Monday, May 11, 2015

The Flag of Ohio

Flag of Ohio.svg

The Ohio Burgee is the official flag of the State of Ohio. This swallow-tail flag is the only non-rectangular US state flag. For nearly the first 100 years as a state, Ohio did not have an official flag. It wasn't until 1901 that John Eisenmann designed the flag for the Pan-American Exposition. The flag was officially adopted as the official flag of the State of Ohio in 1902.

The design of the flag is defined in the Ohio Revised Code, section 5.01: The flag of the state shall be burgee-shaped. It shall have three red and two white horizontal stripes that represent the roads and waterways of the state. The union of the flag shall be seventeen five-pointed stars, white in a blue triangular field that represents the state's hills and valleys, the base of which shall be the staff end or vertical edge of the flag, and the apex of which shall be the center of the middle red stripe. The thirteen stars grouped around the "O" represent the original states of the United States and the four stars added to the peak of the triangle symbolize that Ohio was the seventeenth state admitted to the union. The "O" represents the "O" on "Ohio" and suggests the state's nickname, the buckeye state...

The turf staff recently painted the Ohio Burgee on #1 hillside, visible to golfers and those driving by. In the coming days, the Beavercreek logo will be added to the hillside below the Ohio Burgee. These logos will be touched-up regularly and maintained throughout much of the season. The turf staff hopes that you enjoy seeing these logos on the course and that you find the history of the Ohio flag to be intriguing.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Operation Pollinator

Operation Pollinator, an international biodiversity program, is aimed at increasing the number of pollinating insects on a property by creating habitat favored by native insects. This program was developed by Syngenta and provides golf course managers the tools and information to successfully establish and manage attractive wildflower plots on their property. This program was developed out of the necessity to increase pollinator habitat. The honey bee population in the US has decreased over the last several decades due to habitat loss and the varroa mite. With almost one-third of the global food supply depending on pollinators, it is imperative that habitat is established and preserved.

With the guidance of Syngenta, we have been able to build on our environmental stewardship by creating roughly 35,000 square feet of pollinator habitat. On April 23, four pollinator plots were seeded on the golf course consisting of two wildflower mixes. Once established, these areas will be able to provide beauty and pollinator habitat to our property.

Established Operation Pollinator Plot

Seeded area between holes 13 and 14

Seeded area behind #1 green

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Digital Job Board Installation

Last week, the golf course maintenance staff installed a digital job board in the break room. A 50" Panasonic television was mounted to the wall and an Asus M115U Google Chromebox computer was installed. The computer is a mere 5" x 5" x 2" and is concealed behind the television. The computer runs off of Google Chrome, a basic web-based operating system. This computer must be connected to the internet at all times in order to operate. With this set-up, we can access programs like Google Earth, weather and radar, Google Docs and Sheets (Word and Excel), access online training videos, and plug in USB flash drives. We will use this extensively to inform, direct, and train our staff in order to be more efficient.

The application in which this set-up will be used most frequently is a digital job board. Using Google Sheets allows multiple users to edit the document from multiple devices in real-time. With the Google Sheets document opened on the television, we can modify job assignments from virtually anywhere. This will be extremely efficient when we need to make changes in the field, as a manager can edit tasks with a smart phone on the golf course. In addition to Google Sheets, we have installed Google Revolve that can cycle through browser tabs on the computer at user-defined intervals. This application can be used to cycle through multiple pages such as job assignments, staff schedule, and radar.

The digital job board will help make our staff more efficient and is another great tool to educate and train staff members. Installing the job board was very simple and inexpensive. The cost of the Asus computer with a wireless keyboard and mouse was under $200. This set-up can be implemented very easily at any facility.

Asus M115U Google Chromebox

Google Earth allows us to have an interactive map of our facility.

Google Sheets allows us to host an online spreadsheet that can
be updated in real-time from anywhere with internet access.

Ability to utilize web-based training videos.