The Flood Aftermath
Blog Post By: Craig McKinley, Grounds Department

The last couple of weeks have been the most challenging, yet inspiring, time of my tenure at Bucks Run Golf Club. The month of June saw 21.75 inches of rain at our club, with all of that coming within a two week span. The night of June 22nd we received nine inches of rain, which then brought near-historic flooding from the Chippewa River, and a lot of issues on the golf course. Although this weather event was the challenge that I spoke of, our team spirit and the drive of our team is the real story.

The following pictures were taken on June 23rd and 24th, which was close to the time when the Chippewa River crested at 14.77 feet. The flood stage being at 8 feet. 

HOLE #1

Bucks Run Golf Club Mt. Pleasant MI No 1


HOLE #6

Bucks Run Golf Club Mt. Pleasant MI No 6


HOLE #11 GREEN & HOLE #12 TEE

Bucks Run Golf Club Mt. Pleasant MI No 11


HOLE #12

Bucks Run Golf Club Mt. Pleasant MI Flood 12


HOLE #14 TEE

Bucks Run Golf Club Mt. Pleasant MI No 14


HOLE #17

Bucks Run Golf Club Mt. Pleasant MI No 17


In the below shot, I can be seen standing on the #17 Green. Just a few hours after this photo was taken, the river rose another 2 feet.


Bucks Run Golf Club Mt. Pleasant MI No 17

Come Monday morning, after the water had for the most part receded off of the golf course, our entire team went to work. While there are three separate departments operating on our property, we are one team at Bucks Run. Our Grounds Crew worked side-by-side with the Food and Beverage Department to strip silt out of our bunkers, and replace 275 tons of bunker sand in just three days. Rebuilding our bunkers in that short of time was a grind and an amazing accomplishment by our team. Bunkers were then hand tamped to try and settle the sand and make it more playable.

BEFORE & AFTER BUNKER REPAIRS

Bucks Run Golf Club Mt. Pleasant MI Flood Bunker Damage  Bucks Run Golf Club Mt. Pleasant MI Flood Bunker Complete

OUR TEAM WORKING ON REPAIRS

Bucks Run Golf Club Mt. Pleasant MI Flood Bunker Repair

There was also tens of thousands of pounds of sand that had to be removed behind our 11th green and around our 17th tee. The silt that was left behind from the river was removed either by hand or with a hose on greens and fairways. This week, the few spots around Lake Fisher that had washouts have been hydro-seeded to help keep future erosion at bay.

While there are a few spots that still need some tuning up with sod or seed, we are truly blessed to have been playing golf just 3 days after the flood. The quick return of the golf course into playing conditions is a testament to the dedication and drive of our staff. I would like to personally thank our Food & Beverage Manager, Brien Duffy, and the Food and Beverage Department staff for lending their time and work to help out the Grounds Staff. I would also like to thank the Fisher Family for the foresight while building this golf course by making it able to withstand historic flooding with minimal damage.  Last but certainly not least, I would like to thank the Grounds Team for the herculean effort they have put forth these past weeks. Their commitment and willingness to take on anything makes me proud on a daily basis. I am blessed to be working with this team.

As always, please continue to repair your ball marks and replace your divots, and we will see you on the golf course. 


Posted by admin at Jul 11, 2017 Category: Other
Tags: Bucks Run Golf Club, Mt. Pleasant, MI, Flood, Water Damage