The weather has definitely turned for the worse as we close out this week. The clubhouse closed early on Friday and remains closed through the weekend. We will be open for regular business hours starting on Monday.
The past week staff and I played catch up trying to complete all our daily maintenance practices after battling rain and saturated soil conditions. The golf course received around 5″ of rainfall during the various storms. This left our sand traps and golf course looking like one big lake.
The high winds helped dry out a lot of the standing water issues. Now the weekend temperatures left a thin coat of ice over any wet areas on the golf course. It’s definitely been a golf season filled with poor weather conditions from start to nearing the finish.
By the end of the day on Thursday, we had the sand traps repaired and raked and the majority of the golf course mowed and in nice shape. We also started our tree pruning and removing some of the smaller dead trees. Add in a lot of equipment maintenance and it was the end of another week.
The golf course was very busy on Wednesday as everyone tried to squeeze another round of golf in before some flashes of Winter arrived. The 2019 golf season has seen the lowest total of season passes sold as well as a decrease in the amount of green fees sold. I’m hopeful for an early start to the 2020 golf season and some busy clubhouse activity this off season.
The temperatures look to warm back up next week. Staff will be concentrating on mowing practices, fertilizer applications, herbicide applications, tile work, and starting to remove some of the larger pine trees.
Enjoy the remainder of your weekend. Please let me know if you have comments or questions that need to be addressed. I will see the golf board members on Monday evening for our monthly meeting.