Egypt Valley Country Club

West Michigan’s premier private country club, complete with 36 holes of golf and an elegant, yet relaxing dining experience.

Category: Golf

EVCC Grounds Crew ‘Springs’ into Action

It appears that Spring has finally sprung.  For the past couple of months, Jeff Holmes and our hard-working EVCC Grounds Crew have been diligently removing snow and making necessary repairs to ensure the course will be in prime condition for the 2015 golf season.  The photos below are just the tip of the iceberg (pun intended) as to the work they put in every year to make our course one of the best in West Michigan.  Follow our blog or join us on our facebook page to be kept up to date on their progress.

In early March, over two feet of snow was removed from the number 7 tee on the Valley course. This work is done to help in the melting process and so the frost can get out of the ground.

Ice removal from number two Ridge green, after the snow was removed.

Ice removal from number two Ridge green, after the snow was removed.

Burning of tall grass areas and the ornamental grasses at the entrance pond will get rid of the dead tops and also encourage a quicker green up. It also helps with weed reduction. It is much quicker to burn it than to mow and deal with the debris.

Burning of tall grass areas and the ornamental grasses at the entrance pond will get rid of the dead tops and also encourage a quicker green up. It also helps with weed reduction. It is much quicker to burn it than to mow and deal with the debris.

Sod repair on number 17 Ridge green.  The turf is dead from ice formation over the winter months.  This was caused by the freeze/ thaw cycles that happened in January.

Sod repair on number 17 Ridge green. The turf is dead from ice formation over the winter months. This was caused by the freeze/ thaw cycles that happened in January.

Shattered irrigation pipe about 25 feet long from severe cold and frost deep in the soil.  This is a 2.5 inch diameter pipe, needless to say we had a flood when we powered up the irrigation.  Repairs are underway.

Shattered irrigation pipe about 25 feet long from severe cold and frost deep in the soil. This is a 2.5 inch diameter pipe, needless to say we had a flood when we powered up the irrigation. Repairs are underway.

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Egypt Valley’s Jeff Holmes to Lead Michigan Golf Course Superintendents

EAST LANSING – Jeffrey T. Holmes, the golf course superintendent at Egypt Valley Country Club in Ada Township since 1993, has been elected as the Michigan Golf Course Superintendents Association (MiGCSA) Chapter President for 2015.

The MiGSCA held its annual elections last week at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing during the Michigan Turfgrass Conference.

Other officers elected to the MiGSCA board include Vice President Justin Bickel, superintendent at The Nightmare and Dream Golf Courses in West Branch, and Secretary/Treasurer Mark Ostrander, superintendent at The Moors Country Club in Portage.

The election marked the end of board service for Greg Pattinson, superintendent at Indianwood Golf &Country Club and the 2013 President and 2014 Past President, and Gregg Matthews, superintendent at Tam-O-Shanter Country Club in West Bloomfield who completed his term as President and moves into the Past President position on the Board.

Dave Pawluk, superintendent at The Inn at St. Johns, was reelected to the Board to represent the Detroit District. Mike Rosen, superintendent at The Otsego Club in Gaylord was reelected to represent the Northern District.

Dan Mausolf, superintendent at Radrick Farms in Ann Arbor and certified golf course superintendent Rob Steger were elected to the Board of Directors replacing Greg Pattinson and Phil Owen, superintendent at Warwick Hills Country Club in Grand Blanc. Pattinson and Owen ended their terms in the Mid District.

The MiGCSA is “dedicated to providing value to our members through programs and services that enhance and promote our profession.” The MiGCSA is managed by Adam Ikamas, CGCS Executive Director, who can be contacted at adamikamas@migcsa.org, 1-888-3-MiGCSA.

Please click here to view the original article provided by the GAM website:  http://www.gam.org/Public/News/?newsID=689