Monday, July 16, 2018

Working the New Guy

Last week we received delivery of our new Groundsman TMC48 sod cutter.  It replaces a 20 year old ryan sod cutter that was on its last legs.  What we like so far, and the main reason we purchased it, is that it doesn't shake the operator uncomfortably like other models do.  We are removing 9,000 sq ft of sod this week for initiation.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Thought I'd Seen it All

I received a call on the course earlier this year from our birder Lee Pauser and he says to me, "Do you want to see something you've never seen before?".  I set myself up to be disappointed on my ride to meet him, but I've go to say; I've never seen that before.  

Bobcat on top of nesting owl box
 

Friday, June 15, 2018

Babies Are Out

This year I'm noticing more than most years that there are a lot of new babies on the course.  Over the past week I've witnessed baby deer, baby duck, baby turkey and baby quail.  We've also got some owlets in the boxes too.  I've only been lucky enough to get a picture of the baby duck.  If you've never seen a baby quail, they're pretty darn cute.  Too fast for my reflexes though. 

Friday, January 19, 2018

Approach Topdressing

You can play 6 lake right and watch it
kick left to a front middle pin
This year we are beginning a new practice for Cinnabar of topdressing approaches in order to make them firmer and faster.  While many golfers fly their shots in like lawn darts, the course was designed in a way to play with some creativity.  2 canyon is a great example of a hole that you can play short and right with a front pin and watch the ball kick left putting yourself close to the hole.  You'll notice that we aren't doing every approach and that is because not all approaches were designed to be ran in.  Take 4 mountain for example; it's an elevated green that is designed to be flown in.  While we'd like that approach to be firm so when you miss short the ball goes back down to the fairway... Stirke that.

This is a practice that won't have noticeable results for some time as we need to build up a large quantity of sand, but it will appreciated once it is achieved. 

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Built Ford Tough

In 1999, Cinnabar bought a brand new Ford Ranger for the superintendent to use.  We had talked about replacing it the last couple of years, but the truck seemed to be bullet proof.  Last year we put a new transmission in it, but it still felt like it had more to give.  Last month it turned over 250,000 miles and began to show it's age until it couldn't give anymore yesterday.  251,236 miles.  I really enjoyed this truck and I have a lot of memories with it I thought I'd share.

-  Driving my daughter home from daycare singing wheels on the bus and having many one sided conversations.
-   I rear ended a woman who suddenly stopped for turkeys crossing the road.  There were no injuries (human or turkey), but when she told me she was friends with an owner I just about lost my lunch.  
-   Sleeping in it overnight numerous times on the evenings when I deep tine aerated the greens.
-  Another overnight at the golf course when I had to run the water treatment manually.  I had to wake up every 30 minutes.
-  Taking our son Benjamin out early evenings to set raccoon traps. He always wanted to see the pictures the next day.
-  Getting stuck on the side of the cart path at midnight when I went to check on a pump station that I thought was going to flood.  It was dry as a bone.
-  The day I (maybe Cinnabar) spent $500 to get it thoroughly cleaned after I quit smoking.  Money well spent.
-   Either the year 2007 or 2008 where it seemed like I locked my key in the car once a month.  
-   Driving the kids around the block in back of the bed.  
-   Driving other superintendents around and having great conversations.
-  Having not washed it with a hose from 2013-2016 due to the drought.  I'd occasionally drive through the sprinklers or let the rain wash it.  
-  Still trying to explain to my kids what a cassette tape deck is and the difficulty of trying to buy children's music on cassette.  

I'm very fortunate to have the opportunity to use a company vehicle and it was a great one.  I know it's just a truck, but I'll look back on it fondly.