Winter Projects

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Winter Projects

Winter for Turf Care professionals brings time to reflect on the successes and the areas in which there is room for improvement from the previous season.  One area that was identified for improvement was the main Turf Care facility and equipment.  

The process started with a team meeting which included Mechanic - Joel Quigley, Foreman - Mark Campbell, Irrigation Technician - Ed Bracke and myself.  Areas of the maintenance facility were evaluated, looking for ideas to improve staff safety, enjoyment and their working environment.  These areas included the lunchroom, offices, main work bays and all storage areas.

The Turf Care Department had three goals in mind when looking at all areas of the maintenance facility:

  1. Safety
  2. Functionality
  3. Cleanliness

Scrubbing of walls and a fresh coat of paint in many areas was all that was needed.

Slat wall was installed in a number of areas so that hand tools would become more accessible to the staff and have a place to hang at the end of the day. This will also allow us to change our cleaning processes and hold each other accountable if something is not properly cleaned and put away at the end of each day.

Staff lockers were moved from the lunchroom to the shop to create a cleaner, safer lunchroom for all staff.

Another item on our shop improvement list was: lighting upgrades in the main work bays. The main reason for doing this was the existing lights were starting fail and didn't produce enough light for Joel to safely work on equipment. 4 hi bay lamps/ballasts 400 watt were swapped to 75 watt LED lights. The LED's are considerably brighter, but use 1/6 the power and have a lifespan of 50,000 hours. We are also looking to upgrade the remainder of the shop lights once they fail. By making this change, we will see a drastic improvement in our energy bills.

This process of shop improvements will take more than one winter to complete and will be an on-going "conversation" for years to come. It is our job continue to evaluate and look for areas and items that can be improved. It is our belief that when the shop and equipment is clean and functioning it filters out to the rest of the golf course.

There is proven evidence showing that there is nothing more motivating than including staff in decision making.


Chris Prodahl,

Golf Course Superintendent

Posted: 3/10/2017 10:28:09 AM by Chris Prodahl

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