We had perfect weather on Sunday for the official Short Game Area Grand Opening. It was great to see so many people out and appreciative of the work that was completed. Roger Cleveland gave some great clinics and over 100 new wedges were ordered. The area is holding up well to wear so far. Hopefully everyone is familiar with the guidelines that have been posted and emailed out. Following these recommendations will help everyone have an equally enjoyable experience.
We continue to drop the height down on the Short Game Area greens and roll them. Depending on how the weather treats us, the greens should be rolling pretty consistent with the Golf Course greens in a few weeks. You can see slight bruising from the rollers this week and that is ok. As the greens mature, they will be able to take more stress and we will continue to supplement the new turf with the proper nutrients so that they will be more resilient.
Last year during the Short Game Area planning process, we communicated that once the SGA was open, there would be no need for any bunkers at the old chipping green. The deletion of the bunkers means that everyone can be in a safe position when getting ready for their round. In addition, we will not be supplying any range balls at the chipping green. We want this area to utilized for a quick confidence builder before you tee off. The SGA was designed and built for concentrated practice. The sand from this final bunker was removed and transported to other bunkers on the Course in need of more sand. There was about a 10 inch deep build up of sand on this bunker face which was removed and hauled away.
The area was stripped and shaped in to provide a small rough grass hollow and also give much better walking access to the green.
The area was sodded with fresh turf type tall fescue sod, soaked and roped off. We are happy to say this is the last little bit of sod we will be laying for a few months, we are ready for a break!
We are well back into our routine of manicuring the Golf Course. Besides putting some extra time into a few select fairways like 5, 6, 11 and 12, we fill divots on every fairway on Thursday mornings. We put as many people as possible on the "Divot Party" and try to knock out all 16 fairways by lunch time. This allows us to stay out of the way of play which basically reduces the amount of time spent on fairway divots by 300%. Remember, if you take a divot and can find it, please replace it. Otherwise, we will be close behind to fill it perfectly with a sand and seed mixture that will fill back in a few weeks.
Enjoy the summer weather, Spring should be back by the end of next week!