What a beautiful week it was to get a lot of stuff done at the golf course. And wrapping up the weekend with some gorgeous golf weather. We had a pretty busy Saturday at the golf course and we expect the same today.
Here is a run down of the past week:
Early in the week we continued to haul asphalt millings to the cart path area behind #12 green and the new additions on #13 and #15. Layers of millings were slowly added to these areas, they were graded, and compacted with the tractor tires. Overall I am very pleased with the end result. They will provide a great cart path surface and help golfers travel smoothly through areas that were previously a little bumpy.
The well has been running 24 hours a day since it was installed ten days ago. I have irrigated fairways multiple times this past week. Greens, tees, and approaches have been irrigated on a regular basis as well. Saturday morning our pond was about 75% filled. It will continue to drop in level as irrigation continues. The end goal will be to have the pond as close to full as possible when we reach November.
I applied for an irrigation extension with the Iowa DNR for the remainder of 2022. It was approved on Friday. This extension will allow us to irrigate the golf course through the month of December if necessary. The annual permit is for April 1 to October 31 and the water amount is limited. We are nowhere near our irrigation limit but definitely need to irrigate the dry golf course as much as possible until the end of the season.
The pond on #10 was filled on Tuesday over a nine hour time frame. I have continued to monitor the water level and so far it appears to be holding the water. There is no water running through the tile behind #9 green and that is a great sign. I’m not going to start the parade quite yet but it looks like the repaired tile is having a positive effect on the pond level. Very good news for the golf course and the neighbors along #10 that enjoy the beautiful view.
I have continued to work on irrigation repairs each week. The past week the focus was replacing heads on several of the greens and working on valves. Several stations have been “sticking” overnight and creating a lot of standing water. The plungers have been replaced inside these ICM units. This is the part that is moved up and down when the electrical current opens or closes the valve. They are all working properly at this time. We will continue to work on our list moving forward. Pictured below is a valve box following the repair process:
Campbell’s Tree Service was on site to remove trees infested with the Emerald Ash Borer. Trees were removed on holes #16, #17, and #18. These were all large trees showing obvious signs of the pest. During the removal process we noticed quite a few additional ash trees that have been heavily infested with the EAB. The smaller trees will be removed in house and the larger trees will be removed by the contractor in the future. It’s very surreal to see the damage the EAB has created and the reality of losing trees moving forward.
We dropped a large cottonwood located south of the red tees on #11. This tree has been dead for a few years and needed to be removed for safety reasons. It’s a massive tree and will take some time for us to remove all the debris. We will work on the removal this weekend and hopefully finish up early next week.
There are quite a few tree stumps we will be removing in the next couple of weeks. These stumps are from trees we removed in the past couple of years. We will need the assistance of the street division skid loader and stump grinder to complete this process. We hope to have all stumps removed by the end of the season.
The upcoming week looks like some more great weather. Some of the “to do” agenda items include:
- aerify greens
- remove EAB ash trees
- prune trees
- irrigation repairs
- visually inspect every irrigation station for effectiveness
Please contact me if you have questions or would like additional information about anything at the golf course. Enjoy the remainder of the weekend golf fans!
Brian C Mohr
Director of Golf Operations
City of Spencer
101 W 5th Street
Spencer Municipal Golf Course
Spencer, Iowa 51301