GRASS CLIPPINGS

JESSE SHAVER
Grounds & Facilities Superintendent
jesses@gulllakecc.com
269-998-4407

Dear Members and Friends,

Greetings from the grounds team! This year continues to be a challenge for all of us in every department from storms, to droughts and everything else Mother Nature can throw at us. We haven't let anything stop us yet and your club is in wonderful shape and looking beautiful. This summer has been such a joy so far, watching everyone participate in e vents and out enjoying the club on such a regular basis.

We have made it through the spring growth flush and now the rough is a little bit more manageable and playable. There is always a couple weeks each season where the grass is growing faster than we can mow it. The reason for this growth flush is that the turfgrass plants take up all the spring moisture and nutrients all at once when the soil temperatures get to a certain level. Once this happens, the turfgrass plants become very succulent and dense. now that we have started to experience more drier air and more stable weather patterns, the rough has been much more manageable for everyone. Sorry for any inconvenience the rough has presented for you this golfing season from a play-ability standpoint or just finding your golf balls. The grounds team is working as hard as they can to keep the height of the rough at a manageable level and keep it as playable as possible.

Please don't forget, if you haven't applied your fertilizer and grub control to your home lawn yet, you will want to get the control down so you are protected this fall. The best time to apply fertilizer is just before a rain event so that the fertilizer can be watered in and get to where it needs to be. With grub control you want to get where the grubs will take up residency and begin to eat.

Do your part by fixing ball marks, filling divots, raking bunkers and keeping your carts 30 feet 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.  If the divot ends up in pieces, that's when you fill with the provided green sand. The club is in fantastic shape and 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!