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Raquettedacker

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Re: Un-Retired …..Again!
« Reply #300 on: Sep 03, 2022, 02:15 PM »
It’s great to have that time with him Bob.  👍👍
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rgfixit

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« Reply #301 on: Sep 23, 2022, 04:00 PM »
Well…getting down to the last few weeks on the course. I’ll be off the payroll as of 11/1. Starting next week it’s just the “core” group. 5 of us to keep up with an 18 hole course. We start aeration on Monday. Should take about a week. We’ll be deep tining  greens and tees, verticutting, top dressing, rolling and mowing. We planned on core aerating but the budget doesn’t allow for the additional resources needed to complete that this year.

We’re dealing with a course in transition and recovery. Progress this season has been remarkable by all accounts. We’ve taken out 75 dead ash trees with 150 to go. Irrigation leaks have been repaired …..for now….and the course was the greenest in the whole area. 7.3 million gallons of water so far this season. ( doubt we’ll add much at this point)

Nothing but compliments and positive feedback from all the groups and members who played. Most of the tournament groups have already booked for next season. Huge increase in rounds played over the last 5 years.

The new owners have a lot to learn. This year we were basically a restaurant and party house with a golf course. Think they are beginning to realize that the golf course is what attracts people with “disposable income” to their other venues.

In any event, we’ll finish out the season in style and open with a bang in the spring.

What a fun way to make a few bucks and be a part of something positive.

Working with my Son and our Super is so satisfying. Worth every minute.

“That’s the way that the world goes round…you’re up one day the next you’re down…it’s a half an inch of water and you think you’re gonna drown…..
That’s the way that the world goes round”
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Re: Un-Retired …..Again!
« Reply #302 on: Sep 23, 2022, 05:01 PM »
 it's a great time of year to be working on a golf course RG, enjoy it.  unfortunate that management is too short sighted to see the long term costs of putting off core aeration.  that thatch has gotta go and once you get behind you may never catch up.  we're pulling 5/8" cores, tees and greens, and laying the sand down heavy!
got a fish on the line and my boat on the water
and it's gettin' near time to take the cows to the slaughter

Raquettedacker

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Re: Un-Retired …..Again!
« Reply #303 on: Sep 23, 2022, 05:04 PM »
Bob it’s sooo gratifying when you have happy costumers..  I’m glad the season is winding down for both of us..
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« Reply #304 on: Today at 06:36 AM »
Yeah Ranger, we know. It’s an odd situation. The course nearly closed 5 years ago. The actual owner didn’t want to spend any money on anything. The current operators have a 5 year ( I think) lease to buy contract. They’re trying to run on revenue only. A very difficult plan.

They’re property people who care more about wasting money on the restaurant and party house than they do about maintaining a golf course. They know nothing about a golf course other than playing one.

The Pro told us we recorded more rounds played this year than any time in the 15 years he’s been there. The only reason for that was course conditions. The very good conditions were the result of an awesome effort by the Super, my Son and the grounds crew. We brought in golfers, tournaments, outings and a ton of people for their beloved pub.

Not once did the operators get in a cart with the super and tour the course. We never saw either of them at our shop the entire year.

But they apparently want to continue and plan to buy the course. In any event we’ll do the best we can with what we’ve got.
“That’s the way that the world goes round…you’re up one day the next you’re down…it’s a half an inch of water and you think you’re gonna drown…..
That’s the way that the world goes round”
John P.

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Re: Un-Retired …..Again!
« Reply #305 on: Today at 06:51 AM »
And you were able to spend a lot of time with your son. Even more, I also recall you were able to lobby to have certain pesky geese "relocated" which is a big deal, hopefully you can keep them away from the improved landscape.       

 



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