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, weather wise. Last spring the temperatures were much warmer and the weather much more consistent. The sun has been shining for many of the days but the air was still quite chilly. However, this did not stop 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 golfing season. Approximately 500 tons of fresh bunkers sand was added to our 55 bunkers on the golf course and drainage was replaced inseveral. We will also be taking on a similar maintenance style this season to the “Australian method” that has become very popular across the country. Basically only the bottoms of the bunkers will be raked, faces and edges will be packed or rolled to help prevent balls from plugging up high on the bunker face. The bunker project this spring was a much needed update to the course and I think you will find them to be very beautiful with a much more consistent playing surface.
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.
If you haven’t applied your fertilizer and grub control to you home lawn 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 irrigationcycle 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 all 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 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!
Grounds & Facilities Superintendent