Monday, June 27, 2011

GW Irrigation

The good news is we got our VFD (pump drive) back from the repair shop and installed again. A frog somehow got into the case and shorted out the terminals. He not only caused the breakdown of our VFD but also caused his own quick death.
The bad news is when we hooked up the VFD and tested it, we found out the pump will only run to about 50% before it shuts down. So now I need to get a well driller in to pull the 50hp pump out of our wet well to address it.
Oh what a frog can do!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Wet Grounds

After this week I feel we live in the rain forest.
We received another 2.5 inches yesterday and the courses are very wet. Damage will occur to the golf course when excessive cart traffic follows saturated conditions; as compaction of the soil is high and rutting of the turf can happen if care is not given while driving around.
Most importantly driving on wet turf becomes a very dangerous situation especially on our Greywalls course. Once a cart lets loose and starts to slide on those hills it won't stop until the bottom or worse yet it can tip over. So a reminder to everyone, please drive with care and keep your cart off hills, on the path or in the rough as much as you can.
70 and sunny starting this weekend.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Rough on the Heritage

Our new Lastec rough mower will be here on Friday. We are very excited to get this unit because it will reduce our fuel consumption in half on days we mow rough, but the big plus is in it's mowing efficiency. It is so maneuverable and quick that we should be able to mow the rough in 2-3 days; leaving us time to do other tasks or mow it twice a week if it continues to grow at its rapid pace. This single mower will replace our two older mowers that spent as much time in the shop as they did out in the field.
This new Lastec rough unit will greatly improve the playability of our primary rough on the Heritage golf course.

Monday, June 13, 2011

T.D. Greywalls

Topdressing the Greywalls greens went very well today. The sand dried out quickly after sunrise and drug-in very well.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Our resident turkey came out to help my Dad and I putt out on #16 Weds. night.

This one is far from shy as it likes to watch us work in the mornings.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Pump failure

The Greywall Irrigation pumpstaion crashed over the weekend. I was able to get the jockey pump up and going, but that only allows us to turn on two heads at a time or hand water plus it overloads and shuts down after 30 or so minutes of continuous running.
Our Reinders pumpstaion repair man came yesterday and we were able to get one of the 50hp larger pumps working again. The other pump will be down for some time because we had to remove the pump drive or VFD; as it blew up and sprayed oil all over. The VFD is on its way down to Milwaukee to be assessed and hopfully repaired.
What does this mean?.....Running one pump instead of two drops our max. pumping rate to 400 gpm so it will take us twice as long to irrigate the golf course. Our previous watering window of 6 to 7 hours is now 12 to 14 hours. We will have to do some irrigating during the day if needed.
I am glad mother nature helped us out last night and this morning, covering the MGC property with a nice blanket of moisture.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

TD the H

Topdressing the Heritage greens on Monday went very well. It was nice to have a warm summer like day while working on that task.

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