Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Pump Project Under Way

The irrigation pump replacement project is in full swing. Last week the old pump house was demolished, the old pump station was taken away, and site work has begun in preparation of the new station. Site work will continue as a wet well and intake line are installed and the pad for the new building is set.

We have also taken this opportunity to renovate some pipe routing just outside of the pump station in an effort to improve water flow efficiency and gain some gallons per minute in some of our pipe routes.

I'm not the only one glad to see this project started. My wife is happy to see my "mistress" be replaced in hopes that the new model won't keep me away as much.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Green Industry Show

Last week I had the good fortune to attend the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) Green Industry Show (GIS).

While there I was able to take in some education seminars, most notably a in depth one day class on drainage.  I learned some new techniques and re-learned some information I had forgotten since I graduated 19 years ago.  Good stuff.

Wednesday and Thursday were spent on the trade show gathering information on new products and getting updates on products we currently use.  Usually there is at least one product that really catches my eye, but it didn't seem to be there this year.  The most noticeable difference from the last time I attended nine years ago was the amount of technology used for everything we do.  There are now systems for monitoring equipment and cart fleets for needed maintenance, irrigation control software now allows users to operate, monitor and troubleshoot like never before and from anywhere, and a greens mower operated completely by an on board gps system.

It was nice to be able to attend again and I look forward to going in 2012.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Golf Course Industry : Trees on the golf course

This is a really nice video clip of the problems caused by trees on the golf course.  If you think back on this past summer, you may remember that we have already addressed some of these problems.  We will continue to do so this season as well.

The video is a USGA product printed in the online magazine called "Golf Course Industry".

Please click on the link below to see the video.

Golf Course Industry : Trees on the golf course