It is finally that time of year again where maintenance is becoming routine. We have reached a point in our maintenance schedule that has allowed us to get caught up with many areas on the two courses. While you will definitely see some projects that are ongoing; both courses have reached a maintenance level. This is all thanks to the extreme effort that our staff has put in over the last two months!
Over the next few weeks as the temperatures become consistently warm, you will notice staff members syringing the greens with hoses. Yes, we do have sprinklers and yes, we do water at night. These hoses allow us to carefully monitor the moisture level and surface temperature level. We are not actually watering the greens, but simply cooling the surface atmosphere right above the plant. This practice, although labor intensive, ensures firmer, faster greens and less disease pressure. Please watch this short USGA video on hose watering:
While playing the North Course, you will also notice the construction of a new tee box on hole 7. This project began with us identifying a cluster of trees that needed to be removed for better air circulation. This project is under construction and should be completed by sometime next week.
We also plan to start extensive work on the sand traps. This will begin with filling in some misplaced bunkers and modifying some existing ones to become more playable. As always, thanks for your continued support! See you on the course!
-Jason VanBuskirk, Superintendent