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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Course Update; July 2014

Summer is in full swing and the maintenance staff is pleased to see the course being utilized more and more.  Untimely and heavy rain events have definitely made this season difficult for golf but we appreciate the membership's determination to come out and play.  While on the subject of weather, the average precipitation amounts for the months of April through June is 9.65" historically for the Northville area.  During this same period, Meadowbrook has received 13" of rain, approaching a 50% increase.  For a course with poor draining soils, this is in no way beneficial in regards to rounds, green speed, etc.  But the show must go on as they say and the staff is bound and determined to provide the best golf course possible on a daily basis. 

Injured greens from this past winter have been a major deterrent when trying to provide quality conditions day in and day out.  While great strides have been made on these putting surfaces since the end of winter, they are still in a very precarious state.  Juvenile plants just do not have the tolerance for foot traffic that mature turf does.  It is evident on the 15th and 17th green after a heavy play day.  The new bentgrass is beaten down, off color and overall very weak.  Even though these greens appear in better condition, especially relative to late April, they are still very susceptible.  The staff will constantly be monitoring injured greens throughout the course of the season to ensure their continued use (nobody wants to go back to temporaries).  It has been said multiple times but the best way the membership can help out is making the proper footwear choice.  Non-aggressive spikes are a must if damaged greens are to remain open all season. 

Another major concern of the staff regarding greens is consistency.  With young plants, our normal mowing height of .120" cannot be achieved.  We have raised the height of cut to .130" on all greens, in order to give the juvenile plants a better shot at making it through the summer.  The 15th and 17th green can only sustain a cutting height of .140", another reason for raising the cutting height on other greens (similar cutting heights=similar putting conditions). 

Besides the greens, the rest of the course seems to be fighting off the effects of this past winter.  Tees have returned to acceptable agronomic health and the few spots on fairways that have not recovered are in the process of being sodded.  Once again, we appreciate the memberships patience in this most trying of years and hope to see you out on the course.  Enjoy. 








Wednesday, June 25, 2014

New Flags

Members have probably noticed the new flags while out enjoying a round of golf.  They feature a checkered pattern and the silhouette of Willie Park Jr., the architect for the original 6 holes that Meadowbrook CC started with back in 1916.  The color scheme denotes the same pin position except the solid white flag is now a green checkered flag. 













Thursday, May 15, 2014

Traffic on Recovering Greens

Germination and young plants have been observed on all injured areas of closed greens.  While mother nature is still not playing ball, we would appreciate the memberships help when these living carpets are reopened. 
Young plants are particularly susceptible to traffic or wear.  Despite the necessary cultural practices that we perform, the only other traffic that a green will receive is from golfers putting on them.  While we cannot eliminate putting from the game, golf shoe selection we can influence.  The staff would greatly appreciate if the membership could pick a non-aggressive type shoe if buying a new pair.  Here is an example...




Aggressive spikes, such as the "Black Widow", can easily tear non-established turf from the ground.  Here is an example...



If members could refrain from these types of spikes, it would be very beneficial to the injured greens once they are reopened.  Thank you.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Green Recovery; Comparison Photos

To better illustrate the recovery process, the following slideshow gives a great comparison as to where we stand now as opposed to a month ago. 








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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Frank Beckmann podcast with Dr. Kevin Frank of Michigan State University

Dr. Kevin Frank and Frank Beckmann had a very interesting talk on the radio recently regarding the state of the golf courses in the Metro-Detroit area.  The following video has that podcast along with a slideshow depicting the conditions here at Meadowbrook CC.  Enjoy. 



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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Homeowners Lawn Care Update

Tri-Turf, a distributor of chemicals, seed and various lawn care products located in Farmington Hills is again offering a spring time sale on seasonal fertilizers and pesticides.  As usual, if the members mention Meadowbrook CC they will receive a $1 off a bag.  After a grisly winter like the one we just endured, getting your lawn as healthy as possible before summer is important for it's survival, let alone the aesthetics.  Enjoy.