Thursday, January 28, 2016

Work Continues

A short walk on the course yesterday yielded the following pictures:

A pile of lumber logs from the 18th tee.
The willows between 17 and 18 are gone. Need to finish burning the brush. We will discuss this summer what trees to plant in this area.
There is still one more oak to remove to the north of the red tee on 18. I should have a much better chance to produce quality turf.

The 4 oaks behind 11 green and the broken white pine to the right will finish the main tree removal. The ob lines on 14 and 15 still need to be cleaned out but should not take too long.There is still plenty of winter left to accomplish our goals. Meanwhile, several brush piles will be cleaned up next week.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

While the Cat's away, the guys keep working

I am coming to you from sunny southern California. Ia m currently attending to some family matters at a time when the weather cooperates in my favor!

While I am gone, the tree cutters have continued their winter work upon snow landscape of the golf course. All the trees that I marked along the left of 2 and right of 8 have been removed and burned. Some minor cleanup will occur in the spring. Yesterday they attacked the trees on 5 and burned the pile that has been there since summer. Their journey will next lead them to left of 14 and left of 15. Their final destinations will be the oaks by the 11th green and red tee on 18, along with the willows between 17 and 18, and end up removing the broken white pine right of 12 green.

Today's technology makes it possible to work remotely with use of smart phones. My guys have made physical contact to assure everything is going fine while I can be tethered via cell phones. Now if I could do this and make sure the reel grinder was still working, I might stay longer.

Pictures to be posted next week when I get back providing I can get re acclimated to winter!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Winter Work

Winter has finally arrived as there were golf courses opened around the Twin Cities as late as the week before Christmas. I kept myself busy in November and December by refurbishing the employee break area in our shop. Everything on the walls was taken off and all lockers were removed and put out in the shop area for painting. The ceiling was scraped and repainted. The walls were washed, repaired, and painted from leftover paint from the clubhouse. The rug was removed but did not paint the floor yet. I had some vacation time to use up so that will wait till next winter. The cabinets were painted and the lockers were repositioned back in place. I had some pictures but they have seemed to disappear from me.

The tree crew was able to make it out for a day last week and begin removing more trees. Our game plan this year is to thin/open up the areas along our boundary lines. They were able to start along the left side of hole 2 and finished up that area. Some brush was burned but still more to clean up.
Next week, after this cold snap, they will venture over to the left side of #8 and continue on with more of the same. Stay warm.