Tuesday, November 29, 2011

USGA Green Section Record

Check out a recent article in the USGA greens section record.  I'll give you a hint...it pertains to Zero Waste Golf.  Enjoy!


Play each shot to the best of your abilty . . .and take dead aim!
 ~Harvey Penick, golf instructor

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Zero Waste Golf is a success!

Our Zero Waste Park at Dairy Creek Golf Course is a success.  Our first goal is to demonstrate how zero waste efforts can be accomplished at home, work areas, schools, hospitals, prisons, etc. so that we can make a global difference in the overall environment.  We are not advocating or disputing climate change, but we want to make sure that we are proacitve with our waste streams at our facilities.  Our second goal is to reduce or eliminate our inputs into landfills, inorganic fertilizers, water usage, and pesticide usage.  These goals will help us to maintain recreational opportunities for our communtiy in a truly sustainable fashion.  If you would like a tour of the facility please contact me (805) 781-1318 or jheptig@co.slo.ca.us or you can also take our self guided tour as the compost facility has been created as a park so that anyone can learn about this process on their own by reading the signs and experiencing the park at their own leisure. 

Enjoy the following pictures below of our ribbon cutting ceremony on Nov. 10, 2011.
Our display area near the restaurant, which is where many golfers enter to grab a bite to eat or drink at the turn.

Our Mission and Vision statements for our golf facility.

We started the day with a power point presentation and video to provide some background
 for our project and how it can help our communities and the overall environment.

Supervisor Bruce Gibson talking about what the project means to our County and its communities.
A sideways shot (sorry, new technology) of our demonstration site.
In-vessel composters are the true workhorses other than Richard.

Our material bins
wood and carbon sources         green or nitrogen sources      finished compost           
Mike di Milo of Integrated Waste Management Authority
presenting info about worms and vermicomposting.
Albert Nunes discussing the operations surrounding our vermicompost
and how we screen the material.

Here I am giving a captivating talk about microbes, which was not nearly as interesting
 as our worm bins for these two young participants.
Richard McConaghay and I tossing the ceremonial compost onto our screening bins.
The ribbon cutting to officially open the site for self-guided or docent led tours.

Please contact Josh Heptig at (805) 781-1318 or jheptig@co.slo.ca.us
for tour scheduling or more information.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Oncourse Restroom Facelift

Our restrooms at Morro Bay Golf Course received a much needed facelift during the past two months. The replacement costs and assiciated perimtting were well outside of the range of money that we wanted to spend so we renovated the structures in house using some volunteer and community work release labor. There was a fair amount of rotten wood that was removed given the moist ocean climate that the course resides within. New shingles were installed, paint was applied, and new fixtures freshen up the interior areas that have not been updated since the 1950's. This was a long overdue project that help improve the outside services of the facility.
Have a look at some before and after photos below.

Here you can see this structure is showing its age.

Not our best foot forward, even before we started removing the rotten wood exterior.

A close up of the rotted exterior wood. Luckily the damage did not make its way into the structural components of the building.

Here is the clean finished product after replacing the rotten wood and a fresh paint job! To finish this project we plan to install a faux rock surface over the concrete section of this front fascade along with a nice metal logo. I'll post those pics once the work is complete.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Zero Waste Park Ribbon Cutting



Cutting Ceremony

Please join San Luis Obispo County Parks as
we celebrate the completion of our Zero Waste Demonstration Park at Dairy Creek
Golf Course.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

10:00 a.m.

Project Info: This Demonstration Park will explain how one of our County Golf
facilities is protecting the environment by utilizing Zero-Waste strategies.

Directions: Heading north or south from US-101 take California Blvd. exit. Turn right onto California Blvd. Turn left onto Foothill Blvd. Turn right onto CA-1/Santa Rosa St and continue

for approximately 5 miles to Dairy Creek Road. Turn right, follow up the hill then turn left at the Dairy Creek Golf Course sign. Follow the road to the clubhouse and golf course parking lot.

Refreshments will be served. Lunch will also be available for purchase
after the event at the clubhouse Fairway Restaurant

RSVP by November 8, 2011

to Anna Diaz at 805.781.4386
or by email adiaz@co.slo.ca.us.

For information on the demonstration park
please contact Josh Heptig at 805.781.1318

or by email at jheptig@co.slo.ca.us