We’ll soon be opening some new greens that we started at the end of September.
We first committed to doing the putting green, the first, second and third holes. We went right down to the bottom and got rid of the drainage that was causing us problems and had collapsed.
As much as we were disappointed to find out that there were things going wrong, we were positive about the fact that we nailed it with the decision to go ahead on the greens.
When we started, we began to see a pretty good fall shaping up.
We had a couple of more holes that we wanted to take a look at because the first and 10th are right beside one another and we couldn’t accomplish our goals on one, without taking out 10, so Lyle Edwards, our owner, made the decision on the spot to do it, too.
We did everything we could before the winter set in, including getting most of the surrounding bluegrass sod down, then we capped the cavity, tarped it and buttoned it down for the winter.
Sod rolled in at the end of April from Idaho and it’s been amazing. We’ve already lowered the height several times and you hardly see any seams. We’re just rolling and cutting it all the time, with proper applications, and we’re very excited about what we see.
We opened in late April and while the new greens won’t open until the first week of June, but the big thing is the chatter around the clubhouse.
They’ve got a different look, a different feel and we redid the bunkering. It was a full rebuild and the members are excited.
I’ll be the first to admit that it wasn’t an easy fall. We also took out close to 50 trees around the property, so we’ve set ourselves up for success with a new season upon us now.
As the work got underway back in the fall, we stayed open an extra week because the weather was good and it was good for the members to see how hard everybody was working. Now, they say, `You guys have worked so hard, the greens look so good, we’re so excited.’
Positive vibes are everywhere from ownership to the staff to members. It’s a nice way to start the season.