Steady progress. The course is healing, albeit slowly, from winter’s damage. Most of the cold temperature damage has either mended itself or been replaced. The vole damage is now the most visually apparent challenge that we have on course. It is being reseeded as time allows each day by several members of our staff. It seems the equivalent of scraping and filling twenty seasons’ worth of divots in a few weeks’ time.
The ice damaged areas of the greens on holes four, six, and seventeen have been reseeded twice and continue to make respectable progress. We are giving them about 10 more days to impress us, or we may decide to repair some of those areas with sod at that time.
Our improvements to the practice putting green by the first tee have really enhanced the turf quality and health of the entire edge of that putting surface. A fresh layer of asphalt to smooth and cover what was a jumble of separate asphalt patches helps to bring that area a clean look and feel. Kate Benson, our new Horticulturist, will be adding the final touches to that area in the weeks ahead.
Speaking of our new Horticulturist, she and her team are making some great additions to the Club landscape and potted plants throughout. I think you’ll notice an impressive plant palette and more color wherever you are around the Club.
We are also pleased with some of the other improvements we’ve made since last season. Most notably the forward tee on hole seven, the back tee on hole eight, and the reconstructed bunkers adjacent to the greens on holes three and eleven. I continue to be impressed by the construction talent that we have on our staff, in house. We hope these projects enhance playability and generally make your rounds more enjoyable.
The final item worthy of mention is the ongoing bunker work. We have all identified (obviously) many bunkers that are simply too soft and difficult to play from. We have recently embarked on hole ten with a program that involves removing a portion of sand and amending and mixing in a finer sand that will result in a firmer bunker that retains a little more moisture. This is a very labor-intensive project that we will be working on for the balance of the season. We remain enthusiastic and confident that we can provide the most consistent and player-friendly bunkers possible.