Some of you might wonder what do we do when it is bitter cold or wet. If we can't get out on the course we stay busy refurbishing our golf course accessories. Tee block, water coolers, bird houses, trash receptacles, and spike cleaners all get fixed and fresh paint or stain is applied. Winter is the time Rob goes through all of the equipment getting it ready for the next mowing season. All mowing reels and decks are torn down repaired and sharpened. We stay very busy in the winter getting everything ready for the next golfing season.
Kyle staining Water Coolers
4 down 3 to go.
Fresh coat of paint on Tee blocks
Rob working on Ventrac decks
Fairway mowers reels all sharp and ready for 2018 season.
We have completed the Driving Range fence. This has been a long time consuming project. My staff and I are thrilled to have this project behind us. The new fence will save us a considerable amount of labor looking for balls lost in the woods. This will also save the club money on lost balls. We buy 300 dozen range balls every 2 years. Hopefully we can cut that in half.
You may of noticed our hazard markers are looking better. We are using a planer to restoring them to new. It does not take much to clean up the old faded color. Hazard makers cost $8 each. This will save us a few bucks. If we can only keep the squirrels from eating them. Here is a picture below to show the difference.
Faded markers looks pink. Couple passes through the planer they look new again.
We have been busy this week installing the new Driving Range fence. Our range is too small and balls are flying out of the range into the woods. We are starting on the back of the range. The fence runs from 4 rough all the way down to the wood line to the north side of range. After this section is completed we will continue down the north side of the range towards the tee. We will try to keep the range open during this time but if it becomes unsafe for us we will close the range while we are working. We are 1/3 of the way done on the back fence. This is a very time consuming job. We have to run cable from the top and bottom of the post. The netting has to have a rope threaded through all 4 sides so we can tie it to the cable without tearing the netting. It takes 3 people 4 hours to thread 400 feet of rope through the netting. We then can stretch the netting from the top cable to the bottom and zip tie it to the cable. It took 3 of us 2 hours to zip tie the netting to the cables and we are only 1/3 of the way done. Like I said earlier this is a very time consuming job. When we are done with the fence this will save the club many hours of labor looking for balls in the woods and the expense of lost balls.
Threading the rope through the netting
Installing the netting
1/3 of the way done. This will keep ball from being hit through the back of the range.
Read my two previous post on playing on thawing greens. Here it is Friday and it is going to be in the 50's today. At this time golf course is closed. We will be checking greens throughout the day to see how far they have thawed out. We need at least 2'' of thaw before I will allow play. I will post updates on twitter @ed_wachter. Pro Shop will also be updated on thawing progress. As soon as all greens thaw to 2'' we will allow play on the golf course.
The golf course is open today for play. Greens have thawed down to at least 2.5''. You might be confused to why the golf course was closed until Wednesday. Some of you might be confusing frozen greens to thawing greens. Limited play on frozen greens is acceptable. The entire profile is completely frozen. Thawing greens the top is thawed or thawing but the under lying soil is frozen. I like to see the freeze line down to 2.5'' to 3'' deep. If we do get root shearing at that depth I can get our roots back to normal lengths by summer. If play is allowed when freeze line is shallow like 1/2'' to 1.5'' and we get root shearing. I will have a harder time growing the roots back down to the desired depth we need for summer. In severe cases we could actually lose turf from winter desiccation. We have more extreme cold weather coming back this weekend. Play will be allowed if greens are completely frozen. But if greens freeze and begin to thaw we will be closed until greens thaw to the 2.5'' depth. The illustration below will help you visualize what is happening here. I picked this diagram up from twitter.