"Truer words have never been spoken" when it comes to what Granite Bay Golf Course Maintenance had planned for the winter of 2023. We had big plans to get started on irrigation improvements to water our cool season rough independently of our Santa Anna Hybrid Bermuda fairways. We had pruning and tree trimming areas designated to work on, continuing the theme of opening up views throughout the course and expanding sunlight to the turf.
These plans will have to wait as we find ourselves once again reacting to what nature has in store and reminding us that planning and reacting play equal parts when managing and maintaining a golf property.
As I mentioned last week, we lost over 30 trees since Christmas and are still in process of cleaning up after 20 of those 30 that blew over a week ago. Amidst the wind and tree toppling was rainfall, which makes everything wet, limiting equipment access to areas as well as slowing processing efforts down. We have the resources to bring in additional help, but tree companies are swamped as you can imagine with real life emergencies that take precedent over cleaning up after tree loss on a golf course. Below are some pictures that tell the story well.
Cart path crossroad #15 Tee and #16 Green
#18 cart path.
#17 walking path. Moved tee markers forward for the time being.
Digger pine next to cart path #18. Damage to be repaired in the coming weeks.
Same Digger Pine before we cleared cart path.
|Weather forecast is for a few more days of this and then some clearing.|
An ironic rainbow Sunday 1/8/23 hours after the trees came tumbling down.