Tuesday, June 30, 2015

2015 Mid-Season Update

As June comes to a close, the maintenance staff at Beavercreek Golf Club is chugging along in high gear. During the month of May and the beginning of June, the staff was able to complete a number of projects ahead of schedule due to excellent weather. The latter half of June, however, has been very wet and has forced the staff to focus on storm cleanup.

On June 10, 125 tons of new bunker sand was delivered to the golf course. The staff has worked diligently to install new drainage and sand to the bunkers on hole 12. All bunker renovation work on hole 12 will likely be completed by July 4th weekend. The remaining bunker sand will be added to the green side bunkers on hole 7. In total, the maintenance staff has installed more than 525 tons of bunker sand and over 1200 feet of drain tile to renovate 21 bunkers on the golf course in the last 3 years.

Aside from completing bunker renovation work, the last half of June has given the staff trouble completing routine maintenance due to excessive rain fall. From June 12 to June 29, the golf course received 9.39" of rain. Receiving rain on 13 of these 18 days has made it difficult to mow and has shifted our focus to cleaning up debris and fixing bunker washouts. Despite the bad weather that mother nature has thrown our way, the maintenance staff has worked hard to keep the golf course in excellent shape.

As we move into July, we all can wish for better weather as it would be nice to put away the umbrellas for a while. July is a very busy month for the golf course. The weekend of July 11 and 12 is the Beavercreek Club Championship, and July 23-26 we will be hosting the Miami Valley Metropolitan Tournament. Our staff is looking forward to these events to be able to show off all of their hard work.

Staff watering and compacting new bunker sand on hole 12
Flooded fairway and approach on hole 15 during a June rain event
13 green flooded during a June rain event

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Course Closed 6/17/2015

The golf course received nearly 2" of rain in under an hour today and 4.5" in the last 9 days. With extensive flooding and more rain forecasted, the golf course will remain closed for the remainder of the day. We will update playing conditions tomorrow morning.

13 Green

Spillway on Hole 15

15 Approach

Hazard Stake on Hole 15

Walk Bridge to 1 Green

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

2015 Spring Update

As we approach the end of May, the golf season is in full swing and the golf course is in great shape! The unusually dry month of May has allowed the golf course maintenance staff to complete many tasks and projects ahead of schedule. Thanks to the hard work of our staff, the golf course is going into summer in excellent playing condition. One of the biggest changes to the golf course this year is the lowering of the rough height. All rough is now mowed at 2", making it easier for players to find and hit their ball. We have noticed a drastic improvement in pace of play as golfers spend much less time searching for their golf balls. The only complaint we have had over this comes from our rough mowers because they rarely find lost golf balls in the rough any more. Listed below are lists of some of the tasks that we have completed this spring and plans that we have for the summer. We hope that you will be able to come out to Beavercreek Golf Club often this summer and enjoy the course!

Completed Spring Projects

  • Laid 70 yards of mulch in landscape beds
  • Filled and seeded low spots around cart paths
  • Fixed several eroded areas around drop drains and culverts
  • Ground, filled and seeded stump holes
  • Sprayed 65 acres of rough for broadleaf weeds and crabgrass
  • Installed single-rung split-rail fence on hole 1
  • Planted 35,000 sq ft of wildflowers
  • Replaced several old irrigation heads and isolation valves
  • Painted Ohio flag and Beavercreek logo on #1 hillside
  • Core aerated collars
Planned Summer Projects
  • Resurface and regrade cart path at 6 tee
  • Continue replacing old irrigation heads and isolation valves
  • Renovate bunkers on holes 7 and 12 with 150 tons of new bunker sand
  • Install drainage along cart path edges that hold water
  • Remove dead Ash trees posing an immediate safety concern
  • Raise and regrade around drop drains that have settled.