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.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Golf Course Status

Golf Course Status...

It was great having a few bonus days
this week to play a little more golf
and finish out the 2016 season with a
short 2nd season of play in late November.

With the snow lightly coming down now and highs barely getting to 40, the golf course will again be closed starting this afternoon, Friday 12/2/16.

-Steve Hammon, Golf Course Superintendent

Traverse City Golf & Country Club
1725 South Union Street
Traverse City, MI 49684

Monday, October 31, 2016

Root Pruning Round 2......21 Years Later :)

Two weeks ago we rented a trencher and root pruned around 6 green.

We went down 15 inches and wow did we cut some roots...again.
The insert picture that I am holding is the photo I took 21 years ago.  It was the first project I started in the spring of 1997.

We installed the same root barrier as we did back then.  The life expectancy of the barrier is 15-18 years.

Here is a picture from this morning, 10/31/16.  The grass on the inside of the trench is already noticeably healthier.   

We installed a small layer of green mulch that has fertilizer and seed in it for recovery.  Not sure how much growth we will get in November, but it's a start for 2017.  We start thinning out the south maple tree limbs this Wednesday.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Our First Superintendent Open House and Picnic

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Building Tours


Kid Games

Putting Course on 6 Green


Phenomenal Food and Drinks

NFL Red Zone then the Fed Ex Cup on TV


A cake and toy lawn mowers (with club logo) for the kids provided by Peg and Dan Jonkhoff

Fairway Sprayer Rides


Peg with Long Time Grounds Employee Scott Werly

45 Adults and 15 Kids

Mrs. Fitzgerald, Mrs. Treter and my Range Tee Guru, John Babrick

Assistant Superintendent, Jon Lamb Playing Some Catch with the Kids



"The Superintendent" Drink Being Enjoyed by Members