Mid-Ohio Electric -Pump Removable, Bunker Work, Natalie Grant, Spraying  Continues. 


April 24, 2016

Psalm 40: 1:4 I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet upon a rock and made my footsteps firm. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord. Blessed is the man who makes the Lord his trust, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods.  This passage came to me a few weeks ago and I have been leaning on it daily! Also, a favorite group of mine sung a rendition in the early 80’s called “40.” You may have heard of U2. 

Great meeting with Natalie Grant last Saturday. Your music and talents are certainly a blessing and shinning light! And thanks for the mention Bob Burney on your show last Thursday prior to the RUC banquet! Your service for the Lord is commendable and I certainly enjoyed your sports segment in regards to Curt Schilling and his firing from ESPN by stating his boldness. The Harbingers coming could not be more forth right when we align the current  time with scriptures from Isaiah, especially 9 thru 11. Everyone remembers 9/11 but go back and read that passage in Isaiah. I would encourage all to read the book Harbinger or watch the series! 

Next, why I am here, the golf courses below are just a snap shot of the ongoing progress from last week! 

  1. The Foxfire Course has been treated with prodiamine, and salt of dicmaba with 2 – ethyls, and a growth regulator. We sprayed the toprange tee and all the tees and fairways on the Foxfire course with 25-0-0 fertilizer! One 30!gallon liquid drum is empty. These product combinations will erradicate the dandelions, all broad leaf plants, and prevent the emergence of the digitaria species which has 4 bundle sheath cells or is a warm season grass commonly called crabgrass, however there are many mutations. The mode of action chosen for Foxfire was due to the variety of the Barricade of turf and the dinitroanalin properties. We will spray the rest of Players Club today with dithiopyr and other selected products to prevent crabgrass and other unwanted plants. The weather 15 days ago was snowing, then we followed that up with rain and wind! However, even with both spray tanks breaking down this week we managed to make progress but obviously not at the ergonomic output planned. 

Thanks Brad for getting the greens Secure! 


Bunker worked continues when Luis and his crew showed up to make progress. The next step will be to begin adding sand to them 

Jim switched out and fixed many units this week but the drive wheel on the sidewinder was one of the most important. 

Jim also rebuilt 3 pumps for the greens sprayer this week. 

Thanks Mid-Ohio for pulling the pumps out of the pump stations so we can replace the bad ones. I have too many photos to list here but this is just a snap shot from Players Club.  No I didn’t operate the crane but Joe was one of the best. 

Thanks Doug for cutting the holes in the roof of the pump stations. And thanks Daniel & Derek from Mid Ohio! 
The bridge held up great on Foxfire for the crane to access that pump station. 

Many other pieces of equipment broke down this week and delayed some progress but Jim and Fred helped get them back up and running somewhat. Thank you to my team, owners, and members for your patience and steadfast commitment to making Foxfire Golf Club,  Inc the best 36 hole semi- private club in central Ohio area. And congratulations to our new slope rating that gives us the third toughest slope rating. Obviously, my goal is # 1 and getting there. Mrs. Graves the owner was planting azaleas at the front entrance under the spruce trees Saturday!  This should look wonderful! 

To Nancy thank you for the 7218 days of marriage~ that’s 19 years 9 months and 4 days! We count each day one by one as a blessings and it also helps me keep track! 

See y’all on the course! We are going to make dramatic improvements this season with steadfast ergonomic planning and implementation where fiscally feasible ! Please excuse any brevity or typos this is all done through an I- Phone. Someday I will upgrade with a more user friendly lap top or desk top. Siri don’t know Jesus. 

1.63″ in 24 hrs. CPO Players Walking Foxfire 


We have had over an inch and a half of rain in the last 24hrs. I expect a frost delay today. We will try and mow greens and continue working in the bunkers.  The crabgrass preventer will continue to go out. Jim reinforced the small sprayer putting chains on the booms to hold them up and create more ground clearance. 

 Fred installed the new lights in the barn last week while it was raining.  

   
Jim also installed the new air hose and is continuing to get our second tee mower put together.   

   
John Deere brought our Kubota back yesterday and installed a new transfer pump for the fuel injection system. Thank you Justin for arranging and helping get this repaired.  

 Franklin Equipment is bringing back our other New Holland tractor today. Thank you Jason and the guys at Franklin! They installed a new clutch and we have a tractor back in operation after 8 years or more of not being utilized from what I hear!  

 

Thank you Nancy for volunteering some time to paint tee markers yesterday!  

 

Course Preparation between Rain, Snow, Wind, and Sunshine!  Staff of 8-12 people for 36 holes.  Second Radio broadcast for RUC! 


Philippians 1:2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 

Thank you to those of you that were able to listen to the radio broadcast for RUC. I did not realize how many were listening until I did not update my web page for the second show. Here are the links below and just a reminder this is a show for a non profit organization that brings a message to children in public and private schools. When you click on the links my part is #7 and # 8  and you will Catherine’s introduction for the first 3 minutes and the entire broadcast is only 12 minutes.  

880 WRFD #7 & 8

El Niño continues we had .35″ Wednesday night prior to the cold front arriving this morning.  I remember the last El Niño in 2008, and Nancy and I were in Sarasota.  Each region of the country is effected uniquely from the various weather patterns and typically after El Niño subsides the sister arrives La Niña, and I would expect those conditions by late summer in to the Fall equinox. 

Judge came out and mowed greens this week twice.  The nutrient application applied is helping smooth them out and slow the growth. Jim has the second greens unit ready and as soon as it warms up to a consistent temperature we will mow both courses daily.  Fred and Nancy did an excellent job mowing the rough even though it was wet we tried to cut a week ago in preparation for today’s tournament! Fred got hung up a little bit here on the mounds on 3 Players. No damage was done and I was already out on the tractor to pull Nancy out off Foxfire between 13/14 so I swung over to get Fred. Usually it’s stuck Chuck that gets stuck but he was doing an excellent job on the trim mower on Foxfire. I will have Brad mow the “First Cut” on Players today if it is not too wet since he knows where I want the walk paths and designs around the greens. 

    

 

  
Jared did come in and help get the greens sprayed with nutrients, and Primo! The Primo will reduce any seed heads! We did have to replace a couple of nozzles because of the mounding around the greens and the booms do not raise up and down, ergo Jared got one of the ends hung up. Thank you Kurt at Blackhawk for the replacement. I will bring it back today on my way up!  Teaching Jared calibration and below Jim is teaching Ralphy how to rebuild a sprayer pump. 

    
    
 Nancy below before she got stuck!  

 Testing the John Deere 2653 A First Cut mower! It is cutting great when it starts and runs. Jim did get the rear wheel put on correctly. A previous technician had the tire on backwards and it was rubbing the hydraulic hoses.  The Fall fertility is Cracking Now! The grass is growing and glowing! 

    
 Sunrise last Friday with a Frost delay and we may have one today! Thanks #Volunteer brush cutter Bill Brooks for cutting the wild Japnesse Holy back off the cart path! 14 looks better we need to do the left of 13 tee box next.  

    
    

  1. Luis my bunker crew is getting the bunkers ready for season. Jose has helped him this past week some but it will take more time. The longer we go with out staff in the Fall until now, the longer it takes to get them back I shape. It’s the simple accounting principle of opportunity cost and ergonomic output. But Luis is a great bunker crew and course set-up guy! We added the practice cups last Friday!  

 I will continue the update next week I have to upgrade my website now! I need more space! See you on the course! With the upgrade I will be able to post videos so stay tuned! Who knows where we will go! 

 

    
 

Temps go from 75 to 45 CPO Players Walking Foxfire, Grinding! 


Matthew 14:32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.

Brad is mowing the fairways that he can on Foxfire and Jose is finishing up the Players Club Tees. A beautiful day yesterday with a high of 75 turned over night with .9″ of rain, which is 1.6″ for the last 4 days. Today is windy with gusts up to 30Kmph. Started out promising for the sunrise and then the clouds have rolled back in. Tuesday and Wednesday should be better with sunshine and highs in the 50’s.  

    
   
Jim is grinding the last reel for the John Deere 2653A trim mower. Reynolds Farm and Turf came to pick up the Kubota this morning and we are waiting on a few more parts for the other 5200D fairway unit that were on back order.  

    
 

Happy Easter, RUC


Mark 16:15-18

15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”

Happy Easter to everyone who reads this across the world! Nancy and I have many friends, family, preachers, lawyers, doctors,  and teachers across the globe and yes that composes most of my family too! Oh, and I have  my own personal Judge- he mows the greens! What an outstanding dependable Judge! I defer to him for many rulings! You know who you are and what state or country you are in! We pray daily for y’all! God continues to be truly amazing and I would have never imangined the amount of people my blog reaches. Thank you to Rev. Ben my first cousin, who set up the site for me. He and his wife are brilliant Duke alumn and have an editing entity. Nancy and I been blessed to work with and meet many wonderful people from all over the country and in many other countries over the years. 

On March 16, which would have been the Reverend Robert Lee Nicks’s 100 year birthday, one of my grandfathers, I recorded 2 radio segments for Mrs. Catherine Wood and her wonderful organization that Nancy and I support along with my parents and siblings. Why me? You’ll have to listen to both shows! It is a story of God’s grace, redemption, and mercy! But most importantly Hope for everyone! Great meeting Bob Burney! He has the afternoon show! 

Below is a copy of Catherine’s bio and a link to Relationships Under Construction. She and her staff go in to the school houses of the public where they are not permitted to mention God and teach children about healthy relationships.  Their savvyness and talents God has given them is beyond comprehension. Nancy and I do not have children but if we did and they had to go to a public school house they would have a Bible in their backpack, and I would want them hearing her message. The first segment is a minute (small) portion of what her program does ergo I was unable to mention God but next Saturday’s segment will be God’s testimony through me that all the world should hear! I prayfully encourage you to go to her website and donate any amount that you can afford, but most importantly pray for her oraganization the relies on donations. Catherine did not ask me to say that part nor put this on my web page. I have copied excerpts from her web page below!  So if your in Ohio today turn on and tune in the radio to 880 AM! 

Catherine Wood Radio Show

Saturdays at 4:00pm & Sundays at 10:30am

Mission Statement 

Teaching youth the blueprint for strong future families. Our program addresses character development, goal setting, how to recognize healthy and unhealthy relationships, and dating violence while exploring the issues of fatherhood, motherhood and healthy family formation.

Catherine’s Bio

Catherine Wood is the President of Relationships Under Construction. Catherine oversees Relationships Under Construction and conducts training seminars, teacher in-services and parent meetings. Catherine is the author of the program’s curriculum, Relationships Under Construction for 6-12th grades.  See more at: http://www.wrfd.com/LocalHosts/1433#sthash.7TgelBpt.dpuf

880 AM WRFD This link should work but if not copy the above link to hear previous episodes. 

Relationships Under Construction
http://www.Relationshipsundercontruction.com

Someone told me in the store up here. “Boy you caint grow Sunflowers in Ohio in March!  I said I might not be able too but God can! God has blessed me with the ability to grow anything anywhere!  

Gary R in Sarasota, this is what I was watering when we spoke last Monday and now their cracking! I was waiting and well, even started to doubt because of the ole’ farmers statement. Surly, growth, goodness, and mercy shall always prevail! Great speaking with you all when I get the chance! 

 

March 22, 2016 Course Update 


1 Cor 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them- yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. 

Thank you Brad, TJ, Jose, and Tom and Paula for coming out yesterday! We had a great day cutting fairways, roughs, and tca!  Tom cut the Foxfire tca yesterday which was the second cut on Foxfire. Jose finished the Players Club Monday. We would have been finished last Friday but a hydraulic hose broke on the left front reel motor.  This is normal for a unit that has 4500 hours.  Jose, pictured below is mowing the first cut of the season on Players Club. 

  

Brad tested the unit on Foxfire below, and when then chain saw broke down I sent Jose above to start cutting Players Club.   
All the greens have been mown twice and we will cut them today and Thursday. The Judge will preside over the greens. 

Jim did an excellent job getting the units assembled on the 5200 D.  We still have parts on order for the other greens mower and the John Deere first cut mower. The John Deere First cut mower needs new rollers on 3 reels for a total of six rollers. 3 Rollers came today! That’s service. Thanks Justin for stopping by on your way out here off the grid in Galena! Jim can start assembling these in am. 

   
   

 I have no idea why the water on 16 Players is springing up out of the ground.   The power to the pump stations are off, the cross over valve is closed, and when we get the backhoe fixed I may be able to dig it up and see. It could be the under ground Teays Valley River. I am not sure but we will find out in due process. It is not impeding play.  Photo below is the cut through from Foxfire 11 to 16 Players and a connection or cross over line was added to bridge the two systems. 
    
  Hydraulic leak last Friday on #6 Players below, ergo when you see a brown line you know what happened. Look at how pure the cut is! Jim did and excellent job grinding and setting the attitude of the bed knife. Attitude is everything, literally!   
  The sidewinder above is ready for operation. We will need to get Fred back out here to operate it.   
 

  First cut above with the 6700 D that has 5 of 7 units operating and is what we utilized last year for 36 holes. This year we may have 2 fairway units and possibly a 3rd! 

  This is the reel below that the new rollers go on! The John Deere 2653A will be our intermediate rough or cut mower around the fairways, and the plan will be to utilize the 6700 D at 1.75″ outside that cut. Then the 4000 D rough mower will have less work when the plan comes together. We only have the one 4000 D rough mower for 36 holes so variable creativity in step heights of cut will be necessary to establish a friendly faster pace of play for the golfers. In turn this should generate more revenue for the club. 

  We got one of our New Holland tractors back last week and John Deere said they will pick up the Kubota to repair it! I expect the other New Holland update any day now! The Kubota is leaking fuel somewhere in the engine causing it to leak out of the block.  

  Kubota below when I pulled the dip stick out fuel came gushing out of the engine!  

And finally below was an opportunity to share a bit of my story for a friend in the studio. I recorded two segments and I will update more about it towards the end of the week. Stay tuned! See you on the course!  

 Special Thank you to Andy & Brandy for your hospitality last Saturday at the lake house in Apple Valley! Always great to catch a game with you! I’ve know Andy for 30 years or more and we have seen many games It is always great when Duke wins!  Andy runs the big tall bank in the down town!  

   

2.1″ of Rain in 3 Days! 


Zechariah 10:1Ask rain from the LORD in the season of the spring rain, from the LORD who makes the storm clouds, and he will give them showers of rain, to everyone the vegetation in the field.

We had an inch of rain yesterday afternoon with in 45 minutes. That is 2.1″ of rain in 3 days.  Thanks to Tom & Bill for coming back yesterday evening and helping with the water removal! We will need a new gfi outlet for the sump pump. The down spout was repaired. Possible showers again today then the forecast is too cool off for the first day of Spring with possible snow Sunday morning. 

    
   Jim has been working on the frame of the Toro 5200 D fairway unit. Most of the bushings and pins have been replaced.  

  No we are not using the chain saw on the fairway unit!  Billy and I saw another bubble yesterday from all the water. This was on 18 Players.  
 We will get one of our New Holland tractors back from Franklin Equipmnet tomorrow. The TC 48 They are installing new clutches. The photo below is the TC 55. 

 

March 9, 2016 Greens Mowed, Pin location Day 1, Tree Work. 


The weather this week is a typical Florida Winter day! Remember we are still in Winter in Ohio. Low 50’s high in the 70’s. It’s another great day for golf. Please fix your ball marks the grass is not growing yet! It is trying to “wake up” ! We are still in Winter but all signs are pointing towards an early Spring which means any poa annua control needs to be applied this week, and crabgrass control will need to be applied early April at the latest! I would not be surprised to see dollar spot activity earlier this year as well! 
Jim has gotten a greens mower ready and hopefully by the end of the day we will have a tee, collar, and approach unit ready. All the greens will be mowed today and the pins relocated. Ideally, we would also roll the greens to smooth them out, but I will have to see if another course will let us borrow one to accomplish that task. The Judge made it back from Alambama to help out today and TJ. All the greens will need blown off first! Then we will now them and I will set the pin locations.  

      

    
  Jim got the parts needed to get this mower with 7,000 hours running again! Hopefully it will make it another season! He put brakes, pins, bushings, new reel motors, and various other springs and levers that operate the Toro.  

 
We also replaced a lift cylinder that was leaking hydraulic oil, and replaced a hydraulic line. 

   
   
We are continuing cleaning up the tree debris as well. 

   
   
The saw is off in that photo! See you on the course. 

Foxfire is Closed for Golf Today Tomorrow & Until this Ice Berg Melts 


Thanks to the neighbors that drove a snow mobile on my signature hole and left a huge ice berg on the path. I’ll send you the bill! No Golf until this melts it will costs $275 to move this off of the cart path and indirect opportunity cost yet to be determined!  Today below still waiting on 7″ of snow to melt!

  

  
  
  Snow mobile down 4 fairway! 

2-19-16 Would I Open This Weekend? From Mark @ Westchester Golf Club


Nope. Right now we still have complete snow cover.  That means even with the 50°+ forecast we will have standing water on top of the frozen drain inlets until the drain lines thaw out. Each golfer takes an average of 75 steps per green which means with very soft greens we will have 67,500 footprints for […]

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