Wednesday, August 29, 2012

                                         Nitro Dave getting towed back to the shop
                                         Two dead units that need some help
                                         Down Deep
                                         Wedged between a rock and a hard place
                                         The Maple kept it from rolling all the way over
                                          Just kind of hanging out

We are still trying to recover from Monday.  

We first had to deal with two dead batteries in the morning followed by a blown engine in our Heritage JD2500 Tee and Approach mower.  The engine blew right in the middle of mowing #10 approach so we had to remove the reels and tow it back to the shop.  We were already down to one JD2500 because the other has a bad internal oil pump. That JD2500 engine is sitting on the work bench waiting for parts to arrive.  We had to sharpen up the old relic GK4's that we use to mow the Driving Range Tee and Chipper Approach with.  Looks like they will be back in full service until we work our magic on the JD2500's.  

Next we had a search and rescue mission out on a cart.  Someone did not set the parking brake on the #6 tee hill and it went for a joy ride.  We had to air-lift it out with chains and the tractor bucket.  It was wedged down between a rock and a maple tree.  

We also had two utility carts malfunction on Monday, this is all on top of the fact that Mike only had a 2 man crew on the Greywalls course.  

WOW what a start to the week.  It can only get better boys!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

We have been adding sand to many of the Heritage bunkers.  We identified the green-side hazards with the least sand content first and started there.  We have also been working hard on rock removal in many of the Heritage bunkers.  We have several bunker sand sieves that can be drug through the sand removing rocks but leaving the sand behind.  'The Crew' has been doing some fine work!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Ants-Ants more Ants!
A mega hatch of flying ants have started to take over Marquette.  These things seem to come around every three years or so.  The females land, shed their wings and burrow down to lay eggs.  Millions of them came out to play on the golf course today.  Not a real big issue except on the putting greens.  I will be watching them very closely the next few days.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

We completed a deep vertical mowing of the Heritage Greens yesterday.  It went very well and cleaned up perfectly.  Proper control of organic matter content in our greens is the key to not only firm smooth putting conditions but disease management also.

Friday, August 17, 2012

We had a great rain yesterday and it is now followed with nice cool temperatures.  We should be seeing some really good turf recovery in the next week leading into the best month of the year at MGC....September.  
Pictured above is Joby taking a few minutes before he leaves to sweep debris off the cabin roof.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Another great sunrise yesterday morning.  

We finished up the aerification on the Tees and verti-cut the Greens on Greywalls.  We got it done but it was a difficult task with limited bodies.  

The Greens on both courses continue to roll very well and the playing surfaces in-between  are dry and fast.  
Enjoy those long drives now because in another month cooler temps with increased moisture will increase turf growth and slow the game back down.  

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Both courses are dry and playing perfect! What a great game!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Down to a crew of 4 on Greywalls. It is getting tough.

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