Friday, September 2, 2011

Course Update 9/2

North Course: We are finally here! The North Course will officially re-open tomorrow morning. We are excited to have golfers back on the course and we hope that you enjoy the new greens. The course will be open the 3rd, 4th, and 5th and be closed until the following weekend.

A glimpse of our daily board showing the countdown to re-opening

#6 Green on 9/2

I have been asked by several members if the greens are healthy enough to support play. We feel the greens are 100% healthy enough to play on. I decided to share with you an email from USGA Green Section Agronomist Bud White. Bud, Stan Wreyford (Head Agronomist for Century Golf), Michael Finke (Regional VP of Agronomy for Century Golf/GCS at Sweetwater CC), Sergio, Jeff, and myself toured both courses yesterday. Bud sent me this email following the vist:


I enjoyed my tour of the courses today and the new Mini Verde greens have grown in very nicely.   I understand there are some members that are concerned if the greens are ready to have play on them.  I assure you that the putting surfaces on the North course will do quite well with handling play and will only continue to improve for the balance of summer/fall.

Thanks and best of luck with opening weekend,

Bud White, Mid-Continent Director
USGA Green Section

The pictures below show a couple of other improvement projects that we have been working on:

Horticulturalists Gary Tupa, Robert Benevides, and Candalario "Benny" Gonzalez stand next to the re-designed landscaping around #1 Tee. They did an excellent job revitalizing this entire area.

Mike Lang and Asst. Supt. Mike McCarty fit the guard rails to the redesigned steps on #4.
South Course: The South Course is still hanging on despite the drought. Hopefully, the re-opening of the North will alleviate some of the traffic.We will be requiring carts to remain on paths on selected holes beginning immediately. Please follow all cart signs as we are doing everything possible to avoid being cart path only on the entire course. The vertical mowing on the greens on Monday was successful and should keep the greens putting well.  We have one more aeration tentatively scheduled for September the 13.

New flags, cups, and flagsticks were put into play this morning. The flagsticks have the Laser Link prism which will make them much easier to be sighted with your range finder.

Rogelio Gonzalez installs the new flags and flagsticks on #12.

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