The golf course here has never been in better shape to start the season and we’re pretty excited about that. Planning and commitment to the plan are paying off.
We’re doing something this year called “Maintenance Mondays,” which means that every second Monday, we open later than usual. This past Monday, for example, we didn’t open until noon.
In conversation with Tyler Patroch, our superintendent, I always want to get as many people as possible out there, but he needs time when it’s dry to do some things.
This past Monday, he top-dressed greens and it really does improve the putting surface and the health of the plant. It also helps to do bunker work, cut fairways when it’s dry, trim and prune trees without players out there.
It’s a morning, or part of a morning, and it has been an interesting experience. You have to communicate it to members and some think that we’re taking time away from them, but our main goal is to make their experience better.
While some people think they should play whenever they want, my attitude is that the golf course speaks for itself. It’s not like we’re taking the day off.
You have to stick to your guns and communicate what you’re trying to accomplishment and conditions will soon start to illustrate the message you’re trying to convey.