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Dodge's Dirt

November 2016

Fantastic weather in October and into the month of November has made this one of the most productive off-seasons of golf course work in recent memory. In addition to cleaning up most of the remaining tree damage from the blow down we had this past summer, we were also able to install over 1300 linear feet of drainage line on holes 1, 2, 5, 9, 16, and 18.

Drainage
Typical drainage installation in progress-9 Fairway

This past season was one of the wettest we have ever experienced in the area and so we had a very easy time identifying areas that needed the most help. After doing this sort of work, every fall, for the last 15 years, since the course has been open, there has been a vast improvement on drainage. Cart path only rulings that used to last 48-72 hours now last 24 hours or in some cases less. This is all part of our commitment to improving conditions for players not just for next year but for many years to come. This is messy, labor intensive work that cannot be done effectively while open to the public. I am deeply appreciative to have great people who willingly stuck around to perform this chore. Without seasonal staff Andrew Buchholz, Roger Makela, and Olaf Walkky this work would not have been possible. I cannot say thanks enough.

As we say goodbye to the 2016 season (the forecast is for snow on Thursday and Friday) I would like to say thank you to all the golf course staff and customers who make it possible for work to be something that I look forward to each morning.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and I look forward to seeing all of you in 2017.

Vincent Dodge

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