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Post-Aerification Update

Aerification started 7 days ago. The weather Monday was absolutely ideal with sunny and dry conditions. During the day, we cored the putting green, as well as 14 green, removed those cores, and filled them with sand. The tees and approaches were topdressed and solid tined in, as well as the front nine fairways being […]

Spring….

Unfortunately we received some snow last night. To make things worse, it’s below freezing, and will be for several hours. As soon as we’re above freezing and the snow melts, the 1st tee will be available. There’s no question we need the moisture. The 2″ of rain this week, and this snow is (somewhat) welcomed. […]

The End of an Era

2023 was the end of the Green Ash tree at Midland era. Planted en masse in the 1950s, they became the vast majority of the diversity that made up the property’s hardwood tree inventory. They also became a large part of the identity of the property and how this golf course played on a daily […]

Snow!

Wow, what a winter, or lack thereof…. If you’re a fan of outdoor winter sports, sorry it’s been a dud. But with the 4″ of snow that fell last night, we were able to groom a walking trail on the front and back nine. There are no ski trails unfortunately, as the snow is too […]

Winter Preparations

There was light frost this morning, which means Fall is officially here. As a reminder, we are starting the process of topdressing and deep-tining fairways today. On average, we will attempt to finish 2-3 holes per day, as the process of deep-tining is very slow (.70 mph). If we see rain in the forecast (like […]

Messy Friday

Unfortunately the thunderstorms rolling through the metro is coming at the worst time. We do need the rain, but we’re now over 3.5″ for the week, and the soils were so dry and tight that it’s taking a lot longer than normal for the water to percolate downward. We cannot prepare the golf course for […]

Bentgrass Removal Update

Today was our second, of three, trial applications to remove Bentgrass in the rough. 5 green surround, between 14 and 17, as well as to the right of 17, comprise the trial plots. As you can see, the Bentgrass is turning white, and will get even more bleached over the next several weeks. As mentioned […]

Surface Drainage

When we rebuilt the 14th green last Fall, we excavated a lot of soil, some areas as much as 18″. The sub-grade of the green was built, with surface drainage having positive flow to the drainage inlet, and sod laid over the top of that. During construction, a common challenge is making sure you properly […]

Weeds

A plant out of place is a weed. We commonly think of dandelions, thistle, or crabgrass, when someone talks about weeds. They are fairly easy to identify, as well as controlling, without giving much thought. But the very definition of a weed is subjective. Sometimes those weeds are in the correct place if they’re contributing […]