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 By Rick Warren — Jun 29, 2015

 Great Sunrise before the rains came again! 

 “God wants us to grow up, to know the whole truth and tell it in love — like Christ in everything. (Ephesians 4:15 MSG)

God wants you to grow up: “We are not meant to remain as children” (Ephesians 4:14a Phillips).
Your heavenly Father’s goal is for you is to mature and develop the characteristics of Jesus Christ, living a life of love and humble service. Sadly, millions of Christians grow older but never grow up. 
They’re stuck in perpetual spiritual infancy, remaining in diapers and booties. The reason is because they never intended to grow. Spiritual growth is not automatic; it takes an intentional commitment. You must want to grow, decide to grow, make an effort to grow, and persist in growing.
Discipleship is the process of becoming like Christ, and it always begins with a decision: “‘Follow me and be my disciple,’ Jesus said to him. So Matthew got up and followed him” (Matthew 9:9b NLT, second edition).
When the first disciples chose to follow Jesus, they didn’t understand all the implications of their decision. They simply responded to Jesus’ invitation. 
That’s all you need to get started: Decide to become a disciple.

Talk It OverThink of the moment when you chose to follow Jesus. What did you understand about what it meant to be a believer?

What are some of the characteristics of Jesus that God has been developing in you?

How do you want God to work in your life? Take some time to pray, and ask him to grow you in these areas and for trust and patience as he does it in his time.
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7 Plus Inches of rain in 10 Days .76″ last night! Open CPO Players FOX Open One Inch of Rain on Players Club


Matthew 7:25

And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 

Foxfire will have wet areas roped off! God Bless the Baptist for praying for the storm to split! The worst is North & South of us! 

     

Fred & Jake are mowing Foxfire and the Judge is on Players today! 

   
       

Ray’s Creek should crest about 9:45 AM EST

   

 
Hand Raking Traps the staff has done an excellent job this week given the resources available!!

Bridge repair work from Monday!  

  

  

  

  

  

 3 Players is a little wet today. 

The Judge!   

 

6-21-15 Don’t try this at home! US Open conditions.


Darden:

Thanks for sharing Mark! You are under water I imagine from photos around your area on Twitter!

Originally posted on Mark Novotny CGCS:

With all of the coverage of the US Open at Chambers Bay I decided to give you some of my observations.

Chambers Bay june 2015 2 Harry How/Getty Images

First: This is the US Open.  The planning of this tournament has been in the making for years.

Second:  This is the US Open.  It is suppose to be more than difficult.  The average player can not play a course at 7600 yards!  Don’t plan on seeing this condition ever at Westchester.  Unless we are in a drought and we are not allowed to water for two or more weeks in the middle of summer.

Chambers Bay July 2014  Google Earth image taken 7-10-2014

This is what the course would normally look like without the US Open.  Much greener and not enhanced by television.

Third:  This is the US Open.  All of the players are playing the same course and the lowest number of strokes wins.  Forget par, just…

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Course Update June 19, 2015 


Proverbs 10:12

Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses. 

Please continue to pray for our friends and family in Charleston, SC.  The state and town suffered a horrible tragedy this week! 

As of this afternoon we have had over 3″ of rain this week and are expecting more tomorrow from the hurricane out of the gulf.  Fred I know y’all have had enough rain in Houston, but thank you for the heads up that it’s heading my way!   Thank you Bill Kennedy, CGCS President of the Carolinas Golf Course Superintendents Association for your accommodations and advice this week. 

 Our pump on the greens sprayer went down this week but a replacement arrived today and Jim will have it installed tomorrow. Fortunately, the Pythium weather broke from Monday & Tuesday and our last fungicide application on greens has carried us through! We started leveling heads this week and Travis leveled the head on the new approach on 15 Players and coincidentally the irrigation line blew out 20 feet away.  We spot sprayed the crabgrass on the collars next to the greens where we did not get the pre-emergent applied to keep it off of the greens. It was recommended not to spray the greens with the pre-emergent and with the resources available we got as close as we could with out getting on the greens, ergo we had some Digitari (crabgrass) break through but it has been sprayed  this week in between rain showers. As well as the bunker faces on Foxfire!  
Our fairway blower went down this week too we need a new head gasket, but a pull behind utility blower would be beneficial for more ergonomic out put.    

 

Irrigation Repair #15 Players  

  

  

  This is an area that had been added on to the original irrigation system or improperly repaired at an earlier date!  The fittings that were used had rock and cinder blocks piled in the old hole. The new repair was made correctly but the irrigation line has too much flex in it and may need repaired in five years from now with a trencher, sod cutter and new pvc pipe.  Furthermore, lightning and ants took out the satellite box on this hole as well, ergo there were a multitude of opportunities to train our new Assistant Golf Course Superintendent! Approximately, $1,800 worth of electronic out put boards and the main rdr receiver that does the communication was inoperable. Fortunately, we had a spare rdr board and spare out put boards as well. We still have nine solenoids to repair from last summers irrigation upgrade and this head on fifteen in the approach was the first. The irrigation control box below! Once the ants have been eradicated completely and the Ohms regulator tests are complete we will add the replacement electronics.  

       

The puzzle solving issue is to return the box to its original state in which is was intended to operated under the software from the computer at the shop. These wires were switched around in various ports for various inconclusive reasoning by a prior Superintendent!  To top our week off we had the main hydraulic line on the 2011 4000D blow out today on 13 Players so we currently do not have a rough unit, but the good news is my contact who is the President of the International  Equipment Managers Association helped us locate the by pass valve so we could safely transport the unit back to the shop so Jim can add that to his list of repairs along with the three tri plex units that failed us this week.  

   

The great news is that even with all the rain and issues the courses look the best that they have in several years. The current Agronomic program we are utilizing is aiding in this effort.  We began tri plexing Players fairways today since they have not been mown this week and pumped out as many bunkers as possible given the resources available before the afternoon rain today.  

     

More photos above of weed control and the standing water on two Foxfire is a combination of infiltration and percolation deficiencies.  The infiltration issue will be solved when we verticut and topsress. The percolation issue will only be solved by rebuilding greens or utilizing sonar technology to find the broken drain tile. For greens that are forty years old the percolation issue is somewhat insignificant but just a side note of a reminder between the variance of the two terms.  

    

  

Course Update June 12, 2015


“For we fix our attention, not on things that are seen, but on things that are unseen. What can be seen lasts only for a time, but what cannot be seen lasts forever.” (2 Corinthians 4:18 TEV)

The Agronony Team did an excellent job this week preparing for the golf tournaments this weekend! As we continue to search for a solution to the broken pumps remember the water will run longer throughout the morning  to keep up with watering demands due to 90 degree temperatures and  evapotranspiration rates. One Players green looks much better after hand watering with a newer wetting agent tablet!    
We are still operating at 47% capacity on irrigation efficiency due to the pumps being worn out and a failed jockey pump. Surge Pro and Primo were applied to the greens and Players Club fairways with fungicides and the Agra Rouse was added to the Foxfire fairways with Primo and a fungicide. The primo will reduce the clipping yield and create a tighter surface which will enhance playability. We also got our water reports and a couple of soil tests results this week and they coincide to the Agronomic program we are currently utilizing.  Great week staff! Thank you all for your hard work. We are operating on an ergonomic efficiency labor rate 25% below the national average for 36 golfing holes and practice facility. There is much work left to complete but we are progressing each week! The range was prepared Monday for the Junior golf program. Target greens were mowed as well as junior tees on the driving range.  

     

We added a new approach area to #15 Players this week and will continue this process in other areas as time and resources are available.  

     

Tournament preparation this morning.  

  

  

  

  

  


   

 Watering Foxfire this morning before the shotgun start!  

  

  

 Re mowed new walk paths on Players yesterday for our walking members. 

  

  

 Greens after brown patch preventer.  

  

  

  

  

  

 Working on details adding mulch and trimming branches back off cart path edges on players.    
 

  
String trimming lakes! 

  
 

   
 

Spot watering #6 Players this morning before shotgun.  

      

Courses are Glowing & Growing Baby Deer & Irrigation.


Both courses are detailed for the weekend and our recent nutrient application have the fairways and greens in great shape. I plan to verticut next week lightly.  We can not go as deep as I want to right now because we do not have the resources to clean up the chafe. Verticutting and top dressing will increase the ball speed and trueness of the ball roll. 

   
          
 

Great meeting with Harrell’s at Heritage Golf Club yesterday! Eric the course was in excellent shape. Thank you all!  

  

  

  

 Those photos above are from Heitage Golf Club in Hillard, Ohio a Pete Dye! Brad Barr won some money!! 

We string trimmed the lot in downtown Commercial Point this week and found two baby deer. I’m glad we did not bush hog the lot!   

         

We are still operating on two pumps for 36 holes and alternating schedules but this week we had a sprinkler head stick on and flooded a bunker and a clogged fairway drain on #5 Players 

        

It was 49 Monday Morning and the high today was 80!! Great weather now but dry! We brought all the walk mowers to the main shop so we can start going through them and utilizing them in some capacity. 

Course Update May 30, 2015


The Players Course and Foxfire Course are continuing to improve. We looked absolutely amazing for the Channel Six TV shoot yesterday in accordance with our resources available. Hopefully, we can get a utility pull behind turbine blower or fix a tractor to operate our 1984 PTO Toro! We are currently working with one pump out of each pump house! This means I reprogrammed the entire Site Pro hydraulic links to regulate flow. This is a simple comprehension of Blaise Pascal’s law of physics, which states: Pascal’s law or the principle of transmission of fluid-pressure (also Pascal’s Principle) is a principle in fluid mechanics that states that pressure exerted anywhere in a confined incompressible fluid is transmitted equally in all directions throughout the fluid such that the pressure variations (initial differences) remain the same.bThe law was established by French mathematician Blaise Pascal.  This means that there may be a few dry spots in some fairways due to the inability to create enough pressure given the Horse Power available to fill the pipes even with software reprogramming! We have to Pray for rain and fix the other pumps!  Also, Jim is  attempting to grind fairway reels in between repairs. Luis has helped Jim in the shop this week repair numerous items of equipment to help catch up. We had a greens mower, grounds master, and the zero turn mower all go out this week, and two of our four utility carts. The staff has slowly increased to twenty members for 36 holes which remains well below the national average, but we are selecting one right team member at a time and the ergonomic out put has steadily increased compared to last year. Remember this is a five year plan to incorporate improvements over the entire property. We are in year two! All the bunker faces have been treated with a selective nutrient product to create a mono stand of the turf we desire. In layman’s terms the weeds have been sprayed and results are noticed. We will continue this process in between regular scheduled applications of disease prevention on greens tees, and fairways. A wetting agent was applied to the greens this week along with a fulvic acid and some sugar! Salesman always ask where do you get the sugar? My answer is always from the Kitchen! Which comes from GFS or someplace like that!  

     

   
          

New Fly mowers from Muirfield and Luis repairing Tires, and helped Jim repair carts and mowers.  

   

   

   
 

Training staff how to tri plex fairways. Broken Collumn below in Players pump house that needs replacing.  

 

Watering in wetting agent on greens Thursday! 

   
     

   
     

Hydraulic leak on 6700 D no damaged turf only clover. Jim repaired in field and Brad noticed the leak immediately and followed the standard operating procedures. # 15 Foxfire Below.  

   

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Better Together
 By Rick Warren — May 30, 2015

“Many people claim to be loyal, but it is hard to find a trustworthy person.” (Proverbs 20:6 NCV)
Trust is the emotional glue that draws you closer to your friends, your family, and your small group. Without trust, you’re never going to have the intimate relationship that God wants you to have. Teamwork without trust is impossible.
Proverbs 20:6 says, “Many people claim to be loyal, but it is hard to find a trustworthy person” (NCV). That was written thousands of years ago, and yet we have the same dilemma today: Who do you trust? How do you find a trustworthy person? More importantly, how do you become a trustworthy person so that people trust you?
You earn people’s trust by being consistent. The Bible says in Luke 16:10, “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much” (NIV). Today everybody wants to serve God in the obvious and showy ways. But God says you build trust by being faithful in little things. Even when no one is watching you, God is. He sees what you’re doing. And he says that if you’re faithful in little things, he will give you greater and greater responsibility.

You earn people’s trust by being confidential. People trust you when you can keep a secret. One of the rules for our small groups at Saddleback Church is that what is said in the group stays in the group. Your group trusts you to keep private whatever they share. Proverbs 11:13 says, “A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy person keeps a secret.”

You earn people’s trust by being close. You have to spend time with people in order to earn their trust. The Bible says, “Friends love through all kinds of weather, and families stick together in all kinds of trouble” (Proverbs 17:17 MSG). That implies proximity. Distance creates distrust. You don’t trust people you don’t know! So if you want people to trust you, you’ve got to spend time with them. Time creates trust.
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Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Aside


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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