I want to take this opportunity to review and update the membership on the progress relating to returning the golf course turf to excellent condition. The following is a recap of how we have addressed the issues, what you can expect next season, and the measures we have taken to protect the golf course from repeating the damage from last season:
• For the Fall 2019 we discontinued our Poa Annua control chemical applications. The turf was looking healthy going into November. More healthy than it looked all summer.
• Greens aerification this October using a ‘Dry-jecting’ contractor was very successful. This process left no open holes to expose the root system during cold temperatures.
• We did no aerification on fairways this fall due to poor weather. As stated in the earlier communication, the aerification in the Fall 2018 combined with poor weather conditions immediately following the aerification was the ultimate culprit to poor turf conditions in 2019. All fairway aerification will take place in the spring when recuperation potential is at its highest.
• We spent time this fall thinning trees along a couple of our most shaded holes to allow the maximum amount of sunlight into the turf. We will resume this work as time and conditions allow in the spring.
• We will be resodding the #8 fairway in the spring. We have already reserved and secured the sod for this process.
• The funding for all of the work and sod purchase described above is provided in our annual operating/golf course budget.
Club management is committed to providing premier Club amenities in all areas, first and foremost our golf course.
If you have any questions, concerns, or comments pertaining to our commitment of a quality turf experience, please do not hesitate to call.
Robert G. Schmidt, General Manager
Kevin Phillips, Golf Course Superintendent
Brandon Dixon, Director of Golf