Update from Golf Course Maintenance Team
It has been a busy few weeks on the course, and successful weeks at that. Both the US Open Local Qualifier and the Society of Seniors John Kline Championship proved that the course here is tournament ready. Both events saw very good players battle for a low score with firm and fast conditions. Mr. Rick Wolfe of Ft. Lauderdale won the SOS event by 13 strokes, which came as no surprise to the organizers, since Mr. Wolfe is the nine-time Florida State Golf Association Senior Player of the Year. Mr Wolfe was very complimentary of the course and conditions at Hobe Sound Golf Club.
As the prime golf season comes to an end, I would like to extend my appreciation to the membership, particularly when it comes to cart traffic. We have limited the number of ropes and stakes on the course lately and the traffic in the native areas has drastically reduced from weeks’ past. When we do not have to spend labor hours raking cart tracks, we are able to direct that labor to more vital tasks on the course. Going forward, let’s continue to treat all sand areas like bunkers and keep carts out of these areas.
Monday starts our first maintenance closure of the summer for aerification. While no one likes for the course to be closed, aerifications are vital in ensuring the long-term health and conditions of the golf course. With the added wear and tear on the course from the extra cart traffic this past season, there are some major wear areas that need some TLC.
We considered several factors when creating the aerification schedule for the summer.
Holiday weekends, tournaments, and weather being a few of those. The overall goal is to have the course completely healed by Oct 1. As we all know, hurricane season is a concern, especially in September, so we are almost forced to front load the aerification schedule to be on the safe side of Mother Nature. The course will re-open the May 29 in time for Memorial Day weekend.
In closing, the positive feedback we have received from outside play is rewarding and I have shared the comments with our Maintenance Crew. It is great to see the pride the crew is taking in their work.
If you are leaving for the summer, I wish you safe travels and we will see you soon. If you are a year-rounder, I’m sure I’ll see you on the course this summer.
Hit ‘em straight and flag me down with any questions,
Clinton E. Tingen
Golf Course Superintendent