We have had a tree company on property over the last couple weeks doing work for landowner views. Sometimes we get lucky and a tree that they are topping or want to remove will benefit us as well.
|pines near yellow and white machine|
|pines were just to the left side blocking water|
|new location for material storage bins notice bright stumps|
The pictures above do not do the view justice but you can see the light colored stumps in the photo showing the new site for material storage bins which we will move from the end of the first hole. This is being done over the coming weeks and will be a great improvement to the storing of materials. The current bins do not have a hard surface (concrete) under them so we constantly fight contamination of stones migrating up into our bunker sand, topdressing and divot mix. Some of the bins now are too small for large deliveries and we end up contaminating them just moving them into the bin. This new area will be close to our shop area and farther away from neighbors and the course itself. We were right on top of the second tee in it's present location. So now I am hoping this weather holds out long enough to allow us to prep this area and pour a concrete pad.
While the tree guys were here we contracted them for one day to clean up a couple trees on the edge of the roads that had become hazardous after a storm. We also took down some limbs on the right side of the first green. Odd to type "limbs" without a visual to appreciate this little project. Looking up into the air they are limbs hanging over the bunker and blocking the right half of the green on approach. Picking up the firewood left behind and needing the bobcat to lift them and filling the dump truck a couple of times gives a better indication as to the size of these "limbs or "branches".
|look right behind worker in bucket. this is "before"|
|cleaning up the right side approach to the 1st green "During"|
A couple of other exciting events over recent weeks was the delivery of two new mowers to test drive. Our business is unique in that we can take delivery of a piece of equipment worth anywhere from $10-$50,000 and keep it for a few days to run on the course and see how it performs. Try to get a BMW and Mercedes for a week to run them through their paces. We ran a straight up "Bobby Flay" style throw down where Kevin took one piece going backwards and I took the other going forwards. We met in the middle and then switched reversing directions so I cut the same things again with the other mower. I was impressed with both machines and found things I liked and disliked on each. Never an easy decision and one we do not take lightly when spending around $30,000 for a mower we will have for at least 7-10 years.
|Deere vs Toro for green/tee surrounds|
|Will adding the bed to "Gray's cart"|
|Josh liven the dream|