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Golf course work in the off-season

As the spring planting season begins in the farm fields across the country, one might ask himself what have the farmers been doing all winter?  In that vein, what are golf course managers doing in the offseason?  Like the farmers across the country preparing crops for growing in the spring, golf courses have many duties in the offseason to prepare for the playing season.  Many people are unaware of the continuous work that goes on to make sure the courses are in good shape come spring.

Mister lines added on key holes
Pre-emergent herbicides applied
The offseason is the time of year to be able to work on various projects that cannot be done in-season without affecting golf course playability. Two of the most crucial offseason projects that enhance the turf quality and playability are drainage and irrigation. While these projects can be done in-season, most are not because normal maintenance of the course takes a lot of time and labor to keep things in great shape. Another reason these projects are done in the winter is that having these projects open on the course during the season can really cause a problem to the golfer’s game. You do not see farmers out installing drainage tiles in the summer, because it is strictly the growing season and time for daily care and maintenance.


Work on 12 being conducted.  Mother Nature needs to cooperate!
Winter is also the time to service all the equipment that is in constant use during the season. This is a very similar duty that farmers must do to keep the tractors, combines and multiple other pieces of equipment up and running so that their crop can be planted, maintained, and harvested. Without these many different pieces of equipment on the golf course (or the farm) running smoothly, the jobs would simply not get done. The mechanic and agronomy crew is responsible to make sure that all of the equipment is checked, oil filled, mower reels ground, allowing us to maintain healthy turf at such a low height of cut. This low height results in great playability but puts an extreme amount of stress on the grass. Having our mowers in stellar shape is essential to allow turf managers to maintain these heights.

Tee markers repainted and new boxes.
Cartpath Work on Hole 12
When on a golf course, look around at the numerous accessories. Tee markers, yardage markers, flagsticks, cart signs, bunker rakes, benches, water coolers, and many more. It is the golf course agronomy crew’s duty to maintain all of these accessories to keep them in great shape. Tasks such as sand blasting, painting, detail cleaning, and polishing take place in the winter. The result of this tedious work can save a club thousands of dollars each year.
New Carpet being installed in offices.

Redo horticulture beds on the course.
So when driving down the road in the winter, if you do not see the farmers out in the field just know that they are still working hard. The same applies to the golf course maintenance staff.  Just because it is 20 degrees and you don’t see anyone out playing golf, the golf course agronomy team is still hard at work. The work done in the offseason is just as important as the work that is done in-season to maintain these great golf courses and farm fields across America.

Plane hazard markers for fresh look.  Over 200 hazard markers
Mechanics have been extremely busy with fabrication, PM maintenance, shop maintenance, light fixture conversion to LED...

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