Typically the question that is always asked of me is, “What does your grounds crew generally do in the winter?” Well, we are all busy doing prep for the next golf season. From November 1st to March 1st we form a priority list of things that need to get done before the next season starts and we go from there.
This year one of our focuses was the 4 Fairway units that needed to be rebuilt. Typically a rebuild consist of replacing bearings, shafts and reels and we even paint up the frames to reduce rusting. Each mower has 5 reel cutting heads per unit, plus one spare set, for a total of 25 mowing heads and each head requires around a day or more of work depending on what needs to be done!
Then the mowers get an oil change, all the hydraulic hoses are inspected and the reels get a sharpen. All of this effort helps us to reduce equipment down time in the busy summer months and also helps us be ready for the coming spring. This task is overseen by our head mechanic Stuart George. The mower in the picture is in its 10th season working for Morgan Creek.
Also this winter we continued to replace the remaining original bridges around the course. We will be starting to replace the biggest bridge, number 4, very soon!
We will be setting up a temporary bridge across to the green while construction is underway.
Tags: Golf Course Maintenance