What a crazy end to the work week. We had nice golf weather spread amongst the rainfall and then the snow hit us on Saturday. The cold weather has delayed our tournament, scheduled for today, until next Sunday. Hopefully the weather stays true to the 75 degree extended forecast. The snow didn’t stop me from getting in some putting practice Saturday morning:
The golf course purchased trees from the Soil and Water Conservation District in mid April. These trees were planted this past week. We added 25 small Hackberry, 25 Red Oak, and 25 River Birch to the driving range nursery. On the course there were 17 Spruce trees planted. The Spruce trees have been placed in areas where we previously lost Pine trees. It will take some years for these trees to make an impact but we are planning for the future.
I worked on the irrigation system each day of the week. We built a new intake for our lead pump, assembled the pumphouse for start up, and worked on the repair punch list from last fall when I blew out the system. There are still some areas that need to be addressed but we are ready to open the system. I had planned on watering greens very early Thursday morning, but Mother Nature decided to take care of that for me. The system will be opened early this coming week.
There are still some areas on several greens, mainly #17, that we continue to topdress every couple of days. The topdressing is basically a sand mix that is hand spread in the thin areas of the greens and collars. It gives the bentgrass something to grow into and will eventually completely fill in with grass.
I’m pleased with the progress of the greens from last year. This year I have some concern with several greens that received some ice damage. You can look at these greens and see where the water puddled and then froze (#3 & #8 green). Also, where the water surface flowed to the center of greens and attempted to drain off the front (#13). They are showing signs of improvement but there might be some turf loss in these areas.
I’m planning on overseeding areas of our fairways this coming week. Some of these spots are where the skunks were digging for grubs last fall (#1, #2, & #18). Other areas are damaged from the ice or surface water standing for extended periods of time. There will also be areas over seeded on some of the greens.
During the times of rainfall, staff was able to go through the cart sheds and clean up garbage and address the list of cart storage spaces. This list is updated multiple times during the season. These inspections have alerted us to unpaid cart spaces or even where someone has parked there cart without checking into the clubhouse. I currently have a repeat offender of this act. They owe for the past two years of cart storage for the second time in five years.
Each year we have golfers that are no longer able to play due to health reasons. This is probably my number one concern each season. Who is going to replace the senior golfers in our younger generation? We have added quite a few pass holders that are new this year. It’s always nice to see the familiar faces and is very exciting to meet the new ones.
I purchased two private carts this past week. Both carts were owned by golfers no longer able to play the wonderful game. These carts will be added to our rental fleet when we have large events. We currently have the ability to rent out 27 carts without requesting help from our private carts we are allowed to use from time to time. These 27 carts equate to our rental carts on hand and private carts that our staff allow us to use for no charge.
Lastly, you might have seen the news article, by Joe Hopper, in reference to Caddy our feral cat addition. I’m happy to announce we had great support from our community and her vet bill has been paid in full from donations. The remainder will be donated to the feral cat program at People for Pets.
Caddy hangs out in our maintenance facility and is free to come and go as she pleases. Normally she chooses to stick around and hang out with us. Now she will remain a friendly fur body but will not be able to reproduce. She is up to date on her shots as well. She is not around the general public unless it is somewhere in the outdoor setting.
This completes another week in the books at the ol’ golf course. Our men’s leagues start this coming week. This time of year starts off and everything seems to fly by all season. This year I’m going to slow down a little bit and enjoy each day. Enjoy your days as they come and go!