I always enjoy watching the Masters. I was so inspired after television coverage ended Saturday that I decided to head for the golf course. It was a beautiful day, so I thought it would be nice to sneak in a few holes. Instead of grabbing my clubs, I opted for my work keys. Sure enough, I was able to get out and mow a few fairways. It was definitely worth it. Between Saturday morning, Saturday afternoon, and Sunday morning, I was able to get all the fairways mowed. Usually, I would not consider that a major accomplishment, but this year the weather has been so awful that finding a dry enough time to mow fairways has been a challenge. With the exception of tomorrow, the weather forecast for the next 10 days looks pretty decent in Florence. I really hope that forecast holds true.
|Shrinking vinyl onto a flagstick with a heat gun|
I am always looking for ways to be more efficient and utilize resources wisely. I had heard of a company called Vinyl Guard making some type of wrap that could be put onto flagsticks in order to reuse them. I got serious about the idea after seeing the flagsticks that David Phipps produced at Stone Creek Golf Club. After checking into the details involved, I decided we would give it a try at Sandpines. I finished the flag sticks this week. They turned out pretty nice. Before I fully endorse the product, I want to see how they look after a full season of use. In addition to the vinyl shrink wrap, new ferrules were also installed.
|New Flag stick preview|
With vinyl, ferrules, and paint, the cost to refurbish our flagsticks was about $6 each excluding labor. New flagsticks of a similar type sell for about $28 ($26-$30) each. We usually order 20 flagsticks due to theft and/or damage. That brings our usual flagstick total to about $560. Our 20 refurbished flagsticks cost about $120. The new flagsticks will most likely be put out after greens aeration, which is coming up soon (May 1st, 2nd, and 3rd).
|Used pin sheet I found online|
Recently, I needed a blank pin sheet for an upcoming tournament. After looking through my computer files, I came up empty. I decided to search for one online. I did not come across a blank one, but there was a used one I liked. I decided that would do. The pin sheet I found was in jpeg format. This made it relatively easy to modity. I was able to transform the used pin sheet above into the blank pin below using Microsoft Paint (MS Paint). If you ever want to modify a picture give MS Paint a try. The process is pretty easy. First, open MS Paint. Next, open the file you want to modify within MS Paint. Then, perform your modifications and save.
|Blank pin sheet|