Friday, July 14, 2017

Beavercreek Golf Club Recognized for Environmental Excellence

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- July 2017
CONTACT:              Allie Eustis, Program Specialist
                                                (518) 767-9051, Ext. 116
                                                allie@auduboninternational.org

Beavercreek Golf Club Recognized for Environmental Excellence

BEAVERCREEK, OH – Beavercreek Golf Club has retained its designation as a "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, an Audubon International program.
Participation is designed to help course personnel plan, organize, implement, and document a comprehensive environmental management program and receive recognition for their efforts. To reach certification, a course must demonstrate that they are maintaining a high degree of environmental quality in a number of areas including: Environmental Planning, Wildlife & Habitat Management, Outreach and Education, Chemical Use Reduction and Safety, Water Conservation, and Water Quality Management.
"Beavercreek Golf Club has shown a strong commitment to its environmental program. They are to be commended for their efforts to provide a sanctuary for wildlife on the golf course property," said Christine Kane, Executive Director at Audubon International.
Beavercreek Golf Club is one of 16 courses in Ohio and 910 courses in the world to hold the honor. Golf courses from the United States, Africa, Australia, Central America, Europe, South America, and Southeast Asia have also achieved certification in the program. The golf course was designated as a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary in 2014. After designation, courses go through a recertification process every three years.
This year the recertification process, coordinated by Zachary Wike, Assistant Superintendent, required a visit by a local community representative. Sarah Hippensteel Hall, Manager of Watershed Partnerships at the Miami Conservancy District, was given a tour of the course and sent her observations to Audubon International. “The Beavercreek Golf Club is an excellent example of good land stewardship. They are protecting greenspace, improving water quality, and creating wildlife habitat. The buried valley aquifer is a critical resource for our communities, and the Beavercreek Golf Club is taking many steps to ensure it is here for our future,” Hippensteel Hall reported.
“We see the site visit as an important component of a course’s recertification,” stated Kane. “It provides an objective verification of some of the more visible aspects of the course’s environmental management activities. In addition, it offers an opportunity for golf course representatives to share publicly some of the voluntary actions they have taken to protect and sustain the land, water, wildlife, and natural resources around them.”
About Audubon International
Audubon International is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) environmental education organization dedicated to providing people with the education and assistance they need to practice responsible management of land, water, wildlife, and other natural resources. To meet this mission, the organization provides training, services, and a set of award-winning environmental education and certification programs for individuals, organizations, properties, new developments, and entire communities. For more information, contact Audubon International at 120 Defreest Drive, Troy, NY 12180, 1-844-767-9051, e-mail at acsp@auduboninternational.org, or visit the website at www.auduboninternational.org.       ###

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

February 2017...The Groundhog was Wrong

On Groundhog's Day, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow predicting that winter was going to extend another six weeks this year. His prediction couldn't have been worse... unless he had predicted the Cleveland Browns were going to win the Super Bowl next year. The month of February was very Spring-like with many beautiful days to enjoy the outdoors. At Beavercreek Golf Club, we recorded 711 rounds of golf during the month, nearly 200 more rounds than the previous record. The average daily high temperature was 51.8 degrees this year, nearly 13 degrees above normal. There were 11 days where we set a new record high temperature, including a day reaching 75 degrees. It's always nice to start the season on a positive note. All we can hope for now is the weather to continue to be conducive to golf. The table below depicts February weather data gathered over the last seven years. The weather station at WPAFB is used for data.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

2017 Winter Update

Winter is upon us, even if the weather hasn't been very typical, and the turf staff has been very busy getting ready for the upcoming golf season. Many people wonder what goes on around the maintenance department during the winter months. The turf staff is certainly much smaller, now made up of 3 full time staff and 4 part time staff working 2-3 days per week. What may seem as our "down time" is filled with many projects and tasks to be able to get everything ready for the new season. Listed below are some of the projects that our team has been working on over the last few months.

Equipment Maintenance
All of the equipment is fully serviced during the winter months. This includes fluid and filter changes, inspection and repair, and sharpening of cutting units. Many of our pieces of equipment that we rely on have well over 4000 hours, so preventative maintenance is crucial in ensuring that they will be reliable when it is "go time".

Equipment Technician Andy Amburn putting a greens cutting unit together
Shop Floor
During the last few weeks of December, the turf staff removed everything from the heated work bay of the shop and applied a new epoxy floor coating. The original epoxy coating lasted nearly 10 years and was beginning to show signs of wear. The new epoxy coating was applied by the turf staff and material cost was under $300. The new floor coating looks great and should last another 10 years.




Tree Removal
Through the end of January, we have removed 24 trees from the property. The trees that were removed were either dead or in severe decline and consisted of Ash, Cherry, and Crabapple. The trees were removed near 1 tee, around 12 green and left of 16 fairway. Over the coming weeks, the turf staff will continue removing dead/declining Ash and Cherry trees from the left side of hole 16. Our goal is to remove roughly 25-30 more trees this winter. During the month of March, we will rent a stump grinder to remove the stumps so that they can be filled and seeded.

Hazardous dead Locust tree that was rotten inside

Course Accessories
The turf staff has worked diligently to refurbish and replace many course accessories for the upcoming season. All ball washers, fairway yardage plates and recycling cans will be repainted in the coming weeks. New tee markers and enter/exit posts were made using Ash limbs from EAB affected trees removed last winter. The 150 yard marker poles in the fairways were replaced by refurbishing the old enter/exit 4x4 posts. Ten new bluebird boxes were constructed and will be installed before the end of February. A single rail split rail fence, recycled from Rotary Park was installed near 7 tee to control cart traffic around the tee complex. Finally, two walnut log benches were made using a large log from a walnut tree removed from hole 5 in 2010. All of these projects were done in house by our turf staff.

New tee markers
New enter(green) and exit(red) posts

New 150 yard marker poles

Bluebird boxes will be installed in coming weeks

Split rail fence installed at 7 tee complex

Two walnut log benches were installed at clubhouse entrance