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This Week at Deep Springs: 2-16-2018

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34 days till Spring!

Hello Deep Springs, I hope you’re enjoying these temperatures that we have had the last few days. Unfortunately it has been fairly soggy around here lately with the rain. It appears that the rain will be lingering around for another day or so. Also, it’ll be slightly cooler than the 70 degree days we’ve had. There will be a 30 degree difference from today’s high(70 degrees) and tomorrow’s high(40). Those kind of temperature changes really throw a loop in the turf’s mindset and for us humans it just means more illnesses with an already bad flu season. The good thing is I haven’t seen any temperatures in the next 10 days that will have our greens covered. Hopefully I didn’t jinx myself with that, but we can always hope for some stability in the forecast.

Last week I previewed on some of the things we have coming up at Deep Springs. This week I thought I’d go back to our usual self and look back on this week. With the rain that we have had it has helped with the drought, but that’s about it. The golf course is very wet and hopefully the sun will poke its head out and dry things out. This week we wrapped up the majority of our winter cleanup. The pond on 18 between River Road and 18 bridge was our last cleanup spot. That area really looks nice now especially driving down River road. Our other ponds have had some work done around them as well. We’ll continue to keep our eyes on these areas especially during rain events.

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TOP: View of 18/River Rd. Pond cleanup. BOTTOM: 18/River Rd. pond as seen from River Rd.

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Speaking of rain, I want to mention that with the rain today and expected rain tomorrow we will pushing our spring pre-emergent to Tuesday(2/20) and Wednesday(2/21). Originally, we planned on Monday and Tuesday, but with the wet conditions we don’t want to rut up the golf course and also allow it to dry out a bit. There is also a chance of rain on Monday. When we do apply the pre-emergent we will be starting on #18 and spraying backwards. We will also be watering in this product to allow it to get down into the soil. We will be sure not to get in your way as you play your round.

Another big job that was completed was the repair to the restroom on the front 9. I’d like to thank Louis Ashburn for the work on the restroom. The damage occurred from a water leak from the water fountain pipe which then brought on termite damage to a corner post and other parts of the building. Most of the rotted wood was replaced and the plumbing to the water fountain was fixed. We will also treat this area for termites so that we don’t have anymore problems in the future. We started painting the restroom this afternoon and will wrap all painting on Monday(2/19). I’ve included some pictures below for some before and after shots.

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Finally, work began this week on the bridge on #18. Keith Duncan and his crew from Shiloh Utilities  started rehabbing the bridge by replacing some of the boards and also adding some rip rap where some of the foundation has settled. On Monday, they will jack the bridge up and repair underneath and so that it is sitting more evenly across. The end result should be similar look to the bridge on #17(a prior job done by Shiloh Utilities). Below are some of the pictures so far of the work being done.

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As always, thank you for following us this week as we try to make Deep Springs better each day and week. We appreciate you for staying on the path this week with the wet conditions and hopefully things will be on the drier side next week. Please continue to fix your ball marks, fill your divots, and rake those bunkers. If you have any question or comment, feel free to email me at joey.davis@deepspringscc.com.

 

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This Week at Deep Springs: 2-9-2018

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This week’s update will be more of a preview rather than a review. The last several posts that I have made have been more about the depressing weather we have experienced this winter and less about what we have in store this upcoming season at Deep Springs.

So, I thought I would mix it up and rather than have my usual Monday update I would move it to Friday’s. In this case, I started last Friday on Groundhog Day in hopes that maybe we’d have some good luck in a shortened winter season. Well, that didn’t seem to help and we’re left with 6 more weeks of winter.

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This week, I thought I’d touch on a project that I hope will evolve into something special here at Deep Springs. Since I started here in October I’ve been told that the course lacked some color and needed something appeasing  to the eye. My first step in this was to identify areas throughout the course where we could make some improvements or alterations. Obviously, the first part of this was adding the landscape behind #1 green. The next phase is incorporating some color to different areas of the golf course. The first plan will be to plant a bee and butterfly wildflower area between holes 14 and 15. The picture below is an aerial shot of the area where we will establish a color splash of yellows, oranges, reds, etc. and this will mature over time into an acre sized bee and butterfly wildflower area. Since there is a lot of symmetry when it comes to a golf course, what happens on the back 9(14 & 15) must happen on the front 9. So, another area that I’m looking to install a front 9 wildflower area is behind #7 green. This area will more than likely be something we do in the Spring of 2019. Once these areas are established, there won’t be a lot of maintenance involved. Most of the work will be when we prep, seed, and establish. After that we will let nature do it’s work. What we will see will be a reduction in mowing, chemicals, and a nice addition to an already aesthetically pleasing part of the golf course. Also, it will be extremely beneficial to the environment and you will notice more and more wildlife.

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Area inside the yellow lines will be filled with wildflowers like below.
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Example of what our wildflower area(s) will look like.

To Mow or not to Mow?

The next idea or project will be to incorporate native areas or “no-mow” areas throughout the golf course. These ares will be mainly surrounding tee boxes, par 3’s, out of play areas, etc. There is approximately 22 acres of rough that I have designated as potential “no-mow” areas. These areas will be rough around #3 tee boxes, #4 rough, #7 green/#8 tee box area, #15 green surround/#16 tee and rough, and #17 tee boxes. I’ve included pictures below to highlight these areas and also a picture that will give you an idea of these ‘no-mow’ areas will actually look like. To get these areas established, we will mow these areas at approximately 4 inches monthly to keep it consistent throughout. Also, the biggest key will be to keep unwanted weeds out and so with our planned pre-emergent in two weeks this will help keep weeds in check. I’m not trying to grow a big weed patch, but to essentially give parts of the golf course back to nature. I feel like we will see a lot of benefits from this across the board and it will help us concentrate more on areas that need the attention the most.

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#3 no-mow area
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#7/8 no-mow and wildflower area(2019?)
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#15 green,16, and 17 tee no-mow areas.
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Example of No-Mow bermuda at a golf course in Texas.

I do have one request and it involves feedback from you. I’d like to know your thoughts on the no-mow areas and wildflower areas. Would you rather not have these areas or do you like the idea of these areas? At the end of the day it is your golf course and we have the honor of maintaining it. So, I don’t want to incorporate these areas if it is something that you are not in favor of. Please feel free to email me your thoughts and suggestions.

As always, thank you for following us this week! We appreciate you helping us fixing ball marks, filling divots, and keeping golf carts out of unwanted areas like tee and green complexes. If you have questions, comments, or concerns, please email me at joey.davis@deepspringscc.com

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This Week at Deep Springs…Groundhog Day Edition: 2-2-2018

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Golf course version of a groundhog. Hopefully the real one doesn’t see his shadow and winter will end early!

Happy Groundhog Day! Well, thankfully January is out of here! As you all know we spent the majority of the month with greens covered and/or covered in snow. It was nice to wrap up the month with some warmer temperatures and also some much needed rain. We ended January with over 3 inches of rain and 8 inches of snow.

Looking ahead, it appears that we could have a mix of rain and snow showers this weekend. The temperatures will be fairly cool most of next week. So, there will be a day or two where greens will be covered. As we get further into February it looks like the temperatures will start to rise.

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Those of us in the turf industry we like to see February because soon it will be time to prepare for the upcoming growing season. We will be applying our spring/summer preemergent the week of February 19th before soil temperatures get above 50 degrees. One indicator to keep an eye on is Forsythia. When it is in bloom that indicates that soil temperatures are warming and is time to apply a weed preemergent.

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Forsythia in bloom

A few projects that we will be working on in February will include drainage work around the driving range side of the putting green, continue on irrigation repairs with the expected warmer weather, wrap up winter projects, mow all turf for a winter cleanup before spring/summer preemergent is applied, and a whole lot more. Before we know it we will be in the middle of the summer wondering when the cooler temperatures will be here.

Lastly, I thought I’d mention that I was elected to the Board of Directors for the Piedmont Golf Course Superintendents Association at their Social event held on January 31st at High Point Country Club. I’m looking forward to working with my fellow Piedmont Superintendents and affiliates in helping promote our industry. I’m very much involved with the Carolinas Golf Course Superintendents Association and the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. It only helps and aids with what we’re doing here at Deep Springs.

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This month I’ll be attending a couple seminars for continuing education and pesticide credits. This Friday I’ll be attending the Greensboro Turfgrass Conference to sit through a series of seminars provided by NC State University on the latest in turf research. At the end of the month I’ll attend another day of seminars on pesticide use and new and emerging weed control technology.

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As always, thank you for following us this week! It’s great to see golfers out on the course. Be sure to continue to fill your divots, fix your ball marks, and keep carts away from green and tee complexes. Stay tuned to our Facebook page(Deep Springs Country Club: Turf Care and Maintenance) for continued course updates and conditions. Questions? Concerns? Email me at joey.davis@deepspringscc.com

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This Week at Deep Springs: 1-22-2018

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Clubhouse covered in snow

 

Finally, we are in a stretch of some warm temperatures. The month of January has been brutal, so far. We started off the month/year eight days below freezing. We’ve only had 1.23″ of rain this month including the precipitation from the snow. According to the National Severe Storms Lab, 13 inches of snow equals 1 inch of rain. That ratio varies from 2 inches of sleet to nearly 50 inches of very powdery, dry snow. We had around 7-8 inches of snow dump on Deep Springs last Wednesday.  Things really didn’t begin to melt until Saturday and as of this morning we are about 90% melted. There are some areas where some lingering snow and slush is present. The course is very wet and we expect carts to be on the path for most of the week. There is a system with potential thunderstorms moving in this evening that will add to the wet conditions on the course. Please avoid any wet areas and low lying areas as you play your round.

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Last week, we didn’t accomplish a whole lot with the snow and ice. We did continue to work on trees around the golf course earlier in the week. We will wrap all tree work by the middle of next month so that we can start to focus on grass. All pond banks are being cleaned up and we will clear out any drain lines that may be stopped up from years of debris and trash. Also, we worked on our restrooms on the golf course. We repaired windows, added some mirrors, added a coat of paint, and fixed a leak that was rotting away some of the wood from around the water fountain areas. We will replace any and all wood that has rotted away.

 

This week we will focus some attention on the bunkers. We’ll spin and rake them today and disperse the sand so that it is even throughout the floor of the bunker ahead of the rain. Depending on what we receive from the system this evening then we will do some detail work on the bunkers the rest of the week. We will start on evaluating the drainage on a few of the bunkers that have been the biggest problem this week. This will involve clearing out drainage lines and scoping out what actually needs to be repaired or replaced.

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Last bit of snow on #2 fairway melting away on Sunday, January 21st.

Please continue to fill your divots, fix ball marks, rake bunkers, and keep carts away from sensitive areas such as greens and tee complexes. We appreciate your patience these last few weeks. Hope you enjoy your week here at Deep Springs. As a reminder, if you have a question or comment, please feel free to email me at joey.davis@deepspringscc.com.

 

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Course Update: 1-21-2018

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Greens have been uncovered and the snow is quickly melting away. We will be opened tomorrow(1-22-2018)!

The golf course is obviously very wet and so carts will be on the path until further notice. There are a few areas where the melt is lagging and hopefully by tomorrow those areas will be diminishing.

The forecast for the next week is looking a lot better than what we’ve experienced the last few weeks. There are a couple nights where it will get down to the low to mid 20’s, but with the expected highs this week we don’t expect to cover greens. As of this writing,  it’s looking like the next time we will cover will be early next week.

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As always, we thank you for your patience and look forward to seeing you out on the course! Be sure to follow us for all course updates as we march closer to Spring.

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Course Update: 1-20-2018

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A portion of #1 fairway is melted out.

 

Well, the snow is still lingering around enough to cause us to keep the course closed on Sunday, January 21st. We appreciate you bearing with us as the snow melts. The majority of the tees, fairways, and greens are still more than halfway covered by snow and a few are still completely covered. Last night’s freeze certainly slowed down the melting efforts and we feel that with today and tomorrow’s temperatures the course will definitely be ready for play on Monday. If we did attempt to clear snow off the playing areas I feel that would create a mess on an already wet golf course and piles of snow would melt a lot slower. So, we’ll let nature work its course and give it a go on Monday! Enjoy your weekend!

 

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Course Update: 1-19-2018

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Snow covered putting green and #1 fairway.

 

Good evening, Deep Springs!

I thought I’d take a minute to update you  on the condition of the golf course. Today the golf course finally started to thaw out and we’re hoping this trend will continue tomorrow.

The golf course will be closed tomorrow(1-20-18) as the melting continues. We are expecting a similar forecast as today with highs reaching the mid-50’s. So, we should see a lot of the snow melt off. We believe the course will be ready to go on Sunday(1-21-18).

The forecast for the next seven days is looking nice as temperatures will be in the 50’s and a few 60’s scattered in. The overnight lows will be in the 30’s and 40’s. There a few nights that will get down to 25, but with the warmth expected during the week we don’t anticipate to cover the greens.

As a reminder, when we have future snow events it is extremely important to stay off of the greens. Also, please keep off road vehicles, four wheelers, or golf carts off the course. The turf underneath is in a very vulnerable state as it is dormant and not actively growing. Having unwanted traffic on these areas can sometimes be detrimental to the health of the plant(see the picture below). So, again, please keep unwanted vehicles off tees, fairways, and greens.

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Tracks driving over #13 Tee Box.

 

Be sure to check back here for updates in the future when the next weather event occurs. Thanks for following us and hopefully this is the last winter weather storm we have this year. Cross your fingers!

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Weather Update: 1-16-2018

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It’s looking like Deep Springs will be getting some snow over the next 12 hours. It’s possible that we will have up to 4 inches of accumulation.

One request we do ask is to stay off all putting greens if and when we do have accumulation. We understand the desire of everyone, especially young kids, to play on the golf course after it snows. It is critical that we recognize the potential for damage to our putting greens(even with covers on them) during these weather events. We are asking everyone that comes onto the course to stay off the putting greens. This includes sledding, walking, building snow men/women, etc. As a general rule, stay clear of all areas where putting greens are present. All greens are covered with black tarps and should be visible even with the snow on the ground. Your help will ensure that all of our greens will not be impacted by your activities.

No off road vehicles, four wheelers, or golf carts(especially with knobby tires) are to be on the course at any time for any reason. Failure to adhere to this will be seen as criminal trespass and subject to criminal prosecution as allowed by law.

Deep Springs assumes no responsibility for your presence, actions, or injury on golf course property. Nor do we condone any activity on its property without consent.

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This Week at Deep Springs: 1-15-2018

 

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Forecast for January 15th-January 21st

Welp, here we are again. It’s looking like this week we will be covered for most of the week. As things stand now, we will uncover greens on the morning of Saturday, January 20th. However, things can always change and we will keep a close watch on temperatures and we will let you know when the greens will be uncovered.

As always, we appreciate you bearing with us as we tough through these cool stretches. Lately I have felt more like a broken record when it comes to the weather, but hopefully some warmer days are ahead.

Again, thanks for following us this week. This is a much shorter update as there is not a lot to provide for you as we are continuing our winter cleanup. I do ask that you please keep a watchful eye on the golf course particularly on holes around water. We had some activity on the course around 12 green during last week’s closure. Please let the proshop or myself know of anyone who may be on greens while they are closed. Also, if you see anyone trying to access the ponds when they are frozen over please stop them. Obviously, it is extremely dangerous to walk across thin sheets of ice and we ask that you help us enforce this to those who think otherwise.

Thanks again and stay warm!

 

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This Week at Deep Springs: 1-8-2018

 

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Well, we wrapped up 2017 with cold and dry conditions and so far we’ve started the new year with much of the same. So far for all of 2018 we have stayed at or below freezing. I’m not sure what the record stretch is under freezing, but I would think this stretch is close to the top. I hope all of you have kept warm and hopefully you’ve got the itch to play some golf. We will remove the covers today as soon as the temperatures get above freezing. It appears that this week we will be in a heat wave compared to what we’ve experienced the last 10-14 days. The daytime highs will range from the low 50’s to low 60’s and overnight lows will range between 30-45 degrees. However, don’t get comfortable with this warming trend. Starting this coming weekend and into next week highs will be in the 30’s and 40’s and lows in the teens. So, greens will be covered in the foreseeable future. The experts are predicting a January Thaw and so we’ll just have to see what the temperatures do once they get here.

You may often ask yourself or wonder what goes into determining when to cover green and not to cover greens and when to uncover and not to uncover?

Well, I thought I’d answer those questions in this week’s update.

I am constantly monitoring the weather and I usually look at a variety of weather apps and/or websites to see what the common theme is. I very rarely pay attention to local news stations and I normally will see what the National Weather Service Blacksburg is forecasting. Below are a few forecasts for this week and into next week and you can see how similar they are and how they aren’t:

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Weather Underground: They have been fairly consistent with their forecasts and they may be a degree or two cooler than the actual. I tend to follow their forecasts more so than others.
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National Weather Service-Blacksburg: Their forecast usually is on the cooler side, but they are fairly accurate on participation.
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Weather Channel: They are the most inconsistent of the sites and apps that I follow. Their forecasts will change daily and so it’s hard to get a reading even 24 hours out.

So, to give you a better understanding of when and how I decide to cover greens I will give you some bullet points that I use as a checklist.

  • When will the low be 25 degrees or below?
  • Prior to that, what were the highs the 3 days leading up to that morning low of 25 degrees or less?
  • What are the wind speeds?
  • What is the extended forecast saying past that 25 degree mark?

I take those factors into deciding when to cover and not to cover. Looking at this week, we are expecting to reach highs in the 50’s for 4 straight days. Also, we are looking at the possibility of having close to an inch of rain by the end of the week. Because we will be in the 50’s and 60’s this week and Saturday night getting down to 24 degrees then we will cover greens on Sunday morning. During that time frame, soil temperatures will have several days to rise up into the 40’s. So, we will essentially lock in the temperatures when we cover the greens on Sunday morning.

Now that the decision has been made to cover on Sunday morning then we need to see when we will uncover. As of right now, it’s looking like that the highs will be in the low 40’s and lows in the teens and low 20’s. If that forecast stays true, then we would leave covers on the greens until the highs are around 45 degrees. If there are days where the high is 45 degrees or warmer, but it will drop down to 24 degrees or below then we will uncover 9 holes that day and then cover those 9 holes at 2:00 PM. As a general rule of thumb, I personally don’t like to leave covers on the greens for more than 3 days straight. However, that is solely up to the temperatures during that time. For instance, the covers were on the from December 30th until this morning and it was necessary as temperatures were in the single digits over night and below freezing during the day. I usually like to uncover greens after 3 days to give them a chance to breathe and also irrigate them if needed. The key is to not let the greens dry out and so that’s part of the monitoring process as well.

At the end of the day, we are only 72 days away from Spring and before you know it temperatures will be in the middle of summer. However, we just have to fight through old man Winter. I appreciate you bearing with us through these cold snaps and hopefully the colder temperatures will stay north of us.

Finally, thank you for following us this week as we continue to make the golf course at Deep Springs one that you can take pride in.  As a reminder and hopefully as we continue to have these warmer temperatures, please continue to fill your divots, fix ball marks, rake the bunkers, and keeping your carts away from tee and greens complexes. Please don’t hesitate to let me know of any questions or concerns that you my have by commenting here or emailing me at joey.davis@deepspringscc.com.

 

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Happy New Year, Deep Springs!

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On behalf of all of us in the TurfCare department I want to wish each of you a happy and healthy 2018!

This opening week of 2018 will be a quiet one out on the golf course. Because of the current weather pattern we are in we will remain closed this week. We’re hoping and praying for a turn in the temperatures soon, but there will not be be day where suitable temperatures will be enough to cover 9 holes. We will keep you posted if any changes do occur. We apologize for the circumstances, but Mother Nature always calls the shots!

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Wind Chills ranging from -44 in Montana to 27 degrees in North Florida.
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This Week at Deep Springs: 12-18-2017

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Sun burning off the frost on #1

The past week brought us some of the coldest temperatures of the season so far. We had morning lows in the low 20’s, but it felt more like it was in the teens. Also, the highs were not very warm. We stayed in the low 40’s for much of the week. Finally, it looks like we are in a bit of a warming trend this week. The temperatures are expected to be in the 60’s on Monday and Tuesday and then more seasonable the latter part of the week. However, we are in store for some rain this week. It’s looking like the front will move in Tuesday(12/19) night and continue most of the day on Wednesday(12/20). Looking ahead to next week, it appears that we won’t have a White Christmas, but possibly a White day after Christmas. Just when we get a break from some cooler temperatures and covered greens it looks like more cooler temperatures and covered greens are in the not too distant future. Take advantage of playing today and tomorrow as the weather starts to go back on the roller coaster ride again.

With the cold snaps we’ve had, you probably would assume that we wouldn’t be busy at all. However, it was business as usual for the TurfCare team. We used last week as a time to train up on our equipment on the really cold mornings, cleanup a lot of underbrush around the golf course and maintenance facility, refurbish old equipment, and do some grinding and general maintenance on our reels and beknives.

I performed some training on all of the equipment that we have in our fleet. There are a few guys on our crew who have never operated some of the mowers and other vital pieces that we have. The majority of the guys have never rolled greens and so that was a big emphasis. So, when the warmer days to get here we will be a well trained crew on every piece of equipment. There are always days when Life gets in the way and so sometimes we may be down a guy or two and having everyone trained will make sure we have a ‘next man up’ kind of crew.

We are continuing to weedeat and mow areas around the golf course that have brush and overgrown areas. Majority of these areas are around our ponds and creeks. We have been keeping these areas cleaned for the most part since I’ve been here. However there are places that do need a seasonal cleanup. We’ll continue to do this the rest of the month and into next month. Also, we will move towards pruning trees like crepe myrtles and other trees around the clubhouse and golf course. Best time of the year to prune is in January and February and we’ll get started on that process in the coming weeks.

At the shop, Brandon(mechanic) has been busy working on refurbishing equipment that we have had laying around the maintenance facility. We  did a walk through shortly after he started and we noticed a lot of equipment that has been sitting out in the elements just weathering and collecting leaves and rusting. So, we have made it a goal to either get rid of it or use it. So far, we have moved everything that has been randomly sitting in places around the shop and put it somewhere we can access it easier and if it needs to be covered then we’ve done that. One piece of equipment that we did find was a PTO-driven wood chipper. Brandon is still working on it, but after seeing it in a pile outside the shop I didn’t think we would be able to use it. However, it looks like it will come in very handy. Especially on the debris lot between the driving range and #1 fairway. Look forward to putting it back to some good use! Here is a picture below as it currently looks:

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This time of year since we are not mowing as much it is usually the busiest part of the year for a golf course mechanic. This is the time of the year when all reels and bedknives are sharpened and/or replaced. The mowers, carts, and other equipment have oil changes and other necessary tasks completed. Since Brandon(mechanic) is relatively new to Deep Springs it is a good time for him to roll his sleeves up and really get familiar with the equipment. We have had a Toro service tech spend the day with him refreshing him on maintaining equipment. Also, we will send him to Equipment Tech school in Richmond, VA next month for a couple days of hands-on training. It’s very important to do all these things now so that when the warmer days get here he is ready to tackle any and all issues.

 

 

The last thing I have this week is that I thought I’d touch on the emergence of Annual Bluegrass or poa annua on and around some of our greens. This weed has been a problem on golf course greens for over 100 years and still have not cured it, but we’ve only been able to manage it. Fortunately, this time of year is a great time to manage it. With the bermuda dormant and the Champion Ultradwarf not growing as aggressively is a good time to spray a post-emergent herbicide. So, I will be applying a herbicide on Tuesday(12/19) that has had great results on this weed. We haven’t mowed the greens very much lately and so foot traffic is a common occurrence with poa annua for popping up. Especially if you have traffic from other golf course. There are generally two cycles for poa annua activity. Those cycles usually start to pop up in the later part of the fall(November)and winter(February) depending on the weather.  So, it’s no surprise to see some activity. I’ll keep an eye on it as we move through the winter and will keep it contained.

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Finally, thank you for following us this week as we continue to make the golf course at Deep Springs one that you can take pride in.  As a reminder, please continue to fill your divots, fix ball marks, rake the bunkers, and keeping your carts away from tee and greens complexes. Please don’t hesitate to let me know of any questions or concerns that you my have by commenting here or emailing me at joey.davis@deepspringscc.com.

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This Week at Deep Springs: 12-11-2017

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#12 green on Sunday, December 10th

Well, the snow is beginning to slowly melt and with blue skies and highs near 50 degrees today should speed up the melting. However, temperatures the rest of the week will not be very desirable. We uncovered the greens today to mainly let them breathe, but tomorrow afternoon we will cover the greens once again as overnight lows are expected to dip down to the teens. Unfortunately, we will not uncover the greens until Saturday, December 16th. There is also the chance for some snow showers on Friday morning, but it’s not very likely. Although, I didn’t think it would snow last Friday. So, the golf course will be open on Tuesday, December 12th at the usual time(11:00 AM) and the last tee time will be at 1 PM. The driving range will be open during the week and the putting green will be open Monday, December 11th. We are hoping for that warm trend that all the experts predicted, but until then we will take it one day at a time. We certainly  appreciate your understanding and being patient with us. It’s days like these that our greens will thank us later when it’s transitioning out of the winter and into the spring.

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Melting continuing at and around #1 green.

Last week, we were able to clean the debris lot up quite a bit. I’m hopeful that by the spring we will have an empty lot. There have been several limbs that have fallen during this storm along the cart paths and 1 tree that fell on the left side of 10 fairway. Now that we have some room at the lot we can organize it better and dispose of the brush and trees properly. We will make sure that lot never turns into a mess like it was before.

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This week we will concentrate on some much needed irrigation repairs. These repairs will take place at #8 green and also we will be replacing several heads throughout the golf course with new heads. This time of the year is usually prime time for irrigation and drainage work. We will be installing another drain at the putting green on the driving range side to move that excess water away from the green. Also, another spot that we hope to fix drainage is the back of #9 green. That area has been wet for the majority of the time that I have been here. So, we will correct whatever issue that may be present.

The greens will be treated next week with some herbicide. I’ve noticed some poa annua and some volunteer rye popping on some of the greens. A lot of it is from foot traffic and transporting from areas on the golf course or from other golf courses. We will treat as needed and keep the poa under control. We will also apply another pigment app as well as a little bit of paint to darken the greens. This will help not only aesthetically, but it will also insulate the leaf blade better during the colder months of the year. We will mow the greens once or twice every other week during December, January, and February. Also, we will roll the greens once or twice a week. The only reason we will mow is to mainly clean them up and remove any excess debris that a blower may leave behind. Once the temperatures warm up or we get some surprise growth then we will adjust our mowing schedule.

The last thing I want to include is the USGA’s video on frost delays. It is almost guaranteed that we will be under a frost delay most days of the week this time of year. I’ve noticed that our greens are generally ready for play by 9:30 AM. We haven’t had any delays last longer than 9:30 so far. I’m sure we will have some days where we will have a later start and I’m willing to bet that those days we probably would be covered. In the meantime, here is a better understanding of why frost delays are so important:

Finally, thank you for following us this week as we continue to make the golf course at Deep Springs one that you can take pride in. We appreciate you bearing with us as we get through these colder days. We look forward to hopefully some warmer days ahead! As a reminder, please continue to fill your divots, fix ball marks, rake the bunkers, and keeping your carts away from tee and greens complexes. Please don’t hesitate to let me know of any questions or concerns that you my have by commenting here or emailing me at joey.davis@deepspringscc.com.

 

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#2 green covered just as the snow was beginning to fall.

 

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Course Condition Update: 12-10-17

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Well, the snow we received on Friday and yesterday is starting to melt. However, the golf course will remained closed until Tuesday, December 12th. We will uncover the greens on Monday(12/11) and will recover the greens on Tuesday(12/12) afternoon with the last tee time set for 1 PM. As of right now, we are planning to uncover the greens on Saturday, December 16th. We will certainly keep you updated as we get closer to Saturday and as the weather forecast changes. Below is the forecast as of today(12-10-17):

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Course Closed: Friday, December 8th

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We will be closed starting today(12/8/17) due to the cold front that is bringing extremely low temperatures and also possibly some snow.

We will continue to monitor the weather over the weekend and have updates for you as it relates to when we will be uncovering our greens. The next seven days is not looking very promising for a lot of play.

Stay warm and think happy thoughts like green grass and warmer temperatures! Spring is 102 days away!

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This Week at Deep Springs: 12-4-2017

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Just like that November is behind us and December is here! So far the experts have been a little off on their long range forecasts. They have been fairly accurate on the amount of rain. According to the US Drought Monitor we are in a moderate drought. Last month we received only 1.35″ of rain on the golf course. The temperatures have been a little on the inconsistent side. We had some warm daytime highs with a few 40 degree highs sprinkled in. The overnight/morning lows were averaged around 33 degrees. We covered greens twice in November(11/10th and 11/23rd) and it looks like we will be covering this coming weekend. It appears that we will be covering greens this coming weekend(12/8-12/10th). There is another cold front that will send temperatures down into the teens for a couple nights and highs just barely hitting 40 degrees. This is expected to arrive Friday night and last through the weekend and into early next week. There are a few forecasts out there that show the possibility of snow on Friday morning. We are expecting some rain tomorrow(12/5) later in the day and into the evening. The rain totals are looking like somewhere around 1/2 inch. So, all of that to say you may want to get your golf fix in before the weekend.

Last week we got started on edging all irrigation heads, valve boxes, and yardage markers. This task is very important during the growing season. It can sometimes be a forgotten job, but it does make it easier for us to make repairs on irrigation heads and valves when they are not overgrown by the turf. We do have a few valves that are overgrown that we are having to locate with a detector so that we can make the necessary repairs(i.e., #’s 5,6,8,18) Also, keeping yardage markers edged and painted will be a continuing job that we will do monthly during the warmer season. With the fairways dormant we shouldn’t have to worry about edging them again the rest of the fall and winter. These tasks that are as little as edging an irrigation head or valve are the sort of attention to detail stuff that I want to make sure we hone in on. This is the time of year for these kind of jobs. It will go a long way as we continue to make you proud of your golf course.

One big eye sore that we have is our debris dump between the driving range and #1 fairway. As you can tell in the pictures above, there is quite a number of trees and brush. We spent last Monday cutting some firewood for our fireplace to keep the shop warm during the cooler months. This gave us some room to start pushing and organizing the debris into separate piles. We’ll continue to organize the debris  over the next month and begin to chip these piles into mulch that we can use later around the golf course. We discovered that we have a PTO-driven wood chipper outside of our maintenance shop that needs some TLC. Hopefully when we get this up and running we can get started on clearing out this lot. Once the lot is cleared out we will ensure that it never gets overgrown again. We will organize the debris by the type of material and we will have debris hauled away or chip into mulch for use around the property.

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The last thing I have is if you see this weird looking orange thing on skids around the golf course and wondering what in the world I am doing? It may look like I am just out playing around with a toy. However, this “toy” is the Goosinator. It is essentially a remote controlled dog. I am borrowing this Goosinator for a few weeks from Orangeburg Country Club(Orangeburg, SC). When I was at Orangeburg we tested it for a few weeks and learned quickly that geese hate this thing. We were able to keep most of the geese away. There was always a straggler or two especially during the nesting period, but for the most part it definitely worked. I have already deployed the goosinator here in a couple spots over the weekend and they flew off immediately. I plan to have the goosinator out for the next several weeks and will return it towards the end of the month. However,  I did acquire a template of the goosinator that we made at Orangeburg and we will keep that here at Deep Springs and so in the future when we have geese lurking around we will take that template out and scare off the geese. Here is a video below out of Denver from a local TV station that did a story on the Goosinator:

As always, thank you for your assistance in helping us make your golf course here at Deep Springs one that you can take pride in and be proud of! Please remember to continue to fill your divots, fix ball marks, and keeping your carts away from sensitive areas such as tees and greens. Thank you for following this blog and please let me know of any questions or concerns that you may have by commenting here or emailing me at joey.davis@deepspringscc.com.

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This Week at Deep Springs: 11-27-2017

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Well, I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! It was a cool week at Deep Springs with a couple warm days mixed in between. I feel like a broken record when it comes to talking about the warming trend that we are supposed to see in the near future. Well, it looks like we are around the start of that trend. I usually check the National Weather Service’s Long Range Forecast about once a week or every other week. In the images below you will see that some warmer days are expected. During the same time we aren’t expecting a lot of rain. So, as I mentioned last week, it seems as though that the La Nina front may be arriving. Since being here I have learned that this area is around 5 degrees cooler than everywhere else. So, it’ll be interesting to see how warm we do get.

With last week being a holiday week we mainly concentrated on keeping leaves out of the playing areas and also continuing to work on bunkers. We also continued to mulch leaves as well as weedeat areas that could use a bit of a trim. Last Monday and Tuesday we had a pre-emergent applied to the golf course. Hopefully this will help keep our course free of winter weeds as we move into the winter season. Any breakthrough that we do have we will be sure to spot spray those areas.

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Kevin weedeating along rockwall on #12.

This week we will be busy working on irrigation, painting restrooms, and other winter projects that we have on tap. This time of year the turf slows down, but that doesn’t mean we do. We are either in the growing season or getting ready for the growing season. So, what we are doing now will have an impact on how well our course will be in the next 5-6 months. I am also busy meeting with chemical vendors and equipment salesmen to ensure we have the right tools that will keep our golf course clean and consistent. My goal is to have a tournament ready golf course daily and so the small, detail work that we are doing will hopefully help us accomplish that goal.

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Watering #13 green on a cool, frosty morning.

 

Again, thank you for your assistance in helping us make your golf course here at Deep Springs one that you can take pride in and be thankful for! Please remember and continue to fill your divots, fix ball marks, and keeping your carts away from sensitive areas such as tees and greens. Thank you for following this blog and please let me know of any questions or concerns that you may have by commenting here or emailing me at joey.davis@deepspringscc.com.

 

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This Week at Deep Springs: 11-20-2017

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The TurfCare team here at Deep Springs Country Club would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!

 

So far this month we have seen some cold over night temperatures and also a mix of some nice warmer highs. We are expected to have a weak La Nina this winter. During a La Nina, you typically will have warmer temperatures and not a lot of rain. The jet stream is normally pushed north and so that’s why you have warmer temperatures and a drier air mass. I think we’ll continue to ride the temperature roller coaster the rest of November and December. With the temperatures being all over the place, we will keep a constant watch on the forecast and adapt to what mother nature throws at us. I would recommend you getting your golf in before Wednesday afternoon. We will be covering the greens starting at 1 PM and will leave the greens covered until the morning of Friday, November 24th. We will also cover the greens again on Sunday, November 26th starting at 1 PM. Please check back regularly on this blog or check with the pro shop for updates.

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Last week we spent the majority of the week finishing up edging bunkers. We were really going in to each bunker to clean them up and get rid of the runners along the edges. Next month we will go back and give them a good, hard edge. Speaking of edging, this week we will be starting to edge all irrigation heads and yardage markers. Now that the turf is shutting down it gives us a great opportunity to edge these heads and markers without having to repeat the process like we would during the warmer months. During the growing season this will be a job that we will do once a month or every other month. Along with heads and markers, we will also be out locating valve boxes that are covered up by turf. Getting those edged and exposed will help us save time when it comes to working on irrigation or watering.  There are several valves that we are having to locate with a metal detector.

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This week we are applying our preemergent to the golf course(11/20th-21st) for winter weeds like everyone’s favorite,  poa annua. The product we are spraying is being applied to all tees, fairways, and rough. Hopefully we will have good control of the winter weeds that really start to pop up in January and February. We will spot spray any areas that have any breakthrough and we will also keep an eye on any voluntary weeds that may pop up on the greens. Our goal is to always provide a clean and consistent golf course daily. This process is just as important as any other task that we perform. A good preemergent program will result in a healthy stand of turf and will also help us achieve our goal each day. Usually the first thing that anyone(from a first time golfer to a 40+ year superintendent) looks at on a golf course is the amount of weeds is present. We will make sure that those same people have a hard time finding weeds.

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Roberto training Randy on rolling greens.

Now that it appears that the turf has shutdown and the greens are starting to firm up, our attention will shift to winter projects. Most of the projects we will be doing this winter will be small, aesthetic things. We will spend time on our restrooms on the golf course. We plan to paint, repair windows, and address any other issues that may be associated with both restrooms. We will also rehab all OB stakes, bird houses, and tee markers that need to be painted and/or replaced. Also, we will patch up cart paths throughout the golf course. After the new year we will trim any trees that may be hindering play and also trim the crepe myrtles in the parking lot. As I’ve mentioned before, we will continue working on irrigation repairs and also working on some of our poor drainage areas around greens and also a few of the bunkers. All of these projects are details that can add up to being a big difference aesthetically and also gives you even more of a sense of pride in our great golf course. Another big part of this winter is to train everyone(like in the picture above) on all of our equipment. Having everyone familiar with all of the essential equipment that we use on a daily basis during the growing season only makes our operation better.

Now, I have a request that I’d like to get your opinion on. In the picture below is #7 green and as you notice behind the green there is nothing backdropping that green other than dormant bermuda. I’d like to throw some color behind that green and to distinguish it from #8 tee. So, feel free to provide some ideas below in the comment section or email me your thoughts and hopefully we can add some more color in this area.

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Again, thank you for your assistance in helping us make your golf course here at Deep Springs one that you can take pride in and be thankful for! Please remember and continue to fill your divots, fix ball marks, and keeping your carts away from sensitive areas such as tees and greens. Thank you for following this blog and please let me know of any questions or concerns that you may have by commenting here or emailing me at joey.davis@deepspringscc.com.

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This Week at Deep Springs: 11-13-2017

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Well, this week certainly saw quite a change in temperatures. We started out last Monday with highs in the 70’s and lows in the 50’s and finished the week with highs barely in the 40’s and lows in the low 20’s. All the “experts” have said that November would be a mild and dry month. As we approach the halfway point of this month we’re still waiting on those mild temperatures. Looking ahead, the 10-day is showing lows staying around the 30’s and highs in the 50’s. Having said that, it doesn’t look like we will be pulling covers during that time frame. Just like this past weekend, that could all change. The good thing is that this week is setting up to be nice and you should have plenty of opportunities to tee it up.

Last week we started on edging bunkers. The front 9 were completed and we will finish the back 9 this week. Once the turf around the bunkers do go completely dormant, we will put a “hard edge” on the bunkers. Basically, we will put some 3-4″ lips and really cut away the bermuda that has contaminated the bunker edges. We will also take sand from where washouts has dispersed the sand in collection areas of the sand and ensure that the bunkers are consistent throughout. The rule of thumb is to have a 2-4″ depth of sand consistently throughout the bunker. As I’ve mentioned in the past, we will also clean out drain lines to help on rainy days. My goal is to make sure that our bunkers with standing water in them are a thing of the past. I have been asked by a few members on where to leave the bunker rakes. As you are playing your round, make sure all bunker rakes are inside the bunker and are parallel with the edge of the bunker. Also, let’s keep the bunker rakes away from the face of the bunker and spread out evenly so that the next group behind you can keep the pace of play up. We will make sure that the rakes are in this position so that you don’t have to go behind us and fix them.

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This week we will be focusing our attention back on irrigation and also adding some drainage around the putting green. I’m sure many of you may wonder what the issue is with some of our wet areas around the greens and in the fairways. I know the irrigation pump had some work done prior to my arrival. Anytime you open up a pump to do some work you are almost guaranteed to get some trash in the lines and as a result that trash will end up at a head. What happens is that trash will cause the bottom valve in the irrigation head not to close completely and so you’ll have a weeping head. We normally check to make sure the issue is not the electric solenoid, the bottom or foot valve is working properly or replace if it is not, and also ensure the rock screen is free of debris. We will also be installing a drain at the putting green to move the collection of water that sits near the cart return area in the turf surrounding the putting green. The catch basin in this area has only one drain line connected to it and we will be installing another drain line on the opposite end to move that water from the surface. The opposite end of the putting green near the driving range will also be addressed. This could be fixed by adjusting irrigation heads and run times on those particular zones. Also, it could be from the irrigation running on the back tee of the driving range. We’ve been watering those tees lately to help with the germinating the overseed. So, as we continue to work through the fall and winter we will make sure these kind of spots will be fixed and not dealt with again.

Speaking of greens, the greens will be sprayed today with a fungicide and also a wetting agent to help with the control of algae on our greens. The fungicide sprayed is chlorothalonil(Daconil) and the wetting agent used was Duplex. The Duplex will help with water infiltration through the turf and will improve soil conditions. The drier days ahead will fight the algae and it will eventually flake away. What doesn’t help is the week that we had last week. When 2-3 days of overcast days and rainy conditions then you will have algae appear. We will be on 7-14 day rotation especially during these cooler months and this will keep the algae as well as other diseases from appearing.

As I’m sure most of you know we covered the greens this past weekend. I appreciate you all for being so understanding and bearing with us as we went through this process. I will be somewhat overprotective when it comes to low temperatures and our greens. The main reason being that they are still relatively young and also Champion is known to be the most sensitive of the Ultradwarf’s  to low temperatures. Combine those two together and you’ll see us out there putting on the covers. It certainly helps me sleep better at night knowing they are tucked in during a cold snap. As far as getting the tarps out, it went about as smooth as expected. We started staging the tarps last Wednesday and by 1:15 we started pulling the tarps on the back. We finished the back 9(which have the bigger greens) in a little over 2.5 hours. The front 9 was covered in about an hour. You may notice small red paint marks/circles around the greens and those are just areas that we marked for the next time we have to cover. The morning low on Saturday got down to 22 degrees and it was 24 degrees on Sunday. We uncovered the greens on Sunday and that process took us 2 hours to complete. This also went about as smooth as expected. Hopefully that will be our last covering/uncovering for a little while, but when we do it the next time I hope we can complete it even faster.

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Finally, this weekend my wife and I will be moving into our house in Eden. I will be heading down to Georgia on Friday and on Saturday we will make the 8 hour trek back to Rockingham county. We are really looking forward to getting settled up here. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time up here and can’t wait to have Shannon and our farm of animals up here to enjoy it, too.

As always, I want to thank you for following us this week as we strive to make the golf course here at Deep Springs one that you can be proud of.  Please continue to help us by fixing divots and repairing ball marks. Also, keep carts away from greens and tee complexes. Again, thank you for following this blog and please let me know of any questions or concerns by commenting below or emailing me at joey.davis@deepspringscc.com.

 

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Covering Greens: November 10th-12th.

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With the next cold front moving in and the overnight lows dipping into the low-20’s this weekend, we will be covering the greens tomorrow, Friday, November 10th. We will leave the greens covered until Sunday, November 12th. The reason we are not uncovering on Saturday is the temperatures are supposed to only reach the mid-40’s. So, by the time we uncover it will be time to cover again for Saturday night which is supposed to get down to 24 degrees. We appreciate your understanding and bearing with us.

It’s looking like after this weekend the temperatures will begin to slowly go up. Hopefully(knock on wood) we won’t have to cover the greens too much the rest of the year and into the winter season. Again, thank you and stay warm this weekend!

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This Week at Deep Springs: 11-6-2017

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Well, October flew by really quickly! As I mentioned last week, October was a tad drier than September was. The golf course received just above 2 inches of rain for the month. The temperatures were slightly on the mild side. We did have some overnight lows that dipped down in the 30’s, but nothing consistent enough to really cause concern for covering greens. Looking ahead to this month and the rest of 2017 it’s looking like we’ll have a warmer than average finish to the year. This month will start off on the cooler side and then the further along we get the temperatures will rise. Last year, the greens were covered around the middle of the month. It’s possible that we may not cover until December or even January. Which equals to you getting out on the golf course more. I’ve included a couple pictures from NOAA that give an outlook on our weather and what we should expect to see.

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Last week, we completed the landscape project behind #1 Green. I think this will provide a nice, colorful backdrop to #1 green. We installed two River Birch trees on the corners with four Redbud trees in between. Also, we have muhly grass spread in and around the trees.  We found out that there is a pipe that drains through this area and so we added some rock to ensure that we won’t have any washouts with the mulch. Once this area matures I will look at possibly adding a perennial bed to add even more color. I want to thank Dewayne Shelton and his crew for the install. They were very professional and efficient with this project. I’ve added a slideshow of the project below to take you through the before and after.

 

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This week we will continue to mulch leaves in all of our playing areas. Also, we have a few small projects that we will get going. One being the drainage at the putting green near the cart return area. We plan to install a drain into the catch basin. This will eliminate this soggy area and get the access water out of there. Speaking of water, we will also be addressing irrigation issues on a number of our greens. We have a great irrigation system, but anytime there is work done on a pump like there has been recently then sometimes you will get trash in the lines that may cause problems with heads or valves not closing all the way. We have several weeping heads and that is usually a sign of trash in the lines. This time of year when the turf slows down is always a great time to start on winter projects. A number of our winter projects have been completed like the tree work and #1 project. Moving forward we will concentrate on irrigation and our equipment to ensure that they are all working adequately and efficiently when we need them the most. Also, we have to have an organized and clean workplace and so the shop is a main objective this fall and winter. A clean shop 9 times out of 10 will equal to a clean golf course.

Finally, as I always do, I want to thank you for following us this week as we strive to make the golf course here at Deep Springs one that you can be proud of. I am truly thankful to be here and this first month here has certainly flown by. Time flies by when you’re having fun! Also, my wife and our animals will be making the trek up from Georgia in a couple weeks. We have settled in on a house in Eden and I look forward to you getting to know Shannon. She will be teaching third grade in Reidsville at Moss Street Elementary. Again, thank you for following this blog and please let me know of any questions or concerns by commenting below or emailing me at joey.davis@deepspringscc.com.

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This Week at Deep Springs: 10-30-2017

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Happy Monday Deep Springs! It’s hard to believe that October is almost in the books. It has been an exciting and busy time in the Turf Care department. The weather has been up and down for most of the month. We did have a few nights where there were below average lows and also had a few highs that were unseasonably warm. The bermuda has certainly told the story of the weather we have had. Those overnight lows certainly ramped up the slow down on our bermuda, especially on the greens. We didn’t have a lot of rain this month. We received just over 2 inches of rain for the month which is down from 2.43 inches in September. It’s looking like November will see more average temperatures. However, I anticipate that we will start covering greens towards the middle of the month.

Last Monday evening, we had a storm that dumped the majority of the rain for the month in about a span of 30-45 minutes. We didn’t have a lot of cleanup outside of a few broken limbs. However, we did have washouts in a number of the bunkers. So, we used last week to address those washouts. We are still working through repairing those washouts and will have those bunkers completed by end of business today. I want to apologize for the length of time it took to repair the bunkers. I have addressed it with the crew and moving forward we will make certain that it doesn’t take a week to fix bunkers. Also, I plan to look into addressing some of the bunkers that are holding water more so than others. We will inspect the drainage in all of our bunkers, but certainly the ones that are holding the most water.

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Roberto rolling #15 green

Our mowing schedule has been altered as the temperature is steadily changing with the season. We have reduced mowing tees, fairways, and approaches to every Monday. We are mowing greens 3-4 days a week and rolling greens on the days we don’t mow. The later we get into the fall and winter the less we will mow and the more we will roll. In addition to raising heights, the less we mow keeps the greens more “insulated” from the elements.

As far as the greens, we will rely heavily on  periodic potassium nitrate applications and as far as color, a combo of pigments and iron applications will  be applied as needed. I’m constantly monitoring soil temps and moisture levels and I thought I’d include two videos in this week’s blog to give you more information on frost delays and also thte use of covers on ultradwarf bermuda greens. These videos are presented by the USGA’s Course Care on Frost and also, if you have time,  a 10 minute webcast by USGA regional agronomist, Patrick O’Brien, on covering ultradwarf bermudagrass:

I’d like to touch on a few little projects that we’ll be starting and wrapping up over the next week. The first one is we’ll make a 2nd and final application of overseed(perennial rye) on our driving range tee and par 3 tee boxes. Once we get past this cold front, we should see some germination over the next 10-14 days. We’ve kept the irrigation on these areas to help with germination and we will not mow these tee boxes until we have a nice secured stand of rye. The next project we’ll quickly address will be to install an additional drain into the catch basin near the putting green next to the cart return. This will greatly improve the drainage in this area and it won’t be so wet moving forward. The last project we’ll get started on and with the help of Shelton’s Lawn Care will be the “beautification” project behind #1 green. I visited Lewis Nursery in Cascade, Va last week to see their selection. We will be going with 2 river birch trees on each corner, 4 redbud trees evenly spaced throughout the middle of the bed, and muhly grass spread in and around the trees. This will give us some good color year round and a nice backdrop to #1 green. Once this area is established and we get an idea of the bloom time then we may install a perennial bed to accent the trees and muhly grass. I look forward to seeing how this area will turnout and look forward to doing more of the same in other areas of the golf course.

Again, thank you for your assistance in helping us make your golf course here at Deep Springs one that you can take pride in and be thankful for! Please remember to fill divots, fix ball marks, and keeping your carts away from sensitive areas such as tees and greens. I’d like to thank the ladies for inviting me to their breakfast this past Saturday before their Finale. It was nice to meet each of you and I look forward to meeting more of you and all of our members. Finally, thank you for following this blog and please let me know of any questions or concerns that you may have by commenting here or emailing me at joey.davis@deepspringscc.com.

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This Week at Deep Springs: 10-23-2017

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Hello, Deep Springs! The weather has really been all over the place lately. Last week, we had a couple days with  lows in the 30’s. We did have some patchy frost on Wednesday and Thursday. However, the daytime highs were in the mid to high 70’s much of the week. We didn’t have much rain to speak of. We had just .16 inches for the week. You will notice that this has affected the color in some of the bermuda. Particularly on the greens, we will apply a fertilizer application on Wednesday that will add some more color to the greens. This week we will start off with some of the wet stuff. We are expected to get over an inch of rain today and clearing out later tonight. This is a front that will bring some cooler temperatures and we will continue to monitor the greens as the temperatures drop.

Last week, we continued to mow the rough and we will continue to mow the rough until the bermuda really starts to shutdown. Part of the mowing is also helping with mulching up the leaves. We will stay on top of the leaves until the majority of them are on the ground. I’ve been told that by Thanksgiving that most of the leaves are done falling. Another part of mowing the rough is also to make sure our height of cut is consistent throughout the course. We have set our rough height at 1.5 inches and we will carry that height throughout the winter season. There were some places that were 2 inches or more and so we have been stepping the heights down. Once we deem it necessary to backoff on mowing rough we will look at maybe mowing the rough once a month from December until March. That way the rough is clean and consistent throughout the cooler season.

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Speaking of height of cuts, we have lowered the heights on tees and approaches to .550 inches. These areas were the same height as the fairways(.750 inches). The fairways will remain at .750 inches throughout the winter and we will gradually lower that height down to .500 inches during the warmer season. As far as the tees and approaches, mowing them at .550 inches is a good height to keep them at during the cooler months. It keeps turf around the green lower and also keeps weeds stressed that may be in these areas. So, when it comes to spraying these weeds it will be easier to get rid of a stressed weed than a healthy weed. Eventually with the help of pre-emergents and cultural practices, weeds won’t be an issue in some of our collars and around our tees. On the greens, we raised the heights to .125 inches and we will maintain that height throughout the fall and winter.

This week we will be overseeding all par 3 tees and the driving range tee boxes. The driving range tees and par 3 tees will be done on Tuesday, October 24th. The seed should start to germinate in 7-10 days and we will give these areas plenty of time before we mow. So, please bear with us as we complete overseeding this week.

We will continue to mulch areas throughout the golf course. A big section where we will mulch will be behind #1 green. Also, along with the mulch, we plan to add some landscape to this area that will bring some color year round. This should give a nice, colorful backdrop to #1 green in the future. I’m looking forward to adding color to many areas throughout the golf course. Another section will be between #14 and #15 with the addition of some wildflowers that we are planning to seed in the spring. These two additions will save us on time and labor on our maintenance operation. Not having to mow and maintain these areas will put more attention to other areas of the golf course that need it.

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Behind #1 green that will soon be a nice landscaped backdrop to #1 green.

 

Again, thank you for your assistance in helping us make your golf course here at Deep Springs one that you can take pride in and be thankful for! Please remember to fill divots, fix ball marks, and keeping your carts away from sensitive areas such as tees and greens. Thank you for following this blog and please let me know of any questions or concerns that you may have by commenting here or emailing me at joey.davis@deepspringscc.com.

 

 

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This Week at Deep Springs: 10-16-2017

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Sunrise over #13 green

 

Hello Deep Springs! It has been a busy first week. With this being my first weekly update. I thought I’d give you an overview of what you might expect to see in each update. I usually start off my blog with a review of the weather for the past week. In this case, it felt more like July than October this past week. We had around .5 inch of rain late Sunday and a trace of rain on Monday morning. The week ended with temperatures steadily decreasing to more seasonal temps. This week the overnight lows will surely put a damper on our warm-season turf. The daytime highs will be comfortably in the 70’s and great weather for you to tee it up!

So, after we touch on the weather we will dive right into a review of what we did last week and what we will be doing this week. I will also have reminders on any projects that we have coming up in the future. These projects could be anything from tree work to aerification(s). Also, I will share USGA Green Section articles and videos that might help you understand some of the practices we do on the golf course. A lot of these touch on a variety of topics, including: covering greens in the winter, why there are frost delays, benefits of aerification, topdressing, and verticutting, etc.

Last week, my first day was Monday, October 9th. After driving through the remnants of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Nate on Sunday, I made it to Deep Springs late Monday morning. I spent most of the week doing a lot of evaluating of the crew, inspecting the entire property and its assets, meeting a lot of you, and hired a mechanic. The crew really worked hard during my first week. I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do as a team going forward. I had them continue business as usual almost as if I wasn’t here, yet. I wanted to see how they’ve been operating for the past few weeks/months and see what sort of organization there was. Starting today I’ve adopted a similar maintenance schedule that I’ve used and have seen at other clubs. With the cool season upon us, it will certainly give us time to hone in on how well we perform during the warmer months. A big priority of mine will be to organize our maintenance shop/area and to have some sense of order so that it makes it easy for us to perform our work out on the course. A clean and organized shop most of the time will translate into a clean and consistent golf course.

As most of you know, we have had Junior Loye Tree Service from Reidsville cut down a number of trees throughout the golf course. It’s certainly telling from the tee boxes on #13 and #16 and also the fairway on #17. These areas will greatly improve in the near future. We are currently taking the mulch from the trees and covering these areas.  There will be a few spots we will prep with topsoil and leave exposed until we sod it in the spring. The goal is to get rid of all the bare spots. A big reason for those bare spots were from the trees and the shade that it provided. Now that we have those trees gone we can fully concentrate on getting some turf back in these areas. We certainly appreciate Chris and his crew for the great work they did on this project. Here are a few pictures below from last week’s tree and mulch work:

 

 

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Next, I usually close with is any reminders that we may have for the membership. Also, I’d like to hear from you and you can certainly contact me a number of different ways that I will list below. Just some basic housekeeping rules, please continue to fill your divots and fix your ball marks. Also, around the greens and tee boxes, please keep carts away from these areas as the turf is very sensitive and vulnerable to a high volume of traffic. This will help us out in the long run from having to perform  maintenance on these areas that certainly could be easily avoidable. The last thing is lets make sure the bunkers are getting raked when you play out of them. That way the person or group behind you will have a fair shot. Place bunker rakes inside the bunkers along the edge farthest from the green.

The last thing I’d like to mention is the hiring of our new mechanic. I’m pleased to announce that Brandon Varner has accepted the mechanic position and his first day is today. His background is in aviation maintenance, but has had some experience working on turf equipment. He is very organized, knowledgeable in a broad scope of mechanical and maintenance work, and has a “fix-it once” mentality. With the help from Phil, service techs, and myself, I think he will become extremely valuable to our day-to-day operation. His position will sometimes fill the void of being my assistant and I think he is very capable of handling that role when that time comes.

Overall, it was a great first week at Deep Springs and definitely one to build from. I was pleased with the hard work of the crew and I look forward to enhancing their strengths and iron out any weak points they may  have. I’m a detail kind of person and going forward I want to focus on detailed areas that sometimes get overlooked while at the same time providing clean and consistent playing conditions. That’s what separates a good golf course from a great one, in my opinion. I’m excited about what the future holds for Deep Springs Country Club and I am thrilled to be apart of the team. I look forward to seeing all of you out on the course! It was nice to meet many of you this week and also on Saturday during the Toughy Tournament. Please feel free to reach out with any questions/comments you may have using this blog or by emailing me at joey.davis@deepspringscc.com. Thank you for reading!

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#18 before the Toughy Tournament

 

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Introduction

Joey and Shannon Davis

Hello Deep Springs,

My name is Joey Davis and I am your new Golf Course Superintendent. I’m extremely excited to get started this week and even more excited to get to meet each of you. Since there are around 375 of you and 1 of me, please forgive me if I forget your name the first few times. Below you will find a little about me any my wife, Shannon, and our “children.” Those “children” include 3 dogs and 3 horses.

  • Shannon and I will be celebrating our 7th wedding anniversary in April. However, we have been together for over 12 years.
  • Shannon is an elementary school teacher with a master’s +30 in Elementary Education. She is in her 8th year of teaching and looks forward to teaching in North Carolina.
  • I’m originally from Denmark, South Carolina(an hour south of Columbia) and grew up on a dairy farm. I first started working on a golf course when I was stationed in Norfolk, Va., onboard the USS ENTEPRRISE(CVN-65). I worked periodically when I wasn’t out to sea at Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg. I have spent 12 years now working on a golf course and 9 of those years being on a course full-time.
  • My last position was as golf course superintendent at Sunset Country Club in Moultrie, GA(60 miles north of Tallahassee, FL). I brought the club a long way agronomically and financially in my short time there. Prior to Sunset, I spent the majority of my time in South Carolina from Charleston to Columbia. I have a lot of experience on ultradwarf bermuda greens and I look forward to getting acquainted with the greens at Deep Springs.
  • I’m very involved in local, regional, and national turfgrass events. I’m a member of the Carolinas Golf Course Superintendents Association, Georgia Golf Course Superintendents Association, and the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. I am a Grassroot Ambassador for the 8th Congressional district of Georgia where I bring issues and concerns in the golf industry to our local congressman. In 2015, I was selected to the 10th Anniversary Green Start Academy presented by Bayer and John Deere. I was selected for one of fifty spots through an application process where I competed against assistant superintendents throughout North America. I was extremely honored to be selected and the knowledge and experienced I received has helped my career tremendously. Also, it was a great networking opportunity to meet some of the best at what we do and I’m fortunate to still be in touch with a lot of them today.
  • Speaking of networking, I like to volunteer(if work allows) at tournaments and in the past I have worked some of golf’s greatest venues and tournaments. Just to name a few, those tournaments include The Masters at Augusta National, Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow, THE PLAYERS at TPC Sawgrass, and many other tournaments throughout the Carolinas and Georgia. I look forward to continuing to volunteer(if work allows) in the future and more importantly to represent Deep Springs Country Club. Some of the practices that I use today come from some of the tournaments I’ve worked.
  • I am a Class B Superintendent and am also a licensed pesticide applicator in North Carolina.

I hope this gives you an idea about me and my background. I certainly look forward to getting to know each of you. We have a great layout and track here at Deep Springs and I look forward seeing how great we can be. I will make weekly posts on the golf course on this blog and what we have going on that particular week. I plan to spend the first week really focusing on my plan for Deep Springs and getting it ready for the winter season as it begins to shutdown over the next few months.