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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.