4-4-21

Good Morning,
This past week at The Muni has been a very busy one.  Golfers have been out in large numbers enjoying the sunshine and taking a few swings at that little white ball!  The nice rainfall really jump started the grass growing and brought a lot of bright green color to everything.   Trees are starting to show signs of life and our mowing schedules are starting to increase.  The course looks great for this early in the golf season. 


Our season pass totals are currently 17 Family, 38 Couples, 119 Single, 19 Young Adult, and 11 Junior.  The Virtual Membership Drive ended yesterday.  We will be conducting the raffle drawings this morning and announce the winners.  Thank you to everyone who registered and paid fees early.  It helps staff out quite a bit to take care of fees in a timely manner.

Last fall the intake was pulling muck out of the pond and running it through the system which plugged quite a few diaphragms in the valves.  These diaphragms would not close or open depending on how much debris was inside.  If they wouldn’t close the irrigation continued to run and would not shut off.  If they would not open, the valve would not let any water through to irrigate.  Staff and I cleaned a lot of these diaphragms prior to the snow flying.   

 
The irrigation system has been opened and each station has been checked individually for performance and completing necessary repairs.  The greens have been irrigated multiple times as have the tees.  There was only one serious irrigation break on #6 green that was repaired.  The most common issue was plungers sticking in the open position on valves.  As each station was tested this past week we found very minimal issues with the valves.  


The golf course board will be holding a special meeting this upcoming week to approve an agreement with Tyler Vaudt to conduct junior golf clinics this coming season.  I think this is going to be a great opportunity for the youth in our community and surrounding area.

That is a wrap on another week at the ol’ golf course in early April.  Please contact me with any comments, questions, or concerns so they can be addressed in a timely manner.  


Brian C Mohr

Director of Golf Operations
City of Spencer

101 W 5th Street

Spencer Municipal Golf Course

Spencer, Iowa 51301

712-260-5370

www.spencermunigolf.com

4-4-21

Good Morning,


The golf course was busy from the start of Saturday until the close of the day.  Our tee sheet was filled the entire day.  Lots of new faces and plenty of familiar ones stopped out to spend some time at The Muni.  The day totaled receipts over $13,174 with quite a few being season pass purchases.  Those totals are currently 13 family passes, 32 couples, 96 singles, 16 young adults, and ten juniors.

I have continued to manually enter the players information into the Tyler Parks and Recreation software.  We continue to await the installation of the new software and cashiering system.  The problem has been with Tyler Technologies and a glitch in the cashiering software.  The software patch is scheduled to be complete on April 17.  After that it will take some time to get the golf course up and running.  I would anticipate the end of the month before the transition occurs.

Wednesday we put the pumphouse back together in preparation for water flow.  Thursday morning I filled the main lines and went through about 15 stations that we had issues with last fall.  Everything went fairly smoothly with only one leak visible by #6 green.  Friday I went through all the stations for green and tees.  There were a few valves that did not shut down properly but no major issues.  Tomorrow we will go through the fairway stations and also start irrigating the greens and tees.    We will continue to have some valves to work on after the intake issues last year but it looks pretty promising to start the season.


We have mowed greens a couple of times and mowed the tees this past week.  The grass is definitely ready to take off but we need more moisture.  Hopefully we will have the irrigation system running at full capacity early this coming week.  The soil is definitely dry and some nice rainfalls would be just the cure.


It’s been busy so far to start the 2021 golf season.  Our turnout with golfers has been great to see.  The majority of the clubhouse part time staff has been working on the schedule.  The maintenance department has been operating with only a couple of employees.  The remainder of maintenance employees will start working later this month.

We are getting ready for a beautiful Easter Sunday at The Muni.  We have quite a few tee times on the books.  The weather looks spectacular.  I would please encourage golf board members or others to contact me with any questions or concerns so they can be addressed in a timely manner.  I will see many of you at the golf board and city council meetings Monday evening.  Make the day beautiful!!


Brian C Mohr

Director of Golf Operations
City of Spencer

101 W 5th Street

Spencer Municipal Golf Course

Spencer, Iowa 51301

712-260-5370

www.spencermunigolf.com