Good Morning Members of the Crest,
Spring is getting closer and closer, the agronomy team is excited to see more golfers back out on the course this week as we get a shot of warm weather. There is still a lot of snow around the 9th tee area, keeping holes 9 and 10 closed until it is safe to walk through. This week we hope to wrap up our winter projects and start getting the course ready for the season.
We anticipate opening the greens by this Friday. As things warm up this week the greens will lose the last of their snow cover and the soil will thaw out completely. If we walk on or roll the greens before they thaw out we can do serious damage to their root structure. Once the greens are thawed out we will deploy most of our staff to blow off, roll, and set the cups in the greens. Our hope is this happens mid-week and we can open them sooner, but I try not to put too much faith in the hand of the local meteorologists.
With the bulk of the snow gone, the staff is hard at work finishing up the different projects. The fairway drain lines are being sodded in and we are preparing to finish the bunker work on 9 by the end of the week. Please note these areas will be marked as ground under repair until the sod has a chance to knit in.
The remaining details of the course will be worked on in the coming weeks. Our team goal is to have the spring cleanup, mulching, and spring bunker maintenance all done before the grass starts growing. This year with the snow cover, that may be a tall order. Expect to see in season tee markers soon, and bunker work to follow.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.