On the job at Plum Brook golf course

You’d think it would be so relaxing, trimming the green Plum Brook County Club golf course.
Melissa Topey
Apr 8, 2013


But on a cold Wednesday morning, I was bested by a push mower. 

When I showed up to work alongside golf course superintendent Mark Bauer, I was excited. I figured I’d spend the morning in the sun, enjoying a beautiful course and riding some cool equipment. 

Easy enough, right? The reality is it was cold day.

And they use push mowers to cut the greens. 

When Bauer told me this, I could hardly believe it. 

“By hand, really?” I asked. 

“I feel it performs better, and it’s better looking,” Bauer said.

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Played there many a times. The problem isn't what type of mower to use it's what type of fertilizer to use. Many diseased greens.


Cowboy, many of the greens in many states over the last few years have gotten some funk and nearly had to be all reseeded or completely redone. It hit a lot of courses and states.

Phil Packer

Not to mention certain a hole members...


Melissa, would have been nice to see you do a story on Wousickett or Mills rather than a private club.


Why would a greens keeper allow someone to drive a three wheeler into a sand hazard?