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|
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.
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|
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|