This past week there were golf league meetings in the clubhouse over the course of several nights. League members established their 2022 rules and signed up teams for the season. Our golf leagues are a great way for people to meet new faces and enjoy a round of golf. We have golf leagues most days of the week, during the season, but open golf is still available on nine holes. League play will start the first week of May for most groups.
Our greens and collars were mowed on Wednesday for the first time of the year. Last season we were in full maintenance mode by the third week of March. This season is over one month behind schedule. The collars have been extended on almost every green. Eventually part of the collar area will be mowed to green height to expand the putting surface on most holes. Below are photos taken right after mowing these collar areas:
Over the years our playing areas begin to reduce, whether it be tees, fairways, or greens. Mowing practices do not always get the reel out to the very edge of each mowing perimeter. This spring we will be mowing these areas back out to the original perimeters from the 1999 construction. Some of the grass might experience slight discoloration until it recovers but there will be no damage done to the turf in the long run. As you spend time on the golf course you will notice quite a few of these areas.
Our new gas barrels were installed late last week and the containment bay had an entryway cut into the concrete wall. The new pumps were installed on Wednesday and the electrical work was completed on Thursday. The next phase will be to pour a concrete pad to complete the fueling station. Thank you to Mark Krieg and Mark White from Public Works for a lot of assistance on this project. Also, thank you to Street Division staff for lending a hand with the containment area. It is much appreciated.
I started filling the irrigation system on Wednesday afternoon but didn’t get very far. Several bleeder valves broke on top of the valves causing the line to malfunction. There were also several other valve boxes filled with ice which affected the operation of that particular station. We started making repairs on Thursday morning and worked on the system the remainder of the day.
On Thursday, golf course staff worked with other city employees from all the departments to clean the ditches from AmericInn all the way to the East of Asher Motors. This clean up project has happened on an annual basis for several years. The amount of garbage removed was mind boggling. At least these areas will remain clean for a while.
This morning we will be hosting our first golf tournament of the 2022 season. The weather is not perfect but we have a lot of golfers signed up to enjoy the camaraderie on the golf course for a handful of hours. We have one more week of open golf until our league play begins.
Brian C Mohr
Director of Golf Operations
City of Spencer
101 W 5th Street
Spencer Municipal Golf Course
Spencer, Iowa 51301