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, 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.

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.