Friday, January 2, 2015

2014 Weather in Review

2014 was a wild year for weather in the Miami Valley. Coming off of a very frigid winter with over 48" of snowfall recorded at the course, it appeared as if spring was never going to arrive. The months of April, May, June, and July brought above average rainfall and below normal temperatures. In fact, we did not record a single temperature over 90 degrees in July at the golf course. The unseasonable temperatures during July led to the third coolest on record for Dayton. Fall was welcomed with very good weather with normal temps and below normal rainfall totals. Looking back at the weather records over the past few years it is very difficult to predict what the 2015 season will bring. Our best prediction lies in the hands of the groundhog on February 2. Please refer to the chart below for a comparison of weather highlights over the past 4 years. From the Turf Staff at Beavercreek Golf Club, we wish you a Happy New Year and hope your resolution involves playing more golf!



2011 2012 2013 2014
Record High's 26 46 16 8
Record Low's 7 3 24 28
         
# of Days ≥ 85 64 73 36 31
# of Days ≥ 90 29 42 11 4
# of Days ≥ 95 11 14 1 0
# of Days ≥ 100 0 4 0 0
         
High Temp of the Year 98 103 95 90
         
Avearge High Temp - May 71.4 79.5 74.4 73.9
Average High Temp - June 80.8 81.2 81.1 81.5
Average High Temp - July 90 91.4 82.1 79.4
Average High Temp - Aug 85.1 85.2 82.1 82.6
Average High Temp - Sept 72.5 75 78.2 76.4
         
Total Annual Rainfall 64.65" 33.93" 43.09" 41.54"
Dayton's Average Annual Rainfall 40.88" 40.88" 40.88" 40.88
Total # of Rainy Days 119 93 96 90
         
Total Annual Snowfall 18.75" 17.5" 34.55" 37"
Dayton's Average Annual Snowfall 25" 25" 25" 25"
         
January Rain/Snow Total .83"/13" 4.95"/5.5" 2.82"/6" 1.24"/17"
February Rain/Snow Total 4.3"/3.75" .9"/2" 1.11"/1.55" 1.38"/9.5"
March Rain/Snow Total 4.25"/1" 3.02"/0" 2.88"/11" 2.72"/3.5"
April Rain/Snow Total 11.24"/0" 2.57"/0" 4.31"/0" 6.17"/2"
May Rain Total 6.71" 1.76" 4.04" 5.97"
June Rain Total 3.39" 3.84" 4.27" 6.53"
July Rain Total 3.95" 3.18" 6.69" 5.99"
August Rain Total 4.49" 1.5" 2.26" 4.09"
September Rain Total 8.26" 4.06" 3.62" 1.8"
October Rain Total  3.71" 4.11" 6.01"/.5" 2.09"
November Rain/Snow Total 6.41"/1" .98"/0" 2.06"/1.5" 1.26"/5"
December Rain/Snow Total 7.11"/0" 3.06"/10" 3.02"/14" 2.3"/0"

Friday, December 12, 2014

Beavercreek Golf Club Recognized for Environmental Excellence

 
BEAVERCREEK, OH – Beavercreek Golf Club has achieved designation as a "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary" through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses. Zachary Wike, Assistant Superintendent, led the effort to obtain sanctuary designation on the property and is being recognized for Environmental Stewardship by Audubon International. Beavercreek is the 17th golf course in Ohio and the 915th in the world to be designated as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.

"Beavercreek Golf Club has shown a strong commitment to its environmental program. They are to be commended for their efforts to provide a sanctuary for wildlife on the golf course property," said Tara Pepperman, Director of Cooperative Sanctuary Programs at Audubon International.
"To reach certification, a course must demonstrate that they are maintaining a high degree of environmental quality in a number of areas," explained Pepperman. These categories include: Environmental Planning, Wildlife & Habitat Management, Outreach and Education, Chemical Use Reduction and Safety, Water Conservation, and Water Quality Management.

The Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, endorsed by the United States Golf Association, provides information and guidance to help golf courses preserve and enhance wildlife habitat and protect natural resources. Golf courses from the United States, Africa, Australia, Canada, Central America, Europe, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia have achieved certification in the program.
Beavercreek Golf Club, set on 180 acres, provides ample green space in an area rapidly being developed for residential and commercial use. The golf course maintenance staff uses Best Management Practices to ensure environmental stewardship, while providing excellent playing conditions. The golf course is home to many species of wildlife where they can find over 40 acres of naturalized areas, more than 7000 linear feet of streams, and 5.3 acres of ponds. For more information about the golf course maintenance practices at Beavercreek Golf Club, please visit: www.beavercreekturf.blogspot.com

Audubon International is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Troy, NY. In addition to golf courses, Audubon International also provides programs for businesses, schools, communities, and new developments with the purpose of delivering high-quality environmental education and facilitating the sustainable management of natural resources. For more information, call Audubon International at (518) 767-9051or visit www.auduboninternational.org.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

A Look Back at 2014 in Pictures

As a golf course maintenance professional, I often take for granted how beautiful the golf course can be. It is easy to get caught up with the task at hand and lose sight of just how magnificent and tranquil the golf course is. I often remind myself how lucky I am to be on a golf course every day. Throughout the year I try to stop and admire our masterpiece. Below is a collection of photos that I have captured throughout the past season. I hope you too can enjoy these photos and I encourage you to get out on the golf course and take in the beauty first hand!

 


Hole 5 on a frigid winter morning


Hole 3 covered in a heavy frost

Hole 2 on a sunny spring day
Beautiful sunrise over hole 10
Hole 2 is the home to many turtles
Sunny blue skies on the Fourth of July
Irrigation heads watering 6 green on a summer morning

Hole 9 under a light fog and sunrise
Sunrise on holes 2 and 3 during late summer
Beautiful fall color on hole 6