Friday, October 28, 2011

Adios Amigos! and Nepalis!

Well four months later and our season has come to a close. We blew out the irrigation system this week-- wednesday, thursday, and friday. We let about 20 employees go today. I was surprised that when we told them if they wanted to continue working they could keep coming until the snow flies and only 5 nepalis and 5 amigos took us up on our offer.

During the past four months:
We hosted the Cauldron Cup (a big member guest tournament)
Played a fair amount of golf
Carded a 10.5 handicap a personal best for me
Suffered a "Minor" Traumatic Brain Injury while pounding in T-Posts
Had a great time with my family in Provo/Ogden
Recieved my WNFR Tickets! Can't Wait for Vegas in early December
Had my first authentic Nepali Meal. There was a BIG Nepali festival this week. I gave an employee a ride home today (10/28) after work and when I dropped him off he invited me into his home and they fed me dinner. It was a sort of cabbage wonton i think... it was cabbage and onions wrapped in a "noodle-like" shell served with hot sauce.

So a lot has happened in the last four months. Work at times was difficult, I did not get the best performance review, but I did try my best this summer. I was told that I was too inconsistent in my irrigation adjustments resulting in too many wet and dry spots on the course...................

BUT this morning I asked if I was going to have a job through the winter and into next season and I was told YES!!!!!!!!!!

So tomorrow or sometime next week I will be looking for an apartment and trying to figure out where to live. Wish me luck!

Goodbye for Now, hopefully it will not be another four months

Monday, July 4, 2011

4th of July

The weather has been getting warmer and we are getting ready for the big men's and women's Member guest tournaments. (The pictures below were taken on June 14 and May 21)

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Snow on Memeorial Day Weekend?

May 21
May 29

It seems like we have been taking two steps forward and one step backwards each week. We will have a few days of great weather, then it will snow. The weather is supposed to be good next week, well from Tuesday to Friday, so hopefully we can continue to improve the playability of the course.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Greetings from Glenwild

After a week of snow/rain/hail we were finally able to get the crew out and get some work done today. Below are some pictures of the course for your enjoyment.

May 7

May 21

Hole 14

Hole 6

Hole 13

Monday, May 9, 2011

Our Bubble is Bursting

We had some snow mold on a few of our greens and we decided to try to build a "greenhouse" bubble over the putting surface to help raise soil temperatures to promote growth. The sheet of plastic is 10 mil thick, reinforced with cord, and 50 x 110 ft. We verticut the green, fertilized it, seeded it, topdressed it, and then fertilized it again. We finished the process with 20 minutes of water. WE then pulled the cover over the green and put in a lot of staples to hold it down. We then hooked up a heater/blower to inflate the bubble. The temperature inside was very nice. It is a little humid, but the soil temps are rising and seed should be sprouting in a few days. The thermometer is a little inaccurate due to the direct sunlight adding extra heat. it was not that warm inside. Before and after pictures will be posted soon.

One Month Later

I have been at Glenwild for one month, and some big changes have taken place! We are set to open today, and it is currently snowing. Hopefully by the end of the week we will have some members outplaying golf and enjoying all our hard work.

April 7

May 7

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Glenwild Update

We are scheduled to open on Monday May 9th. The course is looking better, the snow is almost completely gone and the grass is starting to green up. Here is my pictures for comparison. I did not take one last week, because we had a few snow days.
May 2
April 17

Sunday, April 17, 2011

What a difference a week makes

My dad wanted to see the changes in the course so I decided to take a picture of the course from the same location each week. We had some good and bad weather this week, but a lot of snow melted. We got the snow cleared off almost all of the greens, only the 8th green still has snow on it because it was too deep to remove with the snowblower. Tomorrow is the first day with the new crew so we will start training tomorrow. I think all we will be doing for the next week or so is clean up vole damage. It is supposed to rain tomorrow, so hopefully we can get something accomplished.

April 17 April 7

Thursday, April 14, 2011

More Snow in Park City

We have recently been removing the snow off the greens and the cart paths. The picture below is the 1st green. We have removed the snow off #1, 15, and two putting greens. In some areas the snow hass formed drifts up to 2.5 ft high. We are also clearing off the cart paths so we can get to all the greens. In the pictures below the snow was about 4 feet deep and the walls created by the backhoe were about 6 ft tall. They are forecasting nicer weather for friday and the weekend, so we will be getting all the snow off the course we can in the next few days.

Thursday, April 7, 2011


Today was unofficially my first day of work. I went down to Park City to check in at work and try to locate a place to live. Everyone that I needed to meet with was on vacation so I got the royal tour from the individual that I am replacing. He was a very nice guy and I enjoyed the tour.
I did get a picture of the snow covered course. I think the weather will warm up soon and we will be out working in the near future.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

March Madness

Here are a few pictures from our trip to Philadelphia, Detroit, Ogden, and finally at home.
At constitution hall where the Declaration of Independence was signed

Enjoying a cheesesteak. Half from Pat's and Half from Geno's

Mike showing William how to do manly things

Dad enjoying a nap at Christina's

A "low-carb" peanut butter and jelly sandwich

Friday, March 18, 2011

Last Day in Jersey

We have three finals this morning, then we are coming back to our apartment loading up the car and getting on the road. A few days in Detroit, then on to Nebraska, A night with Mike and Judi, and then finally back home!

This has been a great experience. I have made some great friends and learned a lot. Finals have been good and I am excited to see my grades and my name on a Certifiicate

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Turf School Day Forty-Three and Forty-Four

Wednesday was probably one of the worst days we have had all year. The classes were boring and with all of us being excited to get out, we were not in the mood for boring classes. We had an irrigation class about the whole irrigation installation and how to get the membership or ownership to buy into the idea of an irrigation system replacement.
We then had a class about soils and fertilizers. We talked about phosphorus.
We ended the day talking about different spaces in the landscape.

Today we started our day off with a discussion about agronomy. I still do not know what agronomy is, but we talked about the use of perennial ryegrass and kentucky bluegrass and its use on the golf course.
We then had our final landscape plants class. We talked about desert plants and tropical plants.
We ended our day with another soils class in which we talked about potassium and the micro nutrients.

I am very excited to be done. We have two finals tomorrow, and then start the big week of exams on Tuesday

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Pine Valley

Here are some pictures of Pine Valley. The 18th back towards the first hole. I do not think the pictures do the course justice. It was designed in the 1910's and built without tractors and other big machinery. The course uses the lay of the land very well. Enjoy!