Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Spring Preparations

With the course scheduled to open on Friday clean-up on the course and preparing the playing surfaces becomes our number one priority.  The irrigation system has been pressurized and the playing surfaces have been cleared of debris.  Starting on Thursday we will begin mowing greens, tees and approaches.  We will mow fairways Friday morning.

Since we are opening so early this year we have cancelled Member Clean-up, but thankfully we were able to have the Southwest High School golf team give us some of their time in exchange for the club allowing them to use the course to practice as well as play some matches.  Roughly 30 players spent 1.5 hours raking on the course.

The 17th green was the only green that incurred winter damage.  It appears water found its way under the cover and accumulated in the low spot.  The turf that died is poa annua, the green grass in the middle is creeping bentgrass that was plugged into the green last summer following when we had summer turf loss.  Which grass is the heartier grass?  I will let you decide.
The plan is to over-seed the damaged area this week.  We will maintain a protective cover over the area until we feel the seedlings are established enough.  We will also keep this area roped off for a number of weeks. Please be patience as we need time to regain full recovery of this area of the green.

West Lake Landscape is here again this spring working on another project.  This time it's around the 10th tee house.  All of the old blue stone is being removed and we are replacing it with red brink pavers.  One of our goals is to create consistency of products used on the course and around the club.  Red brick pavers along with  lannen stone is and will be installed where and when we feel improvements are necessary.

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