“What a relief…to be in rock free soil.” I have heard our Irrigation Contractor say this over the past few weeks. I have also muttered these words every time the trenchers were moving smoothly without the extra effort and time rocks add to the project. Excluding holes 10 and 16, the back nine holes have had very few rocks. I hope to continue this trend as we start trenching holes 12, 13 and 14 this week. At present, we have water from the new irrigation system flowing on holes 1-11, 15 green, 16 tees, 17, 18, and the practice areas. I love the feeling of being able to pressurize water and grow the course back from the drought conditions. Every time irrigation water is flowing on the course, we are back on track, one step closer to getting the golf course back in playable condition, with great conditions to follow!
Our maintenance staff has been a work in progress so far this year. Unfortunately, we have had a lot of turnover with our staff in an effort to find hard-working, conscientious workers that care for our Club and take pride in their work. Finally for the first time this year, I feel comfortable with our team and I am ecstatic to continue training the crew. The sporadic rain showers have really shown the new guys how the scheduling is similar to a chess match. When a rain shower interrupts our plan, it is almost impossible to make that time up.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work towards an outstanding golf experience at Laurel Ridge.
Logan H. Nesbitt, Golf Course Superintendent