Monday, January 30, 2012
Easy, just like taking a shower. Several years ago we installed the big shower curtain around our equipment lift so that we could continue to clean equipment when it is below freezing outdoors. A close look at the curtain shows the grease that is prevented from soiling the walls of the shop.
A great deal of pride is taken in the care for our asset of equipment. If time permits, all equipment will receive a coat of wax, hand applied of course.
Not your average shower,
Thursday, January 26, 2012
In the second photo, the platform for "The Turn," is being framed. This will be an elevated seating area, with excellent views.
It all keeps coming together,
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
I had some idea of the difficulties of making good ice. I did not know the extent to which natural ice does not want to be smooth. Rapid dropping temperatures coupled with wind, means that the water will freeze in a wave action form. Snow can also fall into the rink, and if the top is thawed, it makes slush. Slush that freezes has air pockets, and is really bumpy.
We are going to get it smooth though!
The rink will be ready for skaters this afternoon. Please come out and enjoy the fruits of our labor.
The orange cones that will be at the end of the rink, are good for young skaters that need support. Encourage them to put both hands on the top of the cone, and push the cone along the ice. I like the cones better than chairs, because if you fall on the cone, it simply gives way. Pushing the cone happens with the inside of the feet, not in a typical walking fashion.
It's a winter wonderland,
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Walls for family dining are framed, and ready for electrical runs before they drywall, which could be completed by next week.
There are benches for your comfort.
I wanted music and lights that changed to the music, like the Christmas decorations that you see on the Internet. I also suggested a disco ball, but I haven't figured out the mounting, and after the whole camera falling out of sky at the Iowa vs. Oklahoma game, I did not want to chance clobbering some poor kid with shiny shards of glass. As if slipping around on ice with knives tied the bottom of your shoes is not challenge enough!
Monday, January 16, 2012
We worked for about eight hours on the rink yesterday. The ice is still bumpy, but the overall condition is improving. The forecast looks as though it should be really good in a few days.
Sunday, January 15, 2012
The new proshop appears much bigger than I thought it would be. I tried to grab that perspective in the second photo I took.
The rink is going well and is really close to opening day. The amount of hose needed makes the work a challenge, especially for one person. The last photo shows the distance of hose that we have to handle.
Skates should fit tight, almost to the point of discomfort. Ankle support is important for new skaters. I may have a pair of kids size twelves for sale, if they won't stretch, yeah, I've done this before,
Saturday, January 14, 2012
I came out hoping to put a smooth layer on the rink, but it is just not thick enough yet. The corners are cracking and breaking as I walk on it. One more cold night should do the trick. One lesson learned..... Water hoses behave differently in cold weather. There has to be a cold weather hose!
Friday, January 13, 2012
Construction is moving along, more photos on the Briar Ridge Facebook page.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
We are so very close to kicking this thing into high gear. I will keep you posted,
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Monday, January 9, 2012
The lack of uniformity is what what we would call contamination. In this instance, we have essentially a weed problem. For a weed is merely a plant that is out of place.
Many times players think that the problem with the green surrounds is the length of grass, this is simply not the case. The real problem is that there is a complex combination of grassy weeds!
Are you practicing your short game?
Friday, January 6, 2012
The photos should start to get more interesting. I posted some to the turfgrass Facebook page yesterday that showed the ground penetrating radar.
Thursday, January 5, 2012
More photos are posted on the Briar Ridge Turfgrass Facebook page, visit it and click the "like" link to receive updates.
The rink has a hole in it, oh my!
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Don't neglect your foundation! Good core strength is important in remaining injury free during the golf season. Make good use of the winter by increasing strength training.
Who wants to drive the zamboni?