Dear Members and Friends,

Greetings from the grounds staff! This has been a wonderful and productive spring so far with many nice changes and additions to your club. This spring is off to a slower start than we have become accustomed to experiencing weather-wise. Last spring the temperatures were much warmer and the weather much more consistent. The sun has been shining but the air was still quite chilly. However, this did not stop many of our more determined members from polishing their early season golf games.

With the help of a golf course architect and arborist, we were able to remove a number of dead and dying trees. We think you will notice the improvement this will make in the playability of our golf course. Specifically, we think you will notice with improved air flow and sunlight, the improved health of 4, 11 and 18 greens and their surrounding areas.

Over the past few weeks, the grounds staff has started working and focusing our attention on the bunkers on the golf course. We are currently in the process of edging and checking for a uniform depth of sand throughout all of the bunkers, along with packing the faces on greenside bunkers to help eliminate shots sticking against the edge up high. When this process is finished we will have added about 80 tons of sand to the bunkers on the golf course and we think you all will notice a huge improvement.

The seedhead control on greens, tees and fairways was good this season without much discoloration and bronzing. We received about 40 – 60% control of seedheads on the greens, which is about average or slightly above for the state of Michigan. Control of seedheads on turfgrass is a necessary evil and provides a much more consistent putting surface during the spring months along with more healthy turf for the entire summer golf season.

Please don’t forget, if you haven’t applied your fertilizer and grub control to your homelawn yet, you will want to get the application down by the 4th of July so that you are protected this fall. The best time to apply grub control is just before a rain event or irrigation cycle so that the product can be watered in and get to where it needs to be. With grub control you want to get the product watered down into the thatch layer, which is about 1-2 inches down where the grubs will take up residency and begin to feed on your turfgrass roots.

Please remember to do your part to keep GLCC special by fixing ball marks, filling divots, raking bunkers and keeping your carts 30 ft from the greens whenever possible. It is important to remember that after you rake a bunker please place the rake back into the bunker. Also when you take a divot from the fairway it is important to remember that if the chunk of turf has soil still attached please replace that; and if the divot ends up in pieces, that’s when you fill with the provided green sand. The club is in fantastic shape so lets all do our part to keep it that way. As always, if there is anything my staff or I can do to make your experience here at your club more enjoyable, please don’t hesitate to call. See you on the course.

Best Regards,

Jesse Shaver
Grounds & Facilities Manager
(269) 998- 4407