7-25-21

Good Morning,


The months of July and August bring a lot of golf events to The Muni.  These events generally close the golf course for 5-6 hours with open golf returning immediately afterwards.  Many of the reserved dates are for fundraisers that help contribute dollars to specific causes within our community.  It is wonderful that we are able to provide the venue to make these fundraisers possible.


We hosted 100 seniors this past Monday and 124 golfers for the Salute to Veterans event on Saturday.  Both of these events were a great opportunity for players, who normally don’t play here, to visit The Muni.  Our golf leagues have also seen higher numbers than past years.  Along with open golf it was another busy week.


Our golf course has been in very nice shape this season.  It’s been quite a battle with the higher than normal temperatures and lack of precipitation.  The irrigation system continues to work on a nightly basis.  I continue to monitor the water usage in order to stay within the parameters of our Iowa DNR water permit.  


This coming week two new fairway units will be arriving to our maintenance fleet.  We purchased these two units a year in advance due to the availability from Midwest Turf & Irrigation.  These units were used at the US Senior Open in Omaha a couple of weeks ago.  We were able to purchase them at a reduced rate below our Capital Improvement Plan projected dollar amount.  They will replace our older Jacobsen fairway units.


The upcoming week I will spray the greens with a fungicide, foliar fertilizer, and wetting agent.  The fungicide will help control the presence of “dollar spot” on the greens.  The foliar fertilizer is a scheduled application that provides nutrients for the turfgrass.  The wetting agent will help hold moisture close to the surface of the plant and help limit isolated dry areas.


We will also be hand topdressing our tee boxes.  There are lots of divots especially on the par three tees.  The topdressing will help with the recovery of these areas.  Unfortunately replacing divots on the tees and repairing ball marks on the greens has always been a problem.  I appreciate the golfers that take the time to repair a few ball marks during their round of golf.


This concludes another week at The Muni.  Please reach out to me with any questions, comments, or concerns.  I would be happy to provide further information.  Enjoy the sunshine today!

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

7-18-21

Good Morning!

What a beautiful morning for some outdoor activity.  The weather has been absolutely perfect for golf after some much needed rainfall on Wednesday.  The rainfall was definitely a nice break from running the irrigation system on a regular basis.  Irrigation totals are currently at 50% of our annual water permit which runs from April 1 through October.  The cooler temperatures and precipitation have given us a little breathing room on irrigation usage for now.

We have hosted quite a few golf events the past two weeks and have many more scheduled through the remainder of this month.  Our regular events have been well attended and also a couple very successful fundraisers were held.  The weather didn’t always cooperate on these days but it didn’t stop the community from providing a lot of support for these causes.  The staff and I are looking forward to upcoming events as well as open golf.


Staff has been very busy with daily maintenance practices on the grounds.  The rainfall on Wednesday has rejuvenated some of the dormant grass areas on the course which leads to a lot more mowing.  The new rough unit has been a blessing and definitely helps provide a reliable piece of equipment that runs on a daily basis.  Kudos to the staff for their hard work making the golf course look so beautiful on a daily basis.


Since the last update, the golf course tees, fairways, and green surrounds have been sprayed with an insecticide to control the development of grubs.  The preventative insecticides are highly effective against young, newly hatched grubs.  This application provides a high soil residual and must be applied in late June or early July to provide control.  These treatments are less effective on mature grubs.


If untreated the grub develops and feeds on the turf roots right below the turf surface.  This weakens the turf and causes high amounts of turf stress and even loss of turf.   It also creates a feeding frenzy for skunks, raccoons, and crows.  They can destroy a lot of turf overnight.  Last season we saw a lot of damage in the untreated areas of turf which led to treating everything other than the roughs in 2021.


This past week we have spent some time going through the sand traps removing rocks and other debris.  In the past we had some contaminated sand added to several of the traps.  Also, over time rocks work their way up through the soil into the sand.  The trap rake also contributes to the problem when the scarifier catches the clay soil in shallow areas of the trap.  We plan to add more sand to the traps later in the season.


The upcoming week we plan to string trim the entire golf course, apply a foliar fertilizer and fungicide application to the greens, and accommodate multiple golf outings.  It will be another busy week and we look forward to sharing the sunshine at The Muni!  


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

7-4-21

Good Morning,


The past week concluded the 2020/21 fiscal period for the City of Spencer.  This was the busiest season in a long time and the highest revenue total ever at The Muni.  Our revenues totalled $493,752 and expenses were $425,562.  The budget has not been finalized yet so some of the expenses could still change.  All in all it was an amazing budget completed thanks to the support of our golfing community.


Our Season pass totals were the highest totals since 2009.  Family passes = 26, couples = 56, single = 175, young adult = 25, junior = 46, and punch cards = 43.  The green fees were the highest since 2008 and the cart rentals finished at the highest total ever at the golf course.  The golf course has been extremely busy every day and the financial figures reflect the number of rounds played during the budget period.


This first week of July has followed the pace set last month.  The golf course has been very busy on Friday and Saturday as we continue with the holiday weekend.  It’s great to see all the golfers enjoying themselves each day.  I expect the next two days to be just as busy since the weather forecast is so nice.


This coming week the focus will be applying a foliar fertilizer application, wetting agent, and fungicide to the greens.  The wetting agent assists the water movement through the soil profile and helps hold moisture at the surface to eliminate isolated dry areas.  The fertilizer application is scheduled every 10-14 days to keep the greens healthy.  Overall the greens have been in great shape this season as we battle high stress conditions on a daily basis.


Also, I will be applying an insecticide to eliminate the grub population in August.  This application will be sprayed on the tees, fairways, and green surrounds.  It will limit the grub population and eliminate the skunks digging up our turf in the latter months.  We will still see a little bit of activity in some of the roughs but it will be minimal.  The focus is to keep the high traffic areas free from any animals digging for grubs.


The irrigation system continues to work on a regular basis.  The water permit is for the months of April through October.  We have currently used close to half of our water permit for this time period.  The weather conditions need to change and provide us with more precipitation.  We cannot sustain this water usage much longer.


This concludes another week at The Muni.  The city council will be meeting on July 6th at 6:30 PM.  The golf board will meet on July 12th at 5:00 PM.  Please let me know if there are questions or more information needed by anyone.  Enjoy the remainder of the holiday weekend.  Be safe!

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