The beginning of the season saw two projects completed in 13 greenside bunker and 16 collar collection area resulting in better drainage, aesthetics, and shot options.
1st tee and Driving Range changes
The arborvitae hedge behind 1 tee has been removed in favor of a small wall and perennial plantings that will tie in with the look of the clubhouse landcscape. A similar treatment is going on between the 18th tee and the driving range tee with the idea to create more space for the grass range tee while replacing a outgrown hedge that the deer were destroying. The retaining wall at the range is complete and we're waiting for better conditions to start the 1st tee wall.
|Before shot of 1 tee|
|Range tee wall under way|
The Battle of Unrepaired Ballmarks
The fight goes on. Noticeable progress was made this year thanks to a concerted effort by (almost) all the membership to be diligent and care for their greens. Everyone looks forward to the day a ball mark left on the green is treated with the same outrage as seeing steel spiked shoes on a green.
Until then, keep up the good work and remember what Smokey says:
There were long stretches of heat and humidity and a heavy snow event in the early spring. Other than these, it was a year where there was a lot of golf played which is always indicative of pretty decent weather. Very few days were lost to poor course conditions and it was a good year for any cost-per-round concerns - people got their money's worth. Some rain notwithstanding, carts were out daily more than they were in. Spring and early summer were as expected with greens snapping into summer mode around Memorial day as the poa seeds wained and the effect of topdressing and rolling started to accumulate. We experimented with some new growth regulator combinations on greens and fairways and although we had no issues, we'll continue looking for that perfect combination for green speed, growth reduction, and wear recovery that's so elusive on our mixed poa-bent greens. More to come on that front for 2019.
Bunkers were requested to be raked more deeply and we complied. This softened them and lessened complaints. Drainage is still a concern in many, however, and we'll be addressing that problem this winter.
|New 8 tee roughed in and ready for top mix and sod|
|New 8 tee looking to the green|
|Range hedge before|
|Driving range wall under way|
|Course-wide 'limbing-up' and raising of lower canopy|
Snow came early this November curtailing leaf clean-up. We got back to the worst areas while we had a reprieve between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Besides the range and 1st tee, projects through the winter are a flattening/enlarging #7 tee, building an additional tee on #8, and tree pruning. The goal is to remove the lower canopy/branches of all trees that need it. This opens up the holes visually and allows better shot options. A major side effect is more air flow, more sunlight, faster drying, better grass, and of course, happier golfers! See you in April.