Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Course Update

As of today we still have a substantial amount of snow on the ground as you can see in the picture. Currently we are doing a small drain line tie in that is located in area that the snow has already melted. It is very difficult at times to work but we are always looking for a clearing to accomplish some of our goals. With the lack of space in the shop for shovels and rakes we decided to build a few walls which will allow us to facilitate a better working design. Really what this means is making things a little easier to get to. One of my biggest concerns is not being able to access things on a more manageable level, by shifting things around we develop a better working environment for my staff as well as limiting the time it takes to retrieve there tools. We hope to be organized in the next week.  Also we have installed a high energy efficient radiant heater for the main shop. As of now we are awaiting a few key parts but should be up and running by the first of the year. One last thing, the new wall will have one important aspect, a safety center. I am actually really excited about this because my top concern is that we have a safe working environment. So please stay tuned!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Course Update

It looks like the snow season is arriving. Today we had a light covering but unfortunately stayed around and we were not able to open. This to hurts our productivity on the golf course. So we had to switch gears and do some shop improvements as well as preventative maintenance on our equipment. My shop mechanics were busy building an attachment to mount our small snow plow on one of our tractors. This past year we parted ways with a piece of equipment that the plow was mounted to. Rather than waist the plow they came up with the idea of mounting it to a tractor. The great thing about this is we had spare parts to fabricate this and cost very little, as you can see in the picture. The rest of the staff was busy this week creating an outdoor secure storage area so we can free up more space in the shop. We have a few more things to finish but it really turned out well, You may have notice the canopy structure actually was in the pool area this past summer. We rarely throw things away because there are instances such as this that we can re-use them.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Friday, December 3, 2010

Golf Course Update

It is official, Its cold outside! The top dressing program is moving along as planned we have completed the back 9 and we are currently on #9 fairway.  We are in the time frame now that it takes longer to get things done because of the extended frost delays.  In the photo to the right is a before picture. You can see the forced drain installed by using the pavers. This drain also dumped into the bunker drainage clogging the internal drainage. What we did was relocate the drain on the path and diverted it into a fairway drain properly. The second photo is the completed section and all that is left to do is tie in the rough with the new curb. A note on the bunker status for the winter. Because we are now experiencing temperatures below freezing the bunkers are
also freezing as well. This does not allow us to rake them
in the mornings, so they will play extremely hard until thawed out. I ordered another truck of bentgrass sod to continue removing the bermuda in the fairways. The fairways that we concentrated on were #3 and #11 and continuing on to #7 next week. But for now we want to get as much done before any kind of major snow storm hits delaying our winter projects.