Good Morning,

This past week I attended the turfgrass conference in Des Moines.  The annual event gathers together turfgrass professionals ranging from golf course, athletic fields, and park and recreation to name a few.  There are education topics throughout the day but the most valuable part of the event is the networking.  There is no comparison to sharing ideas with other leaders in turf to find out new tricks to the trade.

This year the Iowa Golf Course Superintendents Association recognized my dad, Chuck Mohr, with the lifetime achievement award.  This award is given to an individual who has dedicated their life to this industry while making a significant impact on their peers and the profession.  My dad has spent close to 60 years sharing his passion for golf courses with others.  

There were quite a few golf course superintendents on hand whose professional lives have been affected by my dad.  It was a very proud moment for everyone involved.  Below is a picture of our family during the award ceremony:

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There was rainfall total of .75″ earlier in the week which caused a lot of snow to melt.  The tops of the greens and tees are now visible from a distance with a layer of ice on top.  This has caused a lot of surface drainage around the golf course.  The irrigation pond is already at capacity.  Further snow melting will cause overflow into the waterway.

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The days when the temperatures drop well below freezing causes a lot of this standing water to freeze and create a heavy ice barrier on top of the turf.  These are the conditions that really need to be monitored.  The ice can cause damage if temperatures start to fluctuate up and down. Below are some pictures along the SE side of the golf course

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Another big concern is the drains and tile outlets around the golf course.  These areas will continue to be monitored to keep the threat of flooding under control.  Heavy snow accumulation, surface drainage, and ice can wreak havoc on controlling the proper drainage from the golf course.  We will be working with Public Works and other city staff to stay on top of things.

I spent some time working on our website, www.spencermunigolf.com, to get some updates completed.  After quite a bit of technical support, our golfers are now able to pay for their fees online with a credit card.  I have also attached a link to our Quality Standards and Operations Manual.  There will be a few more improvements completed this coming week.

Golf season is inching closer to us as spring appears right around the corner.  I am currently hoping the weather cooperates and we can have the golf course open by the end of March.  Please pay for your 2023 fees and get registered for our 2023 Virtual Membership Drive.

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Enjoy the sunshine and warmer temperatures today.  Please get in touch if you have any questions or would like further information on a topic.

Brian C Mohr

Director of Golf Operations

City of Spencer

101 W 5th Street

Spencer Municipal Golf Course

Spencer, Iowa 51301




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