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.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

The Housing Development

A few years ago, we learned that a parcel of bordering property was to be developed into a neighborhood of thirty homes. Radrick has always prided itself on the "natural feel" of our property.  Since before construction commenced, we have been developing plans to protect that setting.

We decided to implement a phased tree planting program (as well as install fencing).  This process is an ongoing endeavor in which we review the results in every season of the year. Thus far, 49 trees have been planted. Since 2013, these plantings have encompassed more than 395 labor hours to install.

Thank you for your patience as we strive to maintain the natural feel of the golf course at the highest level possible.

Radrick Farms Team planting Norway Spruce on 6.

Blacy Tree Company transplanting Norway Spruce on 8.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Job Instruction Training

We train our Maintenance Team in many facets of golf course operations. Annual training sessions are conducted for a variety of industry topics: agronomics, tree care, equipment maintenance, equipment operation, and most importantly, safety. In 2015, the Team participated in these training sessions totaling 490 hours. This training is provided by the Tree Care Industry Association, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, Michigan Golf Course Superintendents Association, University of Michigan Occupational Safety and Environmental Health, Michigan Turfgrass Foundation, Ohio Turfgrass Foundation, and The Toro Company.

In addition to these training sessions, we utilize the Job Instruction Technique (JIT). The goal of using the JIT method, is to make each employee comfortable and safe using the equipment to perform with quality results. Our Team of Greenskeepers, Clint Kutzley, Katharine Stewart, Matt Weiland, and Ghansha St. Amie, do an excellent job utilizing the JIT instruction.

The Team is provided invaluable annual safety
training by U of M OSEH Dept.'s Brett Goecke.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

A Little Driving Range Love

The above normal temperatures have given us an opportunity to renovate the bunkers on the driving range. These bunkers needed a weeding, grading, and some new sand. This project will enhance the aesthetics on the range as well as provide better depth perception for practice shots.

Before work commenced

Excavating old sand and sod.
Bed prep and the beginning of sand installation. 

Sand being installed by Ghansha with the Ty-Crop Material Hauler.

Finished Bunker

Monday, December 14, 2015

Factors For Closing the Golf Course

Please review the November post from 2013 for particular details on why we close. We appreciate your continued support. Happy holidays to you and your families. We look forward to seeing you again in the spring.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Please Excuse Our Mess

Golf course natural areas require maintenance all season long. They are not areas that are meant to grow out of control. During the growing season, Maintenance Team Members remove woody invasive plants as well as some weeds such as thistle.

During this time of year, these areas are mowed and cleaned up. This material is then composted at our facility. Following the mowing and cleaning practices, herbicide is applied to these areas to control broad-leaf weeds. This process is beneficial to these areas by eliminating the weeds, woody plants, and invasive species. Please excuse our mess while we tackle this project. Be on the lookout, there may be a golf ball or two buried in the debris!

Ghansha St. Amie mowing area between 1 & 8
Area between 1 & 10 mowed.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Aeration is Approaching

Just mentioning the word "aeration" can bring out negative feelings among golfers everywhere. But aeration is one of the key components to healthy playing surfaces and soil composition on the golf course.

Mother Nature willing, our plan this year is to aerate the tees the week of Sep.7, then collars and approaches the week of Sep. 14, and finally the greens during the week of Sep. 21. We plan to stay open on "alternative" greens during that week.

Tees, collars, and approaches will be done utilizing 5/8" hollow tines. While the greens will aerated with 1/2" hollow and solid tines. The 2014 process on greens went very well and we will utilize the same process. Refer to the 2014 Greens Summary post for the detail of the greens process.

The Team appreciates your continued support during this very important aeration process!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Why We Don't Just Water at Night

Throughout the growing season, the course's water demands change based on several factors, including soil structure and evapotranspiration rates. Several times throughout the year, we utilize wetting agents to insure that water makes its way into the soil profile. These wetting agents are sprayed onto the turf and then watered in.

Over the course of the last few weeks you may have wondered why sprinklers are running during the morning. This is to soak this product into the soil as well as aid turf health from our recent stretch of warmer weather. We appreciate your support and patience with the occasional sprinkler nuisance as we do our utmost to provide you with superior conditions.