6-13-21

Good Morning, 


Staff and I have been very busy with the daily grounds maintenance practices as well as accommodating golfers in the clubhouse.  Even with the warmer temperatures the golf course sees a lot of players on a daily basis.


The brief thunderstorm on Friday was definitely welcomed with open arms.  We received a little over .1″ at the golf course.  I was surprised to see standing water in some areas for an extended period of time.  The extremely high temperatures have been very difficult to manage and it doesn’t look like there is a lot of change moving forward.  


Our irrigation system has been operating for about 11 hours quite a few nights in a row.  The irrigation well that pumps into the pond adds less water into the pond in 24 hours than the irrigation system distributes during the night.  Our pond level is slowly decreasing and cannot be maintained at this level for a long period of time.  We need a couple of rainy nights!  Eventually I will need to cut down on the fairway irrigation if we don’t get a break soon.


Midwest Turf and Irrigation contacted me at the end of this week and let me know our new rough unit has arrived in Omaha.  They anticipate delivery to the golf course on Monday or Tuesday.  This is some news we have all been waiting to hear.  The old 2012 Toro rough unit has 5000 hours on it and is getting close to the end.  It will be great to have a new dependable mower in our fleet.


The rental carts are not so much good news.  I was told not to expect the rental carts until August.  This is very disappointing news but I guess it’s like anything else in the USA right now, you wait a long time to receive what you ordered.  I am currently working with a couple of our golf outings to adjust for the lack of these ten carts on the date of the outings.


TPAR software will be installed at the clubhouse in the near future.  There is no set date but the membership cards have been uploaded and are ready to hand out to our golfers.  Once the new software is installed the cards will be scanned by the golfer at registration and we can monitor their memberships more easily.  The software falls into the same category as the rental carts….hurry up and wait.  We can only control what we can control.


This concludes another week at The Muni.  Please contact me if you have questions or would like further information on a topic.  Enjoy the last day of Flagfest 2021!

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

6-6-2021

Good Morning,


The past week was another busy week of golf and plenty of sunshine!  All golf leagues are in full operation with lots of players enjoying the course each day.  We have a couple more part time staff members back on the schedule which helped tremendously with our grounds maintenance.  The overall golf course condition is great as we move through the weekend.


There are still broad leaf weeds to treat but I am gaining ground.  All landscaping areas have been treated for weed control and will be monitored each week to keep them weed free.  We will be adding potted flowers to some of the landscaping in the next couple of weeks.  These flowers will add a little color to help improve the appearance of these areas.   

Irrigation has been a necessity as we work through the current heat wave.  It takes about 11 hours to get through all the stations each night.  The irrigation will start at 9:00 PM and continue into the early morning golf hours each day.  To date, our irrigation totals for the pond and the well are both above normal at this point of the season.  


Through Saturday we have receipted season passes for 25 families, 56 couples, 170 singles, 24 young adults, 39 juniors, and 41 punch cards.  These numbers are the highest totals since 2015.  Green fees and cart rental revenues are also the highest totals in many years.  Our total revenues are on pace to be the highest ever at The Muni. 


TPAR software is getting closer to introduction at the golf course.  City staff is currently programming all the membership cards for our 2021 players.  It has been very time consuming to enter all the golfers information manually then turn around and program each card with the appropriate information.  We should have all the cards available for golfers in another week.  These cards will be used by the golfer to check in at registration.  All their paid fees will show up on the registration screen and staff will be able to monitor each golfer in the moment.  


We have quite a few events planned for the month of June.  We have seen high numbers of golfers for our events already concluded and the sign up sheets are very full for upcoming events.  It’s been busy pretty much every day at the golf course.  We look forward to a great golf season continuing forward!


I will see the golf board and city council members Monday evening at the respective meetings.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions or further information.  Enjoy the beautiful 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

5-30-21

Good Morning,


The rainfall has been extremely beneficial for the golf course.  It slowed down our golfers for a couple of days but the moisture has really been a blessing.  Our fertilizer applications, earlier in month, has really kicked the turfgrass into high gear.  Green grass is a beautiful thing!


This has kept us very busy with our mowing and maintenance practices.  It has been necessary to mow some evenings trying to stay on top of the grass.  We mowed the rough two times during the past week.  Fairways were mowed several times.  Greens are mowed every day.  Tees and collars were mowed several times as well.  The entire golf course was string trimmed on Thursday.  By the end of the week the golf course was looking great for the holiday weekend.


Our golf leagues will all be in full swing this coming week.  Even though there are golf leagues most days of the week, there is still open golf on one of the nine holes.  We also have several events scheduled for the next month.  These events will close the golf course for a period of time before open golf begins.  All events are currently listed on the website.


The new rough mower was scheduled to arrive in Omaha by the end of this past week.  This would allow delivery sometime this upcoming week.  The rental carts have not been shipped to Speed’s yet.  They have no delivery date in site at this time.  I’m praying they arrive in the next couple weeks.  We have one event in July that needs 40 rental carts.  


In the next couple of weeks I plan to finish the herbicide applications on the remainder of the golf course.  Rainfall and wind in the forecast these past two weeks has limited the ability to treat the broadleaf weeds.  Hopefully we have some nice mornings to spray this coming week.  Dandelions seem like they have taken over Spencer.


Enjoy the remainder of your Memorial Day weekend.  We look forward to seeing a lot of golfers the next couple of days!  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

5-23-21

Good Morning,


The past week blessed us with some much needed precipitation.  I have already been pumping water out of the well to keep the irrigation pond at a high level.  This is definitely the earliest I have turned the well on as far back as I can remember.  The Iowa DNR license allows us to pump 81 acre feet of water from the well and 121.5 acre feet of water from the irrigation pond from April 1 through October.  It makes me nervous to be using this much water so early in the season.


We applied the Spring granular fertilizer application to the greens on Wednesday morning prior to the rain.  Right after application, I irrigated the greens for 15 minutes at a station to break down the fertilizer prill.  The course has now been fertilized and the grass is already benefiting from the nutrients and moisture.  Unfortunately, so are the dandelions.


The tees and fairways have been sprayed with a broadleaf herbicide and crabgrass preemergent.  This past week I was unable to spray due to high winds and rain in the forecast on a daily basis.  Hopefully the upcoming week will provide us with some nice mornings to get the sprayer going again and knock down some dandelions.  They are everywhere in 2021.  


Mowing, mowing, and more mowing.  That has been the highlight of the past week.  The fertilizer, rainfall, and warm conditions have produced grass on steroids it seems.  The equipment has been going at full strength trying to keep up.  The grounds staff has done a great job keeping the course looking very nice so far this season.


We hosted a graduation reception last Saturday evening and will have another one Sunday (today) evening.  The first one went very well.  I already have several requests for reservations in 2022.  I would like to wait a week or two to see what kind of feedback everyone gets from the golfing public before we proceed.  We are here to provide a recreational environment first and foremost.  I don’t want these events to interfere with that goal.


The clubhouse staff has been very busy this season and doing a great job.  When the weather has been nice, the golf course has a lot of players stopping out.  Our season pass totals are currently at 22 families, 56 couples, 164 singles, 23 young adults, 24 junior, and 38 punch cards.  It has been five years since our season pass numbers were this high.  Green fees and cart rentals have also been up quite a bit in comparison to the past few years. 


This past week I used some vacation time.  I was away from the golf course for part of the day during most of the week.  I was still available by cell phone and continued to be in and out of the office in the afternoons.  The golf course staff has continued to do a great job inside the clubhouse and on the grounds.  I have full confidence in the staff and it makes it easier to be gone when necessary.  Thank you to all the employees!  


The coming week will be open golf along with leagues playing during the weekdays.  Almost all golf leagues have started for the season.  The weather has not cooperated with all the league times but hopefully this week we will have perfect golf weather!


This is a wrap on another week at The Muni.  Please 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 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

5-16-21

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