I am very excited to announce that the back nine holes will reopen on September 11th and all 18 holes will be open for play. Construction cleanup should be complete then, but golfers may encounter a worker seeding or mowing. Care should be taken to follow the intended routes as some holes will be cart path only/follow white flags and some will have an entrance/exit point for fairway driving. Because of the tighter layout of the back nine, creating temporary cart paths would be unsafe.
Progress on the golf course cleanup is going well. A final ” walk through” with the contractor will provide an opportunity to change or correct any issues as needed. Instead of starting the walk through on #1, we have decided to start on #10. This will let the contractor work freely without interrupting golf on the front nine. Following this thought, they will work from #10 through #18 then #1 through #9.
I am encouraged with the cooler day and night temperatures. The seed and young plants that were sitting idle are now germinating and growing. We are seeing even more growth where vehicle traffic is minimal or non existent. Obviously the soil is better on some parts of the golf course than others, so some areas are way ahead. Even though I’m not a fan of Bermuda grass, it is amazing to see how quickly the small amount of Bermuda fills the trench in vs. Bluegrass.
We look forward to letting members play the entire golf course again and finally reaping the benefits of this enormously challenging project.
Logan Nesbitt, Golf Course Superintendent