Dear Members and Friends,
This has been another crazy unseasonably warm winter season with little snow and a rollercoaster of different weather conditions. We trust this winter has been very kind to you and it was nice to see some members were even able to take advantage of golfing in January/February this year. I was fortunate enough to be nominated and presented with a social media award for “Best Twitter Feed” by Golf Course Industry Magazine in February at the Golf Industry Show in Orlando Florida. If you haven’t checked out my Twitter feed (@GLCCTurf) you should do so for daily course updates and a behind the scenes look at the maintenance taking place at your club.
The turf battled through the winter quite well and we are very pleased with the turf health going into Spring. This is never a guarantee coming out of winter but especially this winter. The grounds team has been working very hard this spring so far trying to get the course into shape for the season, along with working on some special projects. We are about to start our annual application for seed head control on Greens, Tees and Fairways. This is the same program we have been on for the past 16 years now which has worked well for us. Please remember that with this application you could see some discoloration, which is normal and usually lasts about 4 weeks. This is a necessary evil but will help improve the putting surface throughout the spring along with better overall turf grass health throughout the summer months to come.
The grounds team will be doing a bit of work to our golf course bunkers this Spring to get them ready for the golfing season. Sand will be balanced (moved around, added or subtracted) in all bunkers to achieve a more uniform depth across all course bunkers (3-4") and a few bunkers will be converted from the old brown sand to the new white engineered sand. Drainage will be completely replaced in 18 greenside and 5 left greenside bunker. We will also be taking on a similar maintenance style to the "Australian method" that has become very popular across the country. Basically only the bottoms of the bunkers will be raked, faces and edges will be packed or rolled to help prevent balls from plugging up high (See pictures below for examples). We hope that in doing all these things we can increase the playability of our bunkers and achieve more consistency from bunker to bunker across the course. Obviously Mother Nature plays a huge roll in the playability of our bunkers on a daily basis and washouts can change sand distribution and firmness very quickly. While this plan isn't a perfect solution or a major bunker renovation, we believe these changes will help provide better daily bunker playing conditions for our membership.
The driving range is scheduled to open in the middle of April weather permitting. The reason for the delay is to give the range a better chance of recovering from the damage caused by using it. Seed used to fill the damaged areas will not germinate until closer to the middle of the month. Without the chance of recovery, we would damage the tee surface too quickly and be left with a compromised tee during the peak of the season. Thanks for your patience and understanding during this time.
The grounds team is here to make your club experience as special and enjoyable as possible. If there is anything we can do, please feel free to call anytime. We are looking forward to a fun and exciting season here at the club and I hope to see you all very soon.