It is hard to believe we’re already in August! This has been, to say the least, a STRANGE year so far. With the shutdown due to the pandemic, and all the operational changes put in place once we did open, it has kept us pre-occupied and helped time fly by.
Looking back at the last five months it is easy to get caught up thinking about all the negatives and worrying about what is to come. I, however, would like to focus on a couple of positives from this experience.
The first being the spiked interest in the game of golf. Certainly, being one of the few activities approved as “safe” by our elected officials’ post-shutdown has helped.
We have seen our regulars playing more golf and an influx of new players which has led to rounds and business levels I have not seen in decades.
The second positive would be the condition of the courses. I know being shut down for almost six weeks during the start of the growing season helped, but the operational practices by our superintendent Abel Anderson and his team have been paramount.
We aerified both courses green’s once the shutdown started and was able to continue topdressing them with sand for the weeks to follow.
Divot filling, some new tee construction, applications of wetting agent, and general maintenance also occurred.
The result, once we were able to open back up, was near perfection! Both courses were in the best shape for that time of the year that I have ever seen.
And because they were both so healthy, they have been able to handle all the increased traffic.