Today is Friday June 14, 2019. On Tuesday of next week we will be opening four of our 9 closed greens. Numbers 4, 13, 16, and 17 will be open for play first thing in the morning. The greens have progressed to the point where we are comfortable with allowing the stress from daily play and maintenance to move them back into rotation.
Here’s a rundown (in pictures) of the current situation with comparison photos;
Clearly the greens have improved from the results of the challenging winter. When playing the recently opened greens you will note that there are some areas not yet at 100 percent. As mentioned before our benchmark for opening the greens was to have the pinnable areas at 80 percent. There will be spots where the turf is still thin and most of these areas have been seeded. If possible and convenient please avoid walking in these areas as the turf recovers.
The remaining closed greens, numbers 3, 5, 6, 7 and 8, will be assessed on Wednesday of next week to see when they can be opened. The weather over the last two weeks has been exactly what we have been looking for. The warmer temperatures at night and day have increased the germination rate and percentage. I have notice a remarkable difference in recovery from the June 3rd until now, and fully expect the healing to rapidly progress from this point forward.
We have also freed the cart restraints to allows for travel on the fairways. Number one, four and 12 are still in recovery mode so they will be cart path only for a while. While the cart restrictions have been lifted, we are asking folks to voluntarily avoid fairways when possible as the the less traffic the better.
Again, please be patient with us and the process as we move to recover the golf course. Stay tuned!