Tuesday, November 22, 2011

PAPERWORK.....

Well the course has now officially been closed for 8 days now, and I've already run into 3 of you in and around the area who have been begging me to open the course.  Sorry fellas - course is closed.  We have been busy pitching ideas for what to do over the winter months on the course to keep you members busy and entertained, and I for one would like to have a Sawmill Snow Ball Fight....perhaps Paul and I can have a draft, pick our teammates, and set up shop on the range once that white stuff comes......any takers???

Anyway, if you are wondering what we have been up to around the course, I'll give you a quick snapshot as to what I have been looking at for the past 8 days.....


Okay, so to explain this picture a bit, we'll start with the good stuff.  A nice overhead of the golf course on the right, a quality built circa 1985 desktop in the centre, a photo of my newborn son from three years ago (in which this shot was snapped mere milliseconds prior to him melting down) and the beer cart which can be seen in the background reminding me of better days.  And now for the down right depressing stuff; the piles on the left show a little bit of the mountain of paperwork I have been entrenched in over the past week or so.  I have simply put been applying the finishing touches on my 2011 Integrated Pest Management Reports (IPM), or as I like to call it; the Inflated Paper Monster.  Now I could go on for days and days about the IPM program and its drawbacks (because there isn't a lot of good about it; maybe some, but not a lot) but I think I'll wait until after the government appointed auditor makes her on-site audit in the next couple of weeks......I have big feet, and I have to pull them out of my mouth enough thank you very much!

Needless to say, until the snow flies, paper work is where my time is dedicated....at least until I can catch up.

There are still a few loose ends to tie up before it does snow however, and with the nice days forecasted this week, we should be able to finish things up on the course.  Bryan and I will be topdressing the greens one last time over the next couple of days.  My goal with applying some sand to the turf this late in the season, is to hopefully act as a bit of a shield to the crown of the turf plant, and help prevent some wind dessication which occurs every winter in the wide open lands of The Saw.  We never seem to have snow cover for much longer than a few weeks on the course, and anything we can do to help will be beneficial.

We are also entering conference season for us Turf Nerds, as we head back into the class room to keep up with all of the new developments, technology and science surrounding the art of maintaining a golf course.  This is one of my favourite times of the year as I consider myself to be a lifelong learner, and love to discover new products and means to accomplish the goal of having the best golf course around.....

As always, if you have any questions, feel free to drop me a line at jamie.downton@sawmill-creek.com  You may also feel free to stop by the shop with a large regular at any time......

Stay warm - and get those snowball throwing shoulders ready.....

Jamie

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