Our greens are among the best in the area. We spent a significant amount of money reviving them by bringing in professionals to deep drill them to stimulate the foundation of the turf. We are closely monitoring the conditions. We will begin vertical cut procedure with the purchase of new equipment. Proper aeration and sanding in timely manner is required to maintain the conditions as an avid golfer with a high level of request for the game and fix ball marks on our greens.
It is apparent we must try to get some of our members to begin to develop those respectful habits as well. Some occasions during my much too infrequent rounds I have repaired 10 or more ball marks on our greens. If all of us do not develop respect for the greens and conditions of our course will soon have “run of the mill” greens. We will soon begin request members to carry sand in which their carts to replace divots they take when playing. We will mix seed with sand to help keep our fairways looking and playing like an elite golf course.
Sand traps will be enlarged on most of our holes. New sand will also be purchased to provide for playable bunkers. We expect we will need to purchase 500 tons of sand to complete this project.
Some fairways are very patchy and prevent us from being able to play the ball down due to their condition. We have sought help from professionals in order to encourage our Bermuda to cover the bare spots. This requires a significant expenditure for specialized stimulants of the turf and additional seed and daily watering to be able to get the current condition improved substantially. In order to improve the conditions long term, we will work on a drainage system later this year. If we leave the draining as it is the problem with these fairways will not be “fixed” long term. At least 30 days will be required to see significant improvement.
We are trimming some trees due to “dead” limbs. Other deceased trees will be cut down on two or three holes we will trim trees that block clear shots even when you might be in the fairway. We will not totally eliminate this natural “hazard” but will make the conditions a bit more fair when shots remain in a reasonably fair portion of the fairway.
In time, we want to rework tees to revived level tee boxes. This project will be delayed until fall.
We plan to lower the fairway to about 1/2 inch. The rough will be kept at a level where balls can be located relatively easily to provide for play not to be delayed just because you are in “prime rough.” We purchased a new high performance blazer to help clear mowed grass, leaves and certain debris to help the finding of the ball in play during normal weather conditions. We will encourage our members to play summer rules (ballgown) at generally accepted times in which balls are not toward to improve “lies.”
We want to establish a slope rating through the Kentucky Golf Course Association. With established handicaps we could have both low gross and low net prizes as well as expand tournament play using the handicap system.
In the near term we will have proper signage on the road about our club. Also, the driveway entrance will be paved after settling has been achieved from work recently done. Selective cart path repairs, painting of yard, and bird houses are underway.