Spring must be getting close, our new greens mower arrived.
Along with the tree trimming and removal we have been busy in the shop working on equipment. While working on our older fairway mower we came across quite a surprise. Over the years grass clippings and other material had found spots in the frame of the mower to sit and accumulate. In these spots the frame began to rust, and the effects of the rust finally became apparent. The photos show the rust holes in the frame and the axle. Fixing the problem in this case was only about half of the work. The other half was getting the mower disassembled to a point that it could be fixed. In this case we had to split the mower into two pieces, creating a front half and a back half. Once all of the hydraulics were disconnected, and all linkages were removed, we then could split the mower for repair. Then to fix the axle we simply plated over the spots with new steel and repainted everything. Unfortunately the frame we were unable to do that and a whole new section had to be fabricated to replace what needed to be removed. Once the old frame piece was removed an exact duplicate was made to replace it. Then once all of the welding was done a new coat of paint was applied and we began reassembling our puzzle. I am happy to say that everything went back together as planned and is ready for spring. The mower should now be read for years and years of service.
Just before the snow got to deep to move around in we had one more tree that needed attention. The tree was located just to the south of the driving range and had a large limb hanging over the tee. As you can see from the picture the limb was not in good shape. It had a crack all of the way through it, at any moment the limb could have fallen crushing anything that was under it. Because of the split we removed the limb from the end back to the trunk. All was going good until the end. The pressures within the branch were not what I thought they would be and wedged the saw into the tree. After getting another saw, we easily cut it out and competed the project. This was one of the many trees that were pruned and removed from the golf course. Safety is our number one concern when deciding what to do with trees on the golf course. With most of the tree work done we are in the shop getting equipment ready for spring.
On this cold November day it reminds us that the season is winding down. A lot has happened this year and a one of the highlights was the removal of the Snack shop in the spring. This made a huge difference in the area and created a nice patio to sit on and enjoy the golf course. The almost perfect rains though the year kept the golf course green and growing. The year was pretty uneventful until the end of August. It started with way to much rain. It was the first time the golf course had been closed all summer, but thanks to all of the tile that is in the ground it drained quickly and were back out a day later. Then a couple days later a disaster, vandalism to three of the greens on the back nine. ATV’s ruined holes 13, 15 and 16, requiring almost a 1000 square feet of sod to be laid and hundred of plugs, to remove the damaged spots. The back nine was closed for one week while the turf healed and the sod began to root. A month later the greens were healed and back to normal. After this winters heavy topdressing the spots will be invisible, and just a bad memory. Then the leaves began to fall and never seemed to quit. As I type this the last of the leaves are hopefully blowing off of the golf course. It has been a beautiful fall allowing for a great last few rounds of golf. I would like to thank the entire membership for your support and cooperation in taking care of this beautiful golf course. The maintenance staff
Wow is a lot happening on the golf course. The grass is green and growing and we are busy trying to keep up. The good news is that those pesky silver maple helicopters are almost done and will soon no longer be a nuisance. The rains have been almost perfectly timed, a little to much in the last storm, but I am not complaining. The new tile that was installed last fall performed great and the areas dried out as expected, getting golf carts back on the golf course just a little bit sooner. As I mentioned before the snack shop has been removed. That really changes the look to the area and has created a nice little patio that we can enjoy. Along with the golf course we have been busy getting the pool ready. Unfortunately it will not be open by Memorial day. While doing the cleaning we noticed a few small tears in the liner that need to be patched, once the needed supplies arrive we will get to work on getting them fixed and water in the pool. Once water is in the pool it will take about a week to get the water ready to swim in. Look for continued updates in the weekly email about expected opening dates. In the mean time get out and enjoy the golf course it is in great shape and very green.
It has been awhile since last posting anything, and it has been busy. The golf course has opened up and came through winter marvelous, with virtually no winter damage. That sure is a nice feeling. The grass is just getting going which is giving us just enough time to get our part of a larger project done. If you have not heard the snack shop is destined for demolition, but first we must install a new water line into the Pro Shop. As you can see in the photos it is quite a mess around the pool and Pro Shop, the price of progress. In a few short days we will have most of the dirt back in the hole and the area back to normal. As you can see it was tight digging for awhile. The area is going to change a lot in looks once the snack shop is removed.
The long awaited fix has been done. In only a day and a half we have pulled the old engine out of the Kubota tractor and replaced it with a brand new one. The process went fairly smooth and maybe even a little easier than we all thought. By doing this in house we saved a considerable amount of money. It is now ready to start cutting grass when winter is finally over. We have now started to tear apart the rough mower, so that it is ready for the upcoming season. After three years of constant running some of the wear parts are worn out and need to be replaced. In doing this we will remove almost every nut and bolt from the machine. After doing this we will clean, inspect and replace whatever is worn. With constant maintenance this machine should serve FDCC for many many years to come.
The start to a long needed repair on the Kubota Tractor. How is a drill bit sticking through the side of an engine block the start of a repair? This is the first step required to order a new engine. Since this engine does not conform to EPA standards it must be destroyed before another engine can be shipped. Once all of the paper work is submitted a new engine will be shipped, hopefully that does not take long. So for now we have a large orange paper weight sitting in the shop.
With such a beautiful day today I went out and did a little checking on the golf course. Unfortunately, I knew what I was going to find. During our last warm-up not all of the snow melted off of the greens. In some spots we helped this process by shoveling off the extra snow, but we were unable to do all of the greens. So what does this mean, under the snow that did not melt it formed a nice layer of ice. If the ice remains long enough it can “suffocate” the grass. So today I was curious to see how much ice was on one of the greens, using a hole saw, I found out. The top photo shows what I found. There is about 3/4 of an inch of ice on this potion of the green. The good news is the ice does not appear to be solid clear ice (the worst kind) but instead rotten ice (the best kind). The rotten ice hopefully will allow the grass to breath. The other picture shows one of the reasons that we throw fertilizer in the fall. As you can see the black specs are the fertilizer making its way up thought the ice. This helps to create channels through the ice for oxygen and to promote the melting process. All in all the golf course appears to be in great shape, unfortunately there is still a lot of winter left. For now think warm thoughts and hope for an early spring.
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