Friday, March 8, 2019

Employment Opportunities





Grounds Department – Steve Hammon – 231-645-2318
steveh@tcgcc.com - Call or email me today.
Friends - Family - Associates help me spread the good word!

This is my 23rd year at the Country Club, come join the Grounds Maintenance team!  I have three openings for the 2019 season.  Come work outside with a group of hard working, dedicated and enjoyable people.  Use our excellent fleet of equipment to perform your work.  Cookouts, days off and treated with respect.

Job 1 - Full-time seasonal April 1-November 20 – Golf Course Maintenance
Monday – Wednesday & Friday 6:00 am – 2:30 pm
Thursday 6:00 am – 11:00 am
Either Saturday or Sunday 6:00 am – 9:30 am
38-42 hours/week $9.45 - $10.45/hour
Free lunch Mon-Fri, Free golf once/week with guest and a cart
Work clothing included
Memorial Day – 4th of July – Labor Day 5:30 am – 8:30 am

Job 2 - Part-time seasonal May 15 – October 15 – Landscape Maintenance
Monday – Friday 6:00 am – 11:00 am
Either Saturday or Sunday 6:00 am – 9:30 am
25-28 hours/week $9.45 - $10.45/hour
Free lunch Mon-Fri, Free golf once/week with guest and a cart
Work clothing included
Memorial Day – 4th of July – Labor Day 5:30 am – 8:30 am

Job 3 – Part-time seasonal May 15 – September 15 – Driving Range Tee
Monday – Friday 6:00 am – 9:00 pm
Either Saturday or Sunday 6:00 am – 9:30 am
15-22 hours/week $9.45 - $10.45/hour
Free lunch Mon-Fri, Free golf once/week with guest and a cart
Work clothing included
Memorial Day – 4th of July – Labor Day 5:30 – 8:30 am


Monday, February 25, 2019

Winter Reflections


Winter is moving along at a snail's pace it feels like.  December always flies by and January has a solid pace too.  Attending my state turf conference in Lansing each year and the Golf Industry Show in San Diego were excellent, it's an honor to attend these 1st class, professional events.  The education, networking and the golf tournament at the GIS all keep my golf course business on a continuous improvement program.  

Keeping up with and staying ahead of changing trends takes determination, passion and financial resources.  Take a look at Kodak, Sears, Blockbuster, Toys R Us and Radio Shack.  Every business needs to make changes or you'll fall behind and it can happen quickly in this business.  I'll take this snail's pace time as I always do and continue making changes to my 2019 season as this is sure to be the busiest year in my career.

Check out this Vision 2020 link to see all of the progress on our pool house and three pools during the winter months.

http://vision2020tc.blogspot.com/




Monday, November 19, 2018

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Renovation Update

Get the latest on our renovations at the link below.  

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

8 Green Expansion - Day 2 of Excavating


Here are pictures from day two of Renaissance Golf Design with Brian Slawnik behind the wheel and Don Placek assisting.  




Pre-Construction
Click to enlarge the images.




Friday, September 28, 2018

Renovations Have Started and my Two Favorites


 The two projects that I am the most excited about are expanding the 8th green back to its near original size and building two indoor golf simulators that will be installed in the expanded 19th hole.
Here is a sample of what we'll be building.  Our ceiling size won't have that additional space above the stations like this rendering though.  Diane, Scott and I toured many facilities in Grand Rapids last week and stopped at the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame facility being built at Ferris State University.  


The Michigan Hall of Fame at Ferris State University is planning to have five indoor Trackman simulators and three indoor simulators that you hit to the outdoor range.



Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Dr. James Beard and Traverse City Golf & CC


It was sad news to hear yesterday that Dr. Beard had passed away.  As everyone has said, he was a true legend in the turfgrass research field.  Dr. Beard has a great history with northern Michigan as well as with Traverse City Golf & Country Club and I got to fit into that his history a few times and find out what a kind man he was.  

I met Dr. Beard when I was an assistant at Crystal Downs Country Club.  He was in contact with Mike Morris the superintendent about conducting some green speed research for him, I think the year was 1992.  I was lucky enough to perform that research for Mike and Jim every morning for two weeks on our nursery green.  Jim had a summer home in Leelanau County and was also a past member of our local chapter, The Northern Michigan Turf Managers Association.

In 2001 the chapter gave Ed Karacheski the Distinguished Service Award.  Ed was the golf pro and superintendent at TCGCC for over 30 years and was a founding member of the NMTMA.  Ed's son Jim accepted the award as Ed had died a few years earlier.  Dr. Beard sent a letter to the chapter describing the history he had with Ed, MSU and Traverse City Golf & CC.

Jump back to 1963 when Dr. Beard planted his first test plots for Michigan State University in Traverse City.  Here is a link to that letter Beard History at TCGCC


Dr. Beard at TCGCC during the MSU Field Day in 1972.  Our tennis courts currently reside there now.
The first snow mold research trials  
Fine fescue treatment trials near 15 tee and not pictured to the left of this were the first glyphosate research trials in the country.

Seed mixtures trials

Now jump ahead to 2008.  After attending one of Dr. Beard's seminars, I introduced myself and invited him back to the golf course because you could still see the rough bluegrass trials he planted with Dr. Rieke in many fairways and I thought he might like the tour.  Jim contacted me in 2010 and wanted to see the course and was wondering if his son and granddaughter could play golf while we toured and had lunch.  She played golf for Texas A&M and shot 74 that day.  It was a really bad summer patch year on two of my worst draining fairways so although I wanted the place to look perfect, I took this time to talk about my issues and challenges.     




Dr. Beard and Ed Karcheski 1972

Dr. Beard and me in the same location 2010
Rest in peace Dr. Beard and thank you for your time.

Steve Hammon
                                     

Employment Opportunities

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