Snap your fingers & the seasons change in the Yampa Valley. Fall is just around the corner and the golf season is in full swing. The golf course battled through one of the hottest June and Julys I can remember and is looking beautiful. The tawny hues of the native grasses are defining the edges of the golf course. Birds are stopping by on their way to wintering grounds and preseason football is underway.
This summer created challenges but I’m happy with where we are. We struggled to keep up with Mother Nature running our irrigation pumps at full tilt for weeks on end. Now that cooler nights are upon us and daytime temps have come down we are able to focus our attention on other projects.
We have finished up some draining projects that caused both playability issues as well as esthetic issues. We have completed solid tine aerification on our tees and have begun the process of solid tine aerification in the rough grass areas. We have a few other projects worth noting that are set to begin in the weeks to come. On August 28th we’ll begin the process of renovating several tee boxes on the course and practice facility. In early September we’ll be installing new restroom facilities on the golf course. And finally, in October we’ll begin the process of core aerification on tees, fairways and rough. This may seem overwhelming but we will do everything to keep the golf course playable and enjoyable throughout the entire 2017 season.
Tee boxes are where the imagination of every hole begins and it’s now time to address the issues of the less than ideal conditions on some teeing grounds.
Many of the tee boxes at Haymaker are showing their age. For some it’s compaction that’s difficult to alleviate. For others it’s a crowned surface that makes finding a playable lie difficult. For other tees it’s a design characteristic that does not allow us to take advantage of the square footage necessary to handle the amount of play this golf course receives.
The American Society of Golf Course Architects recommends that tee boxes be replaced every fifteen years if heavy play is a factor. We have made it well beyond that time and have been playing on less than favorable conditions on several teeing grounds. Although it’s not ideal to play on a crowned tee box, you can still enjoy hitting that smooth draw when the ball is teed a few inches above your stance! (Silver Lining!)
As the projects begin we’ll post which holes we’re working on and the time frame for that hole to be completed. We’ll also post which tee box we’ll be using on that hole whether it’s a forward tee or a temporary tee. We’ll also post where cart traffic will be routed to get around the construction if needed.
We are happy to say that Landscapes Unlimited is the company that’ll be renovating our tee boxes. Landscapes Unlimited is a company that specializes in everything from golf course construction to renovation projects.
The holes with selected tees that’ll be completed this season are #1, #5, #7, #12, #17 and the driving range. The project will comprise of 5 steps on each tee box that is selected. 1st the sod will be removed from the tee surface. 2nd the subsurface of the tee box will be rototilled to alleviate compaction and create uniform material. 3rd the tee box surface will be laser leveled with a 2 percent grade for drainage. 4th the tee box will be re-sodded. And finally the tee box will be watered and cared for until the root system is established.
When all is said and done this project will be a stepping stone in a direction of improvement for our golf course. Maintaining a golf course is another way of getting through a season. Improving a golf course is making a difference. There is never a right time to do something on a course. It will always come across as an interference or annoyance to a round but if you have patience in the process and we take one step at a time this will be the beginning of something great!