Amazing fall weather has made for some of the best course conditions of the season. Shorter days lead to less turf growth and irrigation requirements. These play a huge role in having some of the fastest green speeds of the year and I hope you have all been able to get out and enjoy the course.
The small needle tine aeration in early September healed quickly with minimal disruption to playability. Other fall aeration practices to come include a deep drill aeration of the greens on Monday, Oct. 15. This is a contracted service that we will continue to perform every other fall. With many of our older greens being built on native soils with no drainage, the deep drill is an important part of our maintenance program to keep the greens healthy. Fairways will also be aerated over the next few weeks now that we have completed all our major golf events.
The relocation and improvement of the 11th/18th tee box continues. With rough shaping complete, we are now working on adding irrigation. Not surprisingly, rock has slowed this process but we are making great progress. The plan is to have the new tees irrigated with a finish grade before winter arrives. Letting the soil settle before sodding next spring should provide for the best finished product. It is exciting to see this project come to life after much planning with our golf course architect, Dan Hixson. We will continue to use the current #11 tee box and the blue/white tee on #18 for the remainder of this season and through part of next spring.
Lastly, I would like to thank my dedicated team for all their efforts this season to provide you and your guests the best possible experience. My success depends on them and I am proud of what we have been able to accomplish in 2018.
Thanks for all your support and see you on the course!