A quick update from the Grounds Department on what is happening on the course and how we are trying to manage an ever changing situation. Stan and Jeff have already pointed out all of the measures that we are taking to help eliminate touch points on the golf course for your safety. Removing bunker rakes around the traps was one of those measures. We have done more work on the bunkers within the last week and are trying to maintain them at an in-season level. Regardless of the current rules that we are using with the bunkers, I’m asking that you please smooth out the sand in your hitting area with your foot when you are done in the bunker. This will help ensure a cleaner hitting area for the next person as well as better aesthetics for your golf course.
Some of our projects on the golf course are starting to take shape. We have done some work on the driving range to hope to get that open as soon as possible. More work will be needed but should have limited impact on the opening of the range. The tee box on #17 will be completed shortly with an anticipated opening date of June 1st. Greens aerification was completed in mid-March and we, and you, are glad to have that behind us.
Spring has brought us our typical rollercoaster ride of weather. The zoysia tees and fairways came out of dormancy 2-3 weeks ahead of schedule with the warmer temps in late March and early April. That was all for show as the recent cold snap and hard frosts threw some areas back into dormancy. We are typically fully green by the end of May and I see nothing to change that timeline as of now.
I hope everyone continues to stay safe on and off the golf course. We are fortunate to be able to enjoy this game and property in times when an outlet is needed. Looking forward to a “normal” summer.
GCSAA Class A Superintendent