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First Killing Frost

Last night it dipped down to 31 degrees, for our first killing frost of the season. Killing frosts will kill off the heartiest “annual” vegetation, but will also start an important process for all perennial plants as well. “Hardening-off” is a crucial step for plants to start the winter-dormancy process. Without that step, plants can […]

First Frost

We’ll have our first frost delay this morning. Temperatures have dipped low enough, and the lack of wind last night, created the perfect situation for frost to form. As always, it’s impossible to say how the long the delay will be, but it will impact tee times this morning. We will forgo most morning maintenance […]

Help Needed

A large part of the Master Plan work was green expansions. If you recall, the procedure for expanding greens was to excavate the soil down 5″, then refill that cavity with a mixture of soil/sand that matched the existing topdressing of the green as close as possible. Several areas of subsoils were even created during […]

Tuesday Delay

A strong front is coming through the metro, with heavy rains, lightning and wind. This will delay our maintenance this morning, and will have an effect on tee times. Once it’s safe, and dry enough to mow, we will resume, but will need time to get out and stay ahead of golf. The golf shop […]


It’s been some time when we’ve received rain on a weekend morning (2020), and it looks like today will break that dry streak. With lightning approaching, it will alter our normal maintenance program. It will also more than likely alter tee times. Our goal will be to get play out on the course as soon […]

Course update and some Fescue Management

It’s been a while since the last post. The weather has been all consuming with keeping things properly hydrated for the past 2 months. It’s been a mental grind to keep up seven days a week with all of the sod, as the heat hasn’t let up, nor can we. Our staff has done a […]

Formal Intro

In an attempt to introduce our department’s staff better, we’ll try to do some short intro posts in the future. A big portion of our department’s goal is to complete our work out of sight. This creates a better experience for the player, but creates a challenge, specifically for our young, full-time, turf professional staff […]

Heavy Frost Delay…

Usually we worry about rain washing out aerification. Fitting, that this Spring, frost will not only delay us from starting day two of the process, but if you have a tee time on the back nine this morning, your round will be effected. Check with the golf shop for updates. Thanks, Mike Manthey


The closing hole at Midland, which is not an original Raynor hole, is called Home. Remember, that when the clubhouse was relocated, and the driving range was built in its current location, the original 16th hole played down the corner of 18, and the back of the range, while the original 7th hole played across […]