Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Beavercreek Golf Club Becomes Designated Groundwater Guardian Green Site


For Immediate Release: February 9, 2016

Contact: Zachary Wike (937) 754-0794

Beavercreek Golf Club Becomes Designated Groundwater Guardian Green Site

By practicing good groundwater and environmental stewardship, Beavercreek Golf Club was recently designated as a 2016 Groundwater Guardian Green Site by The Groundwater Foundation. Beavercreek Golf Club’s groundwater-friendly practices include pesticide and fertilizer use reduction and safety, water conservation, water quality management, and implementation of an integrated pest management program.

Groundwater Guardian Green Sites are essentially green spaces – like golf courses; ball fields; educational campuses; and residential, recreational, and office parks – that implement groundwater and surface water-friendly practices to maintain the site. Beavercreek Golf Club completed an application to evaluate and document its groundwater-friendly practices to earn this exclusive designation. 

By naturalizing pond and stream banks, efficient use of irrigation, dedicating no-spray zones around sensitive areas, soil testing and applying fertilizer based on specific nutrient needs, and storing and mixing pesticides and fertilizers in a self-contained, impervious floor area, Beavercreek Golf Club is going “green” and helping to protect and conserve local water supplies.

Groundwater protection in the Miami Valley is very important as the Great Miami Buried Valley Aquifer System provides potable water for most of the Miami Valley and Greater Cincinnati regions. It is estimated that this aquifer holds 1.5 trillion gallons of fresh water. This aquifer, which was created by glacial deposits consisting of mostly sand and gravel, acts as a sponge during rain events, allowing it to easily recharge. This, however, makes it extremely important that proper land management practices are followed to protect such a valuable asset.

Groundwater Guardian Green Sites is a program of The Groundwater Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Lincoln, Nebraska with a mission to educate people and inspire action to ensure sustainable, clean groundwater for future generations.  The program began in 2007 to recognize good stewards of groundwater by encouraging managers of highly-managed green spaces to implement, measure, and document their groundwater-friendly practices. 

Other interested sites can find out more about the Groundwater Guardian Green Site online at http://www.groundwater.org/action/community/green-sites.html, or calling 1-800-858-4844. 

For more information about Beavercreek Golf Club’s operation, please contact Zachary Wike at (937) 754-0794 or by email at wike@beavercreekohio.gov.

The Groundwater Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Lincoln, Nebraska with a mission to educate people and inspire action to ensure sustainable, clean groundwater for future generations.  Since its inception in 1985, the Foundation has offered various educational programming for youth and adults. To learn more, visit www.groundwater.org


Monday, January 4, 2016

2015 Weather in Review

The 2016 season is here and with it comes the return of normal temperatures. As 2015 came to a close, Dayton recorded its warmest December on record. At the golf course during the month of December, we recorded 4.45" of rain while setting 8 record high temperatures. Aside from the early summer being more wet and cooler than normal, the Dayton region experienced a rather average year for weather. As 2016 gets off to a start, we can all hope that this year brings us all great weather. The chart below depicts weather data over the previous five years. From the Turf Staff at Beavercreek Golf Club, we would like to wish you a Happy New Year! We hope to see you on the course soon.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

2015 in Review

One wouldn't know that the end of 2015 is upon us based on the warm weather we have been receiving. The 2015 season certainly had its weird weather moments that included an extremely frigid start to the year, over 17" of rain during the months of June and July, a very dry September and October, and now a warmer than normal November and December. Despite the challenges that the weather brought us, the turf staff at Beavercreek Golf Club was able to provide outstanding playing conditions for the year along with completing many course improvement projects. The list below details the projects the turf staff was able to complete this year:
  • Removed 30 dead Ash trees.
  • Installed 125 tons of new bunker sand and 400 feet of new drainage to renovate 8 bunkers on holes 7 and 12.
  • Replaced the walk bridge to 1 green.
  • Replaced the rope fence on hole 1 with a single rail split-rail fence.
  • Planted 10 cherry trees on hole 10.
  • Removed old, overgrown plant material behind clubhouse and replanted.
  • Repaved the cart path from 5 green to 6 green.
  • Hosted the 2015 Metropolitan Championship
2015 was a great year at Beavercreek Golf Club, and the turf staff is looking forward to 2016. We look forward to seeing you on the golf course next year! Below you will find a collection of some of the best photos captured on the course this year.

Sunrise over 1 green

Sunrise over hole 10 during the Metropolitan

A view down hole 1 
Holes 2 and 3 in the morning sun
One of the many turtles on the course 
2015 Turf Staff