Finally, we were able to see some frost accumulation this past weekend. It seems that more is just around the corner. What does this mean for the golf course? I want to make sure everyone understands not only what we are doing to protect the course this winter but also understands why.
Many of you have seen the three sets of tees being used on the course as of last week. What we have done is pair the Bravo/Black Duke and Carson/Rocky Joe tees. This eliminates two extra sets of tees during the non-growing season. Why those tees someone may ask? Our Black Duke and Carson tees are the most utilized teeing grounds. Our goal is to eliminate the wear on these teeing grounds in efforts to have great areas to play from in the spring transition. This means that these tees will be moved around to abnormal places to achieve this goal. We do understand the need for yardages to stay consistent so as we move one set up on a hole the opposite will be done on the next. Please keep in mind that tee disruption is not only from divots taken from the golf swing. This is why you don't only see different tee marker placements on holes where irons are used. Traffic plays a huge role as well. Examples are 2, 4, 7, and 15 Carson tees. The surrounding area (walk up areas) have struggled as well. It is impossible for us to continue to utilize these areas all winter and expect them to look good next spring. I certainly appreciate your understanding of this process.
We have also began using our winter hole locations. You have or will notice there are three different holes in the greens every day. Only one of which is exposed and has the flag in it. This process allows us to eliminate over 70 percent of the scarring done from moving hole locations during non growing weather. These holes will be rotated to allow different locations on different days. As we see the holes begin to wear down we will move the locations. Our goal is to provide great playing conditions all while being aware of our goal of limiting old hole scarring. This process has proven to work wonderfully over the past few years and we certainly thank you for your support.
We look forward to a productive winter with many projects in store. We know that using these precautions will greatly benefit your experience this winter as well as moving forward into next year. Thanks again for your support and commitment to protecting the course this winter.
Scott J. Newman
Golf Course Superintendent