A golf course is a beautiful landscape of natural beauty. But it requires significant daily care to maintain its quality. The skill of a Golf Superintendent trained in the art and science of golf course management is essential to the quality of the course and the satisfaction of golfers.
David Deem, Kimball Golf Club (KGC) Golf Superintendent, oversees a team of seven staff dedicated to maintaining the KGC five-star rating by golfers who praise the care and condition of the golf course.
The team and their primary duties include Don Berg – rough and greens mowing, Keith Burfeind – fairway mowing, Jackson Graham – mechanic, Jeff Hilsgen – rough mowing, Chuck Kuechle – rough and greens mowing, Tom Lucken – fairway and greens mowing, James Robinson – greens and tee mowing and bunker raker.
On a typical day, the work on the golf course begins before dawn with Superintendent Deem driving a golf cart through the entire course to assess the state of the course and any special care needed.
The mowing crew begins about the same time. Mowing grass at home can be a chore, but consider the mowing of the golf course fairways which are equivalent to the grass on 60 football fields.
The greens on a golf course require tender loving care to maintain the special blends of grass mowed very short with special equipment to maintain the true roll of the golf ball on the greens.
The sand in the bunkers must be addressed daily. The locations of teeing ground must be moved regularly to allow grass to regrow on scuffed ground. The holes on the greens are moved frequently and the greens are fertilized to maintain their quality.
Superintendent Deem said “The care of the golf course this year has been especially challenging due to the two months of drought conditions in the summer. We are very pleased that the recent rains have fully restored the course to its usual high quality.”
“We keep the golf course open for play as long as we can. When the fall leaves begin to fall, we do our best to blow them off the fairways. We know that the cool dry weather on a fall day may be the best time to play a round of golf at Kimball Golf Club” said David Deem.
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