Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Winter Maintenance Update

Hello Stillmeadow members,

I wanted to take a minute to update the membership on the happenings for the maintenance staff over the next couple of months.  The recent weather has made it difficult to get on the course.  However, prior to the recent rainfall we have had the ability to get a little ahead of the curve.  

Stump Removal Project
We were able to soil, seed and straw many of the stump holes across the course.  Other than the wet conditions, we have had an additional set back on this project in the form of a broken track on our mini excavator that we use to do the bulk of this work.  We hope to have it up and running prior to a break in the weather and then should be able to return to finish this project in the spring.

Dead Tree Removals
We also dropped and mostly cleaned several more dead trees on the course.  Once the grounds dries out a little or freezes, we should be able to catch right back up with the cleanup of what has been dropped.  

Equipment Care and Repair
The maintenance equipment requires much care over the winter along with almost any and all resources we can put towards it.  With the dynamic duo of Rick Evans and Bob Nordyke leading the way, and the occasional help from Randy and myself, I feel that the "Turf and Maintenance" department at our club has done an excellent job at keeping our old equipment running and performing to a decent level.  This requires a level of ingenuity and resourcefulness that the membership unfortunately does not get to see.  However, I am really proud of the job that these guys continue to perform.  They have managed to save us many thousands of dollars!  These extra funds have provided for us in many other areas in my department and other departments around the club.

Course supplies
What are course supplies you ask? Trash receptacles, flag sticks, cups, tee markers, bunker rakes, benches, ball washers, etc.  The task of painting, staining, varnishing, applying vinyl and making general repairs must be accomplished every winter.

Shop Cleaning and Maintenance
We do our best to keep the shop organized, clean and maintained on a year round basis.  However, this time of year we have the ability to detail this process a bit.

Planning
The scheduling of dates, chemical programs and budgetary forecasting are just some of the different types of planning we need to accomplish during this time of year.

Snow Removal
The winter has been very mild thus far but if it does snow, we will be ready.

The previous list are more of the planned or regular activities that we will achieve over the next couple months before the weather truly breaks in the spring.  This does not include any of the unplanned activities that we still get hit with on an almost daily basis.  As you can see, we stay busy all year round to achieve our goals as your maintenance department at Stillmeadow Country Club.

Thank you for all your support as we look forward to another great golf season in 2017! 

Klint Ladd
Golf Course Superintendent

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Due to extremely cold, wet and or icy conditions the course will remain closed for the remainder of the day. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Klint Ladd
Golf Course Superintendent

Friday, December 16, 2016

Tree Removals

The Stillmeadow Turf and maintenance team will spend a portion of the winter continuing to address dead Ash trees.  This latest round of trees were also taken out by the Emerald Ash Borer.  While we hate to lose any mature trees on the course, they are necessary to remove as they have become safety concerns to all course activity.






Friday, December 9, 2016

Course Status Update:
At this time we will be officially closing the course for play today due to inclement weather. If you have any further questions please contact the golf shop at 513-495-1234.
Thanks,
Klint Ladd
Golf Course Superintendent

Friday, December 2, 2016

Fall Maintenance Update

Now that we finally seem to be moving away from warmer temperatures in 2016, I wanted to take a minute to update everyone on what has been accomplished.  While the first half of the year seemed to be filled with rain days, the latter part has been mostly warm and dry.  This has enabled our staff to accomplish many task.  Some of these task we consider to be "regular", yet weather dependent.  However, other accomplishments have been more project or improvement based.  The following is a bullet point list of some of what has, or will be achieved. 
  • Improvements/fixes to the irrigation system (This continues to be an ongoing battle)
  • Leaf cleanup
  • Weekly verticutting and topdressing to greens surfaces
  • Dead Ash tree removals
  • New tree plantings
  • Greens aeration
  • Tee aeration
  • Fairway aeration
  • Aeration to ALL course rough areas
  • Equipment repairs and improvements
  • Stump grinding
  • Chip removal from stump areas
  • Soil, seed, fertilizer and strawing of stump areas
  • Seeding of thin fairway areas
  • Tall Fescue seed incorporation at greens surrounds
  • Pruning of shrubs and ornamental grasses
  • Winterization of irrigation systems, course restrooms and irrigation pump houses
  • Applications of chemicals and fertilizers to all surfaces
  • Rock work in an attempt to control erosion to creeks and other waterways
  • Native rough areas cut to 6-8 inches
As you can see from this list, many areas have been addressed in some fashion.  The course has played fast and firm for most of the latter part of the year.  This is much easier to achieve with less precipitation.  We will continue to deliver the best conditions possible considering the hand we are dealt.  I hope you all have enjoyed Stillmeadow Country Club in 2016 and rest assured that we are taking the necessary steps for more of the same in 2017.

Thanks,

Klint Ladd
Golf Course Superintendent

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Fairway Aeration

Fairway Aeration Update:

The rain yesterday had halted our progress on the cleanup portion of fairway aeration. However, the ground was still firm enough to continue aerating. We have aerated the entire front 9 fairways and were able to get about half of those cleaned up. We will suspend the back 9 aeration until Wednesday 9/28 so that we can get the front 9 cleaned today and still have the back 9 playable. If the rain stays away moving forward, we should be able to get the back 9 aerated and cleaned to completion tomorrow. Finishing touches will be completed on Thursday.  Thank you for your patience.

Klint Ladd 
Golf Course Superintendent

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Thank You

Special thanks to Stillmeadow member Bill Batchelor! The maintenance team can always count on Bill to help out throughout the year with various maintenance task. We appreciate what you do!
Klint Ladd
Golf Course Superintendent




Thursday, July 28, 2016

Course Closed

The course will remain closed for the rest of the day as we have experienced a tremendous amount of rainfall. We will re-evaluate tomorrow morning and will hope to open the course then. The members lounge is open today.
Thank you,
Klint Ladd
Golf Course Superintendent

Course Closed

The course is currently closed until further notice due to rainfall.  We will update you here upon any changes to the course status.  You may also call the golf shop at 513-495-1234.

Thanks,
Klint Ladd
Golf Course Superintendent


Friday, May 6, 2016

The Irrigation Battle Begins

The worst day of year for the Stillmeadow Turf and Maintenance crew is usually sometime around early March every year.  It is the day when we turn the irrigation system on.  In the last 5 years we have poured countless time, energy and resources into the irrigation system.  This hard work has paid off as we continue to see less issues on a yearly basis.  However, we still see a lot.   

The biggest culprit since our arrival at SCC has been the swing joints for the quick couplers.  This a port that has been installed at various locations around the golf course.  These ports allow us to quickly connect a hose to the system for handwatering and other various task.  Many of these quick couplers are part of the original irrigation system and how the course was watered on a nightly basis before the installation of double row sprinkler heads.  The quick couplers are supported by galvanized steel piping which is where the majority of our problems occur. The following photos show the rusted hole in the steel piping along with some photos of the repair process.  In most cases the couplers are removed and the main line is then repaired.