Thursday, March 31, 2016

Dryer Fire in Shop

Tonight we had a fire in our maintenance shop break room.  It came from the dryer, but we are not sure what malfunctioned with the dryer.  We were very lucky that the Lake Zurich FD was here quick enough to put the fire out before it spread to other areas of the shop.  They say a fire will double in size every minute.
Dryers can catch on fire!  We are not sure what happened as it was several hours after everyone had gone home for the day when this dryer, only a few years old, caught on fire.
You can see where the flames we going up the side of the washer that was sitting next to the dryer.  The Lake Zurich FD was quick to respond and put the fire out quickly.  We do have some smoke and water damage, but it could have been much worse!

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Course Opening??

Yesterday we rolled greens and today we cut them for the 1st time this year.  If we do not get any heavy rains, we MAY open the course this Saturday - March 12th -  look for an email from the proshop on Friday AM.  That will be the earliest opening of the course in my 20 years at Biltmore.  In 2012 we opened the greens on March 14th.  We are several weeks ahead (in weather terms) of normal.  The ice is gone on Honey Lake and the frost is mostly out of the ground.  We still have plenty of cleanup work to do and if we open Saturday, the course will not be cleared of branches and on course equipment will not all be out.  It will take us a few more weeks to get the course up to speed.

1st cut of 2016 -  Wednesday, March 9th

Friday, March 4th

Earthworms think spring is here.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Drone Video

Last month at our annual convention I won a drone!  Below is the 1st video from the drone.  Look for more this summer!