Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Trees and golf

Golf Course Superintendents refer to the time of Memorial Day until Labor Day as The 100 Days. This is the stressful time to grow cool season turf. The sun will be at its highest point in the sky soon, UV radiation begins to damage the plant, respiration outpaces photosynthesis, irrigation systems become irritation systems, and so on.
Our 100 day stretch at Briar is marked by small fluffy white stuff falling from the sky. No, it's not snow, it is cottonwood seed. Shortly after the oaks finish making their mess on the property, it's the cottonwood's turn. I love trees, I really do, I just want them in the correct place, maintained, and not damaging assets.
Tree management in golf costs real dollars. Branches on playing surfaces must be removed prior to mowing, loose debris clogs up rollers and radiators, tree bases require hand trimming, and tree canopies need to be properly maintained. (We won't mention leaf removal until October 😀)
Trees directly impact the bottom line by the money that is spent maintaining them and indirectly by causing delays in work production. As we enter our 100 days, we like to be as efficient as possible, to free up labor for the important job of managing the cultural methods that are necessary to keep the cool season turf alive during the peak of stress. The jobs of slicing, spiking, hand watering, top dressing, brushing, and so on, need to be the priority in June, July, and August.
I hope you had a pleasant holiday.
See you on the slopes, I made first tracks!

Friday, May 20, 2016

We Are Golf

Wednesday, I met with Senators Joe Donnelly and Daniel Coats, and Congressman Peter Visclosky to discuss pending legislation and the impacts to the Golf Industry.  I was impressed at the attention and time we were given.  I was joined by Linda Rogers and Michelle Wittig, who represented the National Golf Course Owners Association.  
Before moving into the issues, we wanted to make sure congress understood the economic, charitable, environmental, and health and wellness aspects of golf.
Golf contributes $68.8 billion to the American economy.  One in 75 jobs is impacted by our industry.  Golf is bigger than spectator sports, performing arts, and the amusement and recreation industries.  In 2011, the National charitable impact of golf was $3.9 billion; which is more than MLB, NFL, NBA, and the NHL combined!
I have always been a fan of golf and the environment.  Golf is the only connection to nature for some.  Golf provides more than two million acres of green space to urban areas.
My favorite aspect of golf? The health benefits.  I love to walk nine holes.  As inactivity among Americans skyrockets, walking 18 holes is the equivalent of a 3.5 mile run or a 5 mile walk.
With all the wonderful things that golf provides, we are still a small business.  Regulations such as Overtime Pay Rule, and other issues such as H-2B Visa Delays, Waters of the United States rule, the Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Act, all impact our sustainability.  Thanks to all of our Allied Partners for showing up to support golf!
Visit http://wearegolf.org/, and see why people like Nancy Lopez feel compelled to join together on the Hill.
Special thanks to Briar Ridge for allowing me the time to promote our great sport!
Let's go golf,

Sent from Erwin's phone, please excuse grammar and punctuation.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Keeping you comfortable

Monday's are always a busy day for the course. This Monday was a busy day for the clubhouse. We installed two new rooftop units for the Willows. These two units were over 15 years old and had served the club well.
The club continues to improve, in many ways, and in many areas that go unnoticed. HVAC units are not real "fun" improvements, but very necessary. This summer as you enjoy the view outside the wall of windows in the Willows, the club hopes you are comfortable.
Please join us for Casino Night this Saturday!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Stump removal

We have begun to remove some of the stumps on the golf course. As you know, there are several areas on the course, riddled with stumps. The removal process is relatively quick. The subsequent removal or material, backfilling, and final preparations take a significant amount of time. We are excited that we have begun the process, please be patient with us as we go through the remaining steps.
Please be careful, as some of the areas will be cleaned of mulch and the hole will remain. We will have areas marked, however please pay attention when driving a cart in the rough. These areas do not require white paint until the chips are removed as they are covered under the provisions for material piled for removal.
Yea Free drop!