An Update from the Grounds Department

Blog Post By: Craig McKinley, Grounds Department


Summer-like weather is in full swing, and hopefully, so is your golf game.

Summertime months mean endless rounds of golf, as well as stress on our turf. Because of this, there are a few steps we take coming into this time of year in order to prepare our turf for the stress ahead. Similar to past years, we have continued our weekly topdressing program, as well as our weekly “venting” of greens. This venting is beneficial for getting oxygen and water into the root zone. This, in turn, allows for a deeper and more dense root base. We have also started applying our “wetting agent” applications to tees and fairways. The product used on these surfaces allows water to more easily penetrate the soil surface and helps retain moisture deep in the root zone, where it is needed most. This allows us to rely less on irrigation, as well as keep a firmer playing surface, as the water can easily move through the soil profile. An additional soil amendment we have applied to greens this year is from our vermicomposting program. The food scraps from our Quarry Grill kitchen have gone from scrap to worm castings, which we then made into an extract and sprayed on our greens. University studies have shown increased root density from other worm casting extracts sold on the market, but we have gone the extra mile and made our own!


We have also started two other projects these past few weeks. The first is an organic garden, which will provide fresh produce to our restaurant later in the season. Our staff is proud to be taking on this project to provide the freshest produce to our guests.

Bucks Run Golf Club Mt. Pleasant MI Organic Garden

A second project we have undertaken is bringing some welcome pollinators to our property. This past weekend, we retrieved our bee “nuc” from downstate and brought it to its new home on the south side of our entrance road into the property. A bee “nuc” is basically the nucleus of a colony. It contains 3 frames of brood (eggs), a queen, 2 frames of honey for them to eat, and somewhere around 1,000 bees. For those unaware, the honey bee has been having a rough time with different diseases and mites the past couple of years, and populations have decreased drastically. We are happy to bring these docile pollinators to our golf club, and let them thrive and help to pollinate our new garden. By chance, one of our newest staff members was a beekeeper for years, and will be helpful in maintaining our hives.

Bucks Run Golf Club Mt. Pleasant MI Beekeeper  Bucks Run Golf Club Mt. Pleasant MI Beehive

As always, our staff looks forward to seeing you on the golf course, and please remember to fix your ball marks and replace your divots. Have a great day!


Posted by admin at Jun 05, 2017 Category: Other
Tags: Bucks Run Golf Club, Mt. Pleasant, MI, Summer, Organic, Garden, Honeybee, Beehive