Today was "dress rehearsal" for morning course prep. Before the staff got started we had a special guest deliver an enthusiastic pep talk, Club President Will Barr! I want to thank Mr. Barr for taking the time to stop by and show his and the club's appreciation to my staff for the work they perform. It was a great start to a special day.
|Club President Will Barr|
|Chris Simon of Harrell's|
When the staff returned they were treated to a cookout before hitting the course. I need to give several big shout outs! My wife, Darless (a.k.a. Mrs. Greenkeeper); JR Bailey, Equipment Manager; and Vinnie Balducci, Executive Chef for their various roles in making today's cookout happen!
Equipment Manager JR Bailey manning the grill for staff cookout @CGC1929! Evening mowing shift at 5:00 PM. #NCAmateur pic.twitter.com/3RNWGZz3foThis afternoon we were visited by special guests Steve Smith and Brent Miller of Smith Turf and Irrigation. They were joined by Dale Getz and Jeff Clarke of Toro. These gentlemen stopped by to show their appreciation and support, and see their equipment in action. Their presence on the course this afternoon really helped cap off a special day! Thank you again for being here!
— Matthew Wharton (@CGCGreenkeeper) June 4, 2014
The evening course prep consisted of the following: tees walk mowed at 0.325" (6-12 direction). Approaches, surrounds, and par 3 fairways triplexed at 0.375" (9-3 direction). Fairways were mowed at 0.475" in a clockwise "shadow" cut. We also mowed the driving range tee and target greens, filled divots on all tees, smoothed and raked bunkers, sprayed greens and collected firmness readings.
|In The Action!|
Right now the crew is excited and I sincerely hope the adrenaline lasts the remainder of the week! Today was fun but tomorrow the curtain is lifted, the lights go on, and the show starts for real. Rehearsals are over and tomorrow play begins for the Billy Joe Patton Trophy!
Good luck everyone!
See you on the course,
Golf Course Superintendent