Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Course Winterization

As the weather continues to change, so do the conditions on the golf course.  Different types of grasses need certain protection and are maintained differently over the winter months.  These changes are made to insure that when Spring hits and things start to wake up for the next season, we don't have any set backs or issues with turf coming back out of dormancy.  Course accessories are also removed for various reasons and to protect them from the harsh winter cold.
We have moved all tee boxes off of the warm season zoysia grass.  Most tee boxes at MP have a cool season part of the box already built in.  Others do not.  The ones that don't, we mow in a temporary tee box in the most practical and accessible spot we can find close to the normal tee box.  This insures us that we can keep traffic off of the dormant warm season grass thus helping the turf come back strong and healthy at the beginning of the next growing season.  We also restrict cart traffic to path only to protect our zoysia fairways.  We do not mow any of our zoysia during the time they are dormant.  We leave them slightly taller to create somewhat of a blanket or cover to protect them.  Like I said with the tee boxes, less traffic on the dormant turf is a huge reason we can and will have nice healthy fairways during the regular golf season.  We appreciate the golfers cooperation with the cart rules and hope that they understand we aren't just restricting carts to the path for no reason.
On the greens, we have two cups cut in each green.  We use this practice for a few reasons.  As the ground freezes and temperatures continue to drop, it becomes impossible to change the cups.  Having two cups on opposite sides of the green allows us to spread out the foot traffic.  We ask that the golfers help us in rotating the flag stick.  Once the golfer has landed his ball on the green, he would putt to the hole that the flag is in.  When they have holed their ball out they would take the flag stick and put it in the opposite hole that they played/putt to.  Then the next group of golfers behind them would play to the other hole which now has the flag stick in it. We greatly appreciate the golfers understanding and help with this one small thing that can be a major help to course conditions throughout the winter.
As most people know, cold harsh winters are hard on everything that stays outside in the elements.  This is very true for our course accessories.  Ball washers, signage and other non permanent accessories are removed and stored.  We then take all of our accessories and refurbish or replace and update these items.
We hope that the golfers understand we do not do these things to make the course different or less player friendly.  It is simply to protect and preserve what we have so that when the golf season ramps up after the winter, these things are in great condition and in place to make the golfers experience the best it can possibly be.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Trick or Treat Scramble

   First of all, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself.  My name is David Carlson, and I am the new golf course Superintendent here at Minor Park.  I am not exactly "new" to Minor Park, as I have been the assistant Superintendent for the past 6 years here under our former Superintendent Matt Delventhal.  I would like to thank Matt for his guidance and hard work at Minor Park over those 6 years.  We wish him the best in his new sales position and look forward to seeing him around once in awhile. Thanks Matty D!
   This past weekend we held our 3rd annual Trick or Treat Fall Fun Scramble.  We had  21 teams play in the 3-man tournament.  It was a great turnout considering the weather conditions were not ideal with a temperature of 48 degrees and a 10-15 mph chilly wind.  We have added to the layout of this tournament over the past few years, and this year it was a big hit.  I really enjoyed setting up the golf course for this event, because it is unlike any other typical day of course set-up.  In some ways it is sort of like a "Superintendents Revenge" type of event for us. Although it takes quite a bit of extra time to set-up, it is well worth it due to the positive feedback we have received.  We used pumpkins on every hole as tee markers.  On some holes the tees were in different locations than normal.  For example, on #7 we moved the tee box to the fairway to create a Risk/Reward shot where players had to decide to risk hitting their drive over the water from 220 yards away.  The reward if you were able to clear the pond and land the ball on the green was having an eagle putt opportunity!  Other "Tricky" holes included a hose around the cup to create a "putt putt" atmosphere on the green, hitting your tee shot while sitting on a hay bale, a tire covering your view of the hole, and even a tractor parked in front of a green blocking the approach shot. Some of our "Treat" holes had things like a 15 inch cup on a shortened par 5, six different holes on one green, and a boat serving as the hole where you had to make your pitch shot into the boat to hole out.
   Our entire maintenance staff, as well as our Clubhouse staff, really enjoyed creating, setting up, and having this tournament.  We look forward to growing it each year and adding new things each year to make it as fun for the golfers as it is for us.  Any and all feedback is always welcome!  I hope you will come out and join us next year for this fun event and check out the unique set-up of the golf course.

#5 - Tire blocking the view of the hole
 #14 - 15 inch cup
 #17 - Lots-O-Holes - 6 holes to putt to
 #13 - Tractor blocking the green
 #18 - Pumpkin over the cup - only one way in
#3 - Tee off while sitting on the hay bale

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Thank You Minor Park

I would like to say "Thank You" to all the employees and patrons of Minor Park Golf Course. As some of you may know I have accepted a position with SiteOne Landscape Supply and will be leaving Minor Park on Friday, October 6th. Over the last 6 years I have work diligently to turn Minor into the golf course that it is today.  I have had the privilege  to work for and with some awesome people in our company. I have also been able to share my love of Minor and its conditions with our patrons of this facility. Even though I will be leaving on Friday, Minor Park Golf Course will continue to be in good hands with the promotion of my Assistant Superintendent David Carlson.  Once again "Thank You" for allowing me to opportunity to help make Minor Park what it is today.

Friday, September 1, 2017

White Goose Grass

If you have played Minor Park in the last week or so, you may have noticed our cool-season tees and the collar on 6 having a white tint to it. Last Friday we sprayed a Herbicide called Pylex that helps remove goose grass. Here is some information and pictures on what Pylex does:

6 green

Cool-season Tees

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Japanese Beetles

I wanted to talk about an issue people may be dealing with at their house.... The emergence of the Japanese Beetle. At Minor Park this July, Japanese Beetles have reek havoc on the American Lindon trees we have on holes 14, 16, & 17. You also may have noticed them on your roses bushes at home. These pesky insects love to defoliate the leaves, eating everything but the veins. Luckily for the American Lindon when a tree defoliates, as long as it was healthy to start it will not die. So after the beetles emerge, mate, eat every leaf in sight, and return to the ground to lay eggs, the tree should be able to regenerate its leaves. Here is the life cycle of the Japanese Beetle.
Here is also a link for more information on the Japanese Beetle and how to control them

Japanese Beetle Feeding

Thursday, June 29, 2017

New Mowers and Roller

About 2 weeks ago Minor Park was able to purchase 2 brand new John Deere 2500B Riding Greens mowers to replace our 10 year old Jacobsen GKIV.  One of the Jacobsens was rotated down to our tee mower to replace a 15 year old unit. The other was shipped over to HOA to update one riding greens mower. We were also able to purchase a 5 year old Graden Tournament Roller. This roller will allow us to skip mowing on really hot days and be able to keep greens smooth and consistent on those days. These pieces of equipment are very important to keep greens in great shape at Minor Park. Here are a few photos of our new equipment:

Monday, June 5, 2017

Native mowing

Its that time of the year..... Native mowing! This bi yearly adventure will allow you to find your ball easier and possibly an extra one to continue your round with. Come out and see us at Minor Park.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Flower Time At Minor Park

In the next couple of weeks we will be receiving our annual flowers from the City of Kansas City and our annual 45 cubic yards of Mulch. We will began by mulching our tee features and when plants start arriving we will begin planting  on 3,7,12,&17. New this year we are getting in 8-10 yews to be planted around the lesson tee at the Driving Range. Our plan this year is to start building a boarder around this tee to aid with some privacy and help catch a stray ball that may shoot out from the main driving range. If you haven't starting getting your plants out at your own is a great time to start!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Aerification Dates

Due to rain and shared equipment we have decided to move our aerification dates from April 5-6th to our new dates of April 10th-12th. We are hoping that we can start on Monday and have all completed by Wednesday. We will be doing 9 holes at a time and monitoring the weather as we go. Feel free to keep up to date on course closings or aerification information on our Facebook or twitter accounts. Hopefully you can come out and enjoy a round of golf between the rain days. 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Irrigation on 15....AGAIN

If you have been out playing in this unseasonable warm weather you may have noticed that the earth was once again dug up on hole 15.  As we were charging up our irrigation system to start watering this very early season we had an eruption. For the 5th time in 2 seasons we had water gushing out of a massive leak. This time we had to replace another 20ft of pipe. What I was told was that Minor park is equipped with the first generation pvc piping. Here are a few pictures of what we have experienced this last go around.
 20 ft of new pipe

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

New Bridge Rails on 15

We were able to have the city come out and install new boards on the bridge behind 15 tee.  As the winter progresses along we are busy on updating course accessories, servicing equipment, and getting everything ready for the quickly approaching season. Hopefully you are able to enjoy the nice days mixed in with the cold days.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Progress of 6 green.

Due to the weather that mother nature dealt us this year, hole #6 took quite the beating. We were able to get out once the temps leveled off in late August and get the Penncross seed out. Throughout August, September, and October we were able to seed once a month and fertilize every 2 weeks to get this green back to playing conditions. We were fortunate that we never lost all of it so we never had to put out a temporary green. Here is the progress of this green and how the fall cooperated enough to allows us to get the green back by seed and not having to use sod.

July 25th 2016 

August 29th 2016 After seeding

Germination of Seed

September 7th 2016

September 20th 2016

October 10th 2016

October 25th 2016
November 10th 2016

New #7 Bridge

 About two months ago, an accident occurred off of 115th street on the south end of the golf course. The vehicle came through the fence and ...