A Golfer's Retreat in Southwest Minnesota

Clippings – May 2013

May 8, 2013 – May Clippings:

It seems that Mother Nature is trying to loosen her grips on this spring weather. I hope that everyone has gotten out to enjoy the golf course – or at least hit a few shots!

We have been busy as a grounds crew getting things going, we started out by verticutting the fairways to try and remove some of the dead winter thatch. After they were done, they looked rather good for the winter that we had. We also started the irrigation system this week and so far only one break – let’s hope that is all!

With the shortened spring schedule that we have had, I don’t think that we are going to be doing a real aggressive aerifying. We may go out in a couple weeks and do a needle tine followed by a topdressing, but this should not disrupt play – you may see a few small holes but they should be gone in a day or two. This process helps the greens vent and gets oxygen to the roots and aids in growth. We are going try and get the tees aerated with a ½ inch solid plug, this should cause very little disruption to the play of the course.

We are going to try and do something different this year with the seed bottles on the carts. The new cart fleet has different bottles and to avoid mixing up the old and new bottles, we are going to have seed bins on number 3 and 14 to refill your own bottles. Please take the time to do this to keep the bottles full so that we can help eliminate the number of divots on fairways.

If anyone is interested in planting flowers in the front driveway entry we are looking for volunteers to assist with the planting.

I hope that the golf course keeps getting the play that we have early because it is rewarding knowing that people are enjoying the hard work that we as golf course grounds employees put in.


Until next month,

Terry Negen, Superintendent