Monday, January 16, 2017

Dr. King "Why Do You Care"

I've never posted on Dr. King's Day. I've thought about the man over the years and respected his work.  The movement that helped to transform our country over the last 50-60 years was so important and necessary.

I remember being in 4th grade and outside playing that evening when Dr. King was killed. I was out playing with a neighborhood friend in Desoto where we lived. I came in and saw the news and I think my comment was something like that is terrible, or bad, along those lines. My friend said to me
                                      " Why do you care" 

Why did I care? I guess I was 11 at the time and was a current affairs geek. I was raised in a family of inclusion and equality. My parents went to high school in a small town that was known not to have African American people living within its limits in Southeast Missouri but you would have never known that from my upbringing. Never heard the stereo typical derogatory names used around my family. I think if I would of used those words I would have gotten my butt whooped good. I grew up around African American coaches and athletes which my dad worked with and coached and taught along side. We became friends, we became brothers when my parents became guardian for a young man when I was in Junior High School. We were teammates during my athletic years where we shared the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. We broke bread together, we partied together, we chased girls together, we did everything together.

When I started working I became responsible to parents and their kids who rode my buses, teachers/principals at schools who I worked with as well as colleagues/employees and upper management individuals who I reported.

Of course in the golf business I have customers, peers, vendors, staff and now members from many backgrounds and faiths, everyone deserves equal respect and treatment no matter what your place in society.

We have come a long way but still have a long way to go.

Winter Work

Most supers are questioned what do you do in the winter. Well, staff is in the middle of vacations, sick days(germs from kids and pass it around the group), education which I showed you in December with more to come, and repairing our supplies that are on the golf course. Tee markers, trash cans, benches(personally think we should get rid of half of them), driving range bag stands and etc. Some of the time is spent just recovering from 6-7 day a week solid grind from the end of March through parts of November. Everyone up with 4:00-4:30 a.m wake up calls 6 days a week for all staff/management.

Painted trash cans

Jason and Russ sanding tee markers

Already sanded and waiting on the sander

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year

This past year had its challenges but also some major successes which are displayed in the video below. The loss of Lady this past spring shook my world, 17 years of habits were hard to break, others within our club suffered much greater loss. One of the things they all talked about though was that they could not have done it without the support of their family at Glen Echo. The help and support during their struggles and grief were the only thing that kept them going.

I brought this video back out of the archives because of the new year, new beginnings, a new start. We have a couple months of recharging and planning to do to get our year started out right. I know our young guns are getting recharged and looking forward to another great year of golf at Glen Echo.

We will begin our Friday night dinners on January 13th. We plan on doing some things for the kids in the Pub and Olympic Room area of the club that night and every Friday night during the shutdown period. Movies, putt putt, games, a chance for you to come to the club visit with friends and have some activity for the kidos.

Happy New Year and thanks for your support!

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from the Grounds Staff 
Glen Echo Country Club

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

50 degrees, Sorry No Golf Today Wednesday December 21st

Sorry folks, warm up but too much frozen stuff on greens. Will be cleaned off by end of the day today and give you a chance over the next few days to come out.

2 green

6 green

7 green has snow, plus 8 tee and 10 green

9 green

11 green

Monday, December 12, 2016

Speaking at Local Supt Association Shop Tour

Presentation about social media that I use in my job for our local super/asst vendor peeps. So if your darn smart phone isn't acting too smart(might be operator error) and does not work during your presentation, you can send the pic to your email and make the post on your desktop. There is also an app for Blogger which I had stopped using a few months ago due to shortage of memory. The works a little better than the version I tried. I have to get it back loaded on my phone!

Education all day today at Bellerive CC shop tour for Mississippi Valley Golf Course Superintendent's Association

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Irrigation Shutdown 2016

The staff and myself, (yep big dog helped the boys) spent the afternoon shutting down the irrigation system Monday for the winter. The process starts with of course turning off the power to the pumps. There are 4 2" pipes that lead into our 4 lakes that are used to help self-drain some of the areas of the irrigation system. The less water the machine has to blow out, the less time it takes to do the job. We open our wash station valve since from up above the lakes flows toward the creek along 1-2 and we will remove a head or two in a couple more of the lowest areas on the course.

As you see from the video I'll post below, we use a large compressor that is regulated to 50psi so we do not place excesssive pressure into our system. Its places a large volume of water in the pipes quickly pushing the water through the pipes. Air with high pressure can be very destructive to the system if the pressure is set too high creating cracks in the system that will show up with our opening next season and or over the next few years. We turn on stations in each box, a couple at a time. We will usually do about 4 boxes at a time. Sometimes, the head blows out air right away and other times it might takes minutes depending upon the area and how water feeds to that section. Its about a 3-4 hour job.