Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Green Speeds & Slope

Many times the true measure of the Stimp Meter (the measurement for green speeds) isn't accurate. Our greens are very undulating. Many areas contain 3%-5% slope. Maintaining adequate speeds in relation to slope and golfer handicap can be difficult. Our green speeds are usually in the 10.5 - 11.5 range. Speeds above these measurements limit the playability of the golfer and location of the pins. Below you will see a graph that measures the limitations of greens speed in relation to greens slope. This graph displays the difficulties of high Stimp Measurements to the percentage of slope. Based on this graph and our undulating greens, we should be between 9 and 10. Based on the overall view of the membership and discussions with the Greens Committee, we have considered 11 as a good measurement for green speeds at Brookstone Golf & Country Club. The videos below are on #10 and #13. The first video represents the flattest area on a green throughout the golf course. The second video represents the true undulations on the greens. The Stimp measured a 10 that day.
IMG 3385 from Joey Franco on Vimeo.

IMG 3388 from Joey Franco on Vimeo.

Equipment Preventative Maintenance Compliance

Every Thursday the Equipment Manager (Daniel Reavis) scan the bar codes located on all of the golf course maintenance equipment, beverage vehicles and range picker. The scan updates the hours of the equipment and downloaded to the Turfcentric software. Once the hours are downloaded, the software will determine which pieces of equipment are due for preventative maintenance. This is very important in reducing cost for repairs. Every morning Daniel and I meet to discuss the preventative maintenance schedule and cost. Through Corporate standards, our thresh hold number is 20%. This means that we are required to be within 20% of all preventative maintenance percentages. Our goal is to be single digits every month. This assures the preventative measures are applied.

Greens Committee Meeting - October 14, 2014

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Educational Information - Frost Delays

As we move further into the cooler temperatures, the video below is a great explanation regarding frost delays. The video is posted on the USGA Course Care website. Frost delays are a frequent topic of discussion during the winter season. The video explains the reasoning behind frost delays. Thank You USGA for this educational video.

Monday, October 13, 2014


I received something very special today. My plaque from the GCSAA for achieving Certification. This achievement is one I will treasure for the rest of my career. Achieving Certification requires dedication and sacrifice. I want to thank the GCSAA for this opportunity.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Tree Work #3

We are in the process of clearing the trees adjacent to the right side of #3 fairway. This has been an area of concern due to the trees limiting golf shots. We plan to have this project completed by tomorrow.

Where is the Fountain?

Unfortunately the fountain for #18 lake is in need of repair. The motor isn't working properly. Fortunately we included a 5 year warranty. The fountain will be shipped Friday and we expect a return within 7-10 days.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Is Winter Coming Early?

We experienced some chilly temperatures on Sunday morning. There was actually a little frost in the rough areas. The temperature Sunday morning was 39 degrees. I feel like it was yesterday we were shoveling snow. I hope as do many of you that this winter isn't near as bad as the last one. Even though it was chilly, we were able to setup the golf course without any delay. Due to the low temperatures we rolled the greens. The morning was beautiful, but very chilly. I am already looking forward to next Spring.

Preemergent application

WOW, this year has really flown by fast. We are currently applying our winter preemergent. The preemergent (Specticle) is one of the best in the market. This application will guarantee 99% control of the annual winter weeds (especially Poa Annua). We will apply the preemergent herbicide throughout the irrigated turf within the property. A granular version will be applied in areas where the sprayer will not be able to apply (bunker noses, steep slopes, clubhouse, etc.). There will be a blue coloration on the turf for a few days. This coloration is an indicator dye we use to make sure we apply the correct areas on the golf course. The application should be complete by the weekend.

Hard at Work!

Daniel Reavis (Equipment Manager) is constantly improving the capabilities of our golf course maintenance equipment fleet. He is very influential in our practices on the golf course. Daniel assures every piece of equipment is operating correctly before going out on the golf course. We appreciate his dedication and hard work each and every day. Thank You!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Member/Member 2014 - Kickoff Celebration

Golf Course Preparation Member/Member 2014

Member/Member Preparation

The Golf Course maintenance Staff and I are very excited in preparation of the Member/Member 2014 Tournament. We will be implementing some additional cultural practices (double cutting & rolling) this today and through the weekend. The golf course has really improved this year. We want to THANK the membership for their continued support and wish GOOD LUCK to the the participants in the tournament.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Certification - GCSAA

As a member of the Golf Course Superintendent's Association, I have achieved a professional milestone. I have achieved Certification through the GCSAA. This accomplishment is one I have been pursuing for a few years. In the beginning of my career (16 years ago), my goal was to become a Certified Golf Course Superintendent. This achievement requires education, determination, experience and professionalism. I am very proud to say I am a CGCS. I want to thank some mentors that have guided me throughout my career. Without these gentlemen, my accomplishment would not have been attainable. Jack Archer (Golf Course Superintendent - Timber creek Golf Club), Chuck Carter - (President of C.E. Carter & Associates), Shannon Easter (Director of Golf Course Maintenance - Craft Farms Golf Club) and Carl Collins (Director of Maintenance - American Golf Corporation)They have instilled in me the knowledge in becoming a successful Golf Course Superintendent. Thank You for your guidance. I hope to mentor other aspiring Certified Golf Course Superintendents through the core values and ethics the association desires.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Co-Worker of the Month - July 2014

Steve Barker is the Co-Worker of the Month for July 2014. Steve has been employed with the Golf Course Maintenance Department since 2001. Steve is very experienced in the maintenance of the golf course and clubhouse grounds. Steve concentrates daily on the maintenance of the Clubhouse and Tennis Facilities. I want to congratulate Steve on this achievement. Keep Up the Great Work!

Co-Worker of the Month - June 2014

John Rogers is the Golf Course Maintenance Department Co-Worker of the Month for June 2014. John has been with the department since 2011. His first task was edging cart paths and is now one of our best trained Co-Workers operating equipment. We appreciate John's hard work and dedication towards the department and membership of Brookstone Golf & Country Club. John is currently working and going to school. He is in his second year at Chattahoochee Technical College majoring in Diesel Mechanics. Keep Up the Great Work!

Member/Member 2014

This year has flown by very quickly and we are preparing the golf course for the Member/Member Tournament this weekend. This tournament is extra special for the staff and the members of Brookstone Golf & Country Club. This is the last "BIG" tournament of the year and is specifically important for the most important people "The Member". The staff and I are very excited about this year's tournament. The golf course has improved significantly with the improvements to the greens, bunkers, tees and overall. Our goal is to provide the best conditions for the tournament. I am confident the tournament will be the best Member/Member tournament. I will update frequently pictures and schedules of the maintenance practices in preparation for the tournament. Good Luck to all the participants!