Friday, November 12, 2010

November Rain

It's a rainy day today- not good for golf but a chance to catch our breath. Our staff now consists of only 5 people. Maintianing our 140 acre property is a challenge with such a small staff. The task at Wakonda is especially time consuming because of the number of large trees which shed tons of leaves.

We have several important projects in the coming weeks in preparation for winter. The driving range net has been taken down and is the first step in our winter preparations. We also have to spray the greens, tees, and fairways with products to protect our turf from snow mold. The week before Thanksgiving we will have to blow all the water out of our irrigation pipes- this process is accomplished using a giant diesel powered air compressor. Finally, just before our first snow storm, we topdress the greens with sand and cover them with plastic tarps to protect them from the extreme winter cold.

This week we had a drainage consultant do a study of Wakonda Club's drainage needs. Drainage was a big topic of discussion with the USGA agronomist this summer. He highly recommended that we have a specialist do a study on our drainage situation.

Dennis Hurley of Turf Drainage Company of America spent two days walking the grounds with flags, paint, a voice recorder, and GPS. He will study our water flow issues and develop a comprehensive plan for the property.

Pictured above, the driving range net was taken down on Monday, November 8. Below two staff members are working to prepare our plow/ dump truck for the rigors of winter snow removal.

We were excited for the arrival of our new TORO equipment. Almost all of our equipment is on a 4- year revolving lease. Pictured above you see 2006 model year carts being loaded to leave the property. Below staff members are in the process of labeling new carts for our preventive maintenance program.