Monday, August 25, 2014

Disease Pressure and Repeat Club Champions

This is the approach on #10 green.  It's easy to see where I stop spraying.  With all the rain and warm weather in the last week, disease pressure is very high.  Until now, I didn't have much to worry about.

This is #5 fairway.  After spraying tees last Wednesday, I sprayed the rinsate here.  It was about 1/3 the normal rate.  You can see the side where I ran out.  It's not in the budget to spray our fairways on a regular basis at this time.

A red tailed hawk has been hanging around the last couple of weeks.

Last Monday I aerified the practice tee, cleaned, seeded, topdressed, and fertilized.  It should open by the end of the week.
Repeat club champions Chuck Starcevich and Sammi Sloan.  Great job!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Staff and Lightning

2014 Lansing Country Club Grounds Staff.

Alex is in his third year at Lansing.  Due to a promotion at his day job at Aurelios, he is now part time mostly changing cups, filling divots and generally what ever is needed that day.  He on occasion brings in a pizza for the crew.  Thanks Alex.

Jake is a late season addition to the staff.  Hopefully, he can work into late September.  He does all of the rookie jobs including greens, bunkers and weed whipping.

You might know Josh as a busser or from the pro shop.  We should just call him "slash".  He added grounds crew to his check this year.  He worked twice a week for us and learned to mow greens quickly.  He also raked bunkers and got to know how to run a weed whip.  He's off to North Park College in Chicago next week.  Good luck Josh.

The locust tree at the start of the 2nd fairway was struck by lightning a couple of weeks ago.  It will need to be removed.  Though its not on my list of quality trees for a golf course, it was in a great location protecting golfers on the 6th hole.  This is why you should go to the pro shop or course shelters during unexpected storms.

The first of the tree stumps that were seeded is coming along.  It gets hit with irrigation when we water the fairways.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Junior Golf, Stumps and Meet the Staff

Last day for junior golf.  They held a putting contest and a team scramble.  A pizza party followed.

We added some yellow tees for the senior golfers.  Most are on the back nine.

Scott was able stump grind most of ash tree stumps a couple of weeks ago.  We are now in the process of filling them with seed and soil.  They will be marked as ground under repair until they are playable.

This is Jose our foreman.  He's been at Lansing since 2007.  He also worked at Woodmar for 4 years.  He runs the crew while doing what ever else needs to be done.
This is Orlando "aka Tiburon the shark".  He's a rookie and has learned quickly on the many jobs he performs.  He mows greens, rakes bunkers, weed whips and anything else we ask of him.