GRASS CLIPPINGS

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Dear Members and Friends,

We trust this winter has been very kind to you and everyone is ready to get back out and enjoy your club again real soon. Looking out the window as I write this, the course is covered in several feet of white fluffy snow and winter is showing no signs of surrender. The grounds staff has been very busy all winter with many different equipment and furniture projects along with keeping up with all the winter activities here at the club. Things are looking great!

This winter season has been very challenging for working on the course due to the extreme temperatures and record persistent snowfall. Several of the projects we scheduled to do on the course during the winter months have been pushed back until we are able to gain access to the course and the snow melts off a bit. The grounds team is currently making final preparations with architect Chris Wilczynski on our phase 1 tee renovation project, that’s scheduled to begin this spring. We will be breaking ground on the tee project when the snow has melted off and the frost is out of the ground. The project will include leveling/expanding 11 tee boxes and the addition of 6 new forward/middle tee boxes. This is a much needed renovation for your course and will provide you more playable teeing ground, along with additional middle and forward tee box locations. This renovation project should take approximately a month to complete and should not affect play as we will be cutting temporary tee boxes where needed. We are very excited about the update to the golf course and trust it will make your experience more enjoyable at your club.

Pictured L-R: Sam Holysz – Equipment Technician, Jesse Shaver – Superintendent, Patrick Tighe – 2nd Assistant Superintendent, Matt Allison – Crew Forman, Jason Larabee – Assistant Superintendent.  

Pictured L-R:
Sam Holysz – Equipment Technician, Jesse Shaver – Superintendent, Patrick Tighe – 2nd Assistant Superintendent, Matt Allison – Crew Forman, Jason Larabee – Assistant Superintendent.

 

The driving range is scheduled to open in the middle of April, weather permitting. The reason for the delay is to give the range a better chance of recovering from the damage caused by using it. Seed used to fill the damaged areas will not germinate until closer to the end of the month. Without the chance of recovery, we would damage the tee surface too quickly and be left with a compromised tee during the peak of the season. Thanks for your patience and understanding during this time.

The grounds team is here to make your club experience as special and enjoyable as possible. If there is anything we can do, please feel free to give me a call anytime. We are looking forward to a fun and exciting season here at the club and I hope to see you all very soon.

Best Regards,


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Jesse Shaver
Grounds & Facilities Manager
JesseS@gulllakecc.com
(269) 998- 4407


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