July 14, 2020
GOLF COURSE SUPERINTENDENT
The calendar turned to June and summer is truly upon us. With Covid-19 at the forefront of our minds, it is like a summer we’ve never experienced before. Also, it was a June that is rarely seen in these parts...no rain. The golf course showed it. We spent most of the month chasing dry spot after dry spot. While the obvious question is, “don’t you have irrigation?” ...and the answer would be, we do. However, systems aren’t designed to go that many days without natural irrigation. Irrigation heads are connected to both high spots and low areas. A July 4th weekend that saw temperatures jump over 90 degrees for three straight days. I felt like Mother Nature was hazing me...nevertheless we held it together. Finally getting some rain and we are on our way to the look you have become accustomed too.
One thing that has certainly stuck out this season with the Covid rules in place...cart traffic. We are constantly moving cart arrow signs to get carts to not drive in the same spot constantly.
June saw the arrival of flowers to the golf course.
While Covid didn’t make it easy to fulfil our order...Brandts Greenhouse in Tower came through in the clutch and hopefully lead to a lasting relationship. Course horticulturist, Marilyn and her small army of helpers, Anita, BillyJean, Wendy, & Bryan took over 8 days to get all the plants planted. They really accentuate the course...great job.
Speaking of Marilyn, let’s learn a little more about her.
Born and raised on a farm in Sauk Center, Marilyn and her sisters developed a green thumb at an early age. Whether it was the family garden or the front porch flowers, Marilyn’s love affair with flowers spans over 40 years. Led her to writing weekly articles for the St. Cloud Times for years. When Marilyn isn’t elbow deep in dirt, she is most likely doing her day job. Marilyn is a Special Needs teacher for the St. Cloud School District. During summer break, her and her husband Jon like to escape to their cabin in Tower...which is what led her to us. 6 years ago, Marilyn decided to get a summer job so she stopped by the golf course...and the rest is, as they say, history. When on the course or around the clubhouse, make sure to take a moment and enjoy the flowers. If you see Marilyn and if you are around those flowers, you have good chance, make sure to thank her for the magnificent job she does. Thank you, Marilyn!
As we run around here, sometimes late in the evenings or early in the mornings, we can get some spectacular views.
As always, we look forward to seeing you on the 1st tee and keep it between the trees.
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