As we get closer to closing days at the courses, our groundskeeping teams will be ramping up their maintenance work with the aim of prepping the courses for the winter ahead and ensuring great conditions next season and in years to come. In the interest of giving our customers as much advance notice as possible, Jeff Clouthier, our Grounds Superintendent, has put together the following fall maintenance schedule. 

2020 Golf Course Fall Maintenance Schedule as of September 29th (subject to change)

We hope you have enjoyed playing at the golf courses this season. The maintenance crews have worked hard to produce great golf course conditions with smaller than usual staffs, but with the same dedication to provide an excellent golfing experience. The Mountain Course is scheduled to close on October 11, while the Championship Course will close on October 18. As in the past several years, we have started working on some projects and maintenance procedures before closing to be able to properly finish in time for winter. Here is the tentative maintenance schedule for the rest of the playing season:

Championship Course

Week of September 28
Aerate, amend, seed and topdress tees
Fairway sod work

Week of October 5
Aerate approaches
Fairway sod work
Fertilize golf course

Week of October 12
Drainage and irrigation projects
Fairway sod work

Mountain Course

Week of September 28
Rebuild nursery green
Fertilize golf course

Week of October 5
Rebuild nursery green
Leveling of tee surfaces

After the golf courses close, a lot of work takes place to prepare for the winter and next season.  All greens are aerated twice, amended, and heavily topdressed with sand. Fairways and roughs are aerated, and the Championship fairways are topdressed with sand.  Irrigation systems are drained and blown out, tree removal and pruning commences, and preventative plant protectants are applied to protect against winter diseases such as snow mold. As long as the weather allows, we will be on the course working on these procedures and other improvement projects.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to improve the golf courses and prepare them for winter!

Jeff Clouthier, CGCS 
Grounds Superintendent