This past week was another successful week of shop maintenance and preparation for the start of the new golf season. Part time staff is currently in the process of filling out final paperwork so they are ready for the start of the season. I might need to discuss the projected opening date if things don’t cooperate soon.
Equipment maintenance and repairs have been the main focus this past week. There is always a never ending list of maintenance repairs that build up as the golf season rolls along. The off season is the time of year to spend a lot of time going through each machine with a “fine tooth comb.”
I am currently replacing all of the hoses, fittings, and nozzles on the sprayer. This unit treats our fungicide, insecticide, and foliar fertilizer applications for the greens. It also herbicide and insecticide applications for the remainder of the golf course. Over time the hoses and nozzles start to wear and accumulate residue which compromises the effectivity of the sprayer. The new hoses will allow me to receive the most effectiveness from each application.
The clubhouse painting project is also coming to a close. The original paint scheme has been changed in a few areas in order to tie the entire building together. I am very happy with the final product and confidant everyone will agree it looks great.
This coming week I will be in Sioux Falls attending the South Dakota turf conference. This is a great educational opportunity in the classroom and through networking with other professionals in the industry. We are never too old to learn.