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It is my intention to give the readers a better understanding of what we do to maintain The Farms Country Club's 18 hole championship golf course and grounds.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Not Everything Runs As Smoothly As Planned

Mother nature has a tendency to throw a curve ball every now and then. Heavy rain followed by snow and plumeting temperatures can certainly throw a monkey wrench into something as simple as running the sander. A frozen conveyor, gears and a fuel line slowed down the parking lot cleanup today. Nothing we can't fix. Just a delay in the game!
Ed warms up the fuel line with a hair dryer. Creative!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

New Aerifier Arrives! What Does This Mean?

The new aerifyer will provide us with more flexability in tine selection. On December 2nd I made a BLOG entry about the aerifying plan for 2010 (click on the aerify label to view again).
During the Spring aerification we will use a new 1/4" tine (size of a golf pencil). It is half the size of the tine nomally used in Spring and Fall (1/2").
During the Fall aerification we will use the 3/8" tine. Still only 75% of the size normally used.
What does this mean to our members? Speedier recovery!...Less inconvenience!

The business end of the aerifier

Tine size comparison

Close up of tine holder for 1/4" tines. Note that tines are half the size but they are in double rows instead of single

Friday, January 15, 2010

Remember When?

Here are some of the original "special progress bulletins" that were sent to the membership as The Farms CC was being built in the early 1960's.
It's always fun to delve into a little history!
Bulletin 1 Page 1

Bulletin 1 Pages 2&3

Bulletin 3 Page 1

Bulletin 3 Pages 2&3

Bulletin 3 Page 4

Bulletin 6 Page 1

Bulletin 6 Pages 2&3

Bulletin 6 Page 4

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Lightning Damaged Tulip Tree Removed On Hole #13

This large Tulip tree was damaged by a severe lightning strike this summer. Much of the tree had deteriorated by the end of the season. Our professional arborist determined the decline would continue and the tree was considered unsafe. Removal took place today. The following "youtube" video shows some of the removal process.