Monday, July 31, 2017

The Real 19th Hole

We all enjoy a cold beverage in the 19th hole after finishing the 18th hole but for my grounds staff and I, our driving range is our 19th hole.  Here are some pictures of my guys at work on the 19th hole. 
The ribbon cutting ceremony back in 2006.

An aerial view looking south.

We blow the divots off of the tee three days a week.  This is called a turbine buffalo blower and I bring this down to help blow off the divots.

Here is our John Deere tractor with a blower on the back to also blow divots off of the tee before mowing.  We get Dave out of the shop to help first thing in the morning.  
Our new debris sweeper works amazing at picking up the divots we blow off the front of the tee.

This is JB our driving range set up guru.  We set up the tee fresh every morning, pick up the tees, topdress/seed the divots, change the yardage sign, and refresh the accessories.

Dave H. mows around the tee bank as well as the target green, banks, and chipper.

Dan mows with our groundsmaster around the trees in the east woods.

Here is Tyler mowing the range fairway.  With all of those fingers up to the target greens it takes longer than normal to get it all mowed.

Ben is mowing the rough on the range.  This is where we really count on a pro shop clean pick the night before.

We mow the tee in two different directions on Tuesday and Friday.  We take the grass buckets off to return the grass and nitrogen back to the tee.  



Once a month or so we spray the range targets and fairway with fungicides to keep dollar spot and other diseases from growing in the bentgrass.  JR is our spray technician.

This is what we like,  long rows of divots vs. scattered divots all over.  
This type of divot excavation will take months to recover.

We measured 235% more grass removed from scattered vs. taking divots in rows.

We use two artificial mats each day to help with divot recovery. A lot of members like to loosen up before golf on mats vs the ground.

A view of the tee and range from above.

Looking north.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

A Prime Time Summer Evening at TCGCC

We really knocked it out of the park last night during Friday night's couples Wine Dine and Nine with kids night out.  The conditions were perfect for using the drone to capture all of the fun.

Pre shotgun start.

The view north with Boardman Lake and West Bay.

Next time we need a slip and slide that can go all the way down the walking path on 1.

Looking south

Maui Jim and Ecco Shoes were on hand with their tents.

We had about 30 kids for KNO with the bounce house, baseball and other fun toys to use on the 1st tee.

Then it was time to run in the sprinklers!
We had three tents set up for wine sampling and appetizers out on the golf course.


Monday, June 5, 2017

Bunker Rakes 2017

During the 2016 season the green committee experimented with the bunker rakes being placed outside of the bunker.  After much member discussion and the survey results coming back overwhelmingly to have them placed in the bunker.
We rake bunkers, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and will be placing the rakes inside the bunker, off of the slope.  The green committee requests that you replace the bunkers on the inside of the bunker and off of the slope.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Verticut Circles and 16 Tee Sod

Last fall we double verticut our tees trying to remove the puffiness of them.  This spring we have gone out two more times to verticut and we also tried out a new circle direction strategy that really worked out well.  No pain no gain!

Also, late last fall we removed the sod on the 160 yard tee on 16.  This tee surface was so crowned we mostly only used it for outings.  It was a struggle cutting it even with the sod cutter because of the slope.  We leveled the soil on the tee then replaced and worked with the sod the best we could before winter.  Here it is today after the third mowing of the year.  My hat is off to Jon and Dan for their work on this project, it really looks nice.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Updated Course Opening Details

We will have all 18 holes open on Thursday, April 6th.  The range, 9 holes and carts are available now.  The weather doesn't look very nice later this week but come join us in the 19th hole to watch some of the Masters.

Congratulations to my project foreman, 2nd assistant, irrigation technician and all around go to, Dan Spoor on his 25 years of service at The Club!  My success the past 20 years has so much to do with Dan's hard work and dedication.  Thank you my friend!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Driving Range and Golf Course Opening Dates

Three green has been the site of ice damage and crown hydration in the past but looking great for spring golf this year.


It looks like the weather later next week will be moving past winter and into more of a warmer spring weather pattern with highs in the lower 50s.  My plan is to have the driving range with mats and the chipping area open at noon on Thursday, March 30th.  Some of my seasonal staff will be back starting Sunday April 2 and we’ll have the dry nine (1,2,3,15,16,17,9,10,18) open on Wednesday April 5th at noon.  

The golf course is in great shape besides the epic amount of sticks and limbs from that two day windstorm a few weeks ago.  Carts will be available. Tee times each morning will depend on the nighttime temperatures as well as any frost but normally we are good to go by 10:00 in early April.  The pro shop will have their normal April course open hours.

You can see the winter snow mold disease pressure outside of the fairway spray into the rough.  We spend a 1/4 of our fungicide budget on this late October spray.  All greens, tees, fairways and the driving range are sprayed to help prevent snow mold and ensure great spring conditions.


Monday, February 13, 2017

Winter Equipment Maintenance Update

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Every winter we completely rebuild our vibratory greens rollers.

We roll the greens every day from mid-May through mid September.  In the fall when the growth slows down we roll every other day into mid-October.

There are three vibratory rollers on our triplex.  The bearings and vibrating mechanism really take a beating and always need a major overhaul in the winter.

Here is our 20 year old Kubota tractor.  This winter we replaced all of the rear axle bushings and seals on both the right and left side.

After this repair we moved on to our green and tee cutting units.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Cross Country Ski Trail Update

On Tuesday, we went out on the golf course with our snowmobile and cross country trail groomer and attempted to groom the cross country trail.  Although we have just over 12 inches of snow on the golf course there is just not enough of a base to sustain grooming the trail three days a week.   You are welcome to enjoy cross country skiing on the golf course but until we get additional snow to set a good base, we won’t be able to groom the trail.