Monday, November 25, 2013

Crossing the Finish Line for Fall 2013

With a rainy Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday expected we are really doing our best to complete the mowing, clean-up and spraying of native areas by the morning. Starting next week through Mid-March there will be 4 of us working to remove leaves from the golf course and do the needed work over the Winter months. Irrigation system blow-out will take place Monday and Tuesday (December 2-3). This involves using an air compressor to move water out of all the pipes to prevent the freezing and cracking of these pipes. During January's shutdown, weather permitting, some minor cart path repairs will take place between #2 green and #3 tee (next to #11 tees), #8 and #18. Our main priority after leaf clean-up will be the improvement of growing conditions of greens and green surrounds.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The Finish Line is in Sight

With our seasonal staff set to depart at the end of next week we are pushing hard to finish our #1 priority for the Fall. That is the mowing, clean-up and spraying of the native areas. We started the process on August 29th and have so far put in almost 900 man hours of work. My prediction is that close to 1,000 man hours will be needed. Spread out over a year this equates to one part time associate. However, in an ideal situation this work would be completed in a 2-3 week period in September. This is difficult to do while also having the staff to maintain the golf course during those 2-3 weeks.

Once natives are completed we will move on to leaf clean-up. There is still lots of work to do and hopefully the weather will cooperate to allow us to reach the finish line.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

End of Season Work

The last day for the majority of our seasonal staff was Friday, October 31st. We will have another 5 seasonal staff members stay with us through the end of November.

Our priority remains mowing and spraying native areas. Due to the difficult terrain much of this work needs to be done by hand and thus takes much longer then if we could use equipment on the steep slopes here at Fieldstone.

We are probably at the height of trees dropping their leaves right now and with the amount of trees here at Fieldstone it is difficult to keep up.