Friday, April 29, 2011

Here are some of the steps in fixing drainage problems.  We identify the wet area and try and find a working drain line.  We then trench to the pipe, add pea gravel and pipe and put the sod back.  We also add catch basins in the low areas.  A big problem we face is when new irrigation was added in 2003, many working drain lines were cut and never repaired.  This really became evident last summer with the heavy rains.  The last couple of weeks, we concentrated on fairway #17.  I would like to add about 4 more lines there before we move on to #14 fairway.  With improved drainage, we should see healthier turf and the ability to get carts out a couple of days sooner.

With the heavy rains this week, we have been unable to do much mowing.  Friday we were able to cut greens and tees. This weekend we will try and mow fairways and rake the bunkers and mow greens again on Sunday.  I'm hoping we can let carts out on the front Saturday and cart paths only on the back. 

I plan on adding a 4th seasonal worker on the 12th.  The 3 seasonal workers on staff now all have experience.  That helps me and Jose work on other projects instead of training.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Welcome to Lansing Blog

Welcome to the Lansing Country Club Grounds Blog.  First I would like to introduce myself.  My name is Dan Augdahl.  I've been the golf course superintendent at LCC since July of 2008.  Previously, I was a superintendent at Joe Louis Golf Course, assistant superintendent at George Dunne, Cress Creek CC, Bryn Mawr CC, Minnesota Valley CC and Turf Technician at Interlachen CC.  That's a total of 22 years before I started here.  My education includes a BS degree in Turfgrass Management from the University of Minnesota.  I've been married to Becca for 11 years and we have a daughter Kayla who is 9 and in the 4th grade.

This blog will update you with information about the golf course.  I hope you like it. As I learn more about blogging, this blog will improve.  I will include as many pictures as possible.

This year has started with rain and cold.  Be patient, as we prepare the course for the upcoming golf season.  With a more limited staff, you will see me and Jose help more with daily task.  With wet conditions, drainage have been top priority.
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