Everything seems to be slowing down growth wise on the course. Days are getting shorter and cooler. Leaves have just begun to fall. We are doing our best to mulch them up and keep the course clean and playable.
Sometime this Fall we hope to be able to transplant some mature trees located by #11 tee box and #13 rough to several different areas on the course. We will work with a local landscape company to move the trees with a 50" tree spade. The goal is to replace trees we have lost over the years due to storms or old age. Several key locations where the trees will be re-introduced will be around #17 green, #11 green, and #13 green. I will be meeting with the tree restoration committee soon to finalize the plans for this tree project.
The last topic I would like to discuss involves a personal achievement of mine. In early October I was elected to the Board of Directors of the Arkansas Golf Course Superintendents Association. I am uncertain as to what my duties will be. Our first meeting is in January and our roles will be determined at that time. I will serve a three year term. I will keep you updated from time to time as to what we will be trying to accomplish for golf in Arkansas. Three other Northeast Arkansas superintendents will be with me on the Board - Dale Fender from Thunder Bayou, Jeff Haskins from Paragould Country Club, and Brian Cummins from Blytheville Country Club. I assure you my duties at JCC will not falter. My job here comes first and foremost.
It has been an incredible October for weather. The course looks very healthy and lush heading into Winter. Come out and play nine holes at least to view the fantastic fall colors. Until next month, have a great November & Happy Thanksgiving!