Hello and welcome to "The Greenkeeper"! Today is Friday, January 27, 2012 and this is my first post in - in 17 days! Sorry! I don't have an excuse this time so we will just move on to the portion where I brag about my golf fantasy team. I would be remiss if I didn't give a shout out to Mark Wilson, winner of the PGA Tour's 2012 Humana Challenge and member of my golf fantasy team...wooohooo! It's been so long since my fantasy partners and I have had a winner we don't remember what victory tastes like so last week was a pleasant surprise!
It was a pleasure to once again present the Greens Committee "Year in Review" at the Annual Meeting this past Tuesday. It is never easy to give such an important address opposite the President's State of the Union but I think overall, my message was well received...at least it did not require a Republican response. In case you were unable to attend, the entire presentation is available (contact Roger Wolfe) and if you have any questions regarding the information contained in any of my slides do not hesitate to contact me.
I was asked about the recent disappearance of practice balls at the short game area during the Annual Meeting. My apologies for not addressing this issue in this forum sooner but the decision was made by both the Golf Committee and the Greens Committee to remove the den caddies from the short game area during the winter off-season. Over the past three years when the driving range tee is closed for use during the dormant period some individuals have used the turf at the short game area for full shots (warm-up and practice) causing great damage to the short game area and hindering its winter recovery. It was determined if the practice balls were not readily available this would serve as a deterrent to this type of behavior. You are welcome to use the chipping green and practice bunkers but the unlimited supply of practice balls will not be reinstated until spring. Until then, you will need to use a ball or two or sleeve of three to chip and putt. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!
In other news, if you have been on the course the past two weeks you may have seen some unfamiliar faces on the golf course maintenance team. I recently added two new hires to my staff and I would like to introduce them to you now:
That's all for now! Until next time...
See you on the course,
Golf Course Superintendent