8-9-2020

Good Morning,
One more week in the books and the precipitation is at a minimum.  The golf course received very little rainfall from last night’s predicted storm but every little bit helps.  The high winds blew a few branches off the trees but no serious damage.  I don’t think any of us want to see a severe thunderstorm but hopefully tonight we get some decent rain from the predicted storm.
The golf course is in pretty nice shape overall.  The non irrigated areas are completely dormant with a light brown color throughout the golf course.  The irrigated areas are looking very green and definitely define the outlay of the golf course.  The dry weather has cut down on our mowing practices and increased the amount of golf being played each day.
This weekend has been quite a bit slower than the previous.  We had a lot of golfers in town for the Northwest Amateur that played at The Muni on their off days.  We heard great compliments about the golf course from a lot of people.  It was nice to hear some of them say it was their first time playing at SMGC.  It felt good for me and the entire staff to hear so many compliments.
I have been working on quite a few irrigation issues around the golf course.  Several valves were replaced and close to ten internal components of sprinkler heads.  I ran out of irrigation parts and had to order more on Thursday.  There is still one valve that needs replaced on #12 fairway.  I will complete that project tomorrow.
The valves become damaged when debris passes through the line and gets caught between the diaphragm and the bottom of the valve.  This doesn’t allow the diaphragm to close tightly and water continuously leaks through and exits out the sprinkler head.  The internal components also get debris which causes them to stop rotating or they simply break.
The majority of my work week was spent working on equipment.  It was a constant cycle of guys bringing in another piece of machinery with a problem.  It was frustrating but we were able to complete the majority of the repairs in the shop.  The biggest issue was with our John Deere rough unit which was leaking hydraulic oil from a damaged seal inside the mow hydraulic box.  I was on the phone multiple times with tech support and finally decided to tackle the issue.  It was time consuming to remove a lot of hydraulic lines just to get at a small rubber o ring.  But in the end that was all it took.
Our equipment is past the maturity stage of life.  The past couple of weeks the majority of our inventory has been in the shop for some sort of work.  At one point all three of our rough units were on the disabled list.  I guess the best game plan is to put the first piece of equipment on the lift, start with an evaluation, call tech support, YouTube, and get after it.   Sometimes the best education is diving in,  getting after a repair project, and completing the process.  That’s a great feeling.
I hope each of you enjoy the remainder of your weekend.  Today was supposed to be the Unified Golf Event.  It’s disappointing to not have the experience this year.  I will have to find another way to make my day a great one!
Peace from my Unified Golf partner Patrick and me along with some of golfing friends!



Brian C Mohr
Director of Golf Operations

City of Spencer
Spencer Municipal Golf Course
Spencer, Iowa 51301
712-260-5370

8-2-2020

 

Good Morning,
It’s August already.  That is so difficult to comprehend as we continue to march through the COVID 19 calendar.
Hot, dry, and humid has pretty much described the month of July.  The irrigation system has been the highest priority as we continue on with the golf season.  I have made several irrigation repairs in the field and we have dealt with issues in the pumphouse.  But, overall the system has worked excellent.  There are still some valves that will be replaced starting in the morning.  This will eliminate some of the standing water by #10 green, etc.
With the lack of rainfall the irrigation system runs pretty much every night trying to provide the turfgrass with enough moisture to survive the conditions.  We operate under a State of Iowa DNR water permit that sets the amount of water we can use to irrigate as well as pump out of our well between the months of April 1 through the end of October.
The irrigation records for the month of July were some of the highest we have seen in the past handful of years.  The well pumped 9,072,000 gallons of water into the irrigation pond.  That totals 27.83 acre feet of water which amounts to 1/3 of our permit total to pump into the irrigation pond.  The golf course was irrigated with 11,000,000 gallons of water.  That is a total of 30.67 acre feet of water or 1/4 of our permit from the DNR.  Those are pretty scary figures in my mind.
To continue talking about records for the month of July we can move right into revenues.  My records of daily receipts totals just shy of $64,000 for the month of July.  That is over $12,000 higher than the average amount the past several years.  It was a busy month and a very successful month at the golf course.  Let’s hope for more great golf weather and some nightly rainfall as we move into August.
Quite a few of our golf events have been postponed or cancelled this season.  But, we have also picked up a few new ones.  Please check our schedule on the website for updates.  ServPro is holding a four person best shot for first responders, the 2 Gal Triple Treat is moved to September 1, People for Pets is hosting their first annual golf event September 18, and the After 5 Kiwanis have scheduled their second annual glow ball event on September 26.  We also have our regularly scheduled events on the calendar as well.  The future looks bright for golfers!
Members of city boards and commissions, as well as staff, attended an onboarding session this past week.  This session was very informative and helped board and commission members understand the role they play in city government, specifically with the area they represent.  These volunteers are vital to the success of our city and community.  I personally thank each one of you for taking the time to make the commitment.
Council and city staff also attended a budget session on Tuesday evening.  This presentation was made by our Finance Director, Brian Weuve.  It was valuable information especially as we enter the Capital Improvement Plan stages in the next week or two which will soon be followed by budget preparation for the fiscal year 21/22.  Lots of things to think about moving forward.
Equipment is the last item we will discuss in the weekly update.  Repair is one of the most common words my guys say to me on a daily basis.  Currently there are three pieces of equipment in the shop that are in the middle of the repair process.  I still have a few more in the cold storage waiting for an open space in the shop.  The majority of our equipment has reached the highest level of maturity.  Retirement is the next step for some of our machinery. It will be another busy week of repairs.
That concludes another week at The Muni.  Please contact me with questions, comments, or concerns so they can be addressed in a timely manner.  I will see the golf board tomorrow evening followed by the city council members at 6:30 PM.  Enjoy the remainder of the weekend.  It looks like another beautiful day!



Brian C Mohr
Director of Golf Operations

City of Spencer
Spencer Municipal Golf Course
Spencer, Iowa 51301
712-260-5370

 

7-26-20

Good Morning,
Starting off with the most positive news at the golf course involves the budget.  The month of July has been busy with lots of golfers each day.  Lack of rainfall keeps the course open on a daily basis.  Our revenues for July 2020, with one week to go, are the same as the average total month of July the past three years.  That’s a very positive outlook for the start of our 2020/21 budget process.  Let’s make it another great week golf fans!
We received very minimal rainfall yesterday morning and the storm missed us this morning.  Both days left the sidewalk wet and that was about it.  Which concludes another dry week with hot temperatures taking a toll on the golf course conditions.  Add some valve issues and the pumphouse with a broken intake and it’s been a very long week.
The pumphouse functioned at 50% one night which allowed me to irrigate greens, tees, approaches, and some of the fairway stations into mid morning the next day.  It’s nearly impossible to put enough water down on the course each night.  Last night the irrigation cycle will total about 11 hours once it concludes this morning.
There are several valves, on the course, that are leaking but the system needs to be completely shut down to make the repairs.  Examples would be the top of nine green, next to the greenside cart path on ten, and 12 along the stream and green.  The valves need to be removed and completely replaced.  We tried changing out the diaphragms but it did not control the problem.  If we ever get some rain I will spend the next day making these repairs.
There is an issue with the front of number seven green.  This valve box lid was left open and somebody closed the valve completely shut.  This eliminated any water flow since late last week.  It was not done by staff and is unfortunate that somebody decided to mess with the system.  This green was hand watered several times during the week along with extra irrigation cycles over night.  It will eventually recover once the temperatures lower but it shows how quickly a green can go down hill.
I continue to spray wetting agents and foliar fertilizers every Wednesday morning.  Some of the applications include a fungicide or insecticide.  The wetting agent helps move water through the soil profile and keeps the greens looking very nice.  The foliar fertilizer provides the necessary nutrients to create a healthy green turfgrass.  The fungicide prevents diseases from becoming an issue and the insecticide controls cut worms, ants, and other pests.
Our fairways were spot sprayed with an insecticide to help control the presence of grubs.  The grubs feed off of the root system of the turfgrass and cause brown patches around the course.  When grubs are present it also becomes a feeding frenzy for skunks, opossums, and crows.  A skunk can do a tremendous amount of damage digging up grubs in just one night.  Hopefully this application will help limit the grub population.
We have dealt with a lot of equipment issues.  One greens mower had the starter go out of it on Wednesday.  One tee mower has an electrical issue and will not run.  A couple of hydraulic leaks on rough units and a leaky pump on the sprayer pretty much rounds it all out.  It’s been a busy week from being a mechanic stand point.
The remainder of the sand traps and some of the landscaping had roundup applied to control the weeds present.  Spraying the trap edges really helps to keep them clean and looking nice.  It also makes it easier to mow and string trim around.
The grounds staff has been working very hard to stay on top of the golf course condition.  These weather conditions are the most challenging we can face during a golf season.  It takes a lot of hard work and diligence to keep turf alive during these conditions.  I’m very proud of all the hard work they continue to perform week in and week out.
Our clubhouse staff has also been doing a great job making sure everything runs smoothly on a daily basis.  We have some new hired help and it also is getting to be vacation time of the year for a lot of the indoor staff.  I have continued to work shifts in the clubhouse seven days a week.  I am very thankful for the dedication and hard work they put forth each day.
I hope each of you enjoy the remainder of your weekend.  I can never stress enough, if there are questions, comments, or concerns please get in touch with me so they can be addressed much sooner than later.  Keep on smiling!


Brian C Mohr
Director of Golf Operations

City of Spencer
Spencer Municipal Golf Course
Spencer, Iowa 51301
712-260-5370

 

7-19-2020

The past two weeks we have been busy with our daily maintenance practices.  The dry weather really takes a toll on the turfgrass.  I spray a wetting agent and foliar fertilizer once a week, on the greens, to help hold the moisture in the soil and provide plenty of nutrients for the bentgrass.  Once every other week fungicides and insecticides are sprayed to help control disease pressure and pests.  Right now the greens are looking very nice, especially considering the brutal weather conditions.
Our tee and fairway mowing has been reduced a little bit this past week in order to cut down on stress of the plant.  The hot, windy, dry conditions create a lot of stress along with all the cart traffic.  Cutting the turfgrass also creates stress on the plant.  So, we are reducing some mowing to help take pressure off the grass.  The tees and fairways still are in very nice shape as we close out another week at the golf course.
The rough is starting to turn dormant in the non irrigated areas.  This is kind of a blessing since we have dealt with equipment issues the past several weeks.  Cutting down on hours on the rough mowing is a big help and allows us to complete other tasks around the golf course.
The ponds have been treated with copper sulphate on a regular basis to help eliminate the algae presence.  The irrigation pond is in a lot better shape than in years past.  We still have some aquatic vegetation in the irrigation pond but that is part of a healthy aquatic ecosystem.
A couple big chores were completed this past week.  We were able to string trim along all the streams, ponds, and waterways as well as other areas of the golf course.  The other task was spraying weeds around the sand trap perimeters throughout the golf course.  Only four sand traps need to be treated.
After our last golf board meeting it was requested to add the OB stakes to the golf course.  This was an oversight on my part after we started the year out with so many COVID 19 provisions.  We had the majority of the stakes out the next day.  We had to paint a few more stakes and placed them on the course a couple days later.
It was also discussed about the problem with ball marks not being repaired on the greens.  This has been a constant problem throughout the years form simply not replacing your pitch mark or fixing it improperly.  I placed small handouts on the men’s and ladies league boards for individuals to take with them on the course.  There are also printouts tacked to each board as a visual guide.
Lastly the golf board commented about the tee boxes being filled with divots on some of the holes.  We have increased our hand topdressing practices at this time.  The tee boxes are being hand topdressed with sand a couple of times a week.  The sand fills the divot hole and allows the grass to recover more quickly as it grows into the sand mixture.
We hosted our summer couple’s event last Sunday and had 29 four person teams.  It was a beautiful day for golf.  Unfortunately we had some staffing issues with illness and a family medical situation so we were unable to provide a beer cart during the event.  The girls in the clubhouse did an excellent job keeping up with all the golfers as they completed holes nine and 18 to either grab more beverages or have some lunch.
With the short staffing I have been opening the clubhouse on the weekends then closing the clubhouse almost every Saturday and Sunday night.  We are currently training a couple new employees and trying to find a couple others to help get us through the season.  All of the staff is working hard and the majority of our golfers are understanding for the most part.
The golf course irrigation system has been going on a steady schedule.  One thing to remember is we are under an Iowa DNR water permit that only allows us to use so much water from April 1 through the month of October.   We pump water from the well into the pond but it cannot keep up with the amount of irrigation overnight, so the pond level is a little low.
The new system has been working very nicely outside of a couple valves sticking or leaking once in a while.  We continue to work on these areas.  The great news is irrigation problems are so minimal compared to years past and the performance is amazing.  I couldn’t be more thrilled with the system.
It’s been a busy time of year and lots of golfers have been out almost every day.  It’s great to see so many people having a good time in these difficult times we are living in right now.  It’s hard to imagine we are already halfway through July.  Wow.
Enjoy the remainder of your weekend.  Please get in touch with me if you have questions, comments, or concerns so they can be addressed in a timely manner.


Brian C Mohr
Director of Golf Operations

City of Spencer
Spencer Municipal Golf Course
Spencer, Iowa 51301
712-260-5370

 

7-5-2020

 

Good Morning,
It’s a beautiful morning at The Muni.  The irrigation system has about 45 minutes left to finish the night watering.  We’ve been busy getting the golf course ready for golfers this morning and the air is perfectly calm.  A light fog fell over the course early this morning along with a light chill in the air.  This is the best part of the day.  The wildlife is running around the golf course and the hummm of the mowers is the only noise in the air.  The course looks beautiful and there’s a peaceful feeling in the air.  We’re all waiting for the golfers to kick us into full swing.
This past week we completed the spring start up of the waterfall on #10.  The ladies morning league had quite a few volunteers stop out and add some new plant materials to the area.  We sprayed the weeds, installed the pump and water line, and added some fresh new mulch.  By Tuesday morning it was operating nicely and the light sound of water running filled the air.  Thank you to the ladies who helped us get this project completed.
We have added water to the new flowers just about every day and they are adjusting very nicely after being transplanted.  We started adding mulch to some of the other landscaping areas by the tee boxes.  We will complete these landscaping areas this week.
The irrigation system has been working great every night.  I turned the well on July 1 for the first time this year.  The well will pump about 432,000 gallons of water in a 24 hour period.  The irrigation system will use roughly 500,000 gallons of water in a night.  The non irrigated parts of the golf course are starting to turn dormant which will cut down on some of our mowing moving forward.
Fortunately the wind has not been blowing as strong as it did last month.  We are still doing a lot of hand watering each day and applying a lot of wetting agent weekly.  I think the majority of the isolated dry spots have been eliminated.  I’m very happy with the condition of the golf course and thank my staff very much for their hard work each and every day.
Our sign placed at the Walmart intersection was removed a little over a week ago.  It was in very poor shape and was also a safety concern with the new safe route to school sidewalk installed in the area.  It is currently being stored at the maintenance shed.
We also replaced our old Spencer Municipal Golf Course sign at our parking lot entrance.  The new sign ties in with the Park signs that have been installed around the city.  It was a large improvement over the old sign that stood for about 25 years.  I would like to thank Jared Elbert, Park Director, for his assistance with this process.
The golf course clubhouse has been operating with quite a few new procedures over the past month.  Everyone has adjusted quite nicely and have worked together as a team better than ever.  The main policy changes are printing a receipt after every transaction, counting down the till during a shift change, and having two sets of eyes on all transactions.  We have had zero issues with transactions.  It has gone smoothly and the difference is night and day.
Enjoy the remainder of your holiday weekend.  Thank you to all those who have served or are currently serving our Great Country.  God Bless America!!


Brian C Mohr
Director of Golf Operations

City of Spencer
Spencer Municipal Golf Course
Spencer, Iowa 51301
712-260-5370

 

6-27-2020

Good Morning,
Another week has come and gone at The Muni.  Some of the cooler temperatures, a lot of hand watering along with wetting agent applications, and a lot less wind has allowed the turfgrass to be a little less stressed out.  The only green that is still showing some signs of isolated dry spotting in #7.  I have experienced some issues with one of the stations on this hole.   We will continue to hand water this area on a frequent basis.
The wetting agents help hold the moisture in the upper portion of the soil profile and make it ready available for the plant.  It also eliminates the drying out of the soil leaving the spotty light brown areas.  It’s always a challenge and requires a lot of manual labor to stay on top of it.
I also sprayed greens on Wednesday applying a fungicide, foliar fertilizer, and wetting agent applications.  These applications are scheduled between 10-14 days.  The warmer temperatures have made the disease pressure lessen a little but have required more fertilizer and a lot more wetting agent.
Some of our Tuesday Ladies League members have been kind enough to adapt some of our flower beds on the golf course.  This past week they tackled the waterfall behind #10 green.  Their amazing work has helped bring this area back to life.  We were also able to get the waterfall running by the end of the week.
There is an issue with the drainage line we are trying to repair this morning.  We have a lot of debris stuck in the line.  After that the waterfall will be up and running regularly and the new flowers will brighten up the area.  Thank you ladies!
Tile work has continued in the area of #15 tees.  The contractor was able to install the new tile line going across the road on 4th Ave SW.  The remainder of the work will consist of installing new tile from this area and moving east.  We will tie in the four existing tile lines and eliminate the saturated soil conditions on the golf course and in the Stoneybrook neighborhood.  This project will be complete this coming week and then work will begin in Upper Waterway Park.
I attended a training session Wednesday morning for new city employees.  This training covers employee right to know, bloodborne pathogens, and a whole lot of other safety topics.  Since the majority of our part time staff have full time jobs it is not easy or convenient for them to make it to a training session during city hall hours.  With this training I will be able to train each employee individually as it fits their schedule.   It is mandatory for all new employees.  I will be working on this the next couple of weeks.
The clubhouse is down several staff members at the conclusion of this week.  I have worked a couple of closing shifts at night and will continue to work more in the clubhouse in the next couple of weeks until more staff can be added.  I spent most of yesterday revising the current schedule and trying to piece together a schedule for the next pay period.
I very much appreciate the hard work and dedication being shown by the handful of part time staff we have working in the clubhouse.  Everyone is trying to adapt to new policies and change.  It’s not always easy and some days we get a little frustrated but everyone keeps persevering and trying to provide great customer service.  I’m very thankful for them and quite proud of them as people.
The maintenance staff has been doing an amazing job on the golf course.  We’re definitely short handed when it comes to outdoors as well.  But, the staff is really showing how much pride they have in our golf course.  Some of these guys have worked here for more than 25 years.  I definitely am thankful for their dedication, attention to detail, and strong commitment to providing a beautiful golf course.
 The golf course has been very busy this past week.  Our season pass totals are down but we still see a lot of golfers out enjoying themselves every day.  That’s a great feeling inside.  It’s an even better feeling when I hear someone tell a staff member the golf course looks nice.  It does look nice because we’re fortunate to have a few people who take care of the golf course like it is their own.


Brian C Mohr
Director of Golf Operations

City of Spencer
Spencer Municipal Golf Course
Spencer, Iowa 51301
712-260-5370

 

6-21-2020

Good Morning,
The past week brought us some much needed rainfall and a decrease in the hot temperatures and high winds.  When the wind blows at high speeds during the day everything dries out rapidly.  Night time winds can wreak havoc on the irritation system blowing the water from the sprinklers.   It has been next to impossible trying to keep up with enough irrigation on the golf course.  There were dry areas showing up on collars and on parts of greens.  Staff and I spent a lot of time hand watering and adding extra run time to irrigation in these areas.
I was able to aerify the greens with needle tines early in the week.  This aerification process gave us about 5-6″ of depth and helped move the water down into the soil profile.  The majority of the isolated dry areas have recovered very nicely as the week has moved along.  Early the coming week I will be applying a foliar fertilizer and wetting agent to the greens.  The wetting agent helps keep the moisture toward the top of the soil profile and helps control isolated dry areas.  Lots of water, wetting agents, and more water are the only way to combat isolated dry areas.
During these extreme conditions I reduced some of our mowing practices to help with stress on the turfgrass.  For example, we might not have mowed greens on a day when the wind was forecast at 35 mph or skipped a fairway mowing schedule to give the grass a break.  Mostly small changes trying to protect the grass as much as possible without changing the day to day playing conditions.
The tile issues continue to move in the right direction at Stoneybrook and Upper Waterway Park.  Public Works officials and I met with the tile contractor Thursday morning to discuss moving forward with repairs.  The road will be opened up, near the 15th tees on 4th ave SW, to install tile across the road into the waterway.  The road repairs will then be completed and tile will be installed moving east.  We will tie in the four existing tiles south of the waterway on the golf course.  This repair should eliminate any more standing water on the golf course or in the neighbor’s yards at Stoneybrook.
Upper Waterway Park will have tile exposed on the far east end where repairs were completed last year.  The tile will be evaluated moving west through the park.  We are hopeful tile repairs will take care of the issue but also prepared to install new tile through the park onto the golf course property and tie it into the drain by the 9th green.
Happy Father’s Day to each of you!  Hopefully you have some family time in your plans for the day.  Please contact me with any comments, questions, or concerns.
Brian C Mohr
Director of Golf Operations

City of Spencer
Spencer Municipal Golf Course
Spencer, Iowa 51301
712-260-5370

 

6-14-2020

 

Good Morning,
Another week is coming to a close and it looks like the heavy winds are going to blow in the 90 degree temperatures again next week.  Last weekend the foot valve went out in one of the itake lines of the pumphouse.  That was repaired on Monday and we were back to full strength on Tuesday just in time for the downpours.  The course definitely needed the rain and a break in temperatures.
Toward the end of the week I tripped a circuit breaker in the pumphouse two nights in a row.  This really limited the amount of irrigation time the past two nights.  Last night I only irrigated the greens, tees, and approaches on high schedules.  I could not diagnose the electrical problem yesterday.  I could not take a chance of the system shutting down again overnight.  I will explore repair options tomorrow.
Irrigation issues have not helped some of the dry areas on our practice green and a couple others on the course.  These areas experienced some valve problems and have since been fixed.  Day to day hand watering is helping the turfgrass slowly work back to normal.  Also the application of wetting agents aids in holding moisture in the upper part of the soil profile.
Tomorrow I will be aerifying many of the greens with needle tines.  This will help open up the greens and allow water to penetrate deeper into the soil.  I will spray some wetting agents on the greens tomorrow evening followed by heavy nighttime irritation.  Daily hand watering will help us get through the heated days next week.
The staff did a very nice job staying on top of our daily maintenance procedures keeping the golf course looking nice.  Everyone has put their best foot forward, battled through the weather conditions, and kept the golf course in pretty nice shape.  It’s been a difficult year with all our provisions and being short staffed along with fighting the great Mother Nature.
This past week we have changed some of our clubhouse policies as far as staffing relates.  There will now be a cash change out during the daily shift change in the clubhouse.  The drawer will have two employees count the money down, record all daily receipts, complete documentation, and return the register to starting totals.  The same process will take place at closing.  I will then compare all the figures from staff and complete the deposit.  Everything will have a receipt for verification by more than one individual.
Beer carts will have an inventory list made of all products leaving the clubhouse and a record of all transactions made on the golf course.  Returned excess inventory will be recorded on the sheet.  Another employee will verify the totals and enter the cash amounts into the register with a receipt.  The beer cart will no longer function in a manner that some of our league members are used to seeing.  It will be cash payment on the course at the time of purchase.
The tile issues at Stoneybrook South and Upper Waterway Park continue to be part of conversations.  The four tiles were exposed on the south side of Stoneybrook last week.  Elevation readings and other estimates are being put together for discussion.  Tile measurements have been made along with cost estimates in Upper Waterway.  We will continue to move forward with these areas.
It’s been another busy week and COVID 19 continues to remind us to be safe and sanitize.  Please be safe friends and enjoy the remainder of the weekend!


Brian C Mohr
Director of Golf Operations

City of Spencer
Spencer Municipal Golf Course
Spencer, Iowa 51301
712-260-5370

6-7-20

Good Morning,
It has definitely been another busy week at The Muni.  The maintenance staff has spent a lot of time trying to stay on top of mowing schedules.  It never seems to end. We finish mowing one day and start back over again the next.
The high temperatures and wind have taken a toll on the turfgrass.  I sprayed a wetting agent, foliar fertilizer, and fungicide application on the greens Saturday morning.  The wetting agent will help hold the moisture in the top of the soil profile.  A lot of drying out is occurring on the collars and some greens.  I plan to aerify the greens very soon with needle tines to help move the water into the soil profile through the surface.
Last night I had issues in the pumphouse with the lag pump intake.  I worked on it for close to two hours but could not get the line to stay primed.  This forced me to operate the system at 50% overnight.  I irrigated the greens and tees heavily and made it through the cycle for the approaches as well.  I’m still running some irrigation now and plan to remove the intake shortly to check on the foot valve.  The problem most likely will only be resolved with a new foot valve.
We hosted the first day of the Carl Spacklar golf event yesterday.  We are hosting day two this morning.  This event was moved to a tee time format over two days because of operating provision.  This is not a muni event.  It is a private event that generates a lot of revenue each year.  We look forward to another smooth day with staff and golfers.
We have dealt with some equipment issues this past week.  One of the rough units was transported to the Street Division on Friday.  They have not yet resolved the issue.  I was able to make some necessary repairs to the sprayer yesterday.  All of our equipment has been overheating with the extreme temperatures.  We have to blow the radiators out frequently and sometimes pull to the side and let them cool down in the shade.  It’s been a battle but we are pushing forward.
I hope each of you enjoy the remainder of your weekend.  Please let me know if there are any comments or questions?  “Swing easy today ’cause it’s gonna be breezy!”


Brian C Mohr
Director of Golf Operations

City of Spencer
Spencer Municipal Golf Course
Spencer, Iowa 51301
712-260-5370

 

5-31-2020

 

Good Morning,
The past week was quite challenging with the heavy rainfall, high humidity, and warmer temperatures.  It took a few days for the golf course to dry out to perform quality maintenance practices.  The spring fertilizer application put the grass into hyper mode.  It was a huge challenge for us to get the golf course under control.  Long shifts of mowing every day over and over was the story of the entire week.  Mow everything and start over.  And over and over and over.
The fairways were so wet we could not mow until Thursday late morning.  We hit the fairways hard and were able to mow 14 of the 18 holes.  We mowed each fairway three or four times.  The other four were still too wet to mow.  Some that were mowed were close to being too wet to mow.  Friday we mowed 12 of the 18 fairways four more times.  They were all looking pretty darn nice by the end of the day Friday.
The tees were mowe quite a few times on Tuesday and again on Friday.  We used the buckets to catch the turf clippings which really slows the process down.  The tees looked very nice by the end of the day Friday.  The 130 acres of rough was definitely a challenge as well.  We mowed on Monday and Tuesday in the rain but covered the majority of the course.  Friday through Saturday we mowed all the rough again.  This morning we have a few hours left to cover the remainder of the course.  It was a long week but looking at the course last evening is such a rewarding view.
We sold advertising signs to local businesses when the golf course was built in 1999.  The initial sale covered the cost of all the amenity items on every hole.  Last year we sold seven new advertising signs for vacant signs.  On Wednesday, I worked with Ken Sandvig to install those new advertisement plaques on the tee markers.  Below is one of the signs:
We have dealt with tile issues for many years around the Stoneybrook addition as well as other areas of the golf course.  So much earth has been moved in the past 20 years which results in damaged tile issues arising.  The past few years we have addressed areas on the golf course north of Stoneybrook and some of those homeowners have dealt with repairs on their property.  We have also dealt with issues in other areas of the golf course.
The south side of Stoneybrook is seeing many of the same issues.  The short story is the tile runs from farm ground, south of the golf course, onto golf course property, into the Stoneybrook development, back onto golf course property, and finally exits to the west of 4th Ave SW.
This tile issue has caused extremely saturated soil on the homeowners property and golf course property around the 15th tee area.  I have met with some of the homeowners to listen to their thoughts and concerns.  The damaged tile is on private property but it all needs to be rectified.  Staff discussions are planned for the coming week and we will continue to work with the neighbors to remedy this situation.
Saturday allowed us to spray all the weeds in our landscaping areas after they were mowed around and trimmed.  The herbicide application will eliminate all the weeds in these areas.  Some landscaping areas are still under water and will be managed in the near future.  The next plan, for the landscaping, is to add flowers.  This will be happening in the next couple of weeks.  We might need to move to an “adapt a bed” concept because we simply don’t have the staff hours to give this the attention it deserves.
Spraying of weeds is definitely one of the highest priorities as we head into the next week.  Greens also need a foliar fertilizer application with a fungicide included.  I will also be treating the ponds for algae control.
I hope you all enjoy the remainder of this beautiful weekend.  The golf course was an absolute zoo on Saturday which was so amazing to see.  Maybe we’ll see some of you today.  See you at the golf board meeting or city council meeting tomorrow evening.



Brian C Mohr
Director of Golf Operations

City of Spencer
Spencer Municipal Golf Course
Spencer, Iowa 51301
712-260-5370