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March Greens Newsletter

Whittle Springs GC March Greens Staff Newsletter

    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 your ball.

     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.