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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Aerification Wounds

This past week’s aerification was no fun. The record heat index, did a toll on not only the staff, but on the turf as well. We altered our normal plan to minimize the most dangerous aspect of the process, which is the dragging of topdressing sand, to minimize dragging during the peak hot hours of […]

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Tenacity vs Persistance

(First, a huge shoutout to everyone who’s started tossing their broken tees next to the tee markers, and not in the roughs. Absolutely lovely to see an immediate impact, bravo!) Persistence is a big part of what we do in taking care of your golf course. It’s the constant in our line of work to […]

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Tossers

Let’s stay on the topic of tees. First, the golf shop has made the switch to wooden tees, away from plastic. The wood tee has a nice classy vibe, especially with the logo They are natural, and will actually break down in the ground if they can’t be retrieved They’re less prone to mimic miniature […]

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Quick Posts

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be doing shorter posts that focus on one specific topic. Hopefully they will be educational and/or useful for you. First topic is the where you usually start your round, on the range tee. In October of 2022 we re-leveled and re-sodded the tee. Being that the sod is young, […]

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