GRASS CLIPPINGS


Dear Members and Friends,

It’s hard to believe that summer is winding down so very fast! We have had an awesome summer despite the weather and other challenges Mother Nature has thrown at us. Come on out to your club and enjoy the beautiful weather and the wonderful conditions we still have left this season.

Soon it will be time for our annual aerification of greens, tees, and fairways. We will start the aerification process with fairways on September 15th, doing two to three a day until finished. Greens will be aerified on September 21st & 22nd, weather permitting. We will complete the tees when the greens are finished the week of the 22nd. The whole aerification process should be completely done by October 10th, weather and equipment permitting.

Core aerification is one of the dirty words of turfrass maintenance. Give a veteran superintendent a dollar for every time he has heard, “Why do you punch holes in our greens just when they start to look good?” and he would be a wealthy man. Unfortunately, today’s players are even less tolerant of core aerification. This attitude has resulted in less frequent or smaller tine core aerification. An important purpose of core aeration is the physical removal of unwanted organic matter from the upper portion of the rootzone. When core aeration is neglected, the upper portion of the profile can be an inhospitable place for plant roots to grow. The pore space in a dense organic layer is dominated by small, water-filled capillary pores, while the large air-filled macropores are lacking. Oxygen is necessary for the plant to carry out respiration, which is the conversion of stored food to energy. Respiration takes place in the roots and, therefore, good air exchange in the upper soil profile is vital to plant survival. Aerification of turfgrass is a necessary evil (cultural practice) to maintain healthy plants. The benefits are thatch control, compaction relief, beneficial air and gas exchange to the root zone, improved water movement, greater nutrient penetration, increased shoot and root growth, improved soil structure...all of which are vital to a healthy stand of grass mowed at less than .115" inches.

A healthy stand of grass naturally recycles organic matter into the upper soil profile of greens when roots, shoots, stolons and other plant parts are replaced throughout the season. This organic matter accumulation must be removed with core aeration! The medicine (aerification) does not always taste good but a healthy patient (grass) is worth the effort and inconvenience! It is always our goal to make aerification as painless as possible. Please mark your calendars: greens aerification begins on September 21st. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Do you ever wonder what happens on the golf course when you’re not around? Maybe you would just like to educate yourself more on the science behind what it takes to keep turf conditions at a championship level daily. Check out our Blog and Twitter feed for a behind the scenes look at the maintenance that takes place at your club, with pictures, short videos and detailed information to help you better understand turfgrass science at your club: www.GLCCTurf.Blogspot.com.

A big thank you to our staff for a great job so far this season. From the turf and bunkers, to the flowers, everything looks great! If you see one of them on the course thank them. I know they would appreciate the compliment.

Best Regards,

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

 

GRASS CLIPPINGS

Dear Members and Friends,

Greetings from the grounds staff! It’s been nice to be out on the course and around the club to see many of you enjoying yourselves this spring. The entire grounds team has been working hard to get the golf course and all the club grounds into shape for this season. Your golf course is in fantastic shape and we are looking forward to a great year.

The seed head prevention application on the greens, tees and fairways is working very well this year and we were able to achieve fantastic control. We will still continue to see some discoloration for a couple weeks primarily on the tees and fairways since they were treated a couple weeks later then the greens but also because of the cold nights and wet conditions we’ve had. Seed head control is a necessary evil but makes for a much stronger and healthy grass plant throughout the summer months. Preventing the Annual Bluegrass plants (the poa annua contamination on the greens is a type of blue grass) from producing seeds allows the plant to retain all its carbohydrates and store them up for the stressful summer months instead of producing seed now and produces a much smoother putting surface.

We have made it through the spring growth flush and now the rough is a little bit more manageable and playable. There are 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 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 drier air and more stable weather patterns the rough has been much more manageable for everyone. We are sorry for any inconveniences the rough has presented for you this golfing season, either with playability or in 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 by early July so that you are protected this fall. The best time to apply fertilizer is just before the rain so that the fertilizer 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 eat.

Please help us by doing your part by fixing ball marks, filling divots, raking bunkers and keeping your carts at least 30 ft from the greens whenever possible. Doing these simple things helps us continue to have the best-conditioned golf course in the area and adds virtually no time to your round of golf. Thank you so much for all your support and cooperation. As always, if there is anything any of us on the grounds staff can do to make your experience here at your club more enjoyable, please feel free to call. See you on the course!

 

Best Regards,


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


 

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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.

  
 
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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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GRASS CLIPPINGS

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Dear Members and Friends,

It’s hard to believe that summer is winding down so very fast! We have had an awesome season despite the weather and other challenges Mother Nature has thrown at us. Come on out to your club and enjoy the beautiful weather and the wonderful conditions we still have left this golfing season.

Soon it will be time for our annual aerification of greens, tees and fairways. We will start with tees on September 16th. Greens will be aerified on September 22nd and 23rd, weather permitting. We will start on fairways after tees, doing two to four a day until finished. We should be done by October 11th, weather and equipment permitting.

Cultivation or aerification of turfgrass is a necessary evil to maintain healthy plants. Benefits are thatch control, to relieve compaction, add amendments (sand) or modify a soil. Healthy turfgrass must have a good root system, a minimum of thatch build-up and soil with good structure. Aerification is a mechanical method of improving the exchange of air and water between the atmosphere and soil. This exchange involves the downward movement of oxygen and water into the soil and the upward movement of carbon dioxide and other toxic gases out of the soil. We wait until the latest part of the season to aerify so the inconvenience to you the members is not as bad. It usually takes seven to fourteen days for the greens to heal up. Please mark your calendars. Aerification begins on September 22nd. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Do your part 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 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.

A big thank you to our staff for a great job so far this season. From the turf and bunkers, to the flowers, everything looks great! If you see one of them on the course thank them. I know they would appreciate the compliment.

Best Regards,

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

 

GRASS CLIPPINGS

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Dear Members and Friends,

Greetings from the Grounds Team. It has been an eventful start to this summer with all the different weather patterns and unseasonably cool temperatures. Your golf course is in fantastic shape and playing very well. Congratulations to all the 2013 Men’s Invitational Tournament participants and the winning teams. This was a fun week with beautiful weather and it was nice to see everyone enjoying the club.

We have made it through the spring growth flush and now the rough is a little bit more manageable and playable. There are always a couple of weeks each season when the grass is growing faster than we can mow it. The reason for this growth flush is that the turfgrass plants take up 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 drier air and more stable weather patterns, the rough has been much more manageable for everyone. We apologize for any inconveniences the rough has presented for you this golfing season from a playability standpoint or in 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 that you are protected this fall. The best time to apply fertilizer is just before a rain so that the fertilizer 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 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 still has soil attached, that it should be replaced. If the divot ends up in pieces, that’s when you fill with the provided green sand. The club is in fantastic shape so let’s 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
JesseS@gulllakecc.com
(269) 998- 4407