Early last week I was in Myrtle Beach attending the annual conference and trade show of the Carolinas Golf Course Superintendent's Association (CGCSA). In attendance with me representing Carolina Golf Club was Senior Assistant, Brett Stowers and Equipment Manager, Kenneth Bailey, Jr. Brett and I attended several accredited classes and seminars for continuing education and pesticide license renewal requirements. JR is a member of TETAC (Turf Equipment Technician's Association of the Carolinas) and he attended several classes at their education conference held in conjunction with ours. Prior to the beginning of the education conference I competed in the annual golf championship, something I have done each year since 2007. In 2008, I managed to finish T3 (two shots back) but really hadn't managed to make any noise since then until a strange set of events this year. To find out what happened Click Here for the rest of the story.
In the short time I was away last week, our good friend Mother Nature visited to put the rest of the golf course to sleep. The frost we experienced back in late October took the color out of the rough but this time, with morning low temperatures in the low 20's, she managed to make things look a little different.
Good to be back at Carolina. Was green when I left! #mothernature pic.twitter.com/ERbnBxoKKA
— Matthew Wharton (@CGCGreenkeeper) November 21, 2013
Anyway, despite the dormant appearance of the golf course there was still much work to be done. I got busy and took advantage of a warmer day to make a scheduled fertilizer application.
A little fertilizer for my greens and a little exercise for me...#walkingoffafewnewpounds pic.twitter.com/jPMSPDTjsw
— Matthew Wharton (@CGCGreenkeeper) November 22, 2013
Monday, both my staff and the guys from Golf Course Services were trying to accomplish as much as possible knowing yesterday was going to be a rain out (2.8 inches rain recorded by the way). We painted the target greens and took steps to protect some bermudagrass turf with a history of vulnerability.
|Covers on the North-facing Faces!|
We also covered a handful of tee boxes on the 6th and 9th holes, so be sure and look for the markers in alternative locations while these areas are protected.
Golf Course Services moving right along nicely with bunker renovations... Today on hole 15. pic.twitter.com/NdFCNAS72NAt this time GCS has renovated the bunkers on the following holes: 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15 & 17 (save for the large, greenside bunker on the right side of 17). This totals 36 bunkers in all, meaning we are practically at the half-way point of this project. We were blessed with some great weather the first three weeks and GCS made incredible progress. With some wetter weather and holidays, expect things to slow a little but remain ahead of schedule.
— Matthew Wharton (@CGCGreenkeeper) November 25, 2013
In other news, I am happy to report at last week's meeting the Board of Governors approved funding for the construction of a new back tee on number 13, reconfiguration of the back tees on numbers 14 & 18, and construction of a new 17,000 square feet alternative tee located at the back of the driving range. All three of these projects will be conducted under the design and supervision of our architect, Kris Spence and Golf Course Services. These projects will commence once the bunker renovations are completed so more info on these in future updates.
Okay, so tomorrow is Thanksgiving and one cool thing Carolina Golf Club does on Thanksgiving is close the club for the holiday. This permits all staff members to have the opportunity to spend the holiday with those near and dear to them. The golf course is accessible for those members wishing to get out of the kitchen and walk a few holes. As is customary, I will be making a stop by the course to "check on things". I ride through each year on Thanksgiving morning to make sure nothing is out of place or out of the ordinary. The past few years the weather has not been an issue and frost has not been a threat, but this year is a little different. With morning low temperatures tomorrow expected to be near 23 degrees frost is certainly a concern, and I will be hanging around a little longer to make sure nobody inadvertently helps themselves to the course before they should. I only ask those of you planning a good walk spoiled tomorrow to please use good judgment with regards to how early you arrive!
For years now I have compiled a list of things I am thankful for at Thanksgiving. The past two years I mentioned how thankful I was for my wife and how she tolerates me at the end of the list...well this year I am listing her number one! I am thankful for many things in 2013 and they include...
- My wife...and more importantly, her love and support through it all!
- Our family...a granddaughter's love is the best love!
- My faith...many more blessings than deserved!
- My grandfather...90 years old, my hero!
- Golf...truly is the greatest of all games!
- My staff...simply the best in Charlotte!
- Carolina Golf Club...your support inspires me!
- Friends...both on and off the course!
- New golf clubs...getting fitted truly makes a difference!
- Being your superintendent...no place I'd rather be!
See you on the course,
Golf Course Superintendent