We are just at six weeks since the conclusion of sodding #17 fairway and the fairway itself is ready for golf activities but the surrounding rough was pretty worked over during the construction process and until recently was not ready for golf. We decided to remedy the most damaged and trafficked part of the holes rough with sod this week so we can open the hole and you can start playing 18 holes of golf.
|#17 fairway on Friday 9/13/19.|
Therefore this coming Tuesday 9/17/19 we are going to open #17 with prefered lies and cart path only, only seven weeks after the first phase of sod was installed. We are playing preferred lies throughout the course anyway because of ongoing aeration and overseeding and the need to keep these areas wet for seed germination. Cart path only on the hole is prudent because the new sod adjacent to the cart path will only be a few days old on opening day and the rough on the left hand side of the fairway still needs some growing time.
|New sod installed along the cart path on Friday 9/13/19|
We still have some work to do such as adding new yardage markers that have not yet arrived, adding sand to the bunkers and continuing sand topdressing of the surface. Remember all of the hybrid bermuda turf we installed just weeks ago is still very immature and does not resemble a seasoned hybrid bermuda playing surface yet and likely won't until next year. However it is ready for golf activities and we don't want to inconvenience our members any longer although there will be no exceptions on cart path only. We need to keep carts off of the hole for awhile and I don't have an estimate when that will change.
|#17 Fairway close up.|