Another golfing season is now under our belts and with the closing of the golf course effective October 15 what is likely one of our busiest times of the year is upon us. In this northern climate in particular, we are in a race against time to complete numerous course projects and winter preparation procedures. Our goal in the next three to four weeks is to complete the following chores:
- Deep tine aerify greens
- Apply fungicides to protect turf areas from winter diseases. We treat greens, tees, and fairways at the Wilderness to ensure decent turf conditions are present in the spring.
- Topdress greens and tees heavily-a heavy layer of sand acts as an insulator against cold conditions without snow cover. This also allows us to apply a thorough topdressing without any kind of inconvenience for the player.
- Cover greens with woven plastic covers. Yet another layer of protection for our putting greens which allows us to have better playing conditions in the spring.
- Install close to 1600 yards of snow fence throughout the property. The state snowmobile trail runs through the golf course through the practice range and 10 and around holes 11 and 14. We also protect hole 13 from snowmobile traffic on Lake Vermillion.
- Drainage work on holes 9, 10, and 11.
- Brush removal on holes 13 and 15-this work can proceed throughout the winter months.
This work is in addition to removing all golf course accessories and storing them for the season.
We thank you for your patronage and look forward to seeing you next year.
Vincent Dodge CGCS