The sun is shining, the pollen is flying and we have 350 golfers out on the course today so it must be spring. And if it’s spring at Gold Mountain, that means one thing: new projects!

The dry weather could not have come at a better time; everyone needs to feel a little sunshine after the long and wet winter we’ve all endured this year, and the grounds crew is chomping at the bit to get out there make the courses at Gold Mountain even more feature-rich than last year.

The first order of business is always taking care of the greens. We completed greens aerification on both courses last week on schedule even though the weather was, shall we say, less than ideal.


Greens aerification: good for the course, and good for our lungs!

A little-known fact about golf courses is that not only do we aerify them, they purify our air as well. Golf courses in the United States alone filtered an estimated 13 million tons of dust from the atmosphere (source). To breathe cleaner air, we’ll be cutting the greens next week so that they’ll be all good to go for the start of the season. I’ve called in all our seasonal team members to start next week so we are ready to roll into the season.

Our next project is to build a new tee area for Cascade #5.  We have wanted to return the Cascade Course back to a Par 72 for some time. With the addition of the new tee’s on #5 we will convert it to a par 5 from a par 4, making it the same Par 72 as The Masters’ course at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia.


The start of a beautiful forest wedding grotto. It may not look like much now, but stay tuned.

Spring is the start of wedding season, and I would be remiss if I didn’t give an update from the weddings team as well. We’re currently building a massive outdoor wedding venue and have cleared an area on the left side of Cascade #1 big enough to seat 200 guests. The next step is to build an altar for ceremonies, then spread fine crushed rock over the entire area. Trista tells me she has two potential weddings already interested for next year, so book well in advance!

My role has changed a bit since last year as I am now the Superintendent at McCormick Woods as well as Gold Mountain. I’m very lucky to have Paul DeVinney in charge at McCormick Woods as he provides me with insight into the course at McCormick Woods as well as running the crew on a daily basis.

Learning a golf course is a lot like learning about a new person you’ve just met; each has their own quirks, characteristics, and temperaments that require time to learn. When you do learn them though, you’re all the better for it.

This season will be an interesting one both for me with my new role and with all the exciting new features coming down the pipeline. Change is a good thing though, right?

Happy spring and happy golfing,
Ed Faulk
Superintendent, Gold Mountain Golf Club

The sun is out and so are the golfers!

Time to start thinking about new golf equipment. This promises to be an exciting year for golfers and new equipment.

At Gold Mountain we are fortunate enough to have a wide selection of demo clubs. You are more than welcome to take them on the range or test drive them on the course. We have expert club fitters who would love to spend time with you on the range making sure that the clubs you purchase are made especially for you and will work with your game and skill level.

We will also throw in a free golf lesson. If you purchase the clubs from us there will be no charge for these extra services.

But if you would like to come out and demo what 2016 has in store for you in new equipment, drop into our demo day on April 2nd and spend the day talking to Manufacturer’s Reps and Demo all that’s new. How about the New Callaway XR16 that was designed with the help of Boeing! Or the New Ping G line that promises to be the best Ping product to date. But if you come out make sure to bring your appetite. We will also have our famous BBQ going along with our favorite Silver City Beer.

Also new merchandise in our Golf Shop are the new 2016 shoe lines, Footjoy, Nike, Adidas, Skechers. How about a new golf bag from Ping, Sun Mountain or Ogio. And of course, the new golf balls from Titleist, Callaway and the new B series from Bridgestone.

So hope to see you out here on April 2nd so we can show off our new merchandise. Make sure to enter the drawing for FREE Merchandise at the demo day also.