Happy Memorial Day Weekend!


Be humble and give more honor to others than to yourselves.” (Philippians 2:3b NCV)

Thank you Colonel Curtis Petrek you are my modern day hero! Colonel retired from the U.S. Airforce and served during the first part of the century when we were under attack. He’s only about fifty and runs marathons and I heard he can do this in his bare feet with no shoes! But he still works today and is in my Sunday school class! I recently met Sargeant Deatley who is serving at Guantanamo Bay in the U.S. Army through some travels. Thank you to my family members who served and all who serve today! Your service affords us the opportunity to display our flag and work on golf courses in a free country! This flags for you Colonel! And a gorgeous sunrise this morning.  

Both Golf Courses are shaping up nice for the weekend and all the pin locations are set for the weekend on the Players Course. Jim got our new grinder in place! Thank you Ray Graves for helping us and the use of your truck. Great job this week to all the staff for your extra efforts in working on the details! The triplex mowers worked well on the Players Course for mowing fairways, but will be excited to get some reel grinding started and attempting to get the bigger units back out. I may even get the walk mowers out as the staff increases to about 14 people for 36 holes!  I walked the Players Course this morning and caught up with Dr. Ritchlin to watch his amazing birdie out on #11! It was 60 feet. What a beautiful day for walking the course. It is 6.37 miles from the shop all the way around Players tee to green! 

 Thank you Paula for Black Topping the entrance to the shop!  


Ray thanks again for helping spot treat the traps in the evening and for hauling the grinder and range machine to the shop.  



cotton wood blooms falling now in Ohio. 





5 Players & 6 below

                Mowing out the rough beside 9 green Players and then we will cut the left area down to approach height as soon as we get a mower with enough power and sharp reels we will create more shorter cut turf around the greens to increase playability. 

14 Players    

15 Players The walk is starting to set in.        

Stripes are right! 


18 Players  

5-17-15 Tick Talk Continued…

Originally posted on Mark Novotny CGCS:

The word on the street is ticks are bad all over Ohio this year.  I’m really not sure what ‘word on the street’ means I guess it is the current scuttlebutt.

Ohio’s outdoors folks reporting an explosion of ticks in Buckeye woods and fields this spring.

How to remove a tick and products that can help you do it.

So I have embarked on a new adventure to reduce the chances of contact by adding an insecticide to my weed control while I am applying to the natural grass.  I have currently applied to 33 acres on the front-9 and have an estimated 16 acres to go.  (The natural areas have never been accurately measured.)  Then I go off to the back-9.

As you can see we have already started to trim the natural on the back so I can spray for weeds and keep the critters at bay.  This…

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May 18, 2015 Course Update


Luke 21:19 By your endurance you will gain your lives!

We have gotten the pre-emergent applied to the Players Course fairways, tees, and one pass around the roughs for crab grass.  We were also able to get all the greens treated for dollar spot prevention as well as the Players Course fairways and tee tops.  Bunker progress continues with a few of the staff members including your new Assistant Superintendent Travis Russell.  Travis knows how I want the bunkers and has done an excellent job.  However, we still have 80 bunkers to maintain and the rain is beneficial but but creates continual work in the bunkers.  Jim has the older rough mower repaired by rebuilding the axle instead of purchasing a brand new one.  We are waiting on a rear clutch arm assembly from John Deere for the bunker machine.  This is a wearing moveable part. We acquired the machine last summer and it was new to Foxfire but used and these parts wear from normal use.  We are looking forward to obtaining the grinder which will allow us to begin sharpening fairway reels, and eventually other reels as we catch up.  This is very time-consuming and may take up to a month to complete one mower.  Each reel must be completely disassembled and most likely new bearings, seals, racers, bushings, and rollers could need replaced.  We will not know this until the units are completely disassembled.  The photo shoot for the TV ad on Players went well last week and I feel the courses looked as good as possible for the resources available.  Thank you Mike Sloma, and Jim Dillard for the products.

IMG_5725TV Shoot for the Out and about Columbus. IMG_5724 IMG_5723 IMG_5722 IMG_5721 IMG_5720 IMG_5719 IMG_5718 IMG_5727 IMG_5726 IMG_5724 IMG_5723 IMG_5722 IMG_5721 IMG_5720

IMG_5734 IMG_5733 IMG_5732 IMG_5731The wheels fall off the wagon sometimes! IMG_5730 IMG_5728The ultimate goal! Ducks in a row make it look easy! IMG_5746 IMG_5745 IMG_5744 IMG_5743 Handwork in bunkers on Foxfire before last weeks outings.

And when the wheels fall off the wagon to haul the wagon with out the wheel it turns in to an official project which permits me extra time to pray for endurance! IMG_5741 IMG_5738 This is the area where the newer grinder will be located.  IMG_5736

Handwatering will continue but I need to buy two more hoses and nozzles. IMG_5734IMG_5767 IMG_5766 IMG_5765 IMG_5764 IMG_5763 IMG_5762

Foxfire Course preparation for last weeks tournaments.


Travis working with TJ on picking rocks and weeds from traps. IMG_5768 IMG_5767 IMG_5766 IMG_5765

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It’s always a pleasure to see Dr. out walking during the week.


Luke 8:15As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience.

Leak on #13 Players is repaired and the irrigation box with out power on #10 Foxfire is complete! Thank you Joel Braun from Technical Choice Llc, for the speedy response time and repair to the broken wire on the foxfire course. I was surprised to see it went through dump area since the map is completely opposite. Thank you Vince from Mid Ohio Electric for assessing the Players Course Pump Station, I will keep you updated on future faults and trips on the breaker panel.  Thank you to the staff for their diligent work on traps, roughs, fairways and details. Luis string trimmed the creeks, and Brandon & TJ worked in the Bunkers all week. Nick was placed back in the starting lineup after a week long suspension for violating team rules and was able to weedeate all the fence posts on the courses. Also we were able to pick up a nice used grinder for our equipment manager! A brand new one from Berhard would have costs 60K and I verified that price through the local distributor John Deere. I will work on pricing a modified lease with them to coordinate fairway mowers since our only one in operation went down this afternoon. The good news is we have 2 greens mowers one tee mower, and two rough units, along with a sidewinder. A decision will need to be made soon on repairing or aquiring additional utility vehicles because we only have 5 to date. However, the shops are organized and clean we just need to decide on the non functioning mowers in which there are about ten. I will see what value they have if any on a trade in. I do not want to scrap them of yet because the scrap metal market is down from ten cents to 3.5 cents per pound. Thank you all again for your input and suggestions and. Mr. Billy Brooks for watching the auction on the reel grinder. Properly ground sharp mowers will decrease future costs with regards to plant protection chemistry applications because the turf will be healthier. As always it is a pleasure to serve you! Keep praying God is doing great things at Foxfire!  


Breaker tripped on Plc control panel in Players pump house and a burried quick couple had a pin hole leak on. #13 Players tee. 


The inside of the shop looks the best since my arrival.  We remain focused on the resources we have instead of what we don’t have! God is providing! Mike earned extra credit so I allowed him to haul a load of aluminum after work. With the increased play we have accumulated more trash and cans. Aluminum is slightly up today so Mike went fishing .  






Thank you Joel for squeezing me in last night and Mark Novotny CGCS my hero and mentor for allowing me to use your equipment on such short notice. 


Jim installed his new shelves today and we have created more room in both bays  to park our assets. We are not finished there is an entire corner left to go through. 


Birds nesting on 3 Players!


Inspecting what we expect! TJ and Brandon have done an excellent job taking ownership! 

Proverbs 3:5Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.

Quick update: Mr. Graves has completed the malnutrition application for the dandelions on Foxfire And I am already noticing some epinastical decline in the plant which is good. The pre-emergent for the crabgrass will be applied on the Players Course Friday or next week. Fortunately, we still have a good window of opportunity with the product selected. We hired a couple of new employees with experience and that includes an IPM manager or Integreted Pest Managemet Expert. This is another positive step in building a solid team. Our new Assistant Travis graduates this weekend and will start next Wednesday! I will have updated photos later of the chemical room and South Barn organization. To date the south shop is housing all the mowers that currently operate or were operating a few weeks ago. We currently have one tee mower, one rough mower, the trim rough unit (sidewinder) and the grounds master for the wood lines. Jim the new Equipment Manager has been able to restore both greens mower triplexes and has been diligently working on putting together at least one fairway unit that operates and the older 4000d that the head was replaced.  Brad and I pressured up the Players Golf Course yesterday and had a great cycle run last night on the entire course. However, the pump station failed this morning during my inspection and I have contacted Vince with Mid-Ohio Electric to assist in bringing the station back up. Joel Braun is arriving tomorrow afternoon to trouble shoot the box on Foxire #12. We pressured the Foxfire  station last week on one pump and just have one satellite with no power. It controls 27.5% of the foxfire course on holes 10 thru 13 so they have not watered yet on greens and tees. Luis will work on repairing the leak on #13 Players Tee tomorrow in the morning. Our new retired rough mower has stepped right in and done an excellent job on the sidewinder. These issues are common for courses with this age. I fully expect to have them resolved by Monday at the latest. The great news is the greens have been fed and treated with a mycelium preventer and we will continue to scout the fairways for the upcoming dollar spot. I spent a good deal of time today visiting another course to inquire about acquiring their grinder for sharpening reels. The bunker work has been continual but mostly with 2 people. I am reviewing applications looking for the right choices due to the talent pool! I’d rather have the right people on the team than just a body. We ordered new cups and flags, however there was an issue with the mold or casting on the new cups, and I held off on putting those out last weekend due to the right fit on the ferrule of the new flag poles. Jerry in San Diego is sending new cups at no charge and a label to return the other ones. The inside diameter of the new cup is a few millimeters narrower than the ones we ordered last year. The only thing I can say is that they were made in China on an assembly line and most likely they had a bad run at the mill.  Luis below  finishing  Rays Creek. 


  sunrise today #6 Players
Training for Chuck the grounds master operator has been completed with ref paint since we don’t have access to internet mapping red paint has been added to assist in areas with arrows.  

    Bubble #13 Players Championship Tee.  



Head stuck on #15 Players! All in all  I  am pleased with the progress and  not surprised with the reparable issues. The Players Club irrigation pump station is a quarter of a century old! See you on the course. As always it is a pleasure to serve! 

May Day 1 and 2 Great for Golfing!

Psalms 31:19

Oh, how abundant is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you and worked for those who take refuge in you, in the sight of the children of mankind!
Thank you Agronomy Team for a great week and owners for all your volunteer help! Both courses are looking great this weekend! Mr. Graves thank you for mowing rough! The Crabapples are blooming along with the Tulips, and other trees. 

Foxfire Lane Popping! Crabapples are blooming!  


       New Cups, Flags, and Poles!


Fresh Mulch at Clubhouse and Saturday Sunrise!


Frost Delay Bunker Work Tournament Preparation and Foxfire Irrigation System is Charged! 

Frost Delay this morning and most likely tomorrow! Thank you everybody for your help this week! We have had another inch of rain and two straight days of 20 to 30 mph winds. Flowers are starting to bloom!  




 Range got mowed out to the wet area! The Polywog/Shellback found it. Chuck 27 year Navy Veteran knows that’s a complement! If you have never heard of a Shellback ask them.  


#1 Players Club ready for the practice round. 


#2 Players



Foxfire Pump Station 


1 Corinthians 15:10
But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.

Progress, Rain, Staff Increase to 6 for 36! 

“If you wait for perfect conditions, you will never get anything done.”(Ecclesiastes 11:4 TLB)

Progress has been made the last two weeks and I want to thank Mark Novotny again for the use of his grinder for the other greens mower reels! Thank you Bill for moving the water out of traps and cart paths! Paula great progress on tree, bunker, and rough! The product to erradicate dandelions and prevent crabgrass will go out in the next two weeks! Timing, historical data, resources, and weather are imperative to continuing this process! Jim, the new equipment manager is progressing well and accomplishing many tasks!  


Westchester grinder above and parking lot last Tuesday. Couldn’t find a place to park he had so much staff there!  

   Jim ground the reels while I set up the angle on the bed knife grinder! A brand new 2015 set of grinders can cost 30-50K.   


New starter and alternator were added to the Toro 3150 Triplex. This is our newest model with over 6200 hours. We are trying to adjust the Venturi’s and tappets so there will be enough pressure to create a spark. The hours are equivilant to 600,000K miles on a Porche  BMW !  


2 Foxfire first cut of three for this week. The bluegrass is growing much faster than the bentgrass fairways on The Players Course.



The only set back of the week was my Titleist golf  clubs were stolen out of my  office! Priceless! God will provide, and I am grateful they didn’t steal Nancy, my wife!  


Or my former dead brother-in-laws hat from the Naval shop he served on! May God rest is soul! 

Moving on, more mowing took place this week and it looks much better! 


It’s wet an afternoon AAA run is part of the progress for  these stripes!



First Cut on Fairways, Tees, & Rough! 

Weather report for the day comes from the book of  

Matthew 16:2

He answered them, “When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’Matthew 16:3 And in the morning, ‘It will be stormy today, for the sky is red and threatening.’You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times. 


Thank you all for your help! Tom mowed the first cut on the Players Tees Tuesday, and Paula was able to mow rough yesterday on Foxfire. Brad got the first cut on fairways complete on Foxfire and we will mow Players fairways today! Jose is mowing tees on Foxfire today and Luis will continue preparing the traps.  


Frost gave way to mid sixties yesterday!