Cart Path Only
Golf course superintendents rarely come with good news... normally it's "frost delays" or "maintenance closures" but this week- for the second week in a row- I have GOOD news.
Beginning Friday we will be lifting cart path restrictions, with the exception of holes 1,2,3,9,10 (more on that in a bit)! I know you're excited, but please keep reading... You're dealing with a golf course superintendent, so there's always a catch! 😉
While carts can come off the paths on holes 5,6,7,12,13,14,15,17, and 18, we ask that you use your best judgement in where you drive. Please adhere to the cart directional signs near the greens, avoid unnecessarily driving in the washes, and if you see a weak or thin area, please do your best to avoid it. We will have access to the fairway blocked in areas when necessary, but to avoid cluttering the golf course with signage and stakes, we ask you to do you best to help our cause.
Now, there is a chance, if we continue to have unseasonably cold weather into December and January, that we may need to reintroduce cart path only here and there to give the grass a break...but I am hopeful that with fertility and irrigation management we can avoid returning to CPO.
So when can we drive on holes 1,2,3,9, and 10? It is in our best interest to wait until warmer weather on these holes. If you missed it, these holes were impacted most by monsoons and
have the most juvenile Bermudagrass on the golf course. If we drive on these holes, while the Bermudagrass is dormant, we will set them even further back. My hope is that come mid to late March we can lift these restrictions. We are looking into some options to make these holes more accessible during times of CPO, and will communicate that to the membership when we have a solution.
Lastly, between cart path only, and non overseeded greens, we have been able avoid many frost delays. Now that we will be driving on the grass, you may see an increase in frost delays. Or possibly a morning CPO situation to protect the grass. We will communicate this as necessary.
I want to thank everyone for staying patient with the agronomy team in this time of transition-from construction to opening! We have a long way to go, but our trajectory is straight up and I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to be apart of Terravita 2.0!