Winter Recap

Blog Post By: Craig McKinley, Grounds Department

Everyone’s favorite season is right around the corner. I am of course referring to GOLF season! 

Posted by admin at Mar 06, 2018 Category: Other
Tags: Bucks Run Golf Club, Mt. Pleasant, MI, Winter, Tree Removal, Equipment, Michigan Turfgrass, Chainsaw, Safety

Winter Review & Spring Updates

Blog Post By: Craig McKinley, Course Superintendent

Although the recent temps don't show it, spring has arrived here at Bucks Run! While this winter was mild, it was not without its worries. Around the first of the year, we had a freezing-rain event on top of our snow cover. This created a sheet of ice 2-3 inches.

Posted by admin at Apr 04, 2016 Category: April 2016
Tags: Bucks Run Golf Club, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, Winter, Spring, Ice, Mow, Rock, Evergreens, Logo top

A Winter Update from your Bucks Run Grounds Crew
A Blog Post By: Craig McKinley, Course Superintendent
With the unusually warm weather that we have seen this winter, we were able to tackle a few projects in December that we normally would not be able to do. One of which was installing 200.
Posted by admin at Jan 19, 2016 Category: January 2016
Tags: Bucks Run Golf Club, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, Winter, Drainage, Water top

Putting the Golf Course to Bed for the Winter - Part II
A Blog Post By: Craig McKinley, Course Superintendent
As I mentioned last week, there is a laundry-list of tasks that need to be accomplished in order to ensure a healthy golf course in 2016. In today's post, I will be explaining another of our important fall tasks.
Posted by admin at Nov 10, 2015 Category: November 2015
Tags: Bucks Run Golf Club, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, Golf, Winter, Fall, Clean Up, Leaves, Thank You top

Putting the Golf Course to Bed for the Winter - Part I
A Blog Post By: Craig McKinley, Course Superintendent


Posted by admin at Nov 03, 2015 Category: November 2015
Tags: Bucks Run Golf Club, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, Golf, Winter, Aerifying, Fescue top

The Slow Melt

The snow continues to disappear on the course. The recent warm weather prompted a nice, slow melt, and as of today, we are about 85% snow free. The slow melt helps reduce water on the course and it also reduces the chance of the river flooding. Overall, the grass that we have been able to see looks very healthy. We have some snow mold activity in the fairways, which should grow out pretty quickly. The greens and tees look great and we are very happy with how they came.

Posted by admin at Mar 17, 2015 Category: March 2015
Tags: Bucks Run Golf Club, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, Golf, Winter, Melt, Spring top

The Winter Thaw

The first late winter thaw is upon us. We will be flirting with temperatures near 50 until next Tuesday the 16th. With no significant rain being forecast in that time frame, it should be a nice gradual thaw. A gradual thaw will help with reduced flooding and decrease the probability of an ice flow dam on the river.  Also in this time frame, we should lose most of the snow that is on the ground. All good news so far. 

On the.

Posted by admin at Mar 10, 2015 Category: March 2015
Tags: Bucks Run Golf Club, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, Winter, Thaw, Spring top

Winter Deep Freeze

The deep freeze that normally accompanies winter has set in recently. The actual temperature arriving at the course last Friday was -27 degrees Fahrenheit, and yesterday (Monday) was -19. Luckily, we have a nice blanket of snow insulating the fragile grass plant. If exposed to that type of temperature for extended periods, the grass could be set back in spring green-up or worst case, death. At this time, I don’t have worries for either event occurring. In most.

Posted by admin at Feb 24, 2015 Category: February 2015
Tags: Bucks Run Golf Club, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, Winter, Grass top

Monitoring the Chippewa River

The Chippewa River winds through the course, providing some dramatic and enjoyable views. We monitor the height and ice coverage throughout the winter to prepare for what may lie ahead in the spring. With a fall and early winter that saw high amounts of precipitation, the river was much higher than usual going into January. The week of January 12th, the river was at or near bank-full along #17. 

Posted by admin at Jan 27, 2015 Category: January 2015
Tags: Bucks Run Golf Club, Chippewa River, Ice, Ice Jam, Winter, Spring, Golf top

Introducing Bill - Winter Maintenance

Welcome back everyone! Today, I would like to take a few moments to introduce to you our Equipment Manager, Bill. He is one of our busiest people on staff in the winter, as he plays a vital role in the maintenance of all the equipment we use around the course. His duty is to inspect every piece of equipment before the arrival of spring, make any needed repairs, and also perform routine maintenance where necessary.  Generally, this will include sharpening blades.

Posted by admin at Jan 13, 2015 Category: January 2015
Tags: Bucks Run Golf Club, Winter, Maintenance, Bill top