With a handful of days where we hit double digit highs and plenty of sunshine, our short turf areas exploded. Never before have I observed such colour and vibrancy from our putting surfaces this early. In fact there have been years' where we are begging for the slightest shade of green 5 weeks from now! The colour certainly is nice but truth be told we still have a ways to go to achieve our desired ball roll consistency.
You may have noticed a return of all ball washers to the course to start the year. After a one year hiatus, they have made their return for the 2019 season. Please bear with us as we attempt to resolve leakage issues on these aged units - some are struggling to hold their seal.
Tee blocks are all out on the course and you will notice that some aren't quite pushed back into their normal positions. It is imperative during the shoulder season that we not utilize prime tee block positions in an effort to conserve quality turf. Some blocks may be blended with others while some (such as the black tees on 6 and 7) will be up for a few weeks until we start to see regular growth. Keep in mind that the method to our madness is turf health and sustained play-ability as we brace these small surfaces for the next 200 days of traffic.
The cleanup of the creek project as well as the municpal drain project from the fall continues. We have struggled to move some of the gigantic chunks left behind from the creek (with some still containing blocks of ice as of late last week) and have had to enlist help with its cleanup. As for the municipal drain, the settling that took place over the winter is fairly significant. We have our hands full in bringing it back to life.
Finally, with some of our staff trickling back in, make sure to give them a smile and a wave. It's always nice to see these fine men and women return each year and perform the magic that they do. We are still a few weeks away from being fully staffed but should be there around the second week of May.
Thanks for reading!