Saturday, August 13, 2016

Course Improvements Continue

I apologize. It's been awhile since I've updated the goings on at the course. No excuses, being too busy is part of everybody's life. We all need to put balance in our lives. It is just easier said than done.

We have completed these 9 repair projects around the clubhouse: replaced hand and deck rails on the upper deck, installed drains upstairs in the kitchen and in the Men's bathroom, purchased a new ice machine, purchased a new gas range for the upstairs kitchen ( I need to sell the old one ), corrected all of the lighting in the main clubhouse area, tiled the hallway from the bathrooms to the main area, replaced/repaired all of the outside stairs, purchased a new grille and installed a small patio on the north side of the clubhouse, and we had our parking lot crack sealed and the lower lot striped. All of these items were well needed.

Our last 2 projects are currently under way. We are installing new HVAC on the bar side of the upper level. The current unit is nearly 30 years old. We will plan to upgrade the dinning room side in the near future. The other project is adding 3 new path areas and then remove and install new asphalt to several existing paths. Taylor Paving began on Wednesday and dug in the new paths on the Driving Range Tee, 7th green, and the right on 13 green. They were also able to install the gravel base material before the heavy rains came.
This is the path extension by the green on 7.
This is the path to the right of the 13th green.
This is the wet spot at the beginning of the 2nd fairway. We hauled all of the excavation to raise the area so it will drain naturally. We will bring in some more material to shape a new green tee. Just killing 2 birds with one stone.

Stay tuned for more timely updates, I promise.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Clubhouse Improvements

The golf season is moving along as well as several planned upgrades. Almost all of these improvements will be noticed right away. Back in February and March, we installed drains in the bathrooms and upstairs kitchen to correct some plumbing issues. At that same time, we upgraded all of our inside lighting to ensure all lights work. Before we opened, we replaced the carpeting in the hallway with tile that looks wonderful.

Now that it has warmed up, work was done to outside projects that were indeed needed. The railing on the upstairs deck was removed and a new one installed using aluminum spindles. We have received many compliments.
We finished 3 stair projects. The first one was to remove and cement the top step on the west stairs coming up from the parking lot. A new hand railing will soon be installed there as well. The second project was to replace the steps on the south side of the 10th tee with a new one along with a railing.
The third stair project was the removal and replacement of the stairs going down to the cart staging area. It was completed this week and is outstanding.

We had a small patio built on the north side of the clubhouse so we can grille away from customers. Also included in this was the purchase of a new commercial grille.
Meanwhile, back inside, a new ice machine was installed by Bernicks Pepsi. The old machine will reside in the maintenance building ready to go for backup or on heavy use days. A grille was purchased for the upstairs to replace the old one. Currently the grille is in transit.

And finally, improvements to the lower parking lot were done by crack sealing and line painting for organized car parking.
Overall, the needed repairs and improvements went very smoothly. The new feel will not only add to the customers' experience but the safety aspect was accomplished.

Thursday, April 28, 2016


If you have been able to get out and play, you probably noticed some bronzed colored grass. What this is really, is the turf being mowed at a lower height of cut. Over time, mowing patterns change and edges seem to wander away from normal. In other cases, it is a playability issue as we strive to provide a user friendly approach.

There are several approaches shown here that we expanded to allow greater ball roll toward the green. This also allows a different chipping technique or putting stroke to get on to the green.
                                           This shows us widening the approach to 17.
                                           The back collar is larger on green 6.

We also moved the fairway on 14 to the right of the tree. This gives a bit of forgiveness on tee shots.

 Part of the winter work is still evident as there is a brush pile to the left of the landing area. This will be burnt as soon as the burning restrictions are lifted.
Later in the summer, we will finish cleaning out the remaining brush to the OB stakes and plant grass. Not only will this make the playability better it will also speed up play.

This is a small part of our efforts to make Luck Golf Course the best it can be.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Ready to go

We're waiting on the weather to cooperate so we can begin our golf maintenance. This is one of the few years where we are ready to go but Mother Nature is delaying the beginning. As I write this, the temperature is 10 degrees. Forecast is for 60's by Wednesday and continuing for a while. The equipment is prepped as well as the accessories. There are a few benches in need of fresh paint and I will see to that they get done. As I stated previously, the course is mostly cleaned up. A day or two with the blower and mulching mowers should finalize the clean up. We will begin mowing this week and slowly get back to regular maintenance practises. A little patience this time of year helps as doing nothing to the turf is actually one of the best things when there are extremes in temperatures as we have experienced the past few weeks.

Stretch yourself out and get ready to play!

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Final Clean up

With some help from some "Jr. Muscle" aka Luck-Frederic Baseball Team, we were able to remove branches and rake up debris along holes 3, 4, 5, 6, and 8. The boys did a great job for us which lightened up the workload for the maintenance staff.

On Tuesday, 6 "Sr Muscle" volunteers showed up to help our staff clean up the branches along 11, 17, and 18. I would insert pictures here and mention names, but my phone stayed in my pocket and thus the omission. Thanks to Roger Swanson to initiate and lead the charge.

The staff is working diligently to remove the final trees and branches this week despite the not so spring like weather.We will blow off the course and mulch the remaining leaves and branches next week. The course will open tomorrow April 1, no fooling! See you out on the links!

Friday, March 25, 2016

So Close

The title of this blog tells the story of several events that have taken place recently. The snow storm that hit this week was so close to dumping snow on us. Fortunately, we stayed clear of the wrath. But, if it had hit, we would have burned the last of the brush. We will have to wait until green up before that happens now. We may remove it from site or leave it until later. It all depends upon the weather and work load. So close to finishing that project.

We got real close to finishing all of the tree work. There is one oak left of 4 green that will have to wait until next winter. There is a chance that it could fall on the green. With it being soft, even if it does miss the green, a good chance there will be significant holes made. Waiting is our best option. So close again.

We are currently having Cal Haines do the hanging branch removal from several of the trees. These broken branches occurred over the past few storms. When they are on the ground and we will clean them up.
This is the tree behind #1.

Cal is also doing the trimming of several trees along 11. His bucket truck is very turf friendly and is not making any tracks. Now standing on the the 11th tee gives one a feeling of openness.
We will begin the final clean up next week. I have the baseball team out here on Monday for a few hours and on Tuesday I have some "Senior Muscle" coming out to lend a hand. Cal will also start stump grinding. This years project won't be near as big as last year. I'm thinking there are less than 50 to eliminate. The course accessories will come out of storage and after some cleaning and painting, they will be distributed accordingly. We will blow and mow greens, tees, and collars and then be ready to open. Yes, we are so close!

Friday, March 4, 2016

Work On

Good news is that the tree crew will be back to finish all the tree work next week. With the weather warming considerably, I'm thinking they will be working mornings until it is too soft. Cal Haines was able to drop the tree on 18, barely missing the rain shelter. My guys have burnt and cleaned up most of the limbs. I went back to my email from last fall when we toured the course, and I forgot about the tree on 13F to remove. There are also 2 dead oaks left of 17 by the pond that I will have taken down. I'm hoping that Dan Siefert will be able to leave a 6 foot stump on the pine right of 12 green so we can explore the possibility of having a chainsaw carver build us a logo man to oversee all those missed putts! As weather permits, we will get after the clean up and course prep promptly.

There maybe some courses opening in the Cities this weekend but we still have a solid 4-6 inches of snow covering us. I still anticipating opening around April 1. Gwen does start back on Monday and has a lot of things to get ready for the season. The grind continues in the shop and the equipment should be ready to go by then.

The golf season is coming!