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.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Fall Maintenance

Fall is a very busy time of the year for the Maintenance Team. The top priority is recovering the greens from aeration and preparing them for winter. One of the ways to help promote a healthy plant is to raise mowing heights. Historically, Radrick greens are mowed .03" higher in the fall than peak season. This allows the plant more leaf surface to collect sunlight for photosynthesis. Another key area is fertility. There is a balance between over-feeding and starving the plant going into dormancy for the winter.

Right now, our greens are in prime health and offer great playability. Fertility and growth are monitored daily. Adjustments will be made for the remainder of the season to give the turf the best fighting chance during the winter months.

A big part of Radrick's beauty is found in our trees, especially in the fall. But with that beauty comes the dreaded leaf cleanup. This necessary and time consuming process takes an average of 800 man hours each season. The Team does an outstanding job doing this task day-in and day-out in the fall.

There are areas of course maintenance in the fall that don't receive the same amount of maintenance as they do in-season. Bunker maintenance and turf mowing are some of the areas that receive less maintenance in the fall. Turf is mowed only as needed during this time and the bunkers are raked less frequently. Areas the Team focus on include: leaf cleanup, turf health and the off-season project preparations. We try very hard to make the golf course as playable as possible during the fall while balancing the next season's demands.

Thank you for your on-going support of the Turf Team!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

16 Tee Renovation

We started to rebuild the alternate tee on 16 this past week. We were able to demo a Turf Stripper from Redexim to make the removal of sod a little faster. Look for updates during each phase of the project.

Before Renovation
Before Renovation 

Turf Stripper loading into dump truck.
Turf Stripper loading material from tee.

Crew working on edges
Turf stripped

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

July Grounds Update

The Team has been busy this month with routine turf mowing, tree trimming, and natural area work. Trees are being trimmed for safety, turf health, playability, and sight-lines throughout the golf course.  Our in-house Team, led by certified boom lift operator Clint Kutzley, is tackling this project.

Severe Rotting in a limb that appeared healthy.
Tree Trimming on 9th Hole

Tree Trimming on 13th Hole

Also this month, two longtime Seasonal Team Members will be leaving our Team to pursue their career goals. Mario Frankini will be heading East to Ferndale working in the insurance business and Derek Emelander will be going West to join the Team at Egypt Valley Country Club. We thank these two employees for their great years of service and wish them luck in their next career path.

Derek and Mario

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.