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Hazardous Tree Removal

Posted on by Chris Tritabaugh

At the June 5th meeting of the Green Committee, it was decided by unanimous vote to have the hollow Oak tree at the bottom right side of 10 fairway removed. The oak was removed this morning. The foremost reason for this removal is the safety of our members and guests. While the tree has stood hollowed for many years; any tree with this much decay is a severe hazard and…

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Divot Filling Party Number 2

Posted on by Chris Tritabaugh

Our last divot filling party was a huge success, completing all of the fairways in just over two hours. Those who attended really enjoyed themselves and we hope participation this Sunday will be even better. For our second divot filling party, we will begin and end from the Turfgrass Center. When we finish filling divots, the Turfgrass Center will be hosting an open house for participants to gain a small…

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Divot Filling Party

Posted on by Chris Tritabaugh

This Sunday evening at 5pm, we will be holding Hazeltine’s first ever divot filling party. Bring your spouse, your family, or just yourself out to the Club and help the Turfgrass Staff by filling divots on the course. I will be on-hand to give a quick divot filling tutorial and hand out assignments. We will meet at the bag room at 5pm, this Sunday June 8th. Hope you see you…

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A Flush of Growth

Posted on by Chris Tritabaugh

Each portion of the golf season offers its own unique challenges. The battle we are fighting right now is against growth. If you have played in the past week to 10 days, you will have no doubt noticed the excessive growth on many areas of the course. The excessive growth this time of year is typical and something we see each and every golf season. The timing of the “flush…

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The How and Why of Spring Aerification

Posted on by Chris Tritabaugh

Here at Hazeltine, we have two aerification periods; the first is this week, the second comes at the beginning of August. Each time we aerify, I get questions about what we are doing and how quickly it will heal. Rightfully so; members want to know how much the practice will affect their golf and whether or not their guests will get the best experience possible. I thought it might be…

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Updated May 2nd: Water Bottles over Water Coolers

Posted on by Chris Tritabaugh

    This season at Hazeltine, we will be moving from drinking water coolers, to providing our members and guests with bottled water. The biggest reason for making this change is that of food safety. As the drinking water coolers were filled with ice and water here at the turfgrass center, placed into a utility vehicle and brought to the course, there were too many potential food safety hazards; hazards…

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Stress Free Rolling

Posted on by Chris Tritabaugh

Turfgrass rolling was long ago a staple of golf course management. Rolling in those days was done by hand, as golf course management became mechanized, rolling was forgotten. Today, rolling is once again a key practice. 2014 will be my 21st year working on a golf course. When I started at Albany Golf Club in 1994, rolling was unheard of. When I moved to Town & Country Club in 1998,…

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Golf Course Update-4/11/14

Posted on by Chris Tritabaugh

As you have no doubt heard by now; the golf course will open next Tuesday at noon. The golf course has come through the winter in excellent condition and while this winter was brutal for humans; it could not have been more perfect for golf course turf. Practice Tees: The practice area opened for use today at 10am. However, for the time being, the tees will remain closed and covered.…

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Bentgrass vs Poa After a Tough Winter

Posted on by Chris Tritabaugh

A picture can truly be worth a thousand words. Last fall, I wrote about why we would no longer be using covers on our putting surfaces. Today, I saw the photo below posted on Twitter; it is a perfect visual of why we do not need to cover our bentgrass. The photo was taken by Robert Ackermann, Golf Course Superintendent at Weston Golf and Country Club in Toronto. The photo…

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The Melt

Posted on by Chris Tritabaugh

Anyone who loves golf and lives in Minnesota, knows few things can excite like the melting of snow in March. I have always loved the spring melt. In fact, one year as a kid I tried to help speed the melting of our backyard by hauling snow away to the street in my wagon. I didn’t get very far and only succeeded at becoming the butt of annual springtime jokes…

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