Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Welcome to Spring

Yes it is officially spring, now we are just waiting officially for the 2018 golf season.  I know everyone, patiently or impatiently, is waiting to get that first round of golf in.  

Before that snow hit the golf course looked to be in great shape.  Once this snow melts of I would assume it to be about the same. As in previous years we will open the course when the frost is out of the greens enough to put in new hole locations. We need a good 8” of thawed ground to accomplish this. We will kept you informed as near the official season. 

Above is Ottis and I out on a little course inspection tour.  

If you really feel the urge to get out and hit the ball around, we do have temporary hole locations on the front nine.  They are typically located about 50 yards in front of the green. No carts are allowed for this, come out for a little walk and enjoy the spring air. 

As always if you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact me. 

Thank You and we will see you on the course soon!


Thursday, March 15, 2018


I am sure starting to enjoy how warm that sun feels.  Just hoping the temperatures continue to warm and melt some of our snow.  Not sure of any timing of the golf course opening, but we will keep you informed as the season nears.

This week Kenny, Matt and myself had the opportunity to attend that State Golf Course Superintendents Association meeting down in Sioux Falls.  As always and great meeting featuring speakers, trade show and various types networking.   This year we had four main speakers: Mike Vogt a Golf Course Consultant talked on the important of measuring success and ways of improving your success, through labor allocations and various other ways.  Michelle DaCosta is a PH.D from U of Massachusetts Amherst, she had two great presentations on minimizing winter injury and strategies to enhance summer stress tolerance.  John R. Fulling is the Superintendent at Kalamazoo CC, he is the treasurer on our National Board, his talked mainly focused on opportunities within the National GCSAA Association.  Our final speaker was Jared Hoyle from Kansas State University, his two talks were based on Managing Native areas and new herbicide options.   As you can see many great learning opportunities here, giving us a chance to re focus heading into a new season. 

If you have any comments please feel free to contact me.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

New Assistant

I would like to welcome Matt Kiefer to our team.  Matt will be our Assistant Golf Course Superintendent.  He is from the Webster area, A NSU Graduate and has been around Aberdeen since.  I am looking forward to starting the season with Matt on our team. 

Tree removal on the course is all but done for the winter.  There is still some stump grinding to accomplish.  We will continue to work on the trees around the driving range as weather permits.  When out cutting trees we remove a small cottonwood tree west of #7, no it was not the big cottonwood tree.  Upon cutting we found out why the tree was not healthy, also not very safe.  As you can see below most of the trunk is rotten inside.  Not sure of the cause of this, just glad it is gone. 

March is here and I am hoping the golf season is not too far away!

We will see you on the course soon. 


Wednesday, February 21, 2018


We finally received a good snow, 4-5” of cover. Yes it is always a little worked to plow the snow, but this is what we we have been waiting for all winter.  Despite the lack of snow cover the golf course looks to remain in good shape heading toward spring. 

Now we are dealing with some colder temps, all is good. 

Tree removal is wrapping up for the season. We still have a few smaller trees to address, that with stump grinding should get us in good shape going into the golf season. 

Days are getting longer and the sun has more intensity!!
Spring will be here soon!


Monday, January 15, 2018

Starting out the New Year

Here we are in the middle of January.  Last week we were out cutting down dead trees in 30 degree weather.  Now Today a projected high -5.  So yes taoday we are working in the shop.  What will next week bring?

The golf course is in good shape right now.  The only concern right now is the lack of snow cover with these extreme temperatures.  Under conditions like this you can get some desiccation on the exposed turf plants.  The exposed plants basically freeze dry out, not giving them much of a chance for survival.  We do treat our greens for this with a heavy sand topdressing and a anti-desiccant.  As stated before currently everything looks to be in good shape. 

Last Fall we hired a company to come in and take down 10 of our bigger cotton wood trees that are dying out.  They have all their equipment on site, now waiting for Mother Nature to provide some normal like weather. 

Do you have any great new ideas for the new season?
Please Share.


Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year.

Happy New Year from the Maintenance Staff At MC3. 
Wishing each of you a Happy and Prosperous year. 

It’s a mere -29 out this morning.  
We are thankful to have a small blanket of snow protecting  the course.  What will the New Year have I store for us this year??

All The Best in 2018!


Thursday, December 21, 2017

Merry Christmas

Well it sure looks like we will have a brown Christmas this year in Aberdeen.  Having no snow is not the ideal thing for the course, so far the course looks to be handling the moisture free winter in great shape.  Any moisture some time soon would be great. So far this winter we have hand watered the sand based greens twice.  It is important to keep moisture in the root zone of the plant, especially when it is dry and exposed.  We will continue to monitor the moisture level in the greens and add water as needed. 

The warmer temps has allowed the maintenance staff to work on some tree removal. Shown below is us removing some of the dead cotton woods near the driving range. There are more in this area that have meet their life expectancy and will be removed. 

When not outside the focus is working on equipment and accessories for next season. Below the fairway yardage plates received a fresh coat of paint.  

Thank You for another great golf season 

Merry Christmas from the Maintenance Staff.