May 20, 2019

Welcome to the 2019 golf season!  We are excited to get the season started and to provide our golfers a quality product for their golfing experience.golf maintenance staff

The winter of ’18-’19 was another challenging one, with heavy snow combined with multiple rain/snow events that caused ice layers to form on the turf surface as well as throughout the snow pack.  Ice accumulations can cause suffocation and eventual death of the turf if present for extended periods.  The Championship Course suffered some ice damage, especially in fairway areas, where the water collected and then froze on the surface.  Due to the higher elevation of the Mountain Course, there was much less ice damage since most of the precipitation falling there was in the form of snow, not the rain that can then freeze on the surface.  Our monitoring of all the greens on both courses throughout the winter, along with some manual removal of ice from several green surfaces, helped the greens come through in good shape.  The extensive drainage work completed over the past two years on the Championship Course is performing very well in capturing a lot of the runoff that occurs after heavy winters.  On both courses, you will encounter a few wet spots where groundwater continues to surface, but we expect those to begin to dry up soon.

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.  

The fall of 2018 and spring of 2019 were focused on projects that improved the player experience as well as the infrastructure of the golf courses.  Listed below are the projects completed or in progress since September 2018:

Championship Course:

  • Bunker drainage and sand replacement on holes 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 13, 15, 16, 18
  • Reconstruction of #17 tee complex
  • Built new red tee on #13
  • Made new signs to indicate daily yardage on par 3 holes
  • Numerous irrigation improvements

Mountain Course:

  • Complete rebuilding of the bunker complex around #15 green.  The three existing bunkers were turned into one horseshoe shaped bunker that surrounds the back and right side of the green.
  • Tree removals on holes 2, 7, 13, and 14

The bunkers with new sand will play soft for a while until the sand gets compacted.  

The majority of this work has been accomplished in-house with our excellent staff.  These improvements on both courses will be marked as Ground Under Repair as needed until ready for play.  

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.