Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Taking Advantage of Early Spring

We've been busy taking full advantage of this year's early spring. Stick and debris cleanup is done on the Lake Course and only a couple holes remain on the Hill Course. Greens, tees and fairways have all been mowed at least twice with another cutting coming today and we will start on the rough after that. A great start to a new year!

The biggest advantage to the early start has been the continuation of last season's renovation and tree removal on #5-9 on the Lake Course. We have been able to get a good start on stump grinding and removal on #6 and should have the entire hole renovated and sodded by the end of April, a full month ahead of schedule. Other enhancements on these holes will include tee renovation and leveling and bunker renovation. If the weather holds, we will be done with this in early May.

The downside to these renovations is that the front nine of the Lake Course may be periodically closed for the safety of our staff and contractors. A small price to pay in my opinion considering there are 27 other holes to play while we are working.

I'll post pictures as they come available. In the meantime, enjoy the good weather and come out and see us.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

2012 golf team cleanup day

This winter I was contacted by Chautauqua Lake Central School's golf coach, Mike Cummings, about a spring cleanup with his team as well as the teams from Panama CS and Ripley CS coached by Ed Nelson and Justin Akin respectively.

March 17th was the date and the 18 students, 3 coaches, and my 6 year old boy had the entire Lake Course completely picked up in 4 hours. Saving the golf course several days of labor with my limited early spring crew and allowing us to spend our time on rolling, mowing and initial course set up.

I cannot thank Mike, Ed, Justin and their golfers enough for all their hard work that morning. Good luck with your golf season!

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