Tuesday, November 3, 2015

The Nightmare Event and Tree Trimming 1997 and 2015.

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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.  

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Tree Sizes

Take a real close look at the size of the trees in this areal photo from the early 50's.  Crazy how big they have gotten behind 10 and 17 green as well as next to the fairways on 9, 10 and 18.

We are planning on some major tree trimming work in late fall on 9, 10 and 18.  We can't get the big bucket trucks in on these holes so we will be hiring a climbing company to do all of the overdue tree trimming.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Back 9 Fairway Aerification

This week on the golf course we will be aerifying the back nine fairways.  We started Sunday evening with this process and we plan on being done poking holes by noon on Tuesday.  We do need to wait for the plugs to dry out on the surface before we can start dragging them.  Once the plugs are broken up, the soil is returned to the turf and we blow off the remaining thatch pieces into the rough to be swept up.  Also this week on Thursday we will be aerifying some back nine ladies' tees.  


Here is a short video of an aerifier that is on loan from our Toro distributor. 

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Thank You

A special thank you goes out to my amazing staff.  They went through the third driest July in 18 years, they cleaned up the golf course after that massive storm in record time and their additional hours preparing the golf course for the August Invitational were very much appreciated.  Thank you to the membership for your great comments and emails as well.

My equipment manager, Dave Ertl has been with me for 16 years, my assistant superintendent, Jon Lamb is in his 4th year and my project foreman, Dan Spoor has been with the club over 20 years.  I have 6 seasonal full time April-November staff and five part time summer employees.  Everyone on my team is very dedicated to the club, hardworking, and friendly.  I had the dream team this summer and am very thankful.

In the upcoming weeks we switch gears a bit with back nine fairway aerification, then tee and collar aerification in September.  Please see the aerification schedule below and posted on the club’s website.  Again this fall we will not be aerifying our greens, just collars, tees and the back nine fairways.  Also coming up will be our routine tree trimming, we’ll be starting on holes 8, 11, 12 and 17.


Fall Aerification Schedule
Back Nine Fairways – Starting 4:00 pm Sunday August 30
Continuing on Monday/Tuesday September 1 & 2

Men’s Tees – Wednesday September 9, 16, 23

Women’s Tees – Thursday September 3, 10, 17

Collars – Monday September 14, 21, 28

We will not be aerifying our greens this fall and this schedule will be subject to change pending the weather.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Annual Grounds Crew Cook-Out

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Each year in July the green committee and I host our annual grounds crew cook out.  This year we cooked, beef tenderloin, salmon, ribs, brats and turkey sausages.  We had lots and lots of side dishes as well as old school bottled pop.

Thank you to the club and so many of our committee and board members who joined us for lunch.  The cook-out ended with the raffling off of a few Subway gift cards.

Green committee chair and chef, Eric Guttenberg on the grills.

In attendance were president Leslie Treter, club champion and green committee member Becky Odinga, past president Darren Hinsenkamp, board member Jeff Schwartz, Eric Guttenberg and general manager Kurt Pitcher.

Thanks to my awesome team!!!!!!!!

Monday, August 3, 2015

Storm Damage Photos

Entrance drive Norway spruce

It just missed the 1/2 way house

Ladies tee on 17

Massive debris on 18 green, everything looked like this on Monday morning.

Massive spruce tree fell from the property edge towards the right entrance pillar.

The dead end sign at the entrance.

From the property edge

Left of 2 fairway

The scoreboard project continued this morning.

Called in the pros to help with the big stuff.  The will be set up in the parking lot for a few days.

Left of 2 fairway