Maintenance Matters


From the Ground up

This winter the Stowe Mountain Resort Golf Department made some changes within the golf maintenance team. Golf Course Superintendent Scott Rossi shifted from Stowe Country Club to Stowe Mountain Cub, and Golf Course Superintendent Mark Finch made the reverse move to assume the duties at Stowe Country Club.

Mark is a University of Vermont graduate who began his professional turf management career as the assistant superintendent at Lake Sunapee Country Club in New Hampshire. He was hired at Stowe Mountain Club in 2009 as the assistant superintendent and promoted to superintendent in 2014. Mark’s strong work ethic and attention to detail is well suited for his new position.  Dave Merritt, former assistant superintendent, accepted the position as Head Golf Course Superintendent at Ryder Brook Golf Course in Morrisville. Join us in congratulating Dave and wishing him the best of luck in his new position.

SCC 16th Tree Work
This winter golf maintenance has been busy removing some white pine trees that have become hazardous due to rot or grew too large and negatively impacted playability. Two white pines were removed on the ninth tee, four white pines behind the sixteenth green have been removed due to severely damaged canopies and significant structural rot, and two white pines were removed from the right side of the fourth hole. The added benefit of white pine removal is that the agronomic team can focus on more important tasks other than picking up the copious amount of tree litter they produce.

Late last fall conditions allowed for the installation of drainage on the ninth fairway. This fairway has always struggled to dry out after rain events. Plans are in place to work on the green-side bunker early this season.  It will be reshaped to divert surface water from entering the bunker and internal drainage will be installed to provide playable conditions after rain events.  It is expected to be ready for play by opening day.
Visit www.smgcturf.blogspot.com for more information on golf course conditions at Stowe Mountain Resort.