9-10-17

The fairways and tees were fertilized a little over a week ago and they are really growing.  The thick grass has made it very difficult to mow when it is wet.  So, afternoon and evening mowing has been necessary.  The lower temperatures, high dew point, and being very humid all adds to the difficulty of mowing grass.
​The cooler days have aided in using less irrigation water during the nights.  ​I think our irrigation totals will easily fall below the amount allowed by the IDNR on our water permit. ​
​I​t seems a little early to have the morning temperatures hovering around 40 and you can see your breath.​  Even the trees are reacting to the lower temperatures with leaves starting to turn to fall colors.  Fall golf is a great time of the season and hopefully it sticks around for a long time.​
The fairways and tees look about as nice as they have since the golf course construction in 1999.  We have some little areas that need sod attention and other lightly damaged areas due to irrigation issues.  But, overall everything looks beautiful.
We hosted the police outing on Tuesday and are preparing for the Spackler tournament this morning.  Each event we host plays a big part in the overall success of our budget.

​The police outing was a lot of fun with close to 50 players.  The Spackler is always around 150 very enthusiastic players.​
The yardage books have been completed and ordered.  We will be receiving 250 books in the next couple of weeks.  I think they turned out great and will be a nice addition to the golf course.
I have spoken with some of the elected officials in regards to the ILCC fundraiser November 2.  I have heard no negative feedback and plan on giving them the go ahead on Monday.  I think it will be a great opportunity for the muni and the college.
I keep saying it each week, so I might as well mention it again.  Being short staffed has made it difficult to complete some of our scheduled projects but we will eventually get them finished.  They are still scheduled to be completed as soon as possible.
The clubhouse staff is short but everyone has stepped up to make sure we are covering each shift.  Overall things are going very smoothly and our customers are being accommodated at a high level.
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