Monday, October 1, 2012
One of the few benefits of a historic drought has been the identification of the maintained areas that do not get good coverage from the irrigation system. Some areas are along the perimeter of the course and we utilize mobile sprinkler heads to apply sufficient irrigation for these areas. However, there are a few areas that have been on my list that are great candidates for adding new sprinkler heads. We decided to address a few of them this morning. The first area we looked at was north of the forward tees on #1. This area always gets very dry during the summer. Since it is on the very first hole, we wanted the area to be as visually pleasing as possible. The second area we added a sprinkler head was on #6. The area west of the 100 yard marker has always been thin, and dry during the summer. We've noticed that a large percentage of golfers hit their approach shots from this area so keeping this area covered with healthy turf will really help the playability of the hole. This happens to also be the area that has the most concentrated cart traffic from golfers and maintenance staff. I believe that having sprinklers in these areas will definitely improve the playability of these holes as well as their aesthetics.