7-25-21

Good Morning,


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Brian C Mohr

Director of Golf Operations
City of Spencer

101 W 5th Street

Spencer Municipal Golf Course

Spencer, Iowa 51301

712-260-5370

www.spencermunigolf.com

7-18-21

Good Morning!

What a beautiful morning for some outdoor activity.  The weather has been absolutely perfect for golf after some much needed rainfall on Wednesday.  The rainfall was definitely a nice break from running the irrigation system on a regular basis.  Irrigation totals are currently at 50% of our annual water permit which runs from April 1 through October.  The cooler temperatures and precipitation have given us a little breathing room on irrigation usage for now.

We have hosted quite a few golf events the past two weeks and have many more scheduled through the remainder of this month.  Our regular events have been well attended and also a couple very successful fundraisers were held.  The weather didn’t always cooperate on these days but it didn’t stop the community from providing a lot of support for these causes.  The staff and I are looking forward to upcoming events as well as open golf.


Staff has been very busy with daily maintenance practices on the grounds.  The rainfall on Wednesday has rejuvenated some of the dormant grass areas on the course which leads to a lot more mowing.  The new rough unit has been a blessing and definitely helps provide a reliable piece of equipment that runs on a daily basis.  Kudos to the staff for their hard work making the golf course look so beautiful on a daily basis.


Since the last update, the golf course tees, fairways, and green surrounds have been sprayed with an insecticide to control the development of grubs.  The preventative insecticides are highly effective against young, newly hatched grubs.  This application provides a high soil residual and must be applied in late June or early July to provide control.  These treatments are less effective on mature grubs.


If untreated the grub develops and feeds on the turf roots right below the turf surface.  This weakens the turf and causes high amounts of turf stress and even loss of turf.   It also creates a feeding frenzy for skunks, raccoons, and crows.  They can destroy a lot of turf overnight.  Last season we saw a lot of damage in the untreated areas of turf which led to treating everything other than the roughs in 2021.


This past week we have spent some time going through the sand traps removing rocks and other debris.  In the past we had some contaminated sand added to several of the traps.  Also, over time rocks work their way up through the soil into the sand.  The trap rake also contributes to the problem when the scarifier catches the clay soil in shallow areas of the trap.  We plan to add more sand to the traps later in the season.


The upcoming week we plan to string trim the entire golf course, apply a foliar fertilizer and fungicide application to the greens, and accommodate multiple golf outings.  It will be another busy week and we look forward to sharing the sunshine at The Muni!  


Brian C Mohr

Director of Golf Operations
City of Spencer

101 W 5th Street

Spencer Municipal Golf Course

Spencer, Iowa 51301

712-260-5370

www.spencermunigolf.com

7-4-21

Good Morning,


The past week concluded the 2020/21 fiscal period for the City of Spencer.  This was the busiest season in a long time and the highest revenue total ever at The Muni.  Our revenues totalled $493,752 and expenses were $425,562.  The budget has not been finalized yet so some of the expenses could still change.  All in all it was an amazing budget completed thanks to the support of our golfing community.


Our Season pass totals were the highest totals since 2009.  Family passes = 26, couples = 56, single = 175, young adult = 25, junior = 46, and punch cards = 43.  The green fees were the highest since 2008 and the cart rentals finished at the highest total ever at the golf course.  The golf course has been extremely busy every day and the financial figures reflect the number of rounds played during the budget period.


This first week of July has followed the pace set last month.  The golf course has been very busy on Friday and Saturday as we continue with the holiday weekend.  It’s great to see all the golfers enjoying themselves each day.  I expect the next two days to be just as busy since the weather forecast is so nice.


This coming week the focus will be applying a foliar fertilizer application, wetting agent, and fungicide to the greens.  The wetting agent assists the water movement through the soil profile and helps hold moisture at the surface to eliminate isolated dry areas.  The fertilizer application is scheduled every 10-14 days to keep the greens healthy.  Overall the greens have been in great shape this season as we battle high stress conditions on a daily basis.


Also, I will be applying an insecticide to eliminate the grub population in August.  This application will be sprayed on the tees, fairways, and green surrounds.  It will limit the grub population and eliminate the skunks digging up our turf in the latter months.  We will still see a little bit of activity in some of the roughs but it will be minimal.  The focus is to keep the high traffic areas free from any animals digging for grubs.


The irrigation system continues to work on a regular basis.  The water permit is for the months of April through October.  We have currently used close to half of our water permit for this time period.  The weather conditions need to change and provide us with more precipitation.  We cannot sustain this water usage much longer.


This concludes another week at The Muni.  The city council will be meeting on July 6th at 6:30 PM.  The golf board will meet on July 12th at 5:00 PM.  Please let me know if there are questions or more information needed by anyone.  Enjoy the remainder of the holiday weekend.  Be safe!

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

6-27-21

Good Morning,


Today winds down an extremely busy week at The Muni.  Our golf leagues were busy every evening of the weekdays and we hosted the 40th annual Chamber outing Friday followed by the 1st annual Jasen Petersen Memorial event on Saturday.  Add in all the open golf and it equals a lot of golfers having fun at The Muni.  Today we have open golf all day long and we look forward to another busy day!


We have hired a couple new clubhouse employees and they are fitting in quite nicely with our experienced staff.  It’s been a great week for them to jump into the mix.  The staff in the clubhouse has been doing a fabulous job accommodating all our guests.  We’ve seen a lot of new faces this week and hope they come back to see us again soon.  I want to thank the clubhouse staff for the wonderful job they do day in and day out!


The maintenance staff has also been busy with our daily activities keeping the golf course in great shape each day.  It’s been a very challenging year with the high temperatures and lack of precipitation.  The staff has worked extremely hard to make sure it is a great golf experience for our guests and passholders.  The maintenance staff have many years of experience and their ability to adapt on the fly is very impressive.  I’m thankful for each of them and very much appreciate their hard work and passion they bring to the job.


The rainfall on Saturday was much needed for everyone in our community.  It’s also nice to give the irrigation system a break for a couple of days.  Our irrigation and well totals have been the highest totals in June that I can remember.  It’s going to be a huge concern if these weather patterns continue into the month of July.  


Our irrigation system has been running very smoothly this season (knock on wood).  The repairs to the pumphouse and pond dredging last fall have made a big difference.  It’s a far cry from spending so many nights working in the pumphouse trying to keep water flowing.   Most nights the irrigation starts at 8:45 and continues to 8:00 AM before all the stations have completed.  We have a few leaky valves on the course but overall it’s operating great.


I have continued to limit the hours of irrigation for the fairways and concentrated on the approaches, tees, and greens.  The conditions of the golf course definitely show a lack of moisture in the roughs where the grass has gone dormant.  The fairways are slightly discolored because of the limited irrigation applied.  The approaches, greens, and tees are really maintaining a high quality of turf at this time.  Some cooler weather and more precipitation would make a world of difference.  


On Friday we returned our water coolers to the golf course.  COVID restrictions have not allowed them to be out on the course since the 2019 golf season.  The availability of drinking water will be a blessing to the golfers on the hot days.  


I would like to welcome Larry Rupert to the Spencer Municipal Golf Board.  I would also like to thank Eric Stucky for his many years of serving on our Board.  Thanks for all the time and work you put into the golf course Eric.  Larry will be taking over Eric’s position and I look forward to working together.  Thanks for joining our Board Larry.


Our 2020-21 budget will come to a close later in the week.  It’s been a very successful budget and I’m anxious to share those numbers with you in next week’s report.  I will also provide the year end season pass totals.


Please let me know if you have any questions, concerns, or would like more information on a topic.  Also, thank our clubhouse and grounds employees for the great job they do.  They do an amazing job!!  See ya on the links!



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

6-20-21

Good Morning,


What a beautiful morning to finally see some rain falling from the sky.  I can actually see the rain water soaking into the ground.  What a strange feeling to be so excited to see it rain.  It has been a difficult month in regards to irrigation and turfcare.  


The irrigation system has been pumping as much water as possible on a nightly basis.  I’m limiting the amount of irrigation on fairways and trying to concentrate on the greens, tees, and approaches.  The irrigation system pumps more water during the night than the well pumps into the pond in 24 hours.  It is not possible to keep the pond level up and water the entire course with enough water. 

  
As I’ve stated previously, there is an Iowa DNR limit to the amount of irrigation water for the course and water pumped from the well from April 1 through the month of October.  Our June totals are the highest I have recorded in 27 years.  If the weather conditions persist I foresee a water restriction coming at the state level.  It’s a very nervous feeling to be irrigating this much so early in the golf season.  


We have several golf events this upcoming week.  The Stateline Seniors will be playing tomorrow morning, the Chamber golf outing will be on Friday, and the Jasen Petersen memorial will be on Saturday.  Add in the golf leagues and open golf players and our week is full.  It’s great seeing all the golfers on the course each and every day!


Our new rough mower arrived on Tuesday morning.  Staff was very happy to start putting this piece of equipment to work on the course.  The old rough unit went back to Omaha for servicing and repairs.  This will provide us with a very dependable second rough unit during busy mowing schedules.  Our new rental carts continue to be on backorder.


This concludes another week at The Muni.  Please get in touch with me if you have questions or need additional information on a topic.  Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there!  I am thankful for my dad for sure!


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

6-13-21

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