Friday, 16 December 2011

 Job Tracking Summary Charts
Priddis Greens Golf & Country Club
Turf Care Department

The following report highlights the Turf Care Departments labor tracking program. The program was developed to identify how much time and resources are invested into maintaining each specific area of golf course. The information gathered from the program is used to evaluate the effectiveness of the Turf Care operations plan. Once the data is compiled we can make sure the resources that are being utilized match the priority given to each area. By cross referencing labor costs and priorities associated with maintaining each specific area of the golf course, we are able to adjust our plans and budgets to ensure resources are being focused on top priorities.
Job tracking hours and statistics were collected daily throughout the golf season by Assistant GC Superintendents of each golf course at Priddis Greens. Each day at the end of the day; each staff’s hours and job tasks are recorded into a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet that tracks where and how every single person spends there time in our department. At the end of the season all of the numbers were compiled into one file and tabulated. The following tables and graphs are a result of those job tracking records.

2011 Daily Maintenance
The chart above was created by totalling each daily maintenance job that is done each morning. It does not include any cultural practices or fertilization. It is simply the time taken on each course to rake, mow, or cut cups, etc. It is also broken down by each course as shown by the red and blue. There are no hours in the approaches category due to the fact that during the 2012 season we eliminated triplex mowing of approaches and we now mow approaches with fairway mowers. By eliminating triplex mowers on approaches we were able to reduce staff by two for the entire season. Typically, in a morning we will setup 3 - 4 staff on bunker maintenance, 3 staff mowing greens, 1 or 2 staff on Course Set-up and 2 mowing Fairways on a given 18 hole course. This is evident when we are looking at this chart.

*Course detailing includes filling ball washers, fixing ball marks, blowing off cart paths, and any other detail work that is not included in the other basic maintenance categories. 


 2011 Hours Worked Per Month
This chart was compiled by adding up the total hours of every job and separating them by when they occurred. As you can see in this chart, the majority of annual labor on the course occurs May through to the end of August. Typically April labour totals would be higher than what is shown here, but this year the totals for April were severely impacted by the snow that stuck around until late April.

2011 Yearly Totals by Category
This chart was compiled by taking every single task performed over the 2011 season, and categorizing into one of the 5 categories shown above. Anything that could not be categorized into one of those five categories was placed into the miscellaneous category. So for example greens, this would include all of the mowing, watering, fertilizing, and any other practice or time we spent on the greens.

Below is a sample list of some of the jobs that go into each category: 

Total Time Spent on Greens

This chart was created by simply adding up all of the time we spend on greens (mowing, fertilizing, rolling, etc.) and dividing by the two courses. This chart is a bit surprising due to the fact that Hawk Greens are larger in square footage. 

Storm Damage Hours
This year we were able to keep a separate category entitled Storm Damage. Within this category there were a half dozen jobs that kept track of all of the work that would have to be done to repair the golf course after a major weather event had occurred at Priddis Greens. The main time consumer was shown to be fixing bunkers after the major storms that occurred in May and June. Below is a breakdown of the time taken to repair storm damage: 

2012 Projected Totals by Category

Assuming everything stayed the same for next year, except for the creation of two new positions (Bunker Foreman) this is where our job totals will be for next year. Surprisingly, by adding two new people that would work on nothing but bunkers it only changed percentages by 1 or 2%. Of course weather will play the largest role as to where we spend our time, but this is still interesting to see how adding two additional bunker staff will affect our totals. 

*The above report was pasted from a .PDF file into this blog, if anyone would like the original or want more information please contact us at the office.

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

November Wind Storm

During the final week of November, Priddis Greens was hit with two large wind storms. There is excessive damage to the golf course currently from trees blowing over in the wind. First estimates are that we lost almost 60+ trees. Thousands of branches have also come down as a result of the wind. While a majority of these branches do litter the ground all over the course, there are still a larger number of branches that are hung up in trees and could possibly cause a very severe safety hazard to anyone out walking on the golf course. With that in mind, we are asking all residents of the area to exercize extreme caution when on the course. If at all possible please avoid walking along tree lines on the golf course.
Currently the staff at Priddis Greens are assessing the damage and putting together an action plan to make the course safe again. This cleanup/action plan will take up to 3 weeks due to the large volume of work and limited staff. Please bare with us as we attempt to clean everything up.
In addition, we have not had a chance to erect all of the snow fence that is normally around tee boxes, fairways, and greens. So please make sure to avoid walking on these areas also.

The skating rink is still closed due to a lack of depth of ice on the pond on 17 Hawk. Over the next couple weeks, we hope the ice will get thicker and the residents will be able to skate. Please stay tuned to this blog for details on the skating rinks opening.

We have had a lot of people calling about firewood over the past 2 weeks. Currently, there is no firewood available. As explained above, we are very busy trying to clean up from the storm, and put up snow fence, so we hope to be able to make firewood available by Christmas. But we can't guarantee this. Please check back on IVRnet or on this blog for updates.

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Covering Greens

Today, Turf Care staff at Priddis Greens begin day 2 of green cover installation which is the final step in preparing the golf course for winter.

The process includes installing (5-6) 12' X 100' rolls of bubble wrap plastic tarps per green, followed by covering the bubble wrap with a one piece 120' X 70' plastic impermeable cover. Once the covers are in place plywood strapping is spiked into the ground on 2' centers along the perimeter of the cover to secure the tarp from wind.

It takes 6 - 8 staff approximately 1.5 hours to cover each of the 15 greens that requires covering. Wind is the greatest challenge while installing these covers as both the bubble wrap and the non permeable covers are easily blown away in light to moderate wind conditions.

On a average non windy day, staff will be able to complete 5 greens. We hope to be able to have all 15 greens covered by November 3rd.

Turf Care staff Installing the bottom covers (bubble wrap) on 5 Raven green.

Number 8 Raven green after the tarping process is complete

Friday, 21 October 2011

Winter Preperation & Construction Projects

Winterizing the Golf Course:

Although Turf Care staff are no longer mowing grass and preparing the golf course for membership play, the work load has actually ramped up as preparations are under way to put the golf course to bed for the winter.

The following list includes some of the tasks that must be completed prior to snow fall and the onset of winter:

1) Irrigation system blow out and pump station (4) winterizing
2) Spray fungicides on tees, greens, fairways and select rough areas (90 Acres)
  • Leaf removal must be complete ahead of sprayers
  • There can be no wind when spraying
  • Temperatures must be between 1degree and 10 degrees
  • Frost limits the window throughout the day
  • All fungicide spraying takes 7-9 days to complete
3) Tee Aeration (36 holes)
4) Fairway aeration - deep tine (36 holes)
5) Topdressing greens
6) Green Cover installation
7) Topdressing tees
8) Dormant fertilizer application tees, greens, fairways and rough (110 acres)
9) Leaf debris removal
10) Install 300 Vole traps
11) Tear down all golf course accessories, clean, inventory and store inside for winter
  • Range mats
  • Range tents
  • Ball washers
  • Tee Markers
  • Flags / poles
  • Bunker rakes 400+
  • GC Signage
12) Install snow fence, ropes and stakes around greens and tees to deter wildlife and people

The list of tasks above normally takes approximately 17 days to complete with seasonal weather. The 7 day forecast looks reasonable, so all things working in our favor we will be completed all tasks by Halloween with the exception of covering greens. Greens will be covered just prior to when the forecast shows no more warm days.

Construction Projects:

We have had a productive week replacing one of the three culverts in the plan and have a good start on the second culvert.

The photos below show the scope of the work being performed. A more detailed update will be provided next week as the project winds down and we have more photos and progress reports to discuss.

Excavation begins to remove the original 1.2 Meter Original Culvert
Removing the old 1.2 Meter Culvert
Installing the new 2 Meter Culvert near 11 Hawk tee. Two Turf Care staff (Ross Moore & Layton O'Dwyer)  and our contractor  worked through the day and wrapped up at 11:30pm to complete the installation of this culvert in challenging conditions. Thanks for the extra effort and commitment guys.
Installation of Rip Rap Erosion Protection on Upstream and Down Stream side of The Culvert

2 Meter Culvert prior to installation

Work begins on the second of three culvert crossings in front of 10 Hawk Tee (October 21st / 2011)


Monday, 3 October 2011

Priddis Greens Hosts Turf Management Degree Students

Last Tuesday, September 27th, Priddis Greens was host to a group of students from Olds College. The students are in the Turf Management degree program at the college. Olds College is one of two programs that are the primary places that aspiring superintendents in Western Canada attend to gain the educational background required to one day become Superintendents at private and public golf courses in Canada and abroad. It was part of a class in which they tour golf courses that have environmental practices and programs in place.  
Priddis Greens has long been a member of the Audobon Sanctuary program.  In fact, Priddis Greens was the first in Alberta and the 11th in Canada to become a Certified Audobon Cooperative Sanctuary. As a member of this society we are encouraged to share our programs and practices within the “Education and Outreach” of the program. Highlights include our water conservation policy, our safe use of pesticides, and our wildlife habitat creation.   The 4 hour tour we gave the students highlighted our programs and practices and gave the aspiring Superintendents an opportunity to ask questions and hear about real world implementation and challenges of what they are learning in college. The students also toured other courses like the Banff Springs, and Country Hills.
In addition, it is a great way to recruit future staff for upcoming seasons. Currently, we have 7 Olds Golf Course Management graduates on staff. Included in the class, is our very own intern, Cam Champion who has worked at Priddis Greens for the past 2 years and is in the 3rd year of the Turf Management program.

Par 3 Mats

Range Mats on Par 3 Tees

Starting Monday October 3rd, range mats will be placed on all par 3 tees for the remainder of the golf season.

Range mats are used on the par 3 tees as the season comes to an end to minimize wear and tear from excessive divots. The grass has essentially stopped growing at this time of year and with many rounds of golf still being played, excessive divoting would happen because the turf can't heal in this cool weather. If mats were not used, tees would be covered in divots in the spring to the point golfers would find it hard not to step in divots while addressing their shots.

The club invested in new mats this spring to ensure the artificial hitting surfaces on the par 3's in the spring and fall are consistent with the mats used throughout the season at the practice facility.

Friday, 30 September 2011

Frost Damage

 Muddy tracks? Nope, the above two pictures are of frost damage on the Priddis Greens nursery. They were done by a staff member that didn't see the usual white frost and decided to drive on the turf. Frost can sometimes be hard to detect without getting up close and examining the turf. Thats why it is so important to delay tee times until all of the frost has disappeared. The turf pictured above will most likely remained damaged until next year, due to the turf's slow recovery time at this time of year.
So please bear with us when we delay tee times, because its only done for the golf course's best interest.
Flood Prevention Work on Hawk 9-10-11 Re Scheduled

The construction project (flood repair and prevention work) and golf course closing schedule has been modified following the consulting engineers report and recommendations for strategies to address Hawk creek flood repair and prevention work.

The original plan prior to the completed consultants report was to replace existing culverts on the golf course with bridges. The theory behind this plan was to eliminate any possibility of water backing up at choke points (culverts) and preventing storm water from breaching the creek banks.

After studying water flow patterns on the golf course and upstream properties, the final analysis showed that replacing existing 1.2 Meter culverts with larger 2 Meter culverts would accomplish the same result as installing bridges at 50% of the cost.

While sourcing the required customized 2 Meter culverts, the club learned on short notice that these culverts are built to fit and will take 10 days for delivery. With this new information in hand  regarding the different approach, strategy and schedule for repairing the flood damage, the club has re opened the Hawk GC tee sheet until October 10th when the project is now scheduled to start.

Please refer to the Members Login Page on IVR net to review the modified course closing schedule.

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Fall Drainage and Flood Prevention Work

Flood repair work 9-10-11 Hawk

During the past few months the Club has been working with a hydrological engineering firm to assist with plans to address flooding issues at the Club. As members are well aware, wet weather in May and June produced conditions that caused flooding on numerous areas of the golf course. Flooding caused damage to bridges, stream banks, cart paths and rendered the golf course unplayable due to safety issues. Due to flood damage, the golf course was closed for a number of days, multiple times, while staff and contractors repaired flood damage preventing golfers from enjoying the golf course and the Club incurred significant expenses for these repairs.

Flood waters breach creek banks as culverts cant handle excessive flow by Hawk 9 green
Flood water erodes the cart path and rock armouring on the down stream side of 9 Hawk
Flood damage compromised the safety of the cart path, the integrity of the irrigation system and damaged the rock stilling basin next to 9 Hawk cart path.

The current plan for reducing the flood potential on Hawk holes 9, 10 & 11 is to remove culverts under cart paths that restrict water flow and replace the culverts with bridges or larger culverts, on the recommendation of the Club's engineers. Once the culverts are removed and the irrigation system piping is re routed, the creek bed will be able to pass numerous times more water without breaching the banks causing damage. The other aspect of the repair work on holes 9, 10, 11 Hawk is creek bank stabilization. As flooding took place, the force of increasing water flow created damage to creek banks as water scoured sections away. Rock armouring and other means of bank stabilization will be installed to prevent future damage to golf course features such as greens, fairways, cart paths and bunkers.
The work on Hawk 9,10,11 is to commence October 1st. The work is starting on October 1st as all leagues/member tournaments are done, it provides the Club the time it needs to complete the work this year so the course can open on time in the Spring and it prepares those holes for the inevitable snow melt/rain fall that produces excessive flows in the creek.
The culverts need to be removed when the ground is not frozen to facilitate their removal with the least amount of surrounding damage. If the Club installs bridges screw piles and concrete abutments must be installed when the ground is not frozen, which means October as opposed to November or the Spring. If the Club installs larger culverts they too must be installed when the ground/creek is not frozen and the flow through the creek is minimal. Once the Club removes the 4 culverts Hawk 9,10 and 11 are effectively shut down for golfers and the priority becomes restoring the cart path for use first thing in the Spring.

17 Raven Flood Repair and Prevention
Following the October Thanksgiving long weekend (October 11th), work is scheduled to begin on flood prevention and repair work at 17 Raven pond. Once again with excessive rain in May and June of this year the pond in front of 17 Raven red tee over topped due to the existing culverts inability to pass enough water. As the water over topped the pond banks the cart path and down stream slope was eroded and devastating damage was averted as staff sand bagged and controlled water flows throughout the flooding. The work to prevent future flood damage on this area will include increasing the size of the culvert drain inlet and creating a spill way on the downstream side of the pond bank. In the second picture below you will note that had the Turf Care staff not sand bagged and fabric armoured the down stream slope from the cart path the whole hill side may have unravelled thereby washing out the cart path and destroying the integrity of the pond.
Turf Care Staff sand bagging 17 Raven cart path edge to divert water for erosion prevention as the pond over tops.
Sand bags and tarps direct water flow over the down stream side of 17 Raven pond bank as the pond drain (culvert) cannot handle excessive water flow. Note the erosion damage to the banks from previous flood damage.

10 Raven Drainage work will be performed on number 10 Raven fairway and rough areas to divert surface water from rain storms and snow melt away from 10 green and cart path south to Priddis Creek to reduce the likelihood that the green and cart path will slump again from excessive surface water drainage across the green and down the path.

Slumping on 10 Raven green caused by excessive surface/ground water in and around the green area.
Cart path failure at 10 Raven green area as unstable conditions lead to the path separating creating dangerous conditions leading to closure of the path.
Repair work to 10 Raven green, irrigation and drainage systems.
Contractors replace the damaged cart path next to 10 Raven green.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Bug Spray Damaging Turf

The pictures below identify what happens to turf when bug spray is applied to someones legs.

Please stand on a cart path when applying bug spray.

Saturday, 13 August 2011

10 Hawk Tee Update

The 10 Hawk Tee construction / re alignment project was completed this past week with the exception of asphalting the cart path and pouring the concrete curbing. Asphalt is scheduled for Tuesday August 16th and curbing on Thursday August 18th.

Opening date for using the new tees will depend on how quickly the turf begins to firm up and take root. In order to re open the tee sooner than later, a range mat may be used to reduce damage to the newly installed turf.

The following Photos highlight the work that was performed.

Stripping bentgrass off the old silver tee. The sod was saved for re installation on the new tee.

Shaping the new tee after all the turf was stripped and the sand base was salvaged for re -use.
The installation of new irrigation piping and relocation of sprinklers.

The sand base being prepared and leveled on the new tee location.

The bentgrass sod that was salvaged being reinstalled on the new tee
Sodding the tee tops almost complete

The new tee complete. Asphalting and curbing will be complete this coming week and the tee will open for play soon after.

Monday, 8 August 2011

10 Hawk Tee Re Alignment

Starting on Monday morning August 8th, Turf Care staff will begin the reconstruction - realignment project on number 10 Hawk tee.

The Silver and Black tees are being shifted approximately 10 meters to the right and re aligned to aim at the center of the fairway. The purpose of re locating and re aligning the tees is to have golfers aim away from the houses on the right in effort to reduce the number of errant golf balls hitting homes on the right side of the golf hole.

Project Schedule

Monday August 8th:
  • Remove sod, cart path, curbing

Tuesday August 9th

  • Shaping the new tees and cart path

Wednesday August 10th

  • Irrigation Installation

Thursday August 11th

  • Installation of Materials - Topspoil, sand base for tees, gravel for cart path

Friday August 12th

  • Sod around and on top of new tee decks

Saturday August 13th

  • Asphalt new cart path

Monday August 15th

  • Install concrete curbing

Tuesday August 16th

  • Final touch up and clean up

Thursday, 4 August 2011

10 Raven Green & Path Repair

Turf Care staff began the repair work to 10 Raven green, the green surround and the cart path adjacent to the green on Monday evening August 1st following the final tee time. The entire project should be completed by the end of day Thursday August 4th, with the 10th green re opening on Friday August 5th.

The repair work was required when the green, cart path and green surround slumped or settled due to hillside instability caused by excessive moisture.

The scope of work included:

1) Strip the sod off 10 Raven green

2) Lay the sod that was salvageable off to the side of the green to be saved for re installation in a few days.

3) Install new drainage in the green to replace damaged drain lines

4) Add 30 Cubic yards of new rootzone mix (sand base)

5) Regrade and prepare for sod installation

6) Re-install sod that was saved from the green

7) Install 600sq' of new sod to replace turf that was damaged during the settling of the green

8) Strip Bluegrass sod around the green and affected area

9) regrade the surrounds for improved drainage

10) Repair damaged drainage and irrigatiuon lines

11) Add topsoil and finish grade the entire 10,000square feet of green surround area

12) Install 10,000square feet of Bluegrass sod

13) Excavate damaged cart path

14) Install new asphalt over old cart path base

15) Concrete curb installation to be completed Friday

15) Aerate rough around green to relieve compaction from tractor trailor traffic

Turf Care staff will be micro managing the new sod until it is ready to play on in approximatley 1-2 weeks.

The entire project was estimated to cost in the range of $25,000

Staff Stripping sod off the green Monday night.

Staff Loading each peice of sod on idividual sheets of plywood to keep sod together so it fits back onto green perfect.

Excavating damaged cart path

Asphalting cart path. Path was widened 1 meter near the green for improved traffic flow.

Drainage installation in 10 raven green

Adding 30 Cubic yards of rootzone mix to 10 Raven green Scope of work area on and around 10 Raven green

div> Completed cart path repair and asphalting

< Green repair and sod completed late day Wednesday August 3rd.