We have some areas around the lakes that wash out when we get heavy rainfall amounts. To reduce the wash out areas, we have used some rip rap rock in these areas. The rip rap will help reduce washing sand out of these areas. (See photo at right.)
We have been aggressively vertically mowing the greens to reduce thatch and organic matter in the putting greens. Due to the age of our greens (they were planted in the summer of 2003), we have had an issue with grain on the edges of the new and old cups. This is very evident when we vertical mow the greens like we have been doing. (See photos below.)
We have found a very playable height of cut (“HOC”) in the rough; our current HOC on the rough slopes is one inch and the rough along the sides of the fairway is 1.25 inches. During the summer months, it is not uncommon to have trouble finding your ball in the rough due to growth rate and HOC. We will keep our current HOC in the rough as long as we can keep up with the mowing. As the summer rains start, we may have a little trouble keeping up with the mowing and may have to raise up the HOC.
Our #5 tee project will start on June 5 and should take about 21 days from start to finish. The first week will be rough shaping; the second week will be Irrigation and native area work; and the third week will be finish shaping and grassing.
The week of June 5 we will also be working on cleaning up some more of our native wetland and upland areas. This work will be on holes 2, 6, 10, 13, 15, 16, 17 and 18.
Along with the above two projects, we will be coring greens and vertical mowing fairways the week of June 5. As a reminder, the golf course, practice facilities, and clubhouse will be closed from Monday, June 5 through Thursday, June 8 and will reopen on Friday June 9.