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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Winter is definitely here with a big 25"-35" snow storm settled over us right now.

I can't say enough about my staff the last several months especially my core guys left to help over the last few weeks, their effort at putting the courses to bed 'right' was phenomenal.  We are weather hounds and we knew this storm was fast approaching so we put things into overdrive and completed every essential task in the nick of time.  

-Playing surfaces were maintained for play up to our closing dates then the greens were aerified utilizing solid tines.  
-Both courses were properly treated with the appropriate fungicides to control Snowmold.
-Drains were all flushed and several new drains were installed.
-Both Irrigation systems were winterized properly.
-Our extensive and time consuming Leaf mulching and blowing was efficient and effective.  
-All native areas were mowed down
-Greens were buried in sand for plant crown protection as usual and we even heavily topdressed the Greywalls tees. 
-Shop water lines were winterized.  
-Milorganite was spread on top of the sand on the greens to help melt snow and ice in the spring and activate an earlier spring green up on the putting surfaces.  
-Putting surfaces were roped off to eliminate winter traffic issues.  The Greywalls Tees were also staked this year to mark their winter location so I can monitor any traffic issues near them.  
-Snow fence was erected around several historically wind swept greens to help build up a protective snow layer on top of them.  
-All equipment was detail cleaned and properly winterized before being parked for the winter months.  
-Inventory was completed on all left over fertilizer and chemical products so they can be factored into 2015 planning.  Any liquid products are moving into a heated location to avoid freezing.  
-All out buildings were organized and prepared for winter.  
-Mower reels and equipment that need service were moved to the Heritage shop and parked accordingly.  
-Reel grinding has been started and will continue all winter.  
-Our Plow truck was serviced and repaired in-house and all snow removal tools are staged for use.  
-Signs/tee markers/all other course assessories are all hauled off the course and moved to the Greywalls shop to be refurbished over the winter months.  

Every aspect of this list is essential for a smooth spring and a successful 2015 season.  

Fall is the busiest time of year for us because in Marquette Michigan we have one shot to get this list completed before old man winter arrives.  If we fail in any aspect it will effect the entire operation the following season.  My staff takes these processes very serious and I am proud of my core guys of The Marquette Golf Club grounds department as we got it done yet again as a team!

Irrigation blow out
Compressor used for irrigation winterization
Heavily Topdressed green
Close up after the sand and Milorganite was spread on the greens
Additional drain line installed by the rear door of the Heritage shop to collect spring runoff water.
Winter is here to stay, get out and enjoy it!!

Friday, October 17, 2014

We had a Wiedenmann demo earlier this week.  A fantastic unit that can aggressively verticut fairways and clean up all the mess at the same time.  The Super 500 can also flail now native grass, prepare a seed bed and remove leaves and sticks/branches up to 2"!!  Amazing unit!  We also did a demo of their new blower that can rotate 260 degrees!  Great products!!

Greywalls is now closed for the season.  The course is completely saturated with puddles everywhere.  The last scheduled weekend of potential play has been cancelled.  
Another great season on Greywalls has come to a close and the final winterization of the golf course is now taking place.  
The Heritage course will be open until the 31st unless the weather dictates an earlier closing.   

Someone made an attempt to damage our turf last Saturday Night.  This mad individual did multiple donuts on #9 green plus they slammed the brakes several times.  The stupidity was then taken to #16 fairway where more donuts were competed.  
Good thing we grow strong deeply rooted turf.  
This all after someone thought the Putting Green by the clubhouse was a parking place for their car on Friday night.  
I can only shake my head at the silliness.

Monday, October 13, 2014

October is always a great month to complete projects on the golf course.  As turf growth slows we change gears from mowing turf to drain pipe flushing, drainage improvements, hydrojecting greens, tree work, brush removal,detail  cleaning equipment and of course leaf removal.  
Pink Snowmold is now active on the untreated nursery green on the Heritage course.  This check area shows the importance of timely a fungicide application to control the most devastating fungal disease at MGC.  

Team Marquette Golf Club brought the DeVries Cup home to the Yoop!!!  We went down to the Kingsley Club and successfully came back from a 4 point deficit to win the cup by 3 after the single matches. I am very proud of our team effort on the final day of matches.  A great group of guys laying it on the line in the name of their hometown club MGC!!