Fine Turgrass Management

Fine Turgrass Management

Steve Cook, CGCS, MG - Director of Agronomy

Saturday, April 22, 2017


The North Course greens and fairways were aerified on the 10th of April, so we would expect complete healing of the greens by April 24th. The weather has been close to expected averages for April and I see no delay in healing.

The bunker project is very close to completion. Our target date was May 3st and I see no problem beating that deadline.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Frost Delay Saturday Morning

With a low of 33 predicted tonight, be prepared for a long frost delay tomorrow. The North will be open once the frost lifts and we can prepare the golf course for play.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Veteran Turf Care Internship Program

This week we are launching a new program for military veterans. You must be able to prove your veteran status. The Internship will encompass all aspects of golf course maintenance, have a specific curriculum and will not have specific dates or duration. The intern will also be exposed to pro shop and clubhouse operations, although this portion will be limited in scope.

The Oakland Hills Turf Care Veteran Internship Program is for military service members who have completed their commitment and are interested in exposure to Golf Course Maintenance. The intern curriculum will have specific weekly goals ranging from weed and disease identification/control to budgeting and human resource management.

You can email me directly at - or go to the Oakland hills website at:

A full description can also be found on the Michigan GCSA website:

Wednesday, March 29, 2017


Heavy frost this morning. Any play on the North will be delayed until late morning. Walking only on the North, the South remains closed.

Friday, March 24, 2017


It's still too wet on the North for carts but walking at any time is OK.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

North Greens

North greens are open for play as of yesterday. If there is a 'freeze/thaw' cycle predicted, we may move back to temporary greens, but I do not foresee that happening.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Storm Damage

In the recent "wind storm" we lost a total of 4 trees. Not too bad considering the damage in SE Michigan. Numerous smaller limbs came down and will need to be cleaned up once the seasonal staff arrives, as early as next week.

Cleanup will begin this week with the removal of those 4 trees.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Course Status

Everything looks good, the upcoming forecast should have no negative impact on the turf.

In this freeze thaw cycle we will be moving the flags on the North Course back and forth between the greens and approaches.When the ground freezes at night it's best to stay off the greens to avoid traffic footprinting.

From the 'Common Questions' page on this blog:


A frost (frozen) layer in the greens causes water above that layer to sit, creating a "bathtub" effect. This condition leads to soft surfaces and foot-printing under traffic. As soon as the frost layer leaves and the water can release through the profile, creating a dry and firm surface, we will open the greens to traffic.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Current Projects

  • The steel wall adjacent to #13 green North has been repaired. The sodding and seeding will be completed by late May.
  • The greens covers have all been removed. Winter damage at this late date is rare.
  • Renovations to the basement (egress windows) at the club owned property at 3894 West Maple will be complete by late April. This is the 1st of 2 phases to renovate the basement that is used as temporary housing for Turfgrass Interns.
  • The 2 wells on the South Course adjacent to #4 green were scheduled to be serviced. Ground conditions do not permit access to this location, so that work will be completed after 11/1.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Volunteering Mission for The Turf Team

Each year the Turf Team does at least one volunteer project. The past 2 years its been with Habitat for Humanity.

Here is the homeowners story:

The road to home ownership is not always an easy one. Cindy, 45, knows this first hand. Until 2010, she was a successful Occupational Therapist and mother of two young children. Suddenly, she became very ill and her life was thrown into chaos. She was admitted to the hospital. Tests later revealed her diagnosis: Lyme disease. Though her passion was caring for others, she was now being cared for herself. Cindy would spend the next six years regaining her strength from the disease’s devastating effects. She’s stronger than ever and can’t wait to tackle life’s next challenge: home ownership.

The Turf Team 2017

Currently, Cindy and her children live in a cramped trailer home. She wants nothing more than for her children to have a safe, peaceful space to grow and play as well as a respite for her to pray and heal. “The kids and I love being outside. James is involved in baseball and Cub Scouts. Samantha is a Girl Scout and I am a troop leader,” Cindy says.

Though Cindy is as positive a person as one can get, she admits that her situation comes with its own challenges. “I am a single mother with two children trying to support our family on disability and a part time job.” She has longed for a home of her own for many years. “It would be awesome to own a home instead of rent. This would be a new start for the kids and I.”

Cindy is “grateful, thankful and joyful” about the home she has selected in Oak Park that will be rehabilitated for her with the sweat and hard work of Habitat Oakland County’s Women Build team. Being a part of the Habitat Homeownership Program is just a small part of the big life that Cindy has planned for herself and her children. In five years she sees herself, “Stronger and healthier. I plan to be back to working full time. The kids and I with be established in our homes and lives, financially secure and saving for the future.” She shares this message to Habitat’s volunteers: “You are making a huge difference in our lives by volunteering your time to work on our home. Thank you!”