Friday, March 29, 2019
The renovation to the golf course maintenance offices, restrooms and employee break room is complete. The results are better than I ever could have hoped. When inside the offices it looks like an entire new building. I can’t thank the board of directors, green committee, Bryan Roe and of course all the members enough. The staff are very thankful this project was approved and completed. If you would like to see the results, please feel free to stop down and take a look.
Monday, March 25, 2019
The renovation to the golf course maintenance offices, bathrooms and employee break room should be wrapping up in the next couple of days. The transformation has been remarkable. Going from 18 years + of use to the near new look has staff excited. Made upgrades to the internet system throughout the building. Installed an IT cabinet to manage all the different devices that are managed from the building. Ethernet cables were running all over the place, hanging from the ceiling and that has been upgraded and run through the walls to outlets. A tv will be installed in the employee break room for training purposes. We are now in the process of cleaning and putting everything back together.
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
The renovation to the offices, bathrooms and employee break room is well under way. The contractor started with the break room and it is a the point of painting the walls and installing the baseboards. New floor, cabinets, countertop and microwave has been installed. New refrigerator will be delivered on Tuesday, tv for job board and training videos has been ordered and is scheduled for delivery late this week. It is onto the bathrooms then the main offices. Going quickly and staff are looking forward to the upgrades.
Friday, March 15, 2019
There are times when I get questions about why the course isn’t detailed like events shown on TV. Here is photo of some of the volunteers at this years Players Championship. Just a small sample of the staff involved in getting courses ready daily for major events. The prep for this event is actually taking place shortly after the previous years event ends. Any modifications to be made to the course take place and then they start it all over again. At TPC Sawgrass the prepping never stops, at courses that hold events every 5 to 10 years the home course officials work with the PGA & USGA starting 2 to 3 years ahead of scheduled events. It is a major undertaking every weekend.
Thursday, March 14, 2019
On Monday the 18th the renovation work to the GCM office’s, restrooms and employee break room will begin. If you happen to know anyone that may be getting a new refrigerator and the one being replaced is still in operational condition please let me know. I would like to replace the refrigerator that the employee’s use. The current one is in poor condition.
Monday, March 11, 2019
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
The lids to the sand bins have support boards that run underneath the lid. Since installed last year and through the normal weather patterns of heating and cooling these boards had started to separate. Today staff installed carriage bolts through the lid to help tighten this back up. All 5 bins were completed today.
GCM staff reinstalled the steel plate that was removed on the number 8 side on the way to 9. It took a while for us to find fasteners that would hold the plate down but not protrude high enough to create a tripping hazard. We will monitor these fasteners over the next month to ensure they will do the job.
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
There has been an intermittent irrigation leak near where the cart path crosses from the 10th to 11th hole. Recently the area had to be isolated and we began the process of determining the best way to address this issue. It was determined that the leak was actually under the roadway which made this repair more difficult. Aqua-Matic was brought in to perform this repair as it was determined the easiest way to repair this was to use HDPE pipe and pull it though the existing pipe. By doing it this way it prevents the roadway from being dug up. The repair was started and completed today and the irrigation system is up and fully functional.
Sunday, March 3, 2019
Rocks are always an issue following a renovation as most fo the soil throughout the entire golf had been disturbed in one way or another. Today we have started pencil tining the greens for 2 reasons - to help relieve soil compaction and improve water infiltration. New tines were installed on the soil reliever and it was sent out to the first green this morning. Unfortuenately we found a large rock right along the perimeter of the green/collar with the machine. These pencil tines do not handle rocks well and the picture below is damage that can happen. The location of the rock has been recorded and will be removed prior to the summer maintenance. It is not at all uncommon to find rocks especially when going down 7 inches into the soil. Tines will be replaced and we will continue the process this week.