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