Monday, January 18, 2016

WInter Update 1-18-16

So far this year the weather has been anything but normal.  The year started off warm as we mowed fairways in January for the first time in 18 years.  Then the rains came back and now it is all of 16 degrees outside.  Needless to say that our drainage project on hole #12 is on hold. 

While the weather has stopped us from working on #12, it has not stopped us from working on other projects.  As with years past, we are continuing to enhance areas on the course with rock walls.  We are currently installing a rock wall around the small pond on #1.  Over the years erosion has deteriorated the bank making this highly visible area unsightly.  The new rock wall along with landscape improvements to the area across the street on #18, will greatly improve aesthetics making the start and finish to the course one to remember.
Installing stone wall on the #1 pond.

#1 pond

In addition to the rock wall on #1, we have completed the removal of all the cross ties at the tennis/swim facility.  All of the cross ties have been replaced with stone to match other areas throughout the course.  In addition to the stone work, we will also be adding irrigation and new plant material.
Stone walls at the tennis/swim facility

Stone walls at the tennis/swim facility

Though not as glamorous as course improvements, we are making improvements to our equipment and the maintenance facility.  We have a large list of equipment that we are refurbishing which includes, new paint, bearings, hydraulic hoses, seats, etc.  This refurbishment process extends the life of our equipment at a fraction of the cost of replacement.
John Deere heavy duty utility vehicle undergoing refurbishment.

Painting a trailer in the paint booth.

Not only are we refurbishing equipment, but we are also making improvements to our maintenance facility.  We have added new light fixtures to the back equipment bay to improve efficiency and safety.  Also in this same area, we are in the process of painting the ceiling which along with the new lights will improve light quality.
Adding light fixtures to the shop.

Getting ready to paint the ceiling.