Fall golf is one of the best times of the year to play, in my opinion. The only issue is battling leaves falling off trees. The staff and I have been busy keeping everything mowed and in a nice looking appearance. The warm conditions with last week’s rainfall have kept the grass growing.
It has been a little bit slower at the golf course this past week. We had open golf for all seven days of the week. A lot of golfers stopped by to take advantage of the $30 all day golf and cart rental fee. This is usually a popular fall rate. I wish more people enjoyed golfing this time of the season.
Early in the week I submitted the appropriate registration form and information to ask the Iowa DNR for an extension, into November, on our water permit. It was approved mid week. It will allow us 1,600,000 gallons of water out of the irrigation pond to water greens and tees. This will be more than an adequate amount of water for this time period. I will irrigate, as necessary, right up to the time of blowing out the system.
Maintenance activities take up most of our time on the grounds. The turfgrass is still growing like it’s mid season. We have been busy completing daily mowing schedules and trying to keep the golf course in nice shape for our players.
I compiled a list of projects we plan to complete by the end of the season. It’s a long list and going to be time consuming but I think we can pull it off! Here are a few of those items:
Edge damaged areas of sand traps and sod.
Push sand to the faces of sand traps.
Remove small rocks from sand traps.
Core samples around old greens to see how far they can be increased in size.
Check fairways and tees for mowing back to original size.
Prune trees and remove dead trees.
Add sand to the majority of traps.
Move Al Johnson’s tree.
Please enjoy the remainder of your weekend. I look forward to seeing you at The Muni or out and about around the community.
Brian C Mohr
Director of Golf Operations
City of Spencer
101 W 5th Street
Spencer Municipal Golf Course
Spencer, Iowa 51301