Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Fairways and Roots

So there has been four fairways roped of from cart traffic.  The fairways roped off are consistently ones that struggle, due to shade winter kill or high water table.  It is almost comical watching who follows the ropes/signage and others that think they can just drive around the roped off areas.  We do things for a purpose, to make your golf course better.  Yes it may be inconvenient at times, please follow any signage or directions on the golf course.  It is a proven fact that golf carts/compaction are the #1 cause of  wearing / thinning turf.  We now have started to remove the ropes.  As shown in the picture below the turf grass looks amazing with no cart traffic on it.  I am hoping by the end of next week to have all ropes removed and yes the turf grass quality will start to suffer.



Last Fall we did a deep tine compaction relief on the greens, to a depth of 10".  The greens were struggling to get  roots going.  I was changing hole locations on Sunday, and to my surprise the deep tine aeration is paying off.  I found good roots growing and and some were more than 7".   The deep tine was very beneficial and a program we will continue.


We will see you on the course!

Ross

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Enjoy what you can


I has been some time since I have posted a blog.  Needless to say the last month has been crazy for everyone.  Good news is the course is open and is in great shape coming out of winter.  When you are on the course please strictly follow any social distancing rules that apply. 


Greens are off to a good start. 

Below is a few other general Golf Etiquette rules    

Fix all Ball Marks

Replace your divots- No Sand N Seed for now

Rake the bunker with your feet, do the best you can 
Stay off all steep slopes in the bunkers

Golf Cart Rules-Really Important
       -Keep all four wheels on the paths
       -Stay on the path by Tee and green surfaces
       -Scatter at entrance and exits points
             Do not just drive straight on or off the
  Cart Path ends
       -Stay out of all soft areas
 -Home Owners use the cart path when going             to and from your house


Please leave this place better than you found it!


Please level with your shoe. 


Enjoy Your Course!

Ross

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Conference Time

I was able to Attend the North Central Turf grass Conference over this week.  It was a great conference with speakers like Larry Divito from the Twins, Dr. Aaron Patton from Purdue, Matt Cavanaugh from Rush Creek, Mark Michalski from TPC Minneapolis, Larry Gilhuly a retired USGA Agronomist and Roger Stewart an independent Staffing Consultant.  The talks dealt with anything from renovation to purchasing new products to Leadership and Organizational staffing.  It was a busy fulfilling week. 

This up coming week we are heading to Sioux Falls for The South Dakota GCSA meeting.  Some of the Topics are;  How to live where Excellent becomes average, Irrigation Uniformity, Remote sensing to improve your knowledge, Advance in fine Fescue, Golf Course or Nature Preserve and Advancing Your Career.  There will be much to take in in a few days. 

We took a little time to trim the trees on #7 fairway and #17 tee.  This was a good time to achieve this with some snow on the ground to help protect the turf grass.  As you can see the after pictures provide a more open fairway and tee shot.  I am sure most of you will approve.



Spring is near!!
We will see you on the course!

Ross

Friday, February 7, 2020

Is spring near?

I guess that is a typical question this time of year. The days are getting longer and the sun just seems to have a little more warming power. We recently did have a few good melting days, it sure made a impact on the snow depths.  

This week were able to get out and work on some dead trees.   We plowed a trail to the left side of #12, where we had a willow and 2 smaller pine trees to remove.  As you can see it was a nice sunny day and felt good to be outdoors. If the weather allows we do have more tree work to complete. 


As you see the stump of the tree was really leaning and slowly falling over. 

When not outside we have been working in the Maintenance Facility.  One project we had for this year was repair a beverage cart. It had a minor meeting with a tree. As shown below there was some minor frame straightening with many of the front end parts to be replaced.  Now it is ready for another season. 






We will just have to see what Mother Nature has for us the next month. Will it be an early season? Only time will tell. 

We will see you on the course. 

Ross


Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Happy New Year!




Happy New Year from the Maintenance Staff of MC3.

Thank You for a successful 2019.








As you can see I enjoy the sunrises on the course.

Wishing you a great year!

Ross

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Winter

Winter is here and in a big way.  Snow and now some colder than normal temperatures.  The Golf Course looks to be in good shape.  I went out and did a green inspection Tuesday.  What I found was a good cover of snow, no ice layers and the turf looks to be in great shape.  We will have to wait and see what the rest of the winter season has in store for us. 


The Maintenance staff has moved inside and started worked on equipment for the 2020 season.  Cleaning, servicing, sharpening, and any other details is all part of getting each piece ready for the next season.  Shown is our 1998 Bobcat, getting cleaned up and serviced for the next snow event. 


The first big snow event of the season was one to remember! 16" of wet heavy snow.  Always fun to show up to the course and see the front step area buried in snow. 





Happy Holidays From the Maintenance Staff at Mc3!
Enjoy The Season!

Ross

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

New Greens mower / tree removal

We were able to get the course fully winterized the last week of October. This is slightly earlier than normal, With the forecast it was time and didn’t know if we were going to get a break anytime soon.

Most of our time recently has been maintaining and cleaning equipment. When the weather allows we do get outside and trim or cut down trees.  Not many to cut down this year. There is always a few. Below is a picture of the spruce left of #12, it was basically dead, will be replaced.   



Monday we received delivery of a new greens mower.  This was a good purchase at this time of year as it is a demo with only 33 hours on it, there waas some good savings verse the new price. The old greens mower will be moved down to tees, collars and approaches.  





As shown the lights are installed and ready for the 2020 golf season.

Thank You for another great gold season. 
We are looking forward to 2020!!!

Ross