Fall/ Winter Update

All the superintendents in the area that I know are thankful that we've now had some rain and we can begin to relax.  When I say relax, I don't mean that we start to take it easy at work, but rather we can leave most of our work problems at work because we aren't worrying about irrigation and turf stress.  The last two winters have actually been busier then ever at Cinnabar with end of the year improvement projects.

This week we wrapped up the renovation to the fairway bunkers on the left side of 9 Canyon and the right side of 9 Mountain.  We were able to remove the hump in the cinnabar tee of the 3 mountain so you can't blame your slice on that anymore.  And finally we removed the bentgrass from the approach on 4 lake.  The approach had been contaminated with bentgrass and being that bentgrass is a high thatch producer, the bentgrass acted as a sponge.  We removed the sod, added some drains and then cored the entire area twice before re-sodding with perennial ryegrass.  By next summer the hole should play much firmer.

While these projects were going on, the managers and some youthful staff members (read stronger) went to get the club Christmas tree the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.  This is  my favorite time of year and cutting the tree down is something I really look forward to.  We get our tree from Patchen tree farms at the top of the summit and it was fun spending time with the other departments.  While our tree is shorter than years past, it is just as beautiful.

Going into winter we have a handful of bunkers we'd like to enhance and upgrade sections of the irrigation system.  More to come later.

...Or now.  I almost forgot that the range has grass again.  What a difference.

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