12-8-19

Good Morning,
This past week I have been working on some marketing ideas as well as some time in the clubhouse.  I will be working in the clubhouse and maintenance facility during the day.  The clubhouse will not be open unless there are reservations for the golf simulator or an event is planned.  There have been very minimal patrons during the daytime hours.  We have to eliminate expenses for labor if the facility is not being used.
On Monday I spoke at the IGCSA winter seminar covering the 2017 water quality project done by the City of Spencer.  The group in attendance was extremely interested in the topic and had a lot of great questions.  It was a great seminar!

New for the 2020 golf season will be a required sign in at the clubhouse prior to golfing.  It has become a growing problem with individuals not checking in and sometimes not even paying daily fees.  We are trying a new approach to help us monitor payment by our customers on a daily basis without hiring additional staff to patrol the golf course.

You will be issued a bag tag when you purchase your season pass.  This bag tag must be visible on your bag at all times so staff can recognize you have paid your balance in full.  Also, daily fee tags will be issued for green fees, punch cards, and cart rentals. This tag will be visible on your cart or golf bag after you have checked in to play.  The color of the tag will vary on a daily basis.  

This process will allow the staff and other golfers to help ensure everyone has paid and checked in each day.  SMGC asks for your help in monitoring this situation. The other option will be to increase fees.  

I have talked to a company that makes wrist bracelets that will be issued upon payment of your daily fees.  These bracelets are from comtix.com and run about three cents a piece.  The date will be written on the bracelet and it will be required to go on the cart or visible on the bag.  The bracelet color will change on a daily basis.  This same system is being used at a golf course in Arkansas and they have seen a tremendous turn around in missed revenue.


There will be a preseason kick off party in the clubhouse sometime in late February.  This event will give everyone a chance to pay their fees and sign up for some door prizes.  We look forward to seeing each of you in 2020 for another great year of golf!

12-1-19

Good Morning,
This past week brought the end of the 2019 golf season along with a lot of heavy wet snow.  It was very difficult trying to move the wet snow across the soft parking lot at the clubhouse.  I stopped moving the “slush” after a couple hours.  It was making a bigger mess instead of clearing the parking area.  Once the ground freezes it will no longer be an issue trying to keep the parking lot cleared for patrons.
Before the snow hit, I was able to spray the greens with a snow mold fungicide.  This treatment is done to prevent this fungus from appearing in the spring.  Once the temperatures start to rise, in the spring, the ground will heat up underneath the snow.  This creates an ideal environment for a fungus to develop which leaves gray or pink blotches on the greens.  It is very unsightly and usually takes a fair amount of time to recover.  The fungicide will help prevent this from happening.
I was also able to remove 14 of the 16 tree stumps around the golf course.  Justin Nolta, from the Country Club, helped me with this process.  These areas still need to be cleaned up, fill material added, and finally sod laid to complete the process.  This will be completed in 2020.
Justin and I have continued to have a great working relationship between the two golf courses in town.  This is a great situation being able to help each other out during a time of need.  Both golf courses benefit from this relationship and it makes our jobs a lot easier having another guy to lean on once in a while.  I plan to help Justin with any tree removal he has planned this off season.
Tomorrow I will be speaking at the Winter Seminar in Templeton, Iowa.  This event is through the Iowa Golf Course Superintendents Association.  My presentation deals with the 2017 water quality project completed by the city in the fall of 2017.  I have attached the slide show for those of you who might be interested.
The upcoming week will begin the process of sharpening reels and bedknives.  I hope to have this maintenance procedure completed prior to Christmas.  Hopefully everything goes smoothly.