The renovations have been going very well and the end is in sight. The course has been through tremendous change since the flood on July 8, and I want all the members to know that the course is coming back together better than I expected.
Areas that were finished over the last couple of weeks will be ready for play shortly. #8 rough and bunkers, #9 tees, and #17 rough will all be open for play in the near future. The sod has started to knit together, and once it is stable enough for play I will take down the ropes. The bridge on #15 has been temporarily repaired, and the hole will be open for play today.
The 10th hole is now complete and will be open for the weekend; the bunkers have been renovated and the cart path has been relocated to the top side of the hole away from the creek bank. It will take some time for the new path to be embedded into everyone’s mindset, but please keep to the left and stay off the new sod along the right side of the hole. We have started the bunker renovation on the 4th hole, and if all goes well we should be sodding on Monday. The final stage of the renovations is the 6th hole, which we will begin next Monday with the goal of finishing on the Friday of the same week.
Again I want everyone to remember there is a tremendous amount of new sod throughout the property, so please watch for directional signs and ropes to direct traffic and keep carts off these sodded areas.
A quick reminder to everyone that our scheduled aerification of greens and tees is on Monday, August 26th and Tuesday the 27th. The course will re-open for play at 12 p.m. on the 27th. This cultural practice will seem disruptive, but the greens will benefit in the end from the increased oxygen to the roots, removed thatch and increased sand content for an overall firmer, truer putting surface.
Ian McQueen, Course Superintendent