I wish I had a dollar for every time a member asked me “…are we still on schedule? It doesn’t look like much is happening now.” Two basic things I want to communicate to you this month are: One, I never get tired of answering members’ questions about the project; at least not yet. This is your project and you deserve to have answers to your questions; even the tough ones. And, two: yes, I am happy to report, we are still on schedule even with all the rain this past season. I don’t think we will be much ahead of schedule, like we were on the Pro Shop and Fitness Center, but we are currently on schedule. And, most importantly, we are also on budget.
Rest assured; there has been a flurry of activity on the interior of the building. Like bees in a hive, the construction crews have framed all of the interior walls, and miles upon miles of plumbing, duct work, fire sprinkler piping, and electrical, phone and data wires have been placed within these walls and above the ceilings. Most of this work will never be seen again once the walls get closed in, unless you are one of the fortunate ones who have had the opportunity to go on one of the fantastic construction tours.
The grounds are just about complete as well. My favorite new hole is the 4th. Check out the below before and after pictures.
- BEFORE: The above photo shows the previously existing green on the 4th hole–a small and nondescript push up green–prior to the renovation.
- AFTER: The above photo shows the new green at the par-4 fourth hole during grow-in (note the new green on the par-3 fifth hole in the background).
Repairing divots is as basic a part of golf as creating divots. Be kind to the course – and fellow golfers – with these tips from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (for an illustrated guide to repairing divots, see our How to Repair Divots tutorial).
Time Required: 15-30 seconds
1. The proper way to repair a divot can differ depending on your location and the types of turf used. If you’re not sure what’s proper, ask before your round.
2. Many courses simply ask you to replace your divot. Pick up the divot and put it back in place in the same direction it came out. Tamp down firmly so the ground is level.
3. Courses with actively growing bermudagrass may prefer to have divots filled with sand rather than replaced. Fill with sand (usually provided on the cart) and tamp down firmly.
4. Our course provide a mixture of sand and seed for use in repairing divots. Fill and tamp down firmly.
Replacing or repairing divots is designed to get the turf growing again as quickly as possible.
Failure to replace or repair a divot can add weeks to to the time it takes turf to heal itself.