Fine Turgrass Management

Fine Turgrass Management

Steve Cook, CGCS, MG - Director of Agronomy

Wednesday, April 22, 2015


Mixed snow and sleet today has the turf on hold. Until consistently warm soil temperatures occur, not much growth will occur.

We're out doing/finishing projects.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Slow Recovery

Tonight we are covering a few of the South greens to protect some of the "slow" areas from the low temperatures (30's). The ridges on 16, 17 and 18 have been slow to break dormancy due to the low temperatures this month but will fully recover when consistently warm weather arrives. There is no dead turf on any of the greens.

Several low areas in fairways that hold water are dead, but they are small in size and can easily be sodded. This is routine.

Monday, April 20, 2015


Greens are healing nicely on the North Course. Last nights .65" will help expedite the repair process.

South greens are coming along nicely, more consistent temps would help. The slowest greens to recover from February's record low temps (10, 16, 17, 18) are a couple of weeks behind the other greens but will be fine by the 1st of May.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Bees in Bunkers

There are many common species of solitary bees that nest in the ground. Solitary bees construct individual nest tubes, each with its own opening.

They often nest in large congregations with many nesting holes arranged very closely together.

Ground nesting bees generally prefer nesting in areas with morning sun exposure and well drained soils containing little organic matter ... like bunker faces. Tunnels are excavated in areas of bare ground or sparse vegetation and damp soils are avoided.

Solitary bees rarely sting.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Tuesday, April 14th

The schedule for today is to aerify the back 9 greens on the North and start on the North fairways. The weather looks good so between today and tomorrow we will finish everything but tees. Tees can be done in play during the season when we are fully staffed.

Monday, April 13, 2015

North Aerification

As you noticed yesterday, we adjusted the aerification schedule due to the suspect forecast. The front 9 greens were done yesterday afternoon, the back 9 will be aerified on Tuesday. We are not doing anything today - Monday - because of the weather.

Fairways will be aerified Tuesday and Wednesday by an outside contractor. I'll keep you updated on our progress.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Spring Aerification

I apologize for the absence of updates ... I'll do better.

You can also find more information on aerification in this blog under "Common Questions".

This spring we are aerifying the North Course greens, tees and fairways April 13 - 15, weather permitting. As you know it's been a long winter, but I think we can get it done in the allotted three days. (Please refer to your golf calendar.) A contractor will be coming in to aerify the fairways, that will be a big help at a time when we are typically short on labor.

The South greens did not like the cold temperatures this winter, we believe that they will survive OK, it may take a little longer before we open them for play.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Snow Removal

We're removing snow from the South greens today, hopefully for the last time. We are not removing snow from the North greens. The 10-day forecast looks wintery, so I would project a late March or early April opening. This will of course depend on the weather.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Course Update

While the brutal temperatures can be difficult on turfgrass, I believe greens will come through in fine shape this spring. There is no ice buildup and the turf looked excellent as of last week. We continue to remove snow as needed. There is typically some damage in low lying fairway areas and I would expect this to recur.

Equipment refurbishment is on schedule. The equipment that is stored outside will need extra resources to get it back into shape; year around exterior storage is hard on our equipment. We have about $500,000 worth of equipment that is stored out in the elements.

Dave Anthony

Monday, January 12, 2015

Turfgrass Interships 2015

Every season Oakland Hills hosts a team of Interns, on the golf course as well as the Pro Shop and clubhouse. The Turf Care Team has 2 positions remaining for Turfgrass Intern in 2015. The information for that program and the application process can be found at the following link:

The Interns are exposed to all facets of golf course maintenance. A particular emphasis is placed on chemical/fertilizer applications, special projects and learning how to hand water. Our "firm and fast" philosophy requires close attention to irrigation practices and the Interns are required to become adept at monitoring moisture levels.

The Interns will also learn how to maintain a golf course to the exacting standards expected at a "Top 100" Platinum club. Oakland Hills has hosted 9 Major Championships, is currently ranked #16 by Golf Digest and is the site of the 2016 US Amateur. Housing is provided on site free of charge for the duration of the Internship. The successful Interns will set high expectations for themselves as well as for the golf course.