It’s been a very busy week and it’s only Wednesday. The irrigation system had a main line break on Tuesday morning at the very end of the irrigation cycles. Thank goodness it didn’t happen in the middle of the night. We repaired the pipe in the morning and let the glue set until 4:00 AM and the system was filled. Greens, tees, and approaches were irrigated this morning.
With the continuous dry weather I have been trying to limit the amount of irrigation water used each night. Some nights fairways have been skipped to try and conserve water. The well ran for 21 days in August for a total of 9,072,000 gallons of water (27.83 acre feet). This is the same amount from July. The two month total has used 2/3 of the water we are allowed to pump from the well in accordance with our Iowa DNR permit.
The golf course received 9,500,000 gallons of water (22.67 acre feet) through irrigation cycles. That amount is slightly below July and is close to 1/4 of our water permit totals. The cooler temperatures will definitely help with water control but it is a very serious situation to try and control our water usage. Non irrigated areas are 100% dormant and similar to pavement.
We hosted the ladies Triple Treat on Tuesday. This was a makeup date from the original scheduled June date. We had 60 ladies participate which is the highest total in quite a few years. I am considering leaving this event scheduled for early September moving forward.
There was a complaint, from a family member, in regards to the John Hart Memorial Driving Range sign this past weekend. It is starting to see a little bit of wear with paint chipping in areas. Today I decided we are going to remove the old sign and replace it with a more weather resistant material. I will be going through SS Graphics and Design for the new sign. I hope to have the new sign erected next week.
The trail project has started on 4th avenue SW. The contractor will be storing some equipment in our parking lot and also on the south end of the golf course in the out of play area. They are also unloading the material removed at the south end of the golf course. I told them they could just level this area upon completion and we will dormant seed it before the end of the season.
We have several upcoming events this month and should provide some great fundraising opportunities for our community. Check the website or Facebook for events.
Enjoy the remainder of the week! Let me know if there are any questions or concerns so they can be addressed in a timely manner.
Brian C Mohr
Director of Golf Operations
City of Spencer
Spencer Municipal Golf Course
Spencer, Iowa 51301