Golf Course Maintenance at The Federal Club
Welcome to the golf course maintenance page at The Federal Club. On this page you will find information on our key staff, course conditioning philosophies, monthly updates and useful links regarding turf care. We hope that this page can give you a little insight into how and why we manage the golf course the way we do. Enjoy and don't be afraid to ask us questions along the way!!!
Our Conditioning Philosophy: We manage the conditions at The Federal Club for firmness and speed. We don't just mean this with respect to the putting greens, but with respect to all of the playing surfaces. From the fairways to the approaches, we want to see the golf ball land receptively, but firmly. We manage this way so that the golfer gets the utmost enjoyment out of a well struck golf ball. Of course in Richmond, Virginia it is hard to manage cool season grass with firmness and speed while keeping it lush and green. As such, particularly in the summer months, we push our turf in an effort to create great playability. Although green is good, fast and firm is better.
Golf Course Superintendent - Matt Drayton
Education: B.S.A. Turfgrass Management, The University of Georgia
Past Experience: Spring Creek Golf Club, The University of Georgia Golf Course,
and The River Club (Suwanee, GA)
Bio: Matt started at The Federal Club early in 2014. He came to us from Spring Creek Golf Club where he served as the Superintendent. Originally from Georgia, he moved to Virginia in 2010. Matt is an avid University of Georgia football and Atlanta Braves fan. When he’s not at work, he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, playing golf, and traveling.
Assistant Superintendent – Tyler Herbst
Education: Turf Grass Science, Pennsylvania State University
Past Experience: Hermitage C.C., Locust Hill C.C, Muirfield Village Golf Club, Oak Hill C.C.
Bio: Tyler joined our Federal Club family in early 2014. He came to us from Hermitage Country Club where he was an assistant on their Manakin golf course. Tyler is a native of Rochester, New York where he first found his passion for this industry at Oak Hill Country Club. He has worked numerous PGA tournaments consisting of 4 major championships. When not on the grounds at the Federal Club, Tyler enjoys golfing and his chocolate lab, Bogey.
Assistant Superintendent – Ryan Holbrook
Education: Associates of Agriculture-Landscape and Turf Management, Virginia Tech
Past Experience: The Tartan Golf Club and Two Rivers Country Club
Bio: Ryan started at The Federal Club early 2015. He came to us from Two Rivers Country Club where he served as their Landscape Superintendent. He is a native of the Northern Neck of Virginia. In his free time, Ryan enjoys golfing, waterfowl, fishing the Rappahannock River and spending time with his Golden Retriever, Ford.
Equipment Manager - Matt Ramsey
Past Experience: Kinloch Golf Club, Smith Turf and Irrigation
Bio: Matt started with The Federal Club in June, 2012. Matt is an expert in mechanical reel grinding, small engines and many other types of machinery. Prior to working for The Federal Club, Matt was the head mechanic at world renowned Kinloch Golf Club. Matt's precision with equipment is vital to our ability to mow the turf at such aggressive heights.
Use these links to learn about our turf species, unpopular, but necessary cultural practices and some of the pests that we battle on an annual basis.
Better Billy Bunker
Turf Type Tall Fescue
Some Cultural Practices:
Deep Tine Aeration
Common Diseases and Pests:
Annual Bluegrass Weevil