Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Fall 2015 and Winter 2016

As I look back at the extended fall golf season we just had, it sure was nice to reopen the golf course to our members and their guest.  We certainly had an increase in our pro shop merchandise sales, golf cart rentals, guest fees and many stayed for dinner and drinks following the bonus rounds of golf.  We were able to get our fall leaf removal finished like never before, which is an enormous help on our spring cleanup routine.  We added a drain in the cart path in that low area on your way to the 2nd tee.  We took down numerous dead trees around the edges of the property, chipped all of the brush at the end of the driving range and we even had that massive dead Ash tree east of the 3rd green cut down and removed.  All in all an A+ for golf course operations.  My only concern going into the late but abrupt start to winter was how saturated the ground was; we had 2.7 inches of rain in October, 2.5 in November and 3.2 inches in December.

It’s important for winter plant hardiness to have the grass gradually harden off slowly as it heads into winter.  With above average temperatures and above average precipitation, I’m just not sure how the plants went into the winter.  They could be very vulnerable to dramatic temperature dips when we go from a warm spell in February in the lower 40s to an arctic blast of temperatures in the single digits.  Having the surface be so saturated could result in a really high pressure for snow mold potential over the winter.  We sprayed to prevent snow mold fungus but with the high moisture levels it could be a rough spring because of that very nice but abnormal fall weather we enjoyed.


Monday, January 18, 2016

The Centennial Clock - Winter Version

Took this picture this morning.  Traverse City received 12-14 inches of snow over the weekend.  

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The Cross Country Ski Trail is Open

The 1 mile cross country trail is now open for the season. We groom the trail on Monday, Wednesday and Friday usually between 10:00 & 12:00 in the morning.

You are more than welcome to explore any part of the golf course with your skis or snow shoes. If you do snow shoe out on the golf course please don’t walk on the cross country trail. 

Friday, January 8, 2016

Cross Country Trail Update

Friday January 8.
I am sorry to report that without the lake effect snow showers this week and with the warmer temperatures there just isn't enough snow to groom our cross country trail today.

If we tried the groomer, it would certainly dig into the ground in many areas.


Steve Hammon

Thursday, December 3, 2015

"Season 2" of our 100 Year Celebration


It was great seeing so many members up at the Club’s Christmas party last night, the holiday spirit is definitely in the air. What is also in the air is some abnormally nice weather for December and with that nice weather we are going to open up 9 holes of golf tomorrow Friday December 4. The course will open for tee times every day starting at 11:00, seven days a week until the weather turns cold again.

We will put the tee markers and flag sticks back out but you will have to putt over the light layer of sand that we put out. Carts will be available but the driving range will remain closed. Be sure to check out our remaining putters, golf clubs and apparel for your Christmas lists in the golf shop.

The 100th year continues.......


Tuesday, November 3, 2015

The Nightmare Event and Tree Trimming 1997 and 2015.

Online Version

Last week we had the first Nightmare on Union Street event where our two club champions set the hole locations and tee markers.  The course played as tough as I have ever seen it.  Here is a short video from Chris Rogers highlighting his group.


Also last week we finished some tree trimming on holes 9, 10 and 18.  The last time we trimmed all of the tree on these holes was my first year, 18 years ago in 1997.

1997 Before Tree Trimming

1997 After Tree Trimming

Fast forward 18 years.....we start over on the same trees.


A tree climber up in a Silver maple on #10.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Pro Super Classic

Be sure to sign up for the craziest event of the year, our Pro-Super Classic which is this Thursday at 1:00.  We will have some greens with multiple hole locations, we’ll have a bunch of the 8 inch holes out there and many other interesting events on the course.  Lots of great food and camaraderie after the event in the 19th hole, see you Thursday!

Monday, September 28, 2015

The Best Photo of our Three Cass Road Holes

This is the best photo that I have found of our three holes that went over Cass Road.

The fourth hole was a dog leg right from the end of the driving range.  Your tee shot would be aimed almost straight east over Cass Road.  From the landing area you hit it over Boot Lake to the south.  You can see that green in the distance.

You walked down the stairs to the fifth tee and you hit back over Boot Lake, now hitting north to the green pictured just across Cass.

The sixth tee is on the near side of Cass Road at the bottom of the photo.  This was a short par four up the hill, your ball would land on our current second fairway and you hit your approach shot to our second green.

The Club sold the land to The City of Traverse City and they filled in the lake with trash and debris.