Monday, September 22, 2014

9/22/14 Update

The green committee has decided to replant 12 cherry trees on the right of #3.  Last year's record cold winter was rough on our cherry tree orchard, we lost all 54.

There are photos of holes 3, 12 and 15 being all cherry and apple trees.  They are also such large part of our regional culture and in our logo, the committee wanted to give it another try on a new set of trees, they were planted on Friday.

This week will continue aerifying our front nine fairways.  Monday will be holes 1, 3 and 8.  Tuesday will be 5 and 9.  No aerification on Wednesday with the closing ladies day event.  On Thursday will hopefully finish with hole #6.

Last week the entrance drive landscape lighting was installed and if you haven't seen it, it really looks great.  We'll finalize that project this week.

Also this week we will be catching up on our rough mowing, mowing down our fescue areas and general course maintenance.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Monday, August 11, 2014

Fungus Test

I thought I would throw out a little test this week on the blog.

Can you identify this rare fungus damage on 13 fairway?  It shows up year after year.

Here is a picture standing a little further back.

This one is on 5 tee and it likes to show up in wooded areas.  

Here is the same area with someone standing in the middle of the dead grass.   
It's not a fungus......the dead grass is from applying bug spray on your legs while standing on a tee or fairway.  The alcohol in the aerosol can is what burns the grass as it settles to the ground.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Weekly Update and a 300 Gallon Sprayer Video

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This week on the golf course we are topdressing the greens with sand, we do this every three weeks.  We are also spraying our greens and fairways with our routine fertilizer, fungicide and wetting agents.  All of the products that we spray on the golf course are extremely safe when sprayed at the label rates.  We spray our greens and fairways every two weeks and our tees monthly.  Normally we’ll spray a fairway tank on the back nine Sunday morning then finish the other 3 tanks Monday morning when the course is closed until 11:00.  We spray our greens on Monday or Tuesday morning every other week. 

Also this week, we’ll start our invitational prep work by weeding the landscape beds around the clubhouse and on the course, finish edging the last 3 of our 37 bunkers and finish trimming the fairway sprinkler heads.  

The weather this week looks perfect for golf; we have the ladies’ and men’s senior club championship coming up and be sure to sign up for the Big Hole twilight on Friday.  We set the course up Friday afternoon with our large 8 inch cups.

Here is a short video of our fairway sprayer in action.


The 8 inch cup!!!!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Steaks, Sodding & Artwork

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The new senior tee on 4 is nearly completed.

Thank you to Chris Rogers, Dan Johnkoff, Eric Guttenberg, Brad Gelbaugh & Darren Hinsenkamp for attending our annual steak cookout.

Steaks, steaks and more steaks.

A little Golf Shop artwork for the blog this week too.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Wildlife this Morning

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Five baby turkeys on 8 tee this morning.

Right after I saw the baby turkeys, I ran into this big fella in the rough on 11.

These fox photos on 14 are not from this year but two members have told me that they have seen a fox on the course again this summer.

Monday, June 30, 2014

117 Holes, 33 Miles and $20K for Traverse City Junior Golf Association

On Saturday Andrew Chapman (2013 GAM Michigan Amateur) played 117 holes of golf at the Club.  He raised over $20,000 for the Traverse City Junior Golf Program.  Here is a link to the pre-round article in the Record Eagle,  

Here is Andrew (right) on the 1st tee with his caddy and brother Austin before they started.

Rick Coates from ESPN radio was at the Club at 5:20 a.m. to interview Andrew before the big day.

The first drive of the day at 5:28 a.m. was right down the middle.

Here is Andrew on 15 tee in his third round.

Contributions can still be made at

Congratulations Andrew!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Topdressing, Fertilizing & Tree Work

 Today we topdressed the greens with sand.

This is Joe, our intern from Michigan State mowing greens ahead of the topdresser.

Dave is mowing collars and approaches.

 Dan spreads the sand next. 

Scott drags the sand in with our brush.  He goes over the green twice then blows off any excess debris that is in the sand or brought back up on the green by all of the equipment.
After the brush we use our vibrating rollers to work the sand in.

After the roller, my assistant Jon and I fertilized all of the greens, collars and approaches in two directions.

The final step is to water in the sand and fertilizer.
Last Monday we had our tree contractors remove seven dead white pine trees along the power line on 8.  These are the same power lines that supply our pump station on 16.
 To get on the other side of the power lines, they extend the bucket arm all the way up, then it rotates and bends in the middle.

We have started to seed some of the natural areas where the skunks and raccoons have been digging for grubs.