Turf Talk: February

The sun is shining and there is a lot of action around the golf course that is happening. If we did not have frost cancellations you may actually think spring had sprung. The department is in full swing trying to accomplish many different tasks as quickly as possible.

Chris Young, our golf course architect/shaper has been on site for a couple of weeks now doing course improvements. These include the following:

1- The removal of the outside edge bunker on Highland #7. The only people who seemed to enjoy this bunker were the ones taking photos of the many deer that seemed to think that this was their bunker.  

2- The removal of the bunker in front of Highland #5. A very penal bunker on a very tight hole. This area will be grown to taller rough grass, 4”, to hold the ball from rolling into the fence.

3- The addition of a better center tee on Highland #3. This has been increased in size as this hole demands it.

4- The addition of a new forward tee on Pacific #1 and the reconstruction of the middle tee. This tee area has always been too small for the maintenance required. The new forward tee will allow those using it to see the green and the landing areas.

5- The reconstruction of Pacific #7 tee. This tee has demanded a larger surface and alignment.

6-  The department is working on several other projects.

The installation of many split rail fences. These are for the safety of the golfers, (slip, trip and fall hazards) and the safety of our equipment operators to tell them not to go there.

We have also started detailing the bunkers. Have a look at Pacific #8, yes we will be adding more sand.

The driving range has had some drainage installed and will be overseeded and fertilized tomorrow. More split rail is being installed around the pond. New mats will be put out in the near future.

Other course improvements this spring will include painting drop areas, carts will be allowed back on the fairways, new tee markers for the whole course, new cups, flags and poles. These will all be in place for April 1st.

Thank you and good golfing from the maintenance department at Highland Pacific

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