Friday, November 20, 2015

Wike to Receive Environmental Stewardship Award

Zach Wike, assistant superintendent at Beavercreek Golf Club in Beavercreek, Ohio has been selected to receive the Environmental Stewardship Award from the Ohio Turfgrass Foundation. Previous winners of the award include Dr. Michael Hurdzan and John Miller.

Wike led the effort for Beavercreek Golf Club to achieve the designation as a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” through the Audubon’s Sanctuary Program. Beavercreek is just the 17th course in Ohio to receive such status.

Additionally, Zach volunteers his time to serve as a board member for the Miami Valley Golf Course Superintendents Association (MVGCSA) and Ohio Pesticide Applicators for Responsible Regulation (OPARR) while also being an active member of the GCSAA’s Grassroots Ambassador program.

Within the state, Wike has been active in meeting with legislators and informing them of the environmental and economic impacts of golf and the turfgrass industry. He has taken the initiative to meet with representatives at the statehouse and has also hosted them at golf courses throughout the state to give them a first-hand look at how golf courses can have a positive impact on the environment.

The Environmental Stewardship Award will be presented to Mr. Wike on Tuesday, December 8th during the Awards, Scholarship and Keynote Ceremony at the OTF Conference & Show and OSU Green Industry Short Course.

For more information about the Ohio Turfgrass Foundation Conference & Show and Ohio State University Green Industry Short Course, please visit or contact OTF at 614.285.4683. 

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

2015 Fall Update

With temperatures in the 70s, it certainly does not feel like the first week of November in the Miami Valley. The prolonged stretch of warm and dry weather has allowed golfers to get out and enjoy many late season rounds of golf. As our turf staff finishes leaf removal and mows out turf areas for the last few times of the season, the focus will soon be shifting to winter maintenance on the golf course. Within the next few weeks, the on-course restrooms and irrigation system will be winterized, and landscape beds will be attended to in time for winter. Once again, the focus of winter maintenance on the golf course will be the removal of dead ash trees as a result of the Emerald Ash Borer. The turf staff will be removing roughly 75 trees this winter with the main focus on hole 16. The trees will be removed, stumps ground, and seeded in the spring. In an effort to replace many of the dead trees, the turf staff will be planting roughly 20-25 new trees throughout the golf course in the spring. In addition to tree removal, the equipment technician will be working hard to service every piece of equipment during the winter, a daunting task that is necessary to provide top notch playing conditions during the season. The days are getting shorter, but there is still plenty of time to get outside and enjoy the remaining few weeks of 2015.

Hole 5 on a beautiful fall afternoon

It doesn't get much better than watching the sunrise over hole 10

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Summer Weather Data Review

As summer is coming to a close, it is always nice to look back over the previous years and compare weather data. This past summer never really got hot and rainfall seemed to be relentless in the Miami Valley. Over the last 5 years, the data shows that the weather has been trending towards a cooler and wetter summer. Inclement weather can bring many troubles to the golf course during the summer, as this is the busiest period of the year. In addition to reduced rounds of golf, inclement weather drastically impacts golf course maintenance practices. Below you will find a chart and two graphs that depict the weather data from June, July, and August over the previous 5 years.