Fall weather is really here this week! We were reminded this morning that it’s nearly November with temperatures in the low 30’s and plenty of frost to cover all turf surfaces. Frost lifted rather quickly and we were able to open the course by 10:30. Please call in advance on cold fall mornings to find out if there is any frost delay.
The project is moving along quite well with work finishing on 10 and starting on 15. While we have hit the halfway point of dirt moving we are still finishing details on the first holes that were worked on. We estimate that the project is about a week behind due to additional tee work on 13 and 14 but TDI has increased their labor force and hopes to catch back up quickly.
Irrigation contractors have been keeping up with the process so all pipe to reinstall is caught up as well.
The new condo project on 14 is officially underway and they have started the clearing process for the building pads. These new condos will have an amazing view of the Back 9!
One of the last major projects is the seeding of the fescue areas. We are about 90% complete on all large flat areas and the hydro seeding is underway. The progress looks great and we are on track for a successful grow in.
With all of the projects underway we are constantly uncovering old secrets of the Columbus Country Club and should have a better understanding of the current infrastructure as the projects come to an end. We have found many old drains that should help dry the course out, unknown irrigation lines to help troubleshoot irrigation issues, unknown power lines that will certainly need to be addressed in the future. Without many great records or as-builts every day we uncover a new “ah-ha” moment.
Last but certainly not least… Aerification is healing in great! Greens are almost 100% recovered and fairways only a few days behind. We will start pushing greens back down to normal maintenance so that they can start the spring off right!
All for now. Hope to see you on the course soon!
J.R. Lynn, GCS