It has been a busy couple of week’s here at Knox Muni, as those of you who have visited recently know. I want to take a minute and give an update on our course recovery projects.
First and foremost, the sprigs we have planted in fairways on holes 2 and 18 are showing great progress. For those of you who have not seen this process before (which included me), it’s a very interesting grow in. It has been 3 weeks since those sprigs were planted, and we are already seeing those green Bermuda grass plants creep outward ever so slightly. We are finally at the point where we can back off the watering of those areas a bit, but there is still a ways to go before they will be ready for play.
The first round of sod which was laid on holes 1, 2, and 10 tee boxes is coming along great, as well. We have been progressively mowing those areas lower and lower, easing them down, and hope to be able to open those tees within the next couple of weeks. The additional sod which was placed on the bottom of the 9th fairway, along the ride side of #2, and on the 4th tee box is growing in faster than expected. We are tentatively planning on beginning to mow those areas as early as this afternoon.
Last but not least, about 90% of the sod which will be laid around our new cart paths has been installed, with the remaining pallets schedule for this upcoming Monday. While keeping up with the watering on such a stretched out path of sod is a major challenge, the effort will pay off in the end. There is a minor bit of cleanup and repair work to be done around a few areas of the paths, but all-in-all we are nearly finished with all cart path renovations.
I recognize the inconvenience that golfers have been experiencing as we take on this recovery process, but in all honesty, there was no choice but to attack the problem head on. We want to deliver the best course conditions possible, and given the result of our harsh winter, those conditions were not going to exist unless we addressed these problems. We still have a couple of areas that will be sodded, but the bulk of the recovery work is well on its way to completion. I want to sincerely thank you all for sticking with us through this challenging first half of 2015 – I just ask that you continue to do so and trust that the end result will be well worth it.
Hope to see you soon.