All that I can say is WOW!!! The
weather that we received during the month of February was more consistent with
what you would find in the Mid Atlantic Region. The greens have been covered
for 18 days. We received a total of 8 inches of snow and 2 inches of ice. As of
now the course will be CART PATH ONLY until further notice. From tee to green
the course is soaked. We will work tirelessly to get the course back into
playing condition, so please bare with us as we work to clean up the mess that
the storms have caused over the previous 2.5 weeks.
Lets go onto a brighter note. Spring is
coming!!!!! We have new plans with the course that we are anxious to get
started on. The first phase of the tree project will be wrapping up by the
middle of this month. Including storm damaged trees we will have removed 41
trees in a short time period. Once the weather breaks we will be grinding all
of the stumps. We will also be planting 10 new trees on the course when the
weather allows us time to complete that task. We plan to re shape the tees,
fairways and collars. Some tees will be shortened and others expanded.All of the tees will be squared off. The
fairways and collars will have contour added to them. The native area that is
on the course now will be staying. We will be adding more in certain areas.
Next fall we will be taking all of the Bermuda native area out and replacing it
with Fine Fescue. This will give you a better chance of finding and playing
I am sure most of you have heard by now
that the cart path renovation will be starting this month. A contractor has
been chosen and a start date of around 16MAR15 has been given. The project will
take up to 45 days, so we anticipate the completion to be at the end of April.
During this time we will try to have at least 9 holes open during the week and
all 18 on the weekend.
You can expect us to complete our
aerification during the time period of the cart path project. We want to
complete this with the least amount of disruption to you and the golf course.
We feel that in the past year there has been enough disruption. This spring we
will be aerifying greens, collars, approaches and tees. There is a possibility
that we may aerify fairways. That will all depend on timing of the path
project. If we cannot complete fairways this spring we will do it in the fall.
The greens, tees, collars and approaches aerification will consist of verti
cutting twice, topdressing, aerifying with 3/8” tines, brushing and blowing.
I want to schedule a meeting with the Mens
Golf Association and anyone else who would like to come. Sometime during the
first week of April. It will be very informal. You can ask any questions or voice
any opinions that you may have. Feel free to follow our progress on Facebook at
Whittle Springs Greens. If you have any questions please stop and ask.