Paul Grayson

Winter work

Winter work

January 16, 2017

The off season doesn't necessarily mean a long slumber for everyone on the maintenance team. GCI equipment columnist Paul Grayson says there are a number of issues a golf course can deal with, such as addressing key employee retention; equipment repair and replacement, as well as off-season contributions to the bottom line. He provides some insight on the issues he's deals with during his downtime. Read More

The circle of life

The circle of life

November 12, 2015

It is all part of the circle of (equipment’s) life (play “The Lion King” theme song as background here). To maintain the efficient operation of the golf course as a business, old equipment needs to be rotated out of the lineup and new equipment purchased to replace it. If equipment managers before you did not do this, your turf equipment would be horse drawn or steam powered. Now that you are your course’s equipment manager, it is up to you to continue the tradition of weeding your motor pool collection each year. Machines that have become uneconomical to keep need culled from the herd. Read More

The goose that lays golden eggs

The goose that lays golden eggs

October 20, 2015

The beverage cart pays for itself in the first month, and each month after that is pure profit, says GCI equipment columnist Paul Grayson. He discusses the supporting role this important piece of equipment plays in a succesful golf course. Read More

Best practices

Best practices

September 21, 2015

Heading into the fall season, here are a few best practices I’ve observed and adopted along the way. Now is as good of a time as any to share them with you as you prepare to either put your equipment to bed for the season, or to kick start your equipment maintenance program for the months to come. Read More

By the numbers

By the numbers

August 21, 2015

Shortly after I started at Crown Golf Club a heated argument ignited among returning mower operators in cold storage – the shop’s unheated indoor storage area subject to freezing in cold weather. Each operator was complaining the other guy was blocking their way and to get their mower out in the morning the other had to move. Unfortunately, the suggested relocation was in the way of someone else’s mower. Read More

Water! Water! Water everywhere!

Water! Water! Water everywhere!

July 7, 2015

While it is not exactly a desert, there is a place in Traverse City where storms split, go around and reform on the other side. This place of unusual weather is the result of geography and is exactly where the Crown Golf Club was inadvertently located. There can be a raging rainstorm going on in the area and frequently we have to run the irrigation system because the storm went around us. A failure of the irrigation system, even for a short time, can damage the golf course. The course is truly dependent on irrigation. Read More

Stage Fright

Stage Fright

June 17, 2015

Here is a frontline story about the panic high-tech mowers cause. This is relevant because turf equipment is adopting the X-By-Wire design approach, and some of it is old enough to need serious troubleshooting and repairs. Read More

Cuts like a knife

Cuts like a knife

May 18, 2015

The Crown Golf Club is a typical 18-hole course with a practice green and driving range. It’s located in a town with substantial tourist traffic, and is open to members and the public. As equipment manager, I run a small motor pool necessary for a course this size and, being typical, two of each kind of machine. Some of these machines have cutting edges that need to be sharpened regularly to maintain their efficiency. Read More

Safety first

Safety first

April 15, 2015

“There are no such things as accidents; there are only traps waiting to spring on unsuspecting people.” — Old Timer Read More

Equipment life cycles

Equipment life cycles

February 19, 2015

The mowing season ended with 2,407 hours on my Jacobsen Eclipse 322 gas hybrid greens mower. This is nearly midway through the traditional 5,000-hour life of small engines, like the air-cooled 14-hp Briggs & Stratton Vanguard V-Twin. Read More

Fun field changes

Fun field changes

January 15, 2015

The most valuable suggestions come from frontline workers who see opportunities to save money, eliminate waste and improve the final product. The quickest way to get another valuable suggestion from an employee or fellow worker is to use the one they gave you and give them credit for their contribution to the team effort. Most of the field changes I do are by special request from the guys who are actually using the equipment on a regular basis. Read More

No room for a booom!!!

No room for a booom!!!

January 14, 2015

Explosions cause terrifying screams and threaten employee safety. Understanding batteries is a quick route to improving safety and maximizing the effectiveness of your course’s vehicles. Read More