Monday, March 26, 2018

We're Ready for Spring Golf!

We have been doing some more detail work this month. Yardage markers and sprinklers have all been edged, along with the staining of tee signs and benches.

While the Zoysia turf is still dormant we apply two herbicides to it. A non-selective herbicide that will kill any weed that competes against the turf and a pre-emergent to prevent any weeds from germinating. We are targeting Poa and Clover with the non-selective herbicide. The pre-emergent herbicide is to control crabgrass and goosegrass.  

We also moved the water coolers on holes 12 & 17. They were previously located by the back tees forcing players that play the forward tees to walk out of their way to get some drinking water. 

Swope is a very walker-friendly course aside from the hills. Tees are all very close to the previous green so there is not a lot of wasted time between holes. Swope will be hosting several walking only events including the Missouri class 4 state golf tournament boys and girls, the MIAA women's conference championship along with several Junior events. By mowing walking paths between holes, golfers will have a drier and more enjoyable walk.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

February Improvements

When the weather is cold, we try to make improvements around the course. This month, we took down all of the bird houses on the course and gave them a fresh coat of paint. The birds we try to attract are Purple Martins and Blue Birds, because they like to eat flying insects. We also use the bird houses to mark irrigation isolation valves.  

Also this month while the irrigation is still off, we were able to repair valves and paint the rusty pipes. The heart of the course is located in the zoo next to the hippos and requires having a security guard let us in. Unfortunately we never have time to visit the animals too...  Spring is almost here!!!! 

Monday, January 29, 2018

Winter Update

Winter months involve a lot of painting, tree work, continuing education classes, and shop organizing.  All things that need to be done but just don't have the time like we do now. Heading into winter we also drained the irrigation system and treated greens with a growth regulator that will eliminate most poa seed heads on the putting green in the spring. Below are some photos of some of the work that has been done. 
Painted tee markers

Painted enter and exit posts

New galvanized metal 150yd posts
Before and after we removed trees that were making a mess on the golf carts storing area.

Before and after we cleaned mechanic work station and organized tools.

Friday, December 1, 2017

November 2017

November has been another unseasonably warm month. There have been several great weather golfing days. We have continued herding leaves and will continue through December. The winter season is when we attempt to get caught up with tree trimming.  Below are some pictures of some of the work we have done, including cutting back the Honeysuckle brush along the drive up from Gregory Rd, and thinning up the Honeylocust trees behind 11 green.
Top is a before photo and bottom is after.
Thinning of Honeylocust behind 11 green
Fall is also a good time to plant trees. The plant survival rate when planted in the fall is much greater than when planted in any other season. We planted a Frontier Elm between 17 and 2 early in the month where there was a previous tree. Frontier Elm is a tree well suited for the Kansas City climate and is a fast growing tree.

Monday, November 6, 2017


October has come and gone and now one of our biggest tasks at hand is keeping the course clean of leaves.  The trees changing colors look beautiful this time of year but the mess they make is frustrating for the golfer and the maintenance crew.  With the course surrounded by trees its going to be a constant battle this time of year. Every morning we take a backpack blower and clean off the greens of debris (acorns, sticks and leaves). Below is a photo of what some of the greens look like before we start blowing them off.