We’re closing right after the Thanksgiving weekend, but there’s plenty of work with winterization continuing. We’ve got contractors coming in the day after we close.
There are still a lot of silted areas after the flood earlier this year that are in play — green sites, between bunkers, collar areas — and anything that is in play, we want to get prepped for sod.
There are certain areas that we’re not going to be patient with that we’ve got to get after now. That’s a couple of weeks worth of work and we’ll sod them in the spring.
All of the fairways that were silted after the flood are very firm, so we’ve got to get out there and aerate all those areas and get some sand into them, trying to give us a chance for the spring. It all comes down to setting ourselves up for success.
We’ve got to treat the greens that were covered by silt a little differently. They tend to seal off a little quicker because of the silt that’s worked its way in there.
The fairways have come a long way, even the ones that we brought back from the flood, but we’ve got to get applications down because winter around here can be so harsh.
Our challenge lately has been the wind, which limits the time we have to spray. When we do have a good morning, the sprayer is the first thing you see going out the door.
We have to take advantage of every opportunity we have to get those applications down, get ourselves prepped and set ourselves up for success, even if we have headlights on them until 8 p.m. when it’s dark.
The emotions that went along with what happened in the flood have been left at the door, but it’s taken some time.
We didn’t make a lot of snap decisions afterwards and there are a lot of unknowns right now. A lot of those questions won’t be answered right away.
This is going to be a busy winter. Our members will say, `Wow, you’re going to be glad when it’s over,’ and I say, `Normally, I’d lie to you, but you’re right.’
I’m not sure how quickly it will be over, however. We’ve all caught up on our sleep and we’re past that, but we want to put a dead bolt on so we can close the past and work on what we’re going to be in the future.
It’s almost like walking on to a new property. It’s a new business with a new business plan. Some aspects will stay the same as they were, but a lot will be different. We’re taking a bad thing and trying to turn it into a new beginning.
There are some exciting aspects to it and there are going to be some good things come out of it. Nobody wishes what we went through, but that being said, we need to turn it into a positive.
It’s making us look at absolutely every area of our operation and we plan to come out of it even better.