The golf course opened for play Friday morning. I was very pleased with the condition of the golf course following the rain showers on Wednesday. The majority of the frost is out of the ground and very minimal standing water remained on the golf course. The opening day conditions were the best I have ever experienced at The Muni in my 27 seasons here. The golf course was more than ready for players!
I was not expecting to be so busy with the temperatures topping out at 50 for the day, but there were a lot of golfers Friday. We had another busy day on Saturday. It was great to see the people out enjoying the beautiful weather and playing some golf. We also added a lot of names to our virtual membership drive which continues through April 10.
Several part time staff members started this past week.
We were busy trying to get everything ready on the grounds as well as having the clubhouse staffed every day. It is great to have staff that take a lot of pride in their work and enjoy working at the golf course. Everyone did a great job making the course opening go so smoothly on short notice to work. I cannot thank the staff enough.
The outdoor preparation consisted of repairing all of our sand traps. Sand was pushed from the bottom of each trap all the way to the top edge. The sand washes down to the bottom over time and compromises the condition of the trap. By moving the sand up to the face it provides a consistent amount of sand throughout.
Currently no mowing has been done on the golf course. It is still too early in the season to start that practice. The temperatures can still get very cold and we need the top layer of dormant turfgrass to provide some insulation for the new green grass down by the crown of the plant. We might need a snowblower before we need a mower.
Equipment maintenance and repairs continued to be on the agenda in the shop. I also finished sharpening the fairway reels that had some welding repair work completed. This coming week the fairway reels will be adjusted to the proper height of cut and attached to the fairway units.
The new Parks and Recreation software will be installed at the golf course by the end of the month. This new software will allow us to monitor our customers easier and provide all their information on the computer screen upon registering. Right now I am hand entering their information into the software at the end of each day and keeping paper copies in the clubhouse. Eventually everyone will have a card to scan upon check in for each visit. Green fees will still receive a daily bracelet to attach to their cart for proof of purchase.
It’s been a very busy week trying to get prepared for the opening date and it was very rewarding to see all the friendly faces coming out to hit some balls. This coming week will slow us down but hopefully the beautiful golf weather returns for good very soon. Please contact me with any questions or concerns.
Brian C Mohr
Director of Golf Operations
City of Spencer
101 W 5th Street
Spencer Municipal Golf Course
Spencer, Iowa 51301