Golf Course Superintendent’s Update 6/15/18

Summer temperatures have arrived a little early to Waynesville.  The area is expecting highs in the mid-to-upper 80’s through most of next week.  It is nice to have this wonderful golfing weather, but this pattern means the start a tough season for the turf.  As a northern bred species, bentgrass prefers cooler temperatures.  While it is possible to grow bentgrass here, there are approximately 90 days in the heat of the summer that we must work to get the turf to survive until cooler temperatures arrive again in mid September.  Signage, cart rulings, stakes, ropes and traffic diverters are placed around the property to give the turf a great chance at survival.  Thank you for increased adherence to these rulings.

As many have seen, some turf decline has appeared on a few golf holes.  I was stumped by this when first noted last Thursday, so I called in an expert to view the damage with me.  After sending overnight samples to a disease lab in Raleigh, the test results came back negative for disease.  While that is a very good thing, the problem happened from the almost 19 inches of rain that we received from the middle of May until here recently.  Water moisture levels were reaching 60% in the sample plugs.  This much saturation was basically allowing no oxygen into the root zone of these areas, thus suffocating the grass plant.  After the conformation from the lab, crews aerified and seeded these areas on Monday and we have already seen improvement. Many courses in the area had similar damage.  It infuriates me that the course went from fantastic to now having some trouble areas, but, I greatly appreciate the helpful comments.  We will make every attempt to repair as many damaged areas as we can in the coming weeks.

I would like to wish a Happy Father’s Day to all fathers at LRCC and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Logan H. Nesbitt

2018 Youth Summer Sports & Activities Camps At Laurel Ridge

LRCC is excited to offer three week-long Summer Youth Sports & Activities Camps for ages 6-14.   Your child or grandchild will benefit from valuable lessons from our Tennis & Golf Pros plus many other activities such as swimming, arts & crafts, educational programs plus much more.  Days packed full of sports and learning activities will ensure a fun experience for all!

Camps are open to the public and space is limited.  Reserve your child’s space today or contact Mandy for details, or (828) 452-0545, ext. 131!  Camps run from 10 am-4 pm daily in the following weeks:

  • Camp I – June 25-29, 2018
  • Camp II – July 9-13, 2018
  • Camp III – July 23-27, 2018

Please click here to download the 2018 Youth Sports & Activities Camp Brochure & Registration.

Attention Golfers! Play Beautiful Laurel Ridge Country Club in the Great Smoky Mountains for only $49!

GolfWeek Magazine published, “Laurel Ridge is the yardstick by which all area golf courses are measured”.  Now you can play one of the premier mountain golf courses in WNC for only $49! This offer is available any day after 3 pm. Call for your tee time, 828-452-0545.

Golf Course Superintendent’s Update 11/3/17

I hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful color on all our trees.  We have had a very late leaf season due to above-average fall temperatures.  Many trees are simply turning from green to brown and the leafs fall off.

Our Hispanics finish their season at the club today.  They have been wonderful to work with and wonderful for the golf course.  Having the same trained guys back from 2016 was a major boost to start the 2017 season off quickly.  Our winter season staff will consist of two men on the course, our mechanic, and myself.  We will continue to clean up leafs and mow turf that is still growing.

My goal for the off season is to send out a monthly update, so please be looking for these.  My staff thanks each of you for a very successful 2017 golf season.

Logan H. Nesbitt, Golf Course Superintendent

WCU Golf Tournament Was A Success!

Thank you so much for hosting “The Mutt” Catamount Football Classic golf outing in October.  A great time was had by all our donors and fans!  We truly appreciate the time and effort you made to make the event a success!  The success of these golf outings in terms of fundraising dollars directly impact our Student-Athletes at WCU and the mission of the Catamount Club.

We loved being able to set up in the pavilion for registration and then dinner.  Everyone said the greens were in great shape and that they enjoyed the course.  They also loved the coffee, lunch and dinner!  Thanks again for all you do! ~Miffy Henley, Assistant Director, Catamount Club, WCU Athletics, 11/2/17

Golf Course Superintendent’s Update 10/20/17

According to the Park Service, this weekend will be the peak for leaf lookers on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  The foliage has been beautiful this fall.  Leaf drop is always a tough task for maintenance crews since leaves continue to fall after we have already completed morning tasks, necessitating cleaning the leaves off greens again after lunch.  Hopefully this has helped keep the putting surfaces clean for afternoon play.

Fairway aerification began this week, but the rental machine is having a few issues.  We hope to have a replacement Monday afternoon to continue this process next week.

The following tasks were performed this week:

  • Mowed greens 6 times
  • Mowed T,C,A twice
  • Mowed fairways twice
  • Mowed rough twice
  • Mowed clubhouse
  • Mowed DR twice
  • Raked bunkers twice
  • Changed pins 3 times
  • Interseeded clubhouse grounds
  • Added 2 additional sprinkler heads on #5
  • Partially aerified #5 and #12 fairways
  • Leaf cleanup
  • Started brush blading native areas

Have a wonderful, colorful weekend!

Logan H. Nesbitt, Golf Course Superintendent


Golf Course Superintendent’s Update 10/13/17

So far, fall has been a continuance of summer for 2017.  We almost reached record high temperatures on Wednesday and expect above average temperatures through the weekend.  It has been excellent growing weather for the grass seed that we have around the golf course as well as a beautiful leaf season.  The hurricane rain on Sunday and Monday were wonderful since the course was very dry from a couple weeks of limited rainfall.  The hurricane wind was pretty intense blowing small branches and leafs down throughout the property; however, we only lost one tree on number 7.  Wet conditions limited golfers to ‘cart path only’ rulings all the way through Thursday and changed to ’90 degree’ ruling for Friday.

Next week we will start fairway aerification.  Crews will pull a 1 inch core, drag the cores to bust them up, and then blow the remaining debris into the rough or woods areas.  We will possibly have 1-2 holes closed at a time to keep the process moving as quickly as possible.  The following tasks were performed this week:

  • Mowed greens 5 times
  • Mowed T,C,A twice
  • Mowed fairways twice
  • Mowed rough twice
  • Mowed clubhouse
  • Mowed DR twice
  • Turbine blow leafs 5 times
  • Changed pins 3 times
  • Weedeated bunkers
  • Raked bunkers 3 times
  • Brushbladed native areas
  • Sprayed greens
  • Edged sprinkler heads
  • Mulched hole signs
  • Overseed DR tee

Have a wonderful weekend!

Logan H. Nesbitt, Golf Course Superintendent

Golf Course Superintendent’s Update 10/6/17

I hope everyone had a wonderful week.  Our weather has been extremely dry lately, however, rain is forecasted starting Saturday night.  We have some grass seed around the course that would appreciate the additional moisture.  With the annual Piedmont Cup currently going on, I want to say thank you for obeying the signage around the course.  Signs/rope/stakes are added to keep the conditions balanced throughout the property.  The green kyllinga is yellowing out around the golf course.  The frost on Monday hurt the kyllinga enough to yellow before it turns brown.  We will continue spraying this grassy weed throughout next week.  Also, we plan on doing some fairway aerification next week, weather permitting.  We will be pulling a large core similar to greens aerification, dragging the material in, then blowing the excess off.  No sand will be added and conditions should be very playable.  We will be closing 1-2 holes at a time to keep the process moving.

This following tasks were performed this week:

  • Mowed greens 6 times
  • Mowed T,C,A 3 times
  • Mowed fairways 3 times
  • Mowed rough twice
  • Mowed DR twice
  • Mowed clubhouse
  • Changed pins 4 times
  • Weedeated bunkers
  • Raked bunkers
  • Slit seeded #14 fertilizer damage and added straw matting temporarily
  • Weedeated waterways

Logan H. Nesbitt, Golf Course Superintendent

2017 LRMGA SEASON: A Summer of Golf & Friendships

This summer has come and gone quickly, but the memories shared on the course and in the clubhouse will long be remembered.  Most of us still shot relatively low scores, and a few even surprised themselves with some unforgettable plays including three hole-in-ones!  New members joined the association and soon learned that the LRMGA is a unique group that not only love golf, but they truly care about each other.

We were pleased to have gotten to play in all the games this summer, including the renowned Hawaiian Shirt Day, Individual and 2–Man Match Play, President’s Cup, season-ending LRMGA Championship plus the other tried-and-true formats.  The communication to members was exceptional this year, thanks to the efforts of Brian Boeye, our new President. 

Reflecting on the end of another great golf season reminds us to make the most of every day and to enjoy each round, good or bad.  After all, even a bad day of golf in these beautiful surroundings is still a good day.  We look forward to 2018 and encourage you to play with no regrets and live with gratitude.  Long live the LRMGA.                                            

Dave Crocker, LRMGA President Emeritus Visits LRCC

Hole #12 at Laurel Ridge

This private, long-established country club has been a tradition in the Waynesville area for generations.  Its rustic clubhouse has kept up with the times and offers a full array of services. “Complex” best describes the holes at Laurel Ridge.  Each hole brings a unique and different dimension.  While the course sits along a hillside, it still has considerable elevation change, water on a few holes, several holes with blind shots, and even rocks in a fairway.  Greens are very touchy!  The finishing holes on each nine truly test one’s course management with totally blind shots to narrow fairways and then water to carry to the green.  The course is very well maintained with picturesque holes winding through woodlands, hills and well setback homes making for a delightful yet testing day of golf.  It is fun to sit in the Clubhouse over lunch and watch groups come in on the ninth and eighteenth holes.  The Stay and Play accommodations are new and extremely well-appointed.
From the tips it is 6904 with a course rating of 72.2 and slope of 142 with six sets of tees.