Welcome to the Maintenance Blog for Radrick Farms Golf Course. Visit this blog to view pictures and other information about golf course projects and maintenance practices on the golf course.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

June Update

The Maintenance Team has been busy this month preparing the golf course for the events that we have. June is always a hectic month with events and weather. The Team has done an excellent job with early morning starts and some late night finishes. Without this dedicated Team, we couldn't provide great playing conditions.

Work so far this month has included landscape plantings and maintenance, nursery grading and seeding, annual safety training from our U of M OSEH rep, Brett Goecke, as well as our normal maintenance practices. Please help us by repairing ball marks and filling divots.

C.S. Mott Children's Hospital Outing
Removing privet hedg


New boxwood hedge installed
Late afternoon grooming of greens
                            

Annual safety training


Sunday, June 1, 2014

Course Update

The Team has been busy battling the growth of the rough this week. They were able to mow all 60 acres twice and removed clippings from the playing surfaces. Our Team worked from sun up to sun down all week. Great Job Team!

We have also been able to work on some projects on the practice green and the nursery. One of the practice greens was damaged from the winter. We re-evaluated the use of this green and decided to create more chippable area.

Area prepped for sod
First pass with sod cutter



Sod installed


The South nursery project has also started. This is not a new nursery, but we are preparing it for a new grow-in. The nurseries are so important for us to be able to do all our course repairs and renovations in-house. The nursery will have turf for greens, tees, fairways, bunker faces and rough areas. 


Removing turf
Removing turf




First step in grading. Using a Blecavator




Monday, May 26, 2014

What's Up With the Rough?

The golf course Maintenance Team has been hard at work this spring creating an exceptional golf course. While the golf course suffered some winter damage, we believe that our Team has done a great job repairing the golf course.
Growing Degree Day models show we are roughly 3 weeks behind "typical" weather for this time of year. For more information about Growing Degree Days, go to: http://www.wunderground.com/about/faq/degreedays.asp.
We are seeing the growth, especially in the rough, that we would see typically in late April/Early May. We are mowing rough daily to try and keep up with the amount of growth.

It has been a challenging season thus far, but the weather will get better and so will the conditioning. Thank you for your patience while we work to repair and maintain the golf course to our high standards.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Greens Update

The majority of the greens are open to play on! We will still utilize temporary greens on 1,2, and 3. Mother Nature has given us a little help the last few days allowing us to aerate, topdress, fertilize and seed all the greens. The use of temporary greens on the remaining few, will allow the turf to fill in and get healthy for the summer ahead.

For more information on temporary greens and course conditioning, check out the latest USGA Regional Update from Keith Happ, Director of the North-Central Region.



Thank you for your patience and continued support.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Course is Open for Play!

We finally have some decent weather.  This winter has been brutal with all the snow, wind, and cold.

We will be opening on temporary greens because the soil is not warm enough for the turf to start growing. Without growth, the greens can't recover from normal, day-to-day golfer traffic. By utilizing temp greens, we can enjoy the property without risking damaged greens for the rest of the summer.

There are a few greens that are currently under greens covers to help increase the soil temperatures and stimulate growth.  This tactic will allow us to see any areas that may need some additional attention. The good news is that there is no catastrophic damage, but some spots may need a little assistance.

Thank you for being patient as we work with Mother Nature and kick off the 2014 golf season.





Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Golf Course Opening Factors


Weather is the biggest indicator on when it's safe to open the golf course. Changes in soil temperatures and moisture levels are dictated by the weather.  Once the surfaces are clear of frost and snow, the turf can begin to grow out of dormancy.  Turf must be growing in order to allow player traffic, otherwise there is no opportunity for recovery from the normal wear and tear that occurs during normal play. The course needs time to warm up and start growing.

Patience is required this spring more than ever given the extreme conditions of this past winter.  To paraphrase the assessment of Dr. Trey Rogers of the MSU Turf Team, "the turf thinks it's really March 8th".  It is quite telling that the Golf Association of Michigan has declared that the "official" start to the golf season (for handicap posting purposes) has been delayed more than two weeks.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Team Member Retirement



The time has come.  One of our very best Greenskeepers ever, Robert Noworyta, has retired from the University after 24 years of service. Robert's talents include: tree maintenance; including planting, trimming and removal, design and maintenance in landscapes, facility maintenance, and an uncanny sense of humor. Robert has played a major role in improving the course and has touched so many lives of past and present employees. As former Executive Associate AD Mike Stevenson once said, Robert's "fingerprints" are all over Radrick Farms.

He will be missed by many, many people at Radrick Farms and the University.  But we won't be surprised to see him roaming the course with camera in hand this season!  We wish him the best of luck on this next phase of life.


 2014: NHL Winter Classic 

1999: Installing new roof on 12 lightning shelter.
1998: 18 Landscape Installation 
2008: New railing on the walk bridge on 6.

2000: New wash pad install at the Maintenance Facility.