January was quite warmer than expected. In turn, we were able to perform some upgrades to the course. Number 1 tee walkways were re-worked and pine straw was re-introduced into these pathways. A lot of courses in the Carolina's and Georgia use this same kind of theme near their tee boxes.
Seventeen tees were transplanted from #5, 10 & 13 to various areas throughout the course. The trees range from 25' to 35' tall. Holes #1, 3, 13, 16 & 17 are better defined and will dictate that your shot-making be very accurate. Now open areas on holes #3, 13 & 17 will have trees to contend with making the holes play harder. Once again, a special thanks goes out to Ray Osment for heading up this project and raising the necessary funds to make this renovation a success. Thank you to the other members who donated their money to this project as well.
My staff has reconditioned most of the outdoor equipment this month too. The spike brush stands, sand bottle container and bag drop stand outside the Pro Shop have gotten a much needed facelift. Most patio chair seats have been repaired/re-secured.
We have started on a lengthy project of raising all the fairway sprinkler heads to grade so they irrigate more effectively and to allow the new yardage marker tags to be more visible. The M.G.A. has agreed to purchase small rectangle yardage tags, which will be yellow with black numbering. This should speed up play and make your golfing experience more enjoyable.
I have applied pre-emergent to all the green surrounds and will start on spraying tees and fairways soon.
I hope you all can come out and see the new changes to the course soon. We will talk again next month. Until then have a good February!