This weekend has allowed our golfers to enjoy one last trip around the golf course with some beautiful weather. The course was pretty steady on Saturday with minimal wind and abundant sunshine. It looks like today will produce a lot of the same weather and hopefully quite a few players on the course.
Staff has continued to work on the scheduled tree pruning and removal of dead trees around the golf course. We lost a few more pine trees this season which has become a common occurrence each year. These trees are not native to Iowa and become susceptible to disease and insects as they get older. It’s unfortunately a natural process in Iowa that we have to deal with every year. We will continue tree removal and pruning moving into next week.
A large portion of a silver maple, on #10, was lost during high winds the previous week. This section of tree was blown into a neighboring spruce tree. This quickly became a safety concern and was moved at the top of the list for removal. We were able to safely remove this part of the tree and minimize any damage to the spruce tree.
#10 maple tree.HEIC
#10 maple tree (2).HEIC
Our landscaping areas were cleaned around the clubhouse and on #10 waterfall. The plant material was cut back and the debris was hauled away. The plumbing for the waterfall was also removed and winterized for the off season. These areas are now ready for the end of the season.
The colder mornings allowed staff to work in the maintenance facility cleaning and organizing the cold storage area. This is a great time for us to evaluate the condition of our inventory and decide what is going to stay and what is going to go. We also seem to accumulate a lot of items that are dropped off by passersby or abandoned next to the dumpsters. Several trips to solid waste helped us free up a few extra corners in the shop.
We have completed all mowing practices for 2021. The equipment has been brought into the maintenance facility and all the reels have been removed. These reels will be sharpened during the off season. Bedknives will be replaced and/or sharpened as well. The bedknife is the piece the reel spins against to complete the mowing process.
I irrigated the golf course heavily on Thursday night. The golf course will be watered one more time before we prepare for the end of the season blowout. I was able to secure an irrigation permit extension, from the Iowa DNR, for the month of November. This extension allows us to legally irrigate the golf course beyond the normal water permit window that ended with the month of October.
This concludes another week at The Muni. Please let me know if you have any questions or would like further information on a topic. Enjoy the beautiful weather and soak up some sunshine today!
Brian C Mohr
Director of Golf Operations
City of Spencer
101 W 5th Street
Spencer Municipal Golf Course
Spencer, Iowa 51301