We had another great week on both courses with the weather continuing to be our friend. We were able to get the greenside bunker on #17 MC completed and will be ready for play this weekend. All of the MC bunkers were edged and flymowed and nearly all of the lakes and out of play rough were detailed. We also sprayed the entire MC with a growth regulator to continue to increase turf density and decrease our clippings. On the TC we applied our fall fertilizer wall to wall to put us in good shape going into overseed roughly six week from now. Here are some highlights:
MC BUNKER PROJECT
The guys really got after it this week and are packing the new sand in the left greenside bunker on #17 as I type. Going forward the plan will be to start on #12 greenside on 10/3/16. We will knock out the remaining back nine greenside bunkers before returning to the front nine. Once the back nine are done, play will start off of #10 during the week to allow our crew to have more time on the front nine before play hits them.
Due to all of the rains, the guys had to start by removing all of the anchor already installed and clean all of the sock and drainage pipe. The rains washed a lot of silt into the pipe and sock. Without replacing and cleaning, the drainage would not have worked properly.
We finally were dry enough to take care of some out of play rough that we currently mow a few times a year. These areas are treated as native or secondary rough because they are out of play.
We also have a lot of branches from our long overdue tree trimming. We were able to borrow a chipper from Shadow Hawk and began chipping the branches to lessen our waste.
TURN ON #16TC
We have upgraded our barrier on the turn on #16 TC. This is the area where the bayou has failed and is washing away right at the edge of the cart path. We are still waiting on a definitive plan from the Harris County Flood District to correctly address the issue. Eventually the plan will be to re-route the cart path through the hole and abandon the area that has been washed out.