This past week really made it feel like winter. A foot of snow falling after the above normal temperatures gave everyone some excitement. The up and down weather patterns and temperatures are very dangerous conditions with turfgrass. There can be a lot of damage sustained once we get closer to spring. The standing ice can also really be a concern. It always causes me to lose some sleep each off season.
I serviced the two old Toro fairway units, completed small repairs, and sharpened the reels. I have posted pictures on several media sites in hope of selling both units this off season. They both still work great and are in good working condition. Time will tell.
Another project has been an Iowa DNR Trees for Kids Grant that is due by the end of February. I have completed the majority of the paperwork. I am seeking assistance from the local middle school. Hopefully one of the classes will step up and help us with this educational process. There will be 25-50 trees planted and mulched mid April if the grant is approved.
I also met with Keith Johnson, local boy scout leader, to make mention of the need for a new shelter by #5 and #14 tee boxes. The proposition would be for the golf course to pay for materials and the construction and planning process be completed by a possible Eagle Scout project.
Hourly totals for the grounds crew and clubhouse staff are always documented each calendar year. The 2016 totals on the grounds were 4566.75, clubhouse amounted to 4036.25, and my hours were 2562.50. Of the grounds total hours, 266.75 were for park maintenance. These totals were all down slightly from the 2105 calendar year.
I am gaining a lot of ground on the off season equipment maintenance program. There is a lot of equipment to service, repair, sharpen reels, etc. in preparation for every upcoming season. Our equipment is maintained at a high level which helps increase the life expectancy of our entire fleet.
I still have service work and sharpening on a handful of units. Then it is time to start refurbishing all the amenity items. This includes sanding all tee markers, cleaning flagsticks, painting cups, painting OB and hazard stakes, cleaning and painting benches, and the list goes on and on.
We are pushing through the winter months and getting closer and closer to the golf season. This could arrive in as little as seven weeks. Keep your fingers crossed and hope for an early golf season. Stay focused each day and keep on smilin’!