May 7, 2020maintenance staff

Welcome to the 2020 golf season! We are excited to get the season started and to provide our golfers a quality product for their golfing experience.

There is a lot of work done before the golf courses can be opened in the spring. Some examples include extensive cleanup and snow removal, firing up and testing irrigation systems, implementing cultural practices such as aeration, seeding, topdressing and fertilization to activate growth where necessary, and getting the courses into good early season condition to withstand the heavy play throughout our short growing season. We have been very short staffed this spring due to the COVID-19 restrictions, but with a lot of hard work from the full-time maintenance staff and some help from the golf professional staff, we will be in good early season condition.

The fall of 2019 and spring of 2020 were focused on projects that improved the player experience as well as the infrastructure of the golf courses. Listed below are some of the projects completed or in progress since September 2019:

Championship Course:

  • Bunker drainage and sand replacement on holes 10, 11, 12, and 13
  • Built new red tees on holes 1, 5, 6, and 10
  • Installed some split rail fencing to reroute traffic and enhance aesthetics
  • Free span bridge installed on #14 to replace the old failing culverts
  • Numerous irrigation improvements
  • Extensive tree removal

Mountain Course:

  • Rebuilt the bunker complex around #4 green
  • Rebuilt bunkers on #13 fairway and green
  • Rebuilt and enlarged the back tee on #3
  • Practice green area enhancements, including new irrigation and sod, and installation of a collar around the green
  • Extensive tree removal

The bunkers with new sand will play soft for a while until the sand gets compacted. These improvements on both courses will be marked as Ground Under Repair as needed until ready for play. 

The majority of this work has been accomplished in-house with our excellent staff.  I would like to recognize Championship Course Assistant Superintendent George Fitch, Mountain Course Assistant Superintendent Jose Luis Torres, and Maintenance Foreman Martin Olivares in particular for their outstanding work and relentless efforts throughout the winter and spring battling Mother Nature to help get the courses into good playable condition.   

We look forward to seeing you on the golf courses soon!

Jeff Clouthier, CGCS
Grounds Superintendent

For any questions related to course maintenance please contact Jeff by email at jrc@ivgid.org.

Apr. 16: new tee box in progress on Champ #6Apr. 23: new turf on Champ #16 approach