For this time of year, I feel the golf course is in very good condition. We were fortunate to get through the cold weather in December without any damage to the greens. We are currently mowing greens four times per week and rolling once a week.
The course is continuing to firm up with the nice weather we've had recently. It's not too often that we are able to mow rough in February. This week we will have the entire golf course mowed and it should be playing very well.
I recently attended the Golf Industry Show in San Diego, CA. This conference is always a great venue to learn as well as network with industry peers.
Overall, there were about 16,000 people who attended the show. This number is down about 7% from 2009. The Trade Show itself had 100 fewer exhibitors than last year-down about 13% with 665 exhibitors in all.
The general feeling I received from everyone I spoke with regarding the golf industry was that the worst is behind us. Many courses and companies had a difficult 2008-2009. I don't think many expect 2010 to be much better than 2009, but feel the industry will begin to improve in 2011.
As we prepare for Spring, the maintenance staff continues to complete numerous projects during these last couple of winter months. We continue to install drainage where necessary. The photo above is the teeing area of hole #6. The most recent bunker to be renovated is the left, green side bunker on #3. It is a little difficult to see in this photo, but there is a dramatic difference in the quality and color of the new sand when compared to the old, contaminated bunker. Lastly, we are in the process of refurbishing all of the benches and ballwashers on the golf course. The photo above shows an old ballwasher on the left, with the finished "new" ballwasher on the right.
The weather is something that is always talked about when it comes to golf course maintenance. Weather is the one thing that can't be controlled, however dictates many of our maintenance practices as well as the number of golfers enjoying the course. Here is a look at what we encountered in January.