Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Another year in the books

Wow! Can you believe that another year has come and gone? I sure can't, it's hard to believe how fast this past season went.  One thing that I learned from this past year it that I am really bad at this blogging thing and social media in a whole. With the new year I have put forth a challenge to myself to post more often, my goal is to post at least once a week on my twitter page, please feel free to follow me @halvoturf, and hopefully at the least once a month on this blog.
But in other news, Reed and I have busy around the shop with a lot of different projects. Since closing in the middle of October we put the course to bed for the winter and got the equipment ready for the upcoming season. After the new years we basically turned our shop into a wood shop, we have been busy bringing the old directional signs back to life, repainting the benches, and creating new hole signs for the Fair Hills course.  Along with all these projects we will be starting the biggest project by creating in garbage receptacles.
During the first week of February I will be attending the Golf Industry Show in San Antonio, TX. At the show I will be attending a seminar that will cover the topic of managing native areas and low maintenance roughs which I hope to implement this coming season. As you have noticed this past season I have started to increase the native areas and am hoping to continue adding more and improving the current areas. Along with the education seminars I will be going around the trade show floor to see and learn what new products that the different companies have come out with and new ideas that I can bring back to continue make Wildflower one of the top destinations in the Lakes Area.

Enjoy the rest of your winter and stay tune for more information on the happens at the Maintenance Barn.


Friday, May 5, 2017

And so it begins

Over the last month since my last post we have been real busy around the course getting it up and running for the 2017 season and back to one of the top golf destinations in the Lakes Area. On April 7 we open the doors to our first customers at 9:30am and we haven't looked back. On the 12th the ground was finally thawed enough to fire up the irrigation system and provide the greens with some much needed water. Our blowout in the fall of last year was a complete success, we only had one break and it was quickly fixed. Over the next couple of weeks Reed and I were just trying to keep the course until we were able to get the majority of our staff back for the season.
This past week we finally got the help that we needed and where able to start on the endless list of things that needs to get done around the course. We started our aerafication process on Tuesday by verticutting the tee boxes to remove some of the thatch layer and sprayed the greens with wetting agent to help with the retention of water. Wednesday we fertilized the tees to just start their growth in preparations for next weeks aeration. Thursday we verticutted and fertilized the greens.
If you have been out to the course this week you may have noticed a dramatic change to the native areas. That's right we are mowing down the native areas to help promote new growth and decrease the amount of weeds in them. Over the next few weeks we will be removing the trees and bushes that are taking over these areas too, mainly the sumac's on the back nine holes.
Over the next few months the maintenance team and I will be hard at work getting the course back to its former glory as a Golf Digest 4 1/2 Star course, with some new exciting features. I hope to take some time to look around the course and notice the changes that are slowly happening.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Opening Day

The day has finally come, the 2017 golf season has officially started at 9:30 am as of this morning when our first 2 golfers went off the 1st tee. Over the past week we have been busy getting the course, it has been an exhausting week but I am happy that today is finally here. The course came through the winter amazingly and excited for what the season has to bring.
Even though the course is open, our work on the course is far from over. Over the next few months the maintenance crew and I will continue to be busy making the course the better then last year. We have several projects that we have scheduled that will not only make the course play better but also increase to overall look of the course and several more that I am hoping to add throughout the season. We do ask you to be patient with us as we work on these projects.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Greetings Everyone

Greetings, my name is Timothy Halvorson and I'm the Golf Course Superintendent here at Wildflower golf course. I am starting a new thing this year by creating a blog for golfers to read and get a inside look at all that's happened on the maintenance side of the golf course. I am also going to try and be more active on Twitter, possible the biggest source of information in golf course maintenance, so please feel free to follow me @halvoturf. 
First, I would like to introduce myself and my assistant in case you don't know who I am. I joined the Wildflower staff in the spring of 2016 as an Assistant Superintendent before being promoted to Golf Course Superintendent in May 2016. I bring a wealth of knowledge that I received while working under Scott Hoffmann, Director of Grounds and Golf Course Superintendent, at Madden’s Resort in Brainerd, MN. I spent 2 seasons working under Scott, first as an Intern in 2014 and then was hired back as one of the Assistants of The Classic at Madden’s for the 2015 season.
I first graduated from The University of Minnesota Duluth with a Bachelor’s of Accounting in 2012 where I spent my summers working at Lester Park Golf Course. There I found my true calling and decided to pursue Turfgrass Management at The University of Minnesota Crookston, where I received a Bachelor’s of Science in Turfgrass Management in 2015. I am originally from San Antonio, TX; but grew up in Brainerd, MN. I'm no stranger to Fair Hills and Wildflower, my family has vacationed at Five Lakes on several occasions and played at Wildflower a handful of times before joining the team at Wildflower.  In my free time I enjoys hunting, fishing, and traveling the world; but during the summer months, you’ll most likely find me out on the golf course, getting to know our members and guests.

This past winter I was able to hire a new Assistant Superintendent to help in day to day operations of the golf course. Reed Bohm joined the Wildflower staff in February 2017 as Assistant Superintendent. Prior to Wildflower, Reed worked at the Thief River Golf Club for five years, one of which being the Assistant Superintendent. Reed also interned at Wannamoisett Country Club in Providence, Rhode Island.
Reed graduated in December 2016 from The University of Minnesota Crookston with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Turfgrass Management. While studying all things turf, Reed also competed in collegiate golf. Go Golden Eagles! In his free time Reed enjoys competing in Crossfit, as well as coaching Crossfit, spending time outdoors, especially at the lake, and of course, golf!

I look forward to meeting everyone this summer and hearing your feedback on the course.