Midwest Turf & Irrigation.  These units were used at the US Senior Open in Omaha a couple of weeks ago.  We were able to purchase them at a reduced rate below our Capital Improvement Plan projected dollar amount.  They will replace our older Jacobsen fairway units.


The upcoming week I will spray the greens with a fungicide, foliar fertilizer, and wetting agent.  The fungicide will help control the presence of “dollar spot” on the greens.  The foliar fertilizer is a scheduled application that provides nutrients for the turfgrass.  The wetting agent will help hold moisture close to the surface of the plant and help limit isolated dry areas.


We will also be hand topdressing our tee boxes.  There are lots of divots especially on the par three tees.  The topdressing will help with the recovery of these areas.  Unfortunately replacing divots on the tees and repairing ball marks on the greens has always been a problem.  I appreciate the golfers that take the time to repair a few ball marks during their round of golf.


This concludes another week at The Muni.  Please reach out to me with any questions, comments, or concerns.  I would be happy to provide further information.  Enjoy the sunshine today!

Brian C Mohr

Director of Golf Operations
City of Spencer

101 W 5th Street

Spencer Municipal Golf Course

Spencer, Iowa 51301

712-260-5370

www.spencermunigolf.com