5-16-21

Good Morning,


Early in the week there was a lot of turf care throughout the golf course.  The greens were sprayed with a wetting agent and a foliar fertilizer.  The wetting agent was irrigated into the soil profile where it will help hold moisture throughout the soil profile and help control isolated dry areas.  The foliar fertilizer was absorbed through the plant tissue to provide immediate nutrition to our greens.  The warmer temperatures have helped see the foliar fertilizer take effect.


The fairways and tees were sprayed with a broadleaf herbicide and a preemergent to control the development of crabgrass.  The herbicide needed a minimum of one day with no irrigation to get the most benefit from the application.  The preemergent was irrigated into the top of the soil profile the following night.  This application will help eliminate so much crabgrass in these areas.


The tees and fairways were not mowed after these applications were applied in order to receive the highest results for weed control.  They are a little shaggy right now but we will resume normal mowing practices on Monday.  The broadleaf control is definitely showing results in these areas.


Unfavorable wind and rainy weather made it impossible to spray the remainder of the week.  This coming week I will continue to spray herbicide for broadleaf weed control around the golf course.  Dandelions seem to be at an all time population high all over the place.  I will continue to make applications as weather conditions allow.  


We sprayed weeds around the clubhouse and some of our landscaping areas early in the week.  These applications were made with glyphosate and the weeds are starting to wither and turn yellow at this time.  I would imagine in a week or so they will be completely eradicated.  We will continue to periodically spray these areas for new weed development.


Friday we were able to do a lot of cleaning and organizing in the clubhouse.  We hosted a graduation reception on Saturday afternoon in the clubhouse.  The guests used the south side of the clubhouse while the north half of the clubhouse was still available for our golfers.  The reception went very well for the families, guests, and staff.

Enjoy the remainder of the weekend.  Grab some sunshine and create some laughter.  Please contact me with any comments or questions.

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

5-9-21

Happy Mother’s Day!


Spring brings a lot of fluctuating temperatures that can be stressful on the bentgrass greens.  We have experienced temperatures ranging from 20 – 95 degrees in the past couple of weeks.  The soil temperature is not quite warm enough for granular fertilizer applications to the greens and turf health is a priority.  Our Providence Bentgrass does not do very well with cold temperatures and can look a little sickly.  Once temperatures remain normal the grass will begin to flourish.


Tonight I will be applying a wetting agent that must be irrigated following application.  This wetting agent helps hold moisture in the soil profile at a deeper level.  Monday morning I will be applying a foliar fertilizer and another wetting agent that holds moisture closer to the soil surface.  The foliar fertilizer will be absorbed through the plant tissue and provide some nutrition.  Both wetting agents will assist the turf by moving water through the soil profile and eliminating the isolated dry areas on greens.


We will also be applying our granular fertilizer application to the tees and fairways.  This application will provide these turf areas with a slow release nitrogen for the next several months.  It will take several days for the fertilizer to work it’s way down to the soil level.  This fertilizer is utilized through the roots of the turfgrass.  In the next week or so the greens will be fertilized with a granular fertilizer.


Our past week has consisted of a lot of course maintenance trying to keep up with the mowing.  The irrigation system ran almost every night the past week.  I turned the well on for several days to try and maintain the pond level.  We have used a lot of irrigation water so far this season.  


Several of our golf leagues have started and the weather was pretty nice for the first week on the schedule.  The golf course always has open golf on one of the nines during league play.  This allows the public to enjoy the golf course as well.  We’re excited to have the golf leagues begin with everyone enjoying spending some time with us at The Muni.

As of this morning our season pass totals are 21 families, 55 couples, 160 singles, 22 young adults, 19 juniors, 31 green fee punch cards, and 17 cart rental punch cards.  Our revenues for the 20-21 budget are currently over $378,000.  The 2021 golf season has picked up right where the 2020 season ended.  We have been very busy at the golf course and look forward to what the season has in store for us.


Please contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns so they can be addressed in a timely manner.  Enjoy this special Mother’s Day!  Share a smile with someone 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

5-2-21

Good Morning,

The past week was another busy one at The Muni.  The month was one of the busiest Aprils in all the years I have been at the golf course.  Every nice day of the month the golf course was busy with lots of golfers enjoying some outside recreation.  There are new faces and plenty of familiar ones so far this season!

Saturday morning we had received 21 family, 50 couple, 153 single, 22 young adults, and 18 junior season passes.  We have already exceeded our 2020 season pass totals.  It’s great to see all the golfers and thank you for choosing The Muni to spend some of your free time.  We love seeing you!

Early in the week fresh mulch was added to the clubhouse and tee box landscaping areas.  This mulch will help hold moisture in the soil for the plants and keep the areas looking clean and fresh.  The waterfall landscaping and a couple of other beds will be addressed this coming week.  We will periodically be spraying weeds in these landscaped areas.

We are starting to see signs of dandelions and other broadleaf weeds.  Spring time generally consists of high winds, rainy days, and fluctuating temperatures.  Spraying can be accomplished on days with no rain in the forecast and wind blowing less than 10 mph.  Herbicide applications will be made in a timely manner when I am able to spray and limit the amount of drift.  

The irrigation system has been a big part of our focus this past week.  We have been cleaning valves and checking stations to get everything operating correctly.  The last few nights the irrigation system has thrown out about 440,000 gallons of water each night.   Because the dry conditions in 2020 have carried over into this season there is very little soil moisture present and the need for irrigation has increased dramatically.  The irrigation system is currently working great with very minimal issues.  A far cry from past issues including the intake issues last season. 

Our tile situation behind #12 green has been resolved.  Muskrats had plugged two tile lines with debris over the winter.  The Street Division used their jet truck to clean these tiles.  There was a lot of saturated ground through #13 and #5 heading to the south.  This tile is received from the farm land to the south of the golf course and dumps a substantial amount of water into our ponds.  Everything is functioning the way it was intended at this point.

Golf course maintenance was also a large part of our work week.  The entire golf course is now growing at a fast pace and frequent mowing practices are being implemented in all areas.  It’s been a very busy week with a short staffed maintenance crew.  I thank the guys for all of their hard work and dedication.   The golf course looks great this weekend.

Clubhouse operations have been going very smoothly.  Staff are staying on top of everything and accommodating our customers each day.  It’s a little overwhelming when the course is filled with non stop tee times from 7 AM until late evening.  Each staff member takes a lot of pride in their work and it definitely shows.  Thanks to each one of them for going above and beyond.

There have been several medical emergencies within my family the past few weeks.  I am very appreciative of golf course staff responding in such a helpful manner.  Employees really stepped up their game to ease my stress of being gone several days.  There will still be upcoming days, I will need to step away from work to be with family and I appreciate the help and support from everyone.    

Please contact me if you have any comments, questions, or concerns so they can be addressed in a timely manner.  I will see the golf board and city council at the respective meetings on Monday evening.  Enjoy the remainder of the weekend and share a smile with somebody!

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

4-18-2021

Good Morning,


It’s been another busy April golf week at The Muni.  We held our Virtual Membership Drive raffle drawing last Sunday and announced the winners live on Facebook.  Visit our Facebook Page to watch the live drawing and see a list of the winners.  Currently our membership is at 20 family passes, 39 couples, 132 individuals, 20 young adults, 12 juniors, 15 green fee punch cards, and 14 cart rental punch cards.


The City of Spencer continues to wait for Tyler Technologies to finish the patch for the new TPAR software to be used in the clubhouse.  It’s been a long wait and we are hopeful to have this up and running in a couple weeks.  Another hope is to eventually add online tee times at the golf course.  This addition would better help us accommodate our golfers on a daily basis.


Meanwhile, I continue to enter the individual’s information onto the software platform as they pay their annual fees in the clubhouse.  We are currently asking for the golfer’s name, email address, home address, and phone number.  Entering all of this information ahead of time will make the implementation of the software happen more smoothly.  It’s time consuming now but we will all be happier when we move to TPAR.  Customers will eventually receive a card with a barcode to scan in up registering.


The golf course is in very nice condition for so early in the season.  This past week we were able to mow the majority of the golf course.  Fairways and rough were mowed for the first time of the season as well as greens, tees, and collars. 
The fairway on #11 was widened, on the south side, from the 100 yard grass to the green.  This is a little brown right now but will bounce back once the grass starts growing quicker.  The dogleg is so tight tee shots have always rolled through the fairway into the rough.  Hopefully widening the fairway will keep more balls in the short grass.  


Everything is ready to go for the first golf event of the season held this morning with 100 golfers participating.  This tournament was last held in 2017.  It’s always hit or miss with the weather and thankfully we are hosting it this year.  We sold out of rental carts pretty quick and look forward to the additional ten carts arriving next month.  


Staff and I have continued to explore the tile issues around the small pond behind #12 green.  The tile was probed mid week and actually penetrated the tile causing water to shoot several feet into the air.  This is a sign there is a lot of pressure built up in the tile.  We traced the issue to the outlet on the south side of the pond and possibly on the exit side on the south side of the pond.  We don’t know if the muskrats blocked these tiles with debris or if tree roots are causing the problem?  The street division will help us expose the tile to determine the problem.  It will be resolved as soon as possible.


The Iowa Golf Association was on site, Wednesday, to rate The Muni.  We joined the IGA for the first time in quite a few years in order to bring the course into compliance with the USGA.  Members will now be able to purchase their handicap recording through the clubhouse and it will allow them to play any IGA course with an official handicap.  I have more online training scheduled for Monday to get comfortable with recording handicaps for our golfers.  We will also receive tournament software to manage scoring in a more efficient manner.


Lastly, the golf board approved the contract with Tyler Vaudt to hold multiple junior golf clinics throughout the season.  This contract was approved by Don Hemphill and releases us from all liability.  It’s a great opportunity for our local youth to learn more about the game of golf from a very good area high school golf coach.


We are enjoying some nice weekend weather before the force of Mother Nature reminds us how early in the spring season we actually are.  Please contact me with any comments, issues, or concerns so they can be addressed and further information can be provided to you.



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

4-4-21

Good Morning,
This past week at The Muni has been a very busy one.  Golfers have been out in large numbers enjoying the sunshine and taking a few swings at that little white ball!  The nice rainfall really jump started the grass growing and brought a lot of bright green color to everything.   Trees are starting to show signs of life and our mowing schedules are starting to increase.  The course looks great for this early in the golf season. 


Our season pass totals are currently 17 Family, 38 Couples, 119 Single, 19 Young Adult, and 11 Junior.  The Virtual Membership Drive ended yesterday.  We will be conducting the raffle drawings this morning and announce the winners.  Thank you to everyone who registered and paid fees early.  It helps staff out quite a bit to take care of fees in a timely manner.

Last fall the intake was pulling muck out of the pond and running it through the system which plugged quite a few diaphragms in the valves.  These diaphragms would not close or open depending on how much debris was inside.  If they wouldn’t close the irrigation continued to run and would not shut off.  If they would not open, the valve would not let any water through to irrigate.  Staff and I cleaned a lot of these diaphragms prior to the snow flying.   

 
The irrigation system has been opened and each station has been checked individually for performance and completing necessary repairs.  The greens have been irrigated multiple times as have the tees.  There was only one serious irrigation break on #6 green that was repaired.  The most common issue was plungers sticking in the open position on valves.  As each station was tested this past week we found very minimal issues with the valves.  


The golf course board will be holding a special meeting this upcoming week to approve an agreement with Tyler Vaudt to conduct junior golf clinics this coming season.  I think this is going to be a great opportunity for the youth in our community and surrounding area.

That is a wrap on another week at the ol’ golf course in early April.  Please contact me with any comments, questions, or concerns so they can be addressed in a timely manner.  


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

4-4-21

Good Morning,


The golf course was busy from the start of Saturday until the close of the day.  Our tee sheet was filled the entire day.  Lots of new faces and plenty of familiar ones stopped out to spend some time at The Muni.  The day totaled receipts over $13,174 with quite a few being season pass purchases.  Those totals are currently 13 family passes, 32 couples, 96 singles, 16 young adults, and ten juniors.

I have continued to manually enter the players information into the Tyler Parks and Recreation software.  We continue to await the installation of the new software and cashiering system.  The problem has been with Tyler Technologies and a glitch in the cashiering software.  The software patch is scheduled to be complete on April 17.  After that it will take some time to get the golf course up and running.  I would anticipate the end of the month before the transition occurs.

Wednesday we put the pumphouse back together in preparation for water flow.  Thursday morning I filled the main lines and went through about 15 stations that we had issues with last fall.  Everything went fairly smoothly with only one leak visible by #6 green.  Friday I went through all the stations for green and tees.  There were a few valves that did not shut down properly but no major issues.  Tomorrow we will go through the fairway stations and also start irrigating the greens and tees.    We will continue to have some valves to work on after the intake issues last year but it looks pretty promising to start the season.


We have mowed greens a couple of times and mowed the tees this past week.  The grass is definitely ready to take off but we need more moisture.  Hopefully we will have the irrigation system running at full capacity early this coming week.  The soil is definitely dry and some nice rainfalls would be just the cure.


It’s been busy so far to start the 2021 golf season.  Our turnout with golfers has been great to see.  The majority of the clubhouse part time staff has been working on the schedule.  The maintenance department has been operating with only a couple of employees.  The remainder of maintenance employees will start working later this month.

We are getting ready for a beautiful Easter Sunday at The Muni.  We have quite a few tee times on the books.  The weather looks spectacular.  I would please encourage golf board members or others to contact me with any questions or concerns so they can be addressed in a timely manner.  I will see many of you at the golf board and city council meetings Monday evening.  Make the day beautiful!!


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

3-28-21

Good Morning,


The golf course has been busy even considering the colder temperatures.  Our virtual membership drive has been quite successful this month.  We have recorded 10 family passes, 27 couples, 69 singles, 9 young adults, and eight juniors through Saturday.  I am very pleased with the number of passes and cart storage fees paid this early in the season.

We mowed greens and collars for the first time of the season on Friday.  The golf course looks great for this early in the season.  The rainfall soaked into the ground quickly and has helped the grass green up sooner than normal.  Overall the golf course is in great shape and we will start mowing more areas this coming week.


I installed a new software update for the irrigation software and also ran a voltage check on each station throughout the golf course.  Every station passed and has satisfactory voltage to every station.  The pumphouse will be placed back into operation tomorrow and I will start the system for the season.  I will go through each station individually to check for leaks or operating concerns.  We will most likely still have valves that need to be cleaned out due to the intake issues last fall.  We were able to get through a lot of stations last fall and hopefully the problems will be minimal.

Staff has repaired the hand rakes and placed them around the sand traps on the course.  Yardage markers have been painted and set back in the ground on each tee box.  The rest of the amenity items have been cleaned or painted and returned to the golf course.  Spot o pots have been serviced and are ready for the season.  Water coolers will not be returned to the golf course due to COVID 19 precautions.  Water is available in the clubhouse for purchase or free from the water cooler.


The 2021 schedule continues to be updated on our website as new events are scheduled.  This past week I secured the August 8 date for the Special Olympics United Golf tournament.  This event was cancelled last season due to precautions.  Hosting this event each season is one of my favorite reservations of the season.  It is my pleasure to host the tournament as well as participate in it with my golfing partner Patrick.  This is a day filled with smiles and laughter.

Part time staff is starting back up in the clubhouse and on the grounds.  We have two new employees in the clubhouse joining our team for 2021.  The grounds crew remains the same as last season.  I’m very excited with golf starting so early in March.  It’s great to see golfers back on the course.


I would encourage golf board members or others to contact me with any comments, questions, or concerns so they can be addressed in a timely manner.  Enjoy the remainder of your weekend!

Brian C MohrDirector of Golf Operations

City of Spencer

101 W 5th Street

Spencer Municipal Golf Course

Spencer, Iowa 51301

712-260-5370

www.spencermunigolf.com

3-14-2021

Good Morning,


The golf course opened for play Friday morning.  I was very pleased with the condition of the golf course following the rain showers on Wednesday.  The majority of the frost is out of the ground and very minimal standing water remained on the golf course.  The opening day conditions were the best I have ever experienced at The Muni in my 27 seasons here.  The golf course was more than ready for players!

I was not expecting to be so busy with the temperatures topping out at 50 for the day, but there were a lot of golfers Friday.  We had another busy day on Saturday.  It was great to see the people out enjoying the beautiful weather and playing some golf.  We also added a lot of names to our virtual membership drive which continues through April 10.
Several part time staff members started this past week. 

We were busy trying to get everything ready on the grounds as well as having the clubhouse staffed every day.  It is great to have staff that take a lot of pride in their work and enjoy working at the golf course.  Everyone did a great job making the course opening go so smoothly on short notice to work.  I cannot thank the staff enough.


The outdoor preparation consisted of repairing all of our sand traps.  Sand was pushed from the bottom of each trap all the way to the top edge.  The sand washes down to the bottom over time and compromises the condition of the trap.  By moving the sand up to the face it provides a consistent amount of sand throughout.  

Currently no mowing has been done on the golf course.  It is still too early in the season to start that practice.  The temperatures can still get very cold and we need the top layer of dormant turfgrass to provide some insulation for the new green grass down by the crown of the plant.  We might need a snowblower before we need a mower.


Equipment maintenance and repairs continued to be on the agenda in the shop.  I also finished sharpening the fairway reels that had some welding repair work completed.  This coming week the fairway reels will be adjusted to the proper height of cut and attached to the fairway units.  


The new Parks and Recreation software will be installed at the golf course by the end of the month.  This new software will allow us to monitor our customers easier and provide all their information on the computer screen upon registering.  Right now I am hand entering their information into the software at the end of each day and keeping paper copies in the clubhouse.  Eventually everyone will have a card to scan upon check in for each visit.  Green fees will still receive a daily bracelet to attach to their cart for proof of purchase.

It’s been a very busy week trying to get prepared for the opening date and it was very rewarding to see all the friendly faces coming out to hit some balls.  This coming week will slow us down but hopefully the beautiful golf weather returns for good very soon.  Please contact me with any questions or concerns.


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

3-7-2021

Good Morning,


The golf course driving range officially opens today!  The clubhouse opened yesterday for the 2021 golf season.  We had a decent amount of golfers stopping in to pay their fees with receipts totalling over $4400.  We anticipate a very busy day with golfers stopping out to hit a few golf balls and pay their fees.


This past week I have toured the golf course on a daily basis to monitor the conditions and frost levels.  At the start of the week I was very concerned with the puddling on greens and other low areas of the golf course.  As the week progressed the greens are clear of snow and no standing water is present.  The golf course is still very wet and snow is standing in quite a few areas.
Starting the 2021 golf season is not quite time yet for actual golf.  As of Saturday afternoon, I probed the greens and hit frost between depths of one to three inches.  The frost level needs to drop below 12 inches before I can even cut a cup in the greens.  I will continue to monitor the course conditions and we will be open for play as soon as the course is ready for traffic.


The Golf Board has decided to conduct our membership drive from a virtual aspect.  We encourage everyone to go to www.spencermunigolf.com to pay their fees online.  Once you reach the webpage, go to the course schedule tab, the online payment option will be on the right side of the screen.  You can pay any fees with a credit or debit card.  We will also accept payments in the clubhouse.  Any payment of a season pass of green fee punch card will enter you into the drawings on April 11th.  The top prize will be a $100 gift certificate to SMGC.

Enjoy the beautiful weather and try to find some time to stop out and see us at The Muni.  The driving range is always a great place to knock the rust off to start the season!

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

3-6-2021

“Virtual Season Pass Drive”
SPENCER MUNICIPAL GOLF COURSE
Deadline: Saturday, April 10, 2021
Paying your 2021 adult season pass or punch card
makes you eligible for raffle prize drawings to be held
at the conclusion of the Virtual Season Pass Drive.

Paying your season pass options include: our automatic withdrawal option
for multiple payments each month, paying online with a credit card, or
contacting the clubhouse to pay in person. We also ask you to pay any
other 2021 fees which include cart storage, trail fees, etc. Season pass or
punch card payments, through April 10, will enter you in the drawings
with the top prize a SMGC $100 Gift Certificate. There will also be a golf
bag and other gift certificates awarded during the drawing.

Please make checks payable to SMGC. Please include what type of pass
you are purchasing. We also accept credit/debit cards at the clubhouse or
online. To be eligible we need your contact information upon payment.
This year you will be required to have a season pass card or a daily
green fee tag when you play golf. Every golfer will be required to
check in at the clubhouse prior to play.
League Sign Up Information
If you are interested in joining a league please email
bmohr@spenceriowacity.com with your information and it will be forwarded
to the appropriate league.
The Spencer Municipal Golf Board and staff look forward to seeing
you during the 2021 golf season. Think Spring!!
Remember it is illegal to bring your own alcohol onto the course!
Director of Golf, Brian C Mohr (712-260-5370)