Golf Course Superintendent’s Update 5/19/18

Welcome to the 2018 golf season at Laurel Ridge Country Club!  The maintenance staff is very excited to provide a great golf course this year after a very successful 2017 season.  For the first time in my 14 year superintendent career, all maintenance staff members returned from the previous season.  With the need to hire eliminated, staff is already trained and familiar with each task and hole locations.

Crews accomplished many projects over the winter and we’re excited for golfers to experience these enhancements.  Some tasks are being wrapped up this week and others will be addressed in the coming weeks.  Some of these upcoming improvements include:

  • additional yardage markers will be added
  • bunker rake handles will be refinished
  • more 150 yard stakes will be placed
  • #9 ladies’ tee stairs will be replaced
  • #17 culvert will be fixed
  • mulching will be completed
  • brush piles will be burnt
  • new locking valve box lids are ordered

We hope everyone enjoys the gorgeous annuals that are currently being planted throughout the property.  We are blessed with a greenhouse on property and grew many flowers from seed this winter.  A small amount of money made our greenhouse full with beautiful plants.

We look forward to an exciting 2018 and seeing everyone around the club!

Logan Nesbitt, Golf Course Superintendent

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

Beautiful Location!

“Beautiful location! The setting was perfect for a mountain wedding. I especially enjoyed watching the deer crossing the fairway while waiting for the ceremony to start.”~Jessica Erin 10/30/17

LRCC Tennis Pro Competes at World Cup Competition

LRCC Tennis Pro, Larry Turville, won the deciding #1 singles match against Austria to help the USA win the 65 & over Division, Britannia Cup in Lake Nona, FL recently. The USA also beat Argentina, Croatia, Great Britain, and Australia along the way to win the championships. There were in all 22 countries represented.

Larry represented the USA and Laurel Ridge very well! Congratulations to Larry on a very successful World Cup competition.

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