Thursday, December 27, 2012

Winter cart traffic

As winter presses on, and we remain busy, I've stared noticing more cart traffic patterns around the course.  So I thought I would take a moment to discuss the importance of following some general cart rules.  I know your eyes are rolling back, and you're thinking, I don't want to have rules while I golf, but if these few simple guidelines will improve course conditions.  dormant Bermuda cannot recover from wintr cart traffic and excessive amounts can lead to compacted soil and a thin spots come spring.  Extra work is required of the agronomy staff to remedy the compaction and improve the playability of the turf. 
Please keep carts on paths at all tee boxes, green complexes, and all par 3s.  The staff also has numerous signs, wood barriers, and roped areas throughout the course meant to guide the traffic and spread it around.  Please look out for the roped areas and observe all signage around the course. 
We appreciate your support with this and are looking forward to a great 2013 season. 

Friday, December 14, 2012

86th St. Widening Project

After several months of construction and road closures, I'm happy to announce that 86th St. North is now open from Main St. to Mingo.  Members and guests can access the clubhouse from the east on 86th  and do not need to use  the detour anymore.  Although the road is open to traffic, it is only two lanes and the outer lanes are still closed.  There still is a lot of sidewalk and shoulder work still to be completed so please be cautious of construction crews in the area.  Thank you.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Tree Work

With the onset of some colder weather, the agronomy staff has taken a break from daily course set up to work on some trees.  Although we do not have a lot of trees on the course, we typically spend a few weeks every winter cleaning willows out of creek banks, and thinning out miscellaneous thick spots along property lines.  Occasionally we have to remove a tree or two that are too close to greens and are creating poor growing conditions for the Bentgrass.  We will be spending some time this week clearing out underbrush in an overgrown area right of #3 tee box.