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

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

2016 Weather in Review

A new year is upon us and ahead lies a whole year of opportunity and optimism of another great year of golf. 2016 was a rather good year for golf at Beavercreek Golf Club, as the number of rounds played were up. This certainly didn't come without its challenging weather conditions during the summer. Although the summer didn't come with scorching heat, the humidity and dew point remained elevated, making an average day seem a little extra sticky. During June and July, rain events came in large storms with prolonged dry stretches in between. While we are able to supplement water needs with our irrigation system, the disease pressure remained very high. During mid August, we received 4.52" of rain in a 7 day window all while the temperatures were in the upper 80s and lower 90s. If you ask any turf professional, they will tell you that these conditions are among some of the worst you can ever deal with. For a 10 day stretch, the turf staff was not able to mow many areas of the course because they were entirely too saturated, and turfgrass diseases were prolific in the untreated areas of the rough, wiping out almost all of the ryegrass population. Upon resuming maintenance activities, many areas were injured because of lingering wet spots and mechanical damage. Most of the damaged areas were able to recover during the fall, and by the start of the new golf season, turf conditions will be back to normal. There was not a single golf course in the Miami Valley that didn't deal with similar conditions on their course during that August stretch of weather. We all hope that 2017 brings a great year of weather and plenty of ideal opportunities to play golf.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

2016 Year in Pictures

It's hard to believe that 2016 is coming to an end. This past year was a relatively good year for rounds of golf played and course conditions. Like every year, we ran into a stretch of unfavorable weather. During the month of August, we received nearly 7" of rain, all while having an average daily high temperature of 85.6 degrees. When we reflect back on the season, it was filled with many great successes and memories of maintaining a beautiful piece of land. Below is a collection of photos captured on the course this past year.

Changing cups on a beautiful morning

Spectacular sunrise during greens aeration

Tree frog in the native area on hole 12

Late evening sun casting long shadows on hole 2

Hand watering greens in the early morning

Bright blue skies over hole 5

Operation Pollinator has been very successful at Beavercreek

The ponds between holes 2 and 3 are home to many turtles

Spike Rush provides a great filter along pond edges

Great sunrise over hole 10

A view down hole 1 from the tee

2016 was the 20th anniversary of Beavercreek Golf Club

Last sunrise of the summer