It is still too early to forecast a course opening date. With some encouraging weather coming our way, we will have a much better idea of where we stand by early next week. Below are photos that show a comparison between April 19 of last year (one day before course opening) and this year. At the moment we are several days behind last year’s conditions.
This week has been a challenging week. In preparation for the start of the season, our “TO-DO LIST” is quite long and it has been difficult to sit back and wait for the snow to melt. However, that is the best we can do at the moment. Trying to do too much in wet conditions can often make matters worse. Fortunately, the ice storm last weekend caused no major damage to the golf course. We lost a few big limbs and a tree behind the 3rd green. The majority of the work will come from the extensive small tree debris that we will have to rake up. Clean up will start this weekend.
The Practice Facility will open on Wednesday April 25. However, the Short Game practice area will remain closed, as in previous years, until seed is able to germinate.
Creek Erosion Project
The golf construction on the 18th and the 10th holes has unfortunately been on a complete standstill since last weekend. Work will resume once the snow melts and the construction site is dry.
City Sewer Project
Over the past seven days, the City has managed to make progress even in light of the bad weather. They have removed the bridge and bridge abutments as planned. They have finished the manhole on the 15th and the 11th holes, and are close to finishing the manhole on the 18th hole. They will soon be removing the last section of their access roads. Restoration and sod availability has been delayed due to the weather and will resume as soon as the course dries, which we hope is early next week.
Have a great weekend,
Andre Aymar, Course Superintendent