Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Winter Golf

Watching the golf tournament in Hawaii last weekend was the next best thing to actually playing.  It's nice to see green grass even if it isn't ours.  While the pros are bouncing around to all the good climates where golf is in peak season we're patiently waiting for our peak season to arrive.  We'll have some nice days well before the season is really here so be prepared to get out when the opportunity arrives.  Remember that the golf you watched on TV is a lot different than the golf you will see here at the moment.  Our ground is frozen in places and saturated where not frozen.  The greens are lumpy from the footprints of recent golfer traffic.  The fairways are dormant and may not provide a perfect lie.  The bunkers are probably frozen and can't be raked.  Having said all that the course is open for play and a great source of fresh air and exercise.  When ground conditions allow for us to get greens mowed or rolled we'll certainly do it.  We'll also rake bunkers if/when they thaw out.  In the meantime we are very busy cleaning up the many acres of wooded property along the perimeter of the course and will be tackling some drainage work next.

Winter greens are here already but I thought this might be a good reminder 
The vacuum has been running non stop lately
About an inch of snow last week.  We've since removed the dead pine you see behind the tee

Monday, January 12, 2015

USGA Article on Winter Play

There are a number of variables to consider when it comes to winter golf and the status of the course. We tend to err on the side of getting die hard golfers on the course and take some calculated risks. We do, however, have to keep the course closed occasionally when we consider risks for damage to be high.  This article makes a number of good points about the issue.

USGA Winter Play Article 

Golf In The Local News

Regional courses diversify, renovate to deal with decline in golf interest - Business

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Water Level Improving

Today the lake has much more water in it than it did just a month ago.  After several dry weeks in which the water level slowly dropped, we are finally heading in the right direction.  The first picture is of the lake on the day the leak was stopped.  The next two are following a few dry days/weeks and you can see the pump starting to show up above the surface.  The last picture was taken today (Jan. 6) and the pond is about 14" higher than it was at it's low point.  That is about 100 million gallons for those keeping score.  We have a long way to go, but as long as the ground stays frozen or saturated we should get a good benefit from any precipitation.  Runoff is our best friend right now.  



Pump House Completed!

Jimmy, Alan, and Logan did a great job with this.  Only setback was the roof material delay, but it's finally in and should last longer than any of us.  

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Winter Hole Locations

Now that greens are freezing at night we are going to our winter hole location plan. Instead of using our normal pin sheet on the scorecard, please refer to the option below.  Staff will take care of rotating the flagsticks and updating the daily pin position sign at the first tee.  

What is the ruling?
For those wondering about what happens when the spare hole is on the line of your putt, the Rules of Golf cover this situation. Since this a hole made by a greenkeeper, it meets the Definition of Ground Under Repair. You could choose to play your ball as it lies, but you also have the option to take relief. Rule 25-1b(iii) provides guidance on how to take relief if desired.  
25-1b (iii) On the Putting Green: If the ball lies on the Putting Green, the player must lift the ball and place it, without penalty, at the Nearest Point Of Relief that is not in a Hazard or, if complete relief is impossible, at the nearest position to where it lay that affords maximum available relief from the condition, but not nearer the hole and not in a hazard. The Nearest Point Of Relief or maximum available relief may be off the Putting Green.  

If you would like to print out a winter pin sheet.....