April started like a January with 43" of snow at the course in the first dozen days. That is not what we wanted; especially after an early March melt. Our small crew has been busy with snow removal, finishing the revival of course supplies and finalizing equipment preparation. April 9-10 I spent 15 hours in a plow truck; the following weekend it was 79 degrees and we were getting the Driving Range open....the weather in the UP is always entertaining.
Our focus every spring is to get the primary playing surfaces ready for play as soon as possible so people can get out and walk. As the rest of the snow melts we finish cleanup in other locations and get directional stakes/ropes out in preparation for golf cart traffic. Each year is different as snow pack/frost/winter damage/spring rains all play a part in opening dates.
Rest assured the proper preparation is complete ahead of time and your crew works very hard to get the golfing season started; as soon as Mother Nature allows.
Hauling all of the course supplies in for winter Maintenance and then hauling them back out to the grounds is time consuming but essential work.
We also cleaned out the rafters in cart barn D. Years of accumulated clubs and boxes made it a hazard. Everything was removed from the rafters and lofts were built in them to secure the items properly.
(We solid tine the greens after we close in the fall; that practice along with winter freeze/thaw cycles loosens the surface)
A main seal engine oil leak on our Greywalls Apprach mower was identified while running it the first time. A time consuming job but better to pull the engine and repair it now than during the crazy season; when the machine is in high demand. We also found a bad secondary clutch on our spraypro and an engine compression issues on the Heritage sand pro..... The shop is a busy place.
Enjoy the Spring golf season everyone!