3 Staff for 36, Irrigation Winterization, 70 Degrees, Fertility is activated! 

Matthew 6:34Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Travis mowed the Foxfire Golf Course yesterday and Brad mowed the Players Club greens today and then spent the rest of the day on the tractor blower.  


Brad had to dump the baskets every five greens which is a sign that the plants are taking up the nutrients. 

Thanks John for bringing the air compressor, the transition from Players to Foxfire was smooth and your Machine is in Mint condition sir!  






 We blow all the water out of the lines until the air creates a Phoenix  shape mist blowing out of the Toro 670, and a cannon shape out of the 650 Toro heads. 

We put quick couplers around the greens, opened lake valves, and turned on the heads with the radio.  

 We wrapped up the day by transporting the compressor to the Foxfire Course for tomorrow.  

   We even had time to deliver Mrs. Graves Christmas lights. Jim also changed the oil in her cart which will be delivered tomorrow.  


Leaf Senescence, Greens Too Fast, Staff is 5 for 36 Holes! Fall Fertility! Elon Homecomming! 

2 Corinthians 4:15For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.

We had another busy weekend at Foxfire Golf Club with the annual Jack Frost Jack Daniels golf tournament. The staff did an excellent job preparing the Players Golf Course for this event while the Foxfire Golf Course was open for regular play last Saturday! I had the opportunity to play with an aspiring PGA player Steve Lee.  I always enjoy hiring and playing with people much better or smarter than I am because it inspires me to continue learning and improving! We did not win, but neither of us woke up that morning saying what can we do to lose! We put up a good fight and finished six under in a 2 man scramble! 

 I was recently asked “Why do the leaves change colors on the trees?” The brilliant fall colors come from leaf senescence. This is a nice plant pathology term used to describe the process of dying leaves on plants. The leaves change colors in the Fall because the trees are “winterizing “or drawing the chlorophyll back in to the tree to store nutrients for the Spring. God’s perfect timing permits all seasons to change.  







  Travis was able to fertilize the greens last week before the first frost of the season and this will help a little with the leaf senescence on the bentgrass greens.  However it is primarily for next Spring. We utilized an Andersons greens grade “DG” product and after the rain Saturday I noticed some slight growth on the top of the plant. But we apply this nutrient application for the roots. The grass metabolizes nutrients just like trees.  

I have had several comments that the greens are too fast! This is one of the best times of the year to golf in Ohio and the leaf senescence reduces the ball friction on the putting surface. Along with much drier cooler weather the speeds have increased upwards to an eleven or twelve. Hit a club less and keep the ball below the hole. 

We tried to fertilize the Foxfire Golf Course today, and may celebrate a small victory in the fact that 3.5 holes were completed before the axel fell off the Lily. I was going to hook up the Vicon spreader  but could not get the backhoe or bob cat started today to get access to it. I will try again in the morning. I really wanted this fertilizer out today with the forecasted rain expected.  We did spend a great deal of time trouble shooting both of these before and after I drug the lily to the shop. You may notice an edge along the main drive on the side of the road. That’s me and the lily. No choice but to drag it back with the axel dragging.


Victory below a small set back above! The towel is to keep the fertilizer from getting in my ears since two of the fingers or shoots flew off today when we started.  

 I still remain positive progress is being made and we will scrap this unit and buy a new one someday. The opportunity cost to repair it is far greater than a newer used one! And this was our good Lily, I think! I will try the other one tomorrow to confirm this because it will take five or six hours to charge the bob cat anyway.  The shop is steadily improving and organization has taken place.

We got to visit Westchester last week and here is what Mark is doing in his sand bunkers. Every year he budgets to replace three to five bunkers and replaces the drainage on a schedule so that in ten to fifteen years all the traps are replaced.  

 Next week we will commence blowing out or winterizing the irrigation system. I had Mike utilize his metal detector to locate and mark a few brass quick couplers last week on the Foxfire Golf Course.  

 #8 Foxfire should be a little better now that we have have located the quick coupler just past the bridge that goes to the fairway. Last Tuesday we replaced the fuel pump at the club house for the golf carts.  

 Preparation for the tournament last Saturday. Travis mowing greens and Rodriguez changing pins.  

 We started on #9 Players Saturday. Brad did an excellent job mowing the fairways last week for the tournament. We still are utilizing 3/4 of a fairway mower for 36 holes and the range tee. 

A few weeks ago we sprayed grape koolaide around the greens where the geese are problematic and have had less traffic on them if any. I added sugar just for carbohydrates! We had 100 packs of grape koolaide and 15 pounds of dextrose sugar cane. 

 Last Thursday number 6 Players had geese but they were off the green and away from where we had sprayed the koolaide. Not bad for 10 dollars and some sugar! 

 Many people ask me what Elon is. Elon is a University and also the Hebrew word for Oak or “Under the Oaks” Nancy and I both graduated there and we were blessed to be able to attend her 20th class reunion. Mine is next year! Wow the college has grown and and will always be home! Many of her family members attended as well as numerous Dardens’ & Nicks’. And yes I did get a medal for finishing second place in my age division for a marathon she entered us in. Or a 5k walk/run!  


  We found our bricks! Mine has an irrigation line under it! Of course! Going to the new island or 10 year old island bed in front of the Mosley Center!   


 No trip back home would be complete with out meeting the football coach on a Thursday night during his radio show with classmate Taylor Durham. Coach Rick Skrosky at the Fatt Frogg!   

   We used to be the Fightning Christians and I still wear my hat but now they are the flying Phoneix. The NCAA said that there can not be a religious affiliated mascot when we went to Division I. Unless of course it’s demonic like the Deamon Decons of Wake Forest or the Duke Blue Devils! Long Live Elon! 

Fall Swing Course Update! Staff reductions continue 14 for 36 holes! 

Matthew 6:34

“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

The weather has been perfect this week and we were able to get some great photos of sunrises, golf cart windshields in trees, transitional statues, and many other events on the course! I expect the golf rounds to continue to be busy during the week days! We will pray the current weather pattern holds up for a few more months! It looks like we have one day of rain per week for 3 weeks in a row and that is excellent. The lows will be in the high forties and the highs will be in the mid to upper seventies. 

We began clearing the wild Japanese holly along the green on one Foxfire and will continue selected holes on Players around tees and greens. Mike is working on this solo so we will see how far he gets. 



  We may add some grass seed in this area or sow some wild flower seed there next year to add color since it is on the drive in to the club. 

We began needle tineing the greens last week and got four or five holes completed before the timming linkage on the cogs to the rocker arms became untimely. This unit is 16 years old which is about six years past its life span for an aerifier. Ideally we could utilize six of these units and perform this once a month with verticutting.  


  The large putting green will be closed for a few weeks. We needle tined, and top dressed it last week. The lower end of the putting green has had over 80,000 feet walk across it this summer and I think a slight break from traffic will give the green time to rebuild its turgidity.  There were two slight thin spots down by the tree which already filled back in.  Grass lives and dies everyday we just want to reproduce new plants faster than the old ones die.



 Untimely above causes spooning or heaving of the canopy and I do not want that. Jim is in the process of aligning the belts and linkage on the unit and we may do a few more holes this Fall.  Coreing is not necessary and this is non disruptive to the putting surface except when it is not properly operating. This only happened on one pass on 6 Foxfire. Coring to remove organic matter is essentially ineffective based on mathematical principals alone, and we do not have an abundant amount of organic matter on the greens anyway. A healthy underground biological ecosystem containing organic matter is like a savings account with funds available (nutrients) to draw from.  I believe the report I did this summer showed we had five to six percent OM, which means it’s actually only one or two percent combustible OM. This is an excellent rate on return when we applied less than .5lbs on nitrogen per/M ft^2 all season through liquid fertility and utilizing acids to draw out available nutrients in the bank thus saving on current opportunity cost of more nitrogen.  We tried to spray the greens yesterday, but the sprayer failed and after five hours of diagnosing actuators and solenoids we discovered there was a bad cell in the battery. We installed a new battery and we will finish the application today. 
      Aerifier in the shop with chain below adjusted. Each side has a chain and then there are timming belts inside like a car that have to be aligned as well. 
The growth regulator on the fairways is wearing off and creating more grass clippings.  We will try and back lap the reels today because the quality of cut is rapidly declining since we only have 3/4 of a fairway unit to mow 36 holes.  This truly has been a miracle this summer to get by with a partial fairway unit. Brad and Jim have done an excellent job, but the Primo has absolutely saved us and kept the grass in check from producing excess verdure. Ergo, we will not be fertilizing fairways this week with staff reductions, no primo, and warmer weather. We will wait until next week or the week after that to apply the fall fertility. This is a best management practice ergonomically right now.  

Paula, Skipper, and Terry on 18 Players on a Tuesday enjoying the afternoon. Thank you for your help this past summer!  

 We repaired some irrigation leaks on Foxfire last week and charged up the system Tuesday. We are scheduled to drain the systems Nocember 1 & 2 this year.   

We had to sharpen a tee mower reel this week and a tire fall off the greens mower yesterday on Players so we only have one tee mower available right now and the grass is growing faster than it did during the summer on the Foxfire course as well as Players.  

   We got what’s left of the pull behind Lely spreader ready to put out the fertilizer when it is time.  The shoots on it are worn out and the axel is dragging a little bit, but the gear is turning on the drive wheel so we should be okay for one more application with this Lely.  
 We began pushing up the dump pile so we can burn it this fall. We had to stop that because the smoke stack fell off the backhoe and we will have to get it started again. The dump is almost pushed up in to one small mountain.  

I did get the logs up off of 15 Foxfire and 14 Foxfire Tuesday.  

Nancy got the window shield out of the tree on 14 Foxfire that a golfer had thrown in to the tree for some reason. That’s is why we go back to the top of the post and only worry about one day at a time because tomorrow will definitely be there soon enough!  

 Last Monday before I went to the OTF fund raiser at Pennicle Travis and I got to meet Kate.  

 OTF at Pennicle was a success as well as the Foxfire vs Westchester round one outing on Players!  

The Staff from Westchester came over last week and we go there next week to see there course.  

  Treceia teeing off on 18 Players!   
Chuck has done an excellent job on the tractor blower keeping up with the leaves. It is a daily assignment right know and he is the perfect leaf distributor!  




Tournaments, Bunker Work, Irrigation Repairs, Seeding, Striping, 16 Staff for 36! NCR Meeting Harrells & Syngenta

“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10 NIV)

Great job Staff! All of you did an excellent job this week preparing for today’s 280 plus outing! We had an outstanding usual week at Foxfire Golf Club overcoming obstacles and improving the courses. We spent a good deal of time in the bunkers and with out rain they turned out the best I have seen them this summer. Thanks Chuck for allowing us to borrow your tiller, and bunkering the port holes in the pump house so the Christmas ornaments do not continue to get wet!  We will use the sand in the bunkers once the pump is repaired! Mrs. Graves did say we can fix the check valve and clay valve! We will assess that in a couple of weeks when Vince returns from Colorado! 

  We need about ten more full time team members, and a new sand pro to restore them to the architects original intention. We can do one bunker at a time by repairing or adding subsurface drainage, and sand! I am blessed that I can still teach this labor intensive work. We found a few pockets of sand and I went through my operating procedures from standing on the tee box and explaining what our objective was in the bunkers.  

  Luis in 9 Players above, and Travis tilling 13 Fairway below.   
13 Fairway bunker above after tilled raked and edges tamped in. A gas powered plate Tamp from Franklin Equipment would assist in packing the faces so the golf balls do not plug. 

Brad did an excellent job striping the fairways this week in to checkerboards! Even though the fairway mower broke down three times this week Jim was able to get it running again and Brad stayed late to finish mowing. The cut on the reels is great we have an intermittent fue/fire/air/temperature/sensors with the 6700D, ergo it is going to take some time to diagnose and repair correctly.  

 Nancy, Fred, and Trecia did an outstanding job mowing all the rough and Chuck was able to continue some secondary rough or “high grass” along with operating the tractor blower. Unfortunately, the 4000-D rough unit blew a hydraulic hose on #10 Players around the ladies tee so you will notice a brown ring around that teeing surface. Nancy noticed it and stopped Trecia. We only lost 3 gallons of hydraulic fluid!  

 Jim was able to repair the line in the field by taking a hose off the broken 4000-D at the shop! We were up and running again with in a couple of hours.  

 Travis was able to repair the solenoid on 9 tee Players and seed the irrigation repair on #14 Foxfire!  

 Pushing up bunker edges below and locating the original bunker sand.  

      Thanks Chuck for getting new tires for your High Grass mower and the Toro Sandpro. We were able to use the Toro but the hydrostatic pump needs replaced. 

  Our landscape crew was able to finish the mulch beds behind the clubhouse last Saturday! The Mums are out and Fall is coming!  

Thank you Jim Champion Director of Agronomy at NCR Country Club for hosting the meeting sponsored by Harrells and Syngenta. Thank you Jim Dillard and Greg Schaner for the updates on the new products. The course was absolutely amazing! 




Cart Path Only Players Fairways on Foxfire and 6 Team Members for 36 Holes!

Preparing for another golf outing this morning. We had .62″ at the shop .80″ at the halfway house, which is in another area code or about 1 mile west of the shop, and .7″ on Players. Another great day for golf. The high today was at 3:00 AM with 65 degrees, and the wind will be out of the North at 9mph with gusts up to 15-20! We started at 4:30 this morning to prepare the courses. The forecast for the next ten days has the low in the low fifties and the highs will be in the low to mid seventies! Back to long sleeves and pants. I turned the “pump” off on both courses this morning to save electricty on the Players Club and we have an irrigation leak to repair on #14 Foxfire on Monday!  Travis and I hooked the sump pump up and pumped off two Foxfire green this morning! Shades are on at 5:00 AM for the camera and eye protection of course! After 42 years of living today safety glasses are a must when working outside! 
Thank you Chuck for getting the guys the miner lights yesterday! We will utilize them the rest of the year with the sunrise at 7:10 EST today and tee times at 7:00AM and shotguns starting at 8:00AM we have to work in the dark prepare the Championship golf courses! Travis below hooking Pump up to pump off the green.

   Luis above and “The Judge” below.  
 Elijah on the sand pro on #6 Players. 

 #10 Foxfire Green above and T.J. Aka “Ralphy” from The Christmas Story below on #13 Foxfire green. We went from zero mowers working at one point on Thursday to having 3 greens mowers with freshly charged batteries on Saturday! The units are so old the charging systems can not produce enough power to re-charge the batteries because of the after market lights. 

 Thursday morning on Foxfire before the outing on Foxfire we had regular play. This is always interesting and no one was injured. I have seen this many times in the last 24 years but never before any beverages have been consumed! These four guys are in there thirties. The one that jumped out of the cart was an engineer, and we had a Fedex driver, and a Barney and Smith stock broker. The Judge saw it happen. The guy already hit a bad shot across the road from two to seventeen. And went to view the green and went full speed back towards the creek locked up the brakes spun in a flat 360 spin like NASCAR and jumped out right before he went in the creek!  

  Travis, Swampy, and I got it hooked up with a chain and Brad was able to pull it out with the Kubota! Cart 56 went to the pits for about thirty minutes, got a new micro switch and finished the race only a few laps down! Kyle in the blue shirt was the driver like Kyle Busch apparently. I said this yesterday on Instagram @darden73 that they all must have gone to “The Ohio State University” sorry buckeye fans but a N.C. State alum would not have done this!  The poor guy was worried about his telephone. I said we will get your phone sir but I have to pick the cart up first, and get the minnows out of my pockets! 

I found his phone with my bare foot! I always go In barefooted! Unfortunately for him and his telephone my left foot has about 226 lbs of foot pressure so his water tight case leaked a little bit! Have a great weekend ya’ll! From our course to yours! 


Course Update Tournaments, Irrigation, September Heat! 

Luke 10:2And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. (“or the equipment”)Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out(“equipment”) laborers into his harvest. I added equipment but thank you for your prayers last week! With only 1 & 3/4 of a pump for 300 plus acres we needed rain, and when the Baptist pray God answers. Not just for the Baptist but I heard he answers their prayers first! Both greens mowers broke down this morning on the first day of a home series of outings that last through the end of the month. We were able to get the greens cut on Players where the tournament will be today, tomorrow, and Saturday! 

  Thanks Mike Sloma from Residex and the Mirage for fairways. It worked great for a couple of days! I’m glad we are “Backed by Bayer” see you all later this morning. Mike below assisting in the sump pump drainage on five Players. We got rain & lightning! 
 It just takes awhile for the sump pump to move the water. Lightning below snapped a few cards.  

 Retired Federal Circuit Court “Judge” needed his jump box and Nancy did too so we could finish mowing greens. Also Chuck had to wait for a jump box too on the tractor blower but it wasn’t enough so we had go get his Dodge Ram 350. We also have to turn the jump boxes around quickly and get them back out to the tee mowers so they can finish all before 9:00 AM EST! 
 This too shall pass said the Judge! 

Travis rolled the Foxfire greens and watered them to get the dew off for members and regular play.  


 Jim had a trick he learned from Chuck he learned in Vietnam. But we need the Dodge anyway, and different jumper cables because we had to cut the end off our cables  to fix the blue jump box.  

 Chuck took me to Century yesterday and wanted to buy this mower but it was 30k and it has snow plow attachments!  

 Travis figured out how to start Chuck’s truck. Let’s see if it will crank the Kubota! Wow heck of day.  

   Irrigation watering in the grub control and checking the irrigation.  
 TJ was able to utilize our 30 year old fairway blower last week for a little while. We just rebuilt the engine in it!  

 18 Players tee broken gear drive was reputed and several solenoids this past week. We still have one more solenoid to switch on #9 Players tee and we should be back in complete operating order on the Players club. And with 10 minutes left Nancy is quick on the jump box turn around and air tank for TJ tee mower. Thanks for your prayers please keep praying.  

Chuck is going again!  

And a week ago last Monday I got to take Dad to the Central Ohio chapter meeting at the Clippers baseball game! Last time we went Dad took me 30 years ago.  


Course Update Pray for RAIN! 

Nehemiah 1:11
O Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of your servant, and to the prayer of your servants who delight to fear your name, and give success to your servant today, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man.” Now I was cupbearer to the king.
The end of August means we are closer to the Autumn Equinox but the high pressure siting over us the next 8-14 days will bring high temperatures in the upper 80’s to low 90’s which will be the hottest of the year so far. We had highs last week in the 60’s and 70’s. We will also remain dry with only a slim chance of rain, and that means the grass will have some dry areas due to the low humidity and higher temperatures. This will occur on the fairways on both courses primarily because of the 2 failed pumps and a third big pump on Players has a crack in the column as well. By the time this is published I will be night watering the Foxfire Course Fairways. We had a great start to the week last week organizing the last box on the Players Club back to its original pattern to coincide with the site pro software. These got out of order when the grandchildren wired the boxes prior to my arrival. Brad was able to help with this. I went through each wire, located, and labeled it. This takes about 4-6 hours depending on the number of wires.  

  Brad takes great photos! Capturing the moment after a zap! Yes 28 volts will increase your heart rate a little.   The multi colored strand bell wire has a pattern as well. All the boxes should look like this in the top with the eight various colors in an order for every out put board. 

  Complete back in order.  
Terecia continued to mow rough and well there’s one less tree to cut down.  

 Tree trimming is on the list and is over due by a few decades in many spots but we were blessed to have the utility company come and trim the trees going down 16 foxfire. Hopefully we will get an assessment later today to see what timber values are bringing.  
With the pump columns broken in the Players pump house I am estimating we have the ability to water at 38-40% capacity. I can not quantify the field pressure reduction at night with the new cracked column yet but I am sure there is some.  

 We were able to spray greens last week and we will begin spraying the fairways this week with a plant protectant, plant nutrients, and wetting agents.  

 A week ago Last Saturday night Nancy and I got to see our first MSL Crew match! In the big City! Thanks Jim & Gregg the seats were great! Wesley the field looks wonderful. Congratulations, you & your staff are doing an excellent job! I look forward to the tour!  

 The beverage cart broke down Wednesday night and we were able to get the secondary clutch installed Friday morning so we would have two beverage carts for the weekend. Jim also got the parts in to repair the front axel on cart 118 and a solenoid switch for our workhorse utility cart.  The greens mowers had a rough week as well with the hydraulic issues on the Foxfire greens mower and electrical issues on the Players Club greens mower we were still able to mow the greens before the outings and regular play this week.  Secondary clutch installed below on the Ez-go beverage cart! 

 Front axel repair above! We were also able to mow the fairways this weekend before the outings! Tees, collars,and approaches were also mowed on Saturday before the wounded warrior outing on Players! 

   This week began yesterday with the irrigation box on #8 Players failing so I re-wired all the common wires and replaced a fuse on Sunday morning. I noticed the dew pattern was off a little and when I inspected the box and radio signal there was none! It is up and running again and was only down for one night. Usually one yellow common wire is needed in the main Receiver card on the bottom right but I believe having more is not better in this situation. I fixed the box how it should be and we will see if it continues to operate properly. # 3 Players was the same way a few weeks ago and it has been operating well since I replaced the transformer and re-connected the common wires properly. Time will tell! This is also 2 miles from the shop ergo radio signals travel the farthest to this box! 
   The magneto or alternator is failing on the new greens mower with 6000 hours. We do have a new used spare alternator for the rebuilt motor we just put on in June otherwise we will have to continue switching batteries out half way through the course. This will be our project today and Tuesday and will skip mowing greens on the Players Club on Monday.  
  These reels are acuated by an electronic solenoid with a hand joystick and do not take over hydraulically until they are set down then it takes direct current power to raise them up again. When the battery is not charging it fails quickly especially when we are utilizing the lights to see in the morning. Sunrise is at 7:00 AM now so it is vital to repair this but it takes extra time disassembling the fly wheel off the motor and taking the motor off of the unit to perform this task because we do not have a lift. As the engine spins there are copper windings or magnets that create electricity and send it back to the battery. When these magnets get worn, they do not send a charge. The great news is we remain dedicated to the mission of presenting two golf courses to the best our ability with the resources available! 

Irrigation repairs, mulch, cooler weather, equipment repair, thanks Syngenta, Sloma, and Schaner! 

We continue to work with 2 pumps for two courses and one benefit of this is the utility bill is reduced significantly. We will need to plan to get all four major pumps overhauled and repaired next year. The other columns will not last much longer. The field repairs continue as we switch out solenoids and level heads. Thanks Mark Novotny for the tip Wednesday on tightening up the multitude of common wires! It worked.  

Jim was able to rebuild Mrs. Graves riding mower this week! Travis & Nancy mowed Ray’s and Mrs. Graves lawn as well as the club house.   

 We lost four more college students this week so keeping up with the details will become more challenging. However we were able to spray and begin mulching the HOA or area which should be an HOA to the entrance off of the other state highway on Players. 

We are still under coverage with our disease applications and nutrient management applications.  I have added a buffer to the water to prolong the efficacy and ergonomic output of the products we are utilizing. We still remain well under the national average for 36 holes on expenses in this category.  

Thank you Residex, Syngenta, Nick McAdow from Upper Landsdowne for hosting the information meeting Thursday. Course was in great shape Nick. Great to see George from Raintree South. George and I worked together at New Albany CC over two decades ago. Enjoyed catching up. And Schaner thank you for the Slab of cow! Your are the best traveling steak griller in the country! We should talk about expanding your operation to some Central Ohio meetings! I’d post a photo of the beef but with all the regulations coming at us it may have been too big of a piece of steak, and we ate it all! As you may see below! 

  Nick had a little Florida flavor here with a certain kind of Palm! Great to have Jim Turner fly up from Florida to speak about water quality and Ph.  

I got to play a few holes of golf with one of my agronomy members Wednesday. Fred is 77 and can stripe rough with the best but I was most impressed with his fishing ability and casting. It came down to the wire and he won by 2 shots.  


1.1″ of Rain on Players & Halfway House .7″ at Shop Monday! Putting Courses Back together today. 

We had almost 1/2″ variance of rain Monday on the property both courses have fairways open to carts. Elias Conkel installed a drain on 16 Players on his last day yesterday before he goes to Ohio Northern for football and school. Jim is back working on replacing a rear ball joint and a hydraulic hose on the left deck on the 2011 4000D Groundsmaster. We are spraying greens today with Secure, 18-3-6, Iron, and Primo.  


















Course Update, Kill Babies not Foreign  Geese? WOTUS,Scotts,DOD

Ecclesiastes 1:7 All streams run to the sea, but the sea is not full; to the place where the streams flow, there they flow again.
The Bible has every answer the Department of Defense or anyone else needs but the United States Defense Department spends billions of tax dollars researching projects non related to defending our country.  I am sure Barry Sheets and Chuck Michaelis, the leaders of New Institute of the Constitution class could explain why and how this happens.  They will be offering it in September in Grove City. I recommend this class for everyone! A recent project of DOD was to figure out where the water goes! I believe many of their projects are credible and worthy of implementing someday but this one above takes money, literally! The verse preceding that tells us where the wind comes from and how it travels hopefully they will not try to figure that out. 

Two topics recently in the news sum up the rationale of the government.  I can not get rid of foreign birds due to the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty from 1918 with out a tremendous amount of money and political contacts, but if a person wants to kill an unborn human being all they need to do is go and have the procedure completed! No permits needed! We have about 480 Branta Canadensis or Canadian geese which can live up to 24 years. They eat 4 pounds of grass per day and excrete 3 pounds of feces. This can become a pollutant to fish by increasing the nitrogen levels in the water which decreases the oxygen levels. I recently explained to a member why we can not just get rid of geese and it was an early precedent set by a Supreme Court judge rulling on the case Missouri vs Holland in 1920. In 1918 the U.S.  entered in to an agreement called the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty with Canada and Great Britain which protected several migratory birds and the goose was one of them. The problem with the decision is that Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes believed in what is now referred to as a “living constitution” and that is not what the authors of the constitution meant when they wrote it. The Constitution was written as the authors original intenttion, and not for a judge to make a law on their own accord just like Obama Care was implemented. Our plea to the ODNR got a response that stated “throw a cast net over them.” Our response: “And then do what?” See photos below of the destruction on one of my fairways.  






WOTUS is the next regulation to be implemented on August 28, 2015. Our industry has been fighting against this for years. First and foremost, as a steward of the environment I love the outdoors and I am all for protecting and preserving the environment and for clean water. However, a blatant across the board one size fits all regulation will be logistically impossible to obtain. I will not go in to details but golf courses and farmers are not the problem in most areas. Let’s take a look below at how Scotts operates their 2.82 billion dollar entity. They service many suburbian neighborhoods all across the country. Here is a recent neighbor hood in New Albany, Ohio where the operator fertilizing the apartment complex threw fertilizer all over the sidewalks and streets which were not blown off nor swept up and it rained 6 days later up to s quarter of an inch. This is a huge problem and I am tired of Golf Courses getting blamed for acts like this.  

 It may not look like much but it was and yes I measured and quantified the amounts based on the road ways in that neighbor. When it rains the fertilizer goes in to the drain, then Rocky Creek, which runs in to the Big Walnut, and etc, etc! This is all across America! Home Depot, and Lowes need to stop selling to Henry Homeowner too! I hope Scotts donated to the lobbyist in Washington to stop WOTUS regulations. 

Enough history, math, and legal lessons but we must be aware and comprehend what we are fighting for to do our jobs with the best Management Practices possible. Golf course Superintendnets are trained professionals. Many of us have degrees in science, business, and maintain continuing education annually! 

Both golf courses are in great shape and are continually improving.  Travis fixed a main line leak on 10 Players two weeks ago and I have trained him to repair solenoids.  The red circles in the fairways denote bad solenoids. I am continually adjusting station times to correlate with the environmental conditions of each hole. The previous superintendent had ten minutes on every station and many areas require much more time. I completed most of that last season but each year requires modifications.  Remember we are still only able to water at 47% because one of the main pumps on the Players Course has a huge hole in the column and the jockey pump is broken. One of the main pumps on Foxfire has been unusable since last summer too. The shaft in the column is beveled out and may fall in to the wet well if we attempt to utilize it. Ergo, we are doing our best to rotate irrigation cycles but we may have a few dry spots.  

The staff did a great job the last three weeks but we are losing 8 college members and we will replace a few of them for August and September because we have a full calandra of outings. We are continuing to mow the native rough down as well. This will help with the geese eventually and we also need to spray the broad leaf weeds in them. All the members I have spoken with like the progress in these areas and it is helping expedite regular play on the weekend which results in more rounds and revenue.  

We mowed the Players Club fairways this past week after taking a week off to let them grow due to all the cart traffic and heat. They responded very well and we will continue on our regular schedule for nutrient applications this week.  

 We were able to spray some more crabgrass this past week on the Foxfire Course.  

 We were able to verticutt greens on Foxfire and 1-8 Players until the engine with over 4000 hours started leaking more than one drip of motor oil per pass! We also top dressed three greens on Foxfire until the workman broke down and would not operate correctly due to the number of hours on the traction unit. Both motors will need rebuilt during the winter or purchase newer models to complete the agricultural practices necessary to continue improving to the next level.  




We will switch the verticutting units to the other triplex tee mower this week and attempt to finish the greens.   


 We had another packed weekend Friday, Saturday and this morning when I left the parking lot was 3/4 full! A great weekend for golf! Judge below mowing greens Saturday