GRASS CLIPPINGS

JESSE SHAVER
Grounds Superintendent
jesses@gulllakecc.com

Dear Members and Friends,

Greetings from the grounds staff! This has been a wonderful 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. The sun has been shining for many of the days 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. 

The grounds team has been working very hard to get the golf course and club grounds into shape for the season. With the capital projects and renovations coming to a close for the season, everything is growing in nicely and looking beautiful. The in-house tree trimming project this spring was very successful, taking the grounds team about 5 weeks to complete. Trees will be more aesthetically pleasing and will be much healthier in the years to come. You will notice this season that we have taken a slightly different approach to the way we maintain our bunkers on a daily basis. The edges of the bunkers will be compacted with a smooth appearance with only the bottoms of bunkers being raked. This will hopefully prevent more balls from "plugging" into the faces and will allow balls to hit and then roll down into a flatter area of the bunker. We are still at the mercy of the weather with daily bunker maintenance but hopefully this change will improve playability of the bunkers throughout the golfing season for everyone. 

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 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 remember to do your part to keep GLCC special 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; and 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!