Friday, April 7, 2017

Clubhouse Landscape & Tee Path Cleanup

As spring rolls on, my crew remains extremely busy not only maintaining the golf course, but freshening up the landscape around the clubhouse and on the course.  The landscape beds on the course have been edged and re-mulched as well as the mulch paths on #4, #8, #13.  Everything is coming together just in time for some beautiful weather this weekend.  Be sure to thank the guys as you see them on the course for their hard work day in and day out.


Thursday, March 30, 2017

Stump Grinding & Irrigation System Charged

This week, we got the stumps ground out (40) and will have the shavings cleaned up by weeks end.  In the coming weeks, we'll get the stump holes filled with soil and sodded.  With the wet weather, sod companies can't get in their fields to harvest sod, so we'll have to wait until the weather cooperates for us to complete this task.  Below you can see Andy is decked out in protection and grinding away.

Now is the perfect time to get the irrigation system charged up and to make sure everything is up and running the way it should be.  As always there are some bumps in the road when getting the system pressurized, but as of now, everything is operating the way it should be.  I plan on adding another bank head on the front right of #18 to hit the heavy traffic area going to the path.  We're always tweaking the system trying to get it as uniform and efficient as possible.  All the hours of work now pay off in the summer when its our lifeline.  


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Covers Pulled, Greens Open

March 8th, greens covers were pulled and greens are officially open for play.  We got them mowed up and fresh cups cut prior to the cold weather setting in over the past weekend.  Everything looks like it survived the snow-less winter, so we're off and running.  Over the next few weeks, we'll be putting the finishing touches on the course cleanup as well as getting the remainder of the course amenities out.  As you can see from the picture below, I owe Jeff Putnam a special thank you for his hard work as he helped pull that ONE staple out for us! 😎

Friday, February 24, 2017

Retaining Wall Upgrades

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The warm temperatures gave us an opportunity to get out and complete the overhaul of our old railroad tie walls and convert them to a three piece paver wall.  As you can see from the pictures below, it gives the course a much needed updated look.  We used natural stone slabs of stone as our stairs which not only looks great, but they are structurally sound and will not rot out like the railroad ties.  Early spring, we will complete some landscape work on #6 & #9 as well as install a new cart path on #9.  #15 is the only existing wall that was not completed due to a possible change in the set up down there.  That will get completed next year as well as installing some new stairs on #4,#8,#13 & #14.  Special thanks to Linhart as they were the company who completed walls.  They made the process of on site changes extremely easy and did a fantastic job! Fast too!!   

Before: #10 Path
After: #10 Path

Before: #9 Tee
After: #9 Tee

#6 Wall looking South
#6 Wall from Behind

#17 Stairs

Friday, February 3, 2017

#6/#18 Tree Work

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These pictures are looking up the left side of #18.  They were in serious need of a heavy pruning to improve the health of the tree and it will also significantly help improve the condition of the rough in this tight area.  We only removed two of the smaller trees and that's due to the large maple canopy's that were growing into the smaller trees.    
As you can tell from the pictures below, this cleaned up the area more than I imagined.  Once the trees leaf out this Spring, it'll still protect balls heading towards #6 green, but will allow for more sunlight to reach the area below.  Huge improvement!

Tee Markers Completed!

With the course being re-rated last summer, we eliminated the 'white' set of tees and will have two sets moving forward.  This layout was done all of last season and worked out great.  As you can see below, we took this time to overhaul the markers and make them perfect.   Every year, we would sand and paint them, but being out in the elements they would look 'tired' by the end of the season.  Last winter, we spent six weeks to complete the restoration....that's a lot of man hours!  This year, I got the logo lasered in a piece of brass that we adhered to the original tee marker and protected the face with an application of spar urethane.  They look amazing and will give us the consistent look all season long with minimal yearly maintenance.        

Friday, January 27, 2017

A Few Winter Projects

Below are a few before & after pictures of some projects that we've been working on.  The first is our pull-behind sprayer (Bean Sprayer) that Austen completely stripped down and re-painted.  The sprayer is from the 1960's and was in desperate need of a make over.  It turned out great and is ready for use this spring.

Here you see the restoration of our yardage markers that sit along side the fairways.  We sanded them down to the bare wood, re-stained (3 coats) and re-painted the tops/numbers  to give them the final look that you see below.  A lot of time goes in to the amenities that you see around the course.  These are the finishing touches that can set a course apart from others and it's something that we take great pride in here at FCO.

Andy's Shelf:  This new shelf was an idea that Andy came up with in order to keep our chemical records organized in the newly restored chemical room.  It's mounted on the wall and has a swing down shelf that will be used to record chemical applications on.  Little touches like this make our operation more organized and are very practical in our department.  Good work Andy!