Monday, May 30, 2011

Summer might be here

The temps increased over the weekend as it looks like summer is here to stay. Our turf should really start to grow now.

The bird houses we built and put up are now alive with activity and I would say they were a complete success. Our feathery little bug eaters are nesting away.

I watched a falcon fly by last week with a chimpmunk in its claws, the wildlife on MGC is spectacular.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Another cool week

Looks like another cool week ahead. TWC is calling for frost the next two mornings. Wondering if summer will ever arrive!!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Short Course

A short course has been set up on the Heritage. Marquette Golf Club Heritage Short Course (MGCHSC) is something I have wanted to do for several years now; finally I found some time to set it up. Scot got the plates placed in the ground today and it is ready to enjoy. This will be a great loop for young families to enjoy as the holes average around 150 yard in length. Grab your kids and your short irons to enjoy a fun little round with them! Score cards with locations of the Tee plates will be located in the Proshop.

Finished aerification

Heritage greens aerification is complete, other than morning frost delays it went smooth as silk.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Heritage Irrigation

We were able to get the Heritage irrigation system up and going last week. We ended up with 15 broken heads; due to the ground frost this winter, freezing water left in the bottom foot valve of the heads after our winterization of the system. Those new heads are on order and should be repaired as soon as we get them in.

Heritage aerification update

Aerification on the Front 9 Heritage Greens went well on monday. We were delayed a bit because of frost but got rolling soon after it lifted. We are delayed again today because of frost and hope to start the process on the back 9 in an hour or so.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

5/11/2011 update

Aerification of the back nine Greywalls Greens went smooth on Tues. We hope to have the Heritage irrigation system up and operational by friday so we can aerify those greens next week.
Our process involves aerification with 1/4 inch mini tines on quad tine blocks followed by a deep vertical mowing using 2mm carbide tip blades to remove massive amounts of organic matter. That is followed by a mowing and topdressing resulting in a surface that looks almost untouched and still putts very well.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Darius Oliver visit

The talk and visit from Australian golf writter Darius Oliver was fantastic. I think he had a great time visiting our facility and it was a joy listening to him talk about his life
We will have 20 signed copies of his books for sale in the proshop. (10 Planet Golf and 10 Planet Golf USA) Stop by and see Marc if you would like a copy, they are a wonderful read, filled with great photos of the most interesting places he has played. (Hint Hint...They would make a perfect fathers day gift)

Small signs on Heritage posts

A few people have asked me what the LM1-LM9 signs represent on the Heritage course; I am glad people are starting to notice. Over the last few years as we have had more and more golf history and quality golf enthusiasts visit our facility. Most of them seem to have a spark of interest, when they hear we have 9 golf holes from 1926 designed by William Langford and his partner T. Moreau. After explaining the old hole numbers and where they mix into the current route over and over, I figured it would be easier and more formal to designate the originals with a sign. With that said, I made the signs this winter with the L=Langford and M=Moreau.

Aerification update

Aerification went very well today on the Front 9 of Greywalls. After punching holes and vertical mowing we had perfect conditions for our sand to dry and drag into the canopy. We will complete the back 9 and putting green tomorrow.

Friday, May 6, 2011

100% open

All 36 holes are now open for play. Get out enjoy the great outdoors and play a round of golf.
Reminders to everyone.....
Please respect your fellow golfers and your golf course by replacing your divots, fixing your ballmarks properly and raking your bunker tracks. Also please drive your carts with care following the directional posts/arrows and keep them out of the native/fescue areas.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Demo Day

It was Demo Day all around at MGC. While golfers did golf club demo's on the driving range we completed a daily demo on two new rough mowing models; a Lastec 3300 and 4520. I am thrilled with the results. The 4520 will take one person only 2.5 days to mow the rough using about 18 gallons on fuel. This will replace one person on the gang for two days using 20 gallons of fuel and one person on the ransome for four days using 28 gallons of fuel. This will not only save us fuel and reduce the amount of labor needed to mow the rough but it will also provide a better quality cut and drastically improve our reliability over our two older units.
The drainage repair on #4 Greywalls fairway was completed on Saturday, prep work on an opening day is still in progress. The cold weather has really slowed our spring efforts as turf growth and recovery is not going our way.

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