Just as there are two sides to every story, so are there two sides to the occurrence of rain. Too little rain hurts our growing seed and parts of the course that are yet to receive irrigation, while too much rain hinders progress for our irrigation contractor. Ideally, one-half inch of rain once per week would suffice. These recent days of heavy rain have forced us to close the course several days due mainly to quantities of exposed dirt where the grass seed hasn’t germinated well yet. This dirt turns to slick mud that is unsafe to drive or walk on.
Progress on the irrigation system was delayed once again due to the rain on Tuesday. However, I am thrilled to report that all the mainline pipe has been dug. This mainline ends just in front of the ladies’ tee box on #12. Now the plan is to fall back and install all the fairway, tee, green, perimeter and rough heads and pipe on holes 11-17. As I have mentioned before, the smaller pipe is a lot easier to install and much quicker. I have been encouraged with the performance of the new irrigation system thus far. Growing the golf course back in and getting conditions the way we want them is happening consistently. The new irrigation system will allow us to provide water to the course when Mother Nature is going through a dry spell.
I thank those of you who have obeyed the rules of golf cart traffic routing. Hopefully everyone playing can see the difference that staying off of these areas makes. For example, please compare holes 2, 4, 6 vs. 3 & 5. Holes 3 and 5 have had construction traffic on them more than the others. For those who have not been following the cart routing instructions, Santa is watching you! Please do your best to adhere to our routing paths while we grow the course back in. Thanks once again for your patience and support.
Logan H. Nesbitt, Golf Course Superintendent