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 is not at work, he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughters, playing golf, and traveling.
Assistant Golf Course Superintendent - Dan Sabina
Education : A.A.S. Turfgrass Management, Oakland University
Past Experience: Five Oaks (Lebanon, TN), The Governors Club (Brentwood, TN)
Bio: Dan comes to us from Nashville, TN. However, he has resided in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Oregon, and Michigan as well. He has worked at numerous top tier facilities, but is most excited about his residency at The Federal Club. He was most recently employed at Governor’s club in Brentwood, and Five Oaks CC in Lebanon. He is currently working towards a Degree from Penn State University. His hobbies include Music, Golf, and most importantly, spending time with his wife Amanda, and daughter Charlie. He always has a smile on his face and loves to talk about golf and his work.
Assistant Golf Course Superintendent - Mike Dorosky
Education : A.A.S. Turfgrass Management, State University of New York at Delhi
Past Experience: Dupont Country Club (Wilmington, DE), Hopson Hills Golf Course (Dolgeville, NY), Hermitage Country Club (Manakin-Sabot, VA), The Golf Course at Delhi (Delhi, NY)
Bio: Mike came to us from Dupont Country Club in Wilmington, Deleware. Mike is originally from Upstate New York. He brings over 10 years of golf course maintenance experience at both high end country clubs and daily fee public courses. In his free time Mike enjoys watching soccer, hiking, camping, and relaxing at home with his girlfriend Casey.
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, 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