Memorial Day is a day off from work for most people. It is also the unofficial start of the summer. Most golf in Michigan occurs between Memorial Day and Labor Day. This is not to say that people will not golf in the spring or fall, but the play will dramatically increase during this time period.
The summer is a period where I will concentrate on keeping the golf course in the best condition that I can. Spring and Fall are time periods when, because there are less golfers on the course, I can do some projects, such as aerification, topdressing, plantings and other new features for the course. These projects slow down considerably during the summer. For one thing, it is harder for us to work around the customers, for another, most of our effort is put toward mowing and conditioning.
Welcome to summer, but on this long weekend, let us not forget all of the people who have served our country and communities. These men and women risk their lives to in order for us to play golf or go to the beach or just sit on the deck grilling some hamburgers. So this Monday, take some time to think about our young men and women in the armed forces as well as those who serve closer to home as police officers or in the fire department.
To these brave people, thank you for all that you do. Come home safely. I will have a hot dog ready for you.