Monday, May 29, 2017

Happy Memorial Day & Frost Delays

It is a beautiful day for all of you holiday golfers out there!  I hope everyone is able to get out and enjoy a round of golf or whatever your favorite Memorial Day past time may be!

In addition, with earlier starting tee times on the horizon, I would like to remind everybody about the potential for morning frost delays.  Our beautiful corner of Wyoming is blessed to only enjoy an average of 37 frost free days a year.  That said, it is possible for us to experience a frost delay any month of the year. 

The following is a video about frost delays from the USGA Green Section...


If we do happen to experience a frost delay, please enjoy an extra cup of coffee or a few more practice swings. The Pro Shop and Maintenance personnel will work diligently to minimize as much as possible any impacts on members and guests.

Furthermore, I will also be posting frost delay updates on this blog an hour before the first official tee time of the day.  So stay tuned for the latest and greatest in frost news!

Thank you. 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Course Care Videos

This winter I stumbled across the library of informative videos that the USGA created to help educate golfers.  These are great videos that range from reminders about player etiquette to information on the how and why behind various maintenance practices.  Please check out the following videos.  If you are interested in seeing more, an internet search for "fore the golfer" will yield many more videos on a variety of topics.

Golfer Etiquette Around Maintenance Personnel...
 
Repairing Ball Marks...
 
 
I appreciate the assistance in keeping our employees safe and our greens smooth.  I will post more of these educational videos throughout the season when the information aligns with what is happening on the golf course.   

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Opening Day

There is still snow on the mountains, but the grass is greening and the golf course is open!  Happy Opening Day 2017!  Please get out and enjoy the early season rounds!  We will still have some large equipment on the golf course as we put the finishing touches on the spring clean up over the weekend.  In addition, please be aware, some of our larger friends (pictured below) may be around the property.  Please remember to let wildlife play through, for your safety and that of our furry friends.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Spring!

Old man winter has finally gone home and now spring is starting to show up... Soil temperatures are still on the cool side, therefore we are waiting on that spring flush of growth that will go a long way towards helping winter recovery.  However, the golf course wintered relatively well, and the crew is hard at work getting the course cleaned and prepared fore another great season! 

Those of you that have been around the property in recent days may have noticed some of our spring visitors... 

Please remember that this is a critical time of year for wildlife and the golf course as they have just made it through the long winter.  We are looking forward to re-opening the golf course on Saturday, April 29th.  In the meantime, please pray for warmer soil temperatures!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Cross Country Grooming Schedule

With the rain this morning I don't think many skiers will be looking to get out today, but if anyone does, good luck staying dry!

As we have been dialing in our new grooming equipment, we have also arrived at our grooming schedule.  Going forward we will be grooming the course on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  Just like in the past, if we receive a measurable snowfall, we will also groom on any Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday.

In addition, as you all know, snow conditions this time of year can be variable.  Thank you all for your patience as we work with our new equipment to produce the best possible course for the variety of snow conditions which we may encounter.

Have fun and stay safe!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

February Storm & Cross Country Track

I hope everyone is hanging in there after this last week's brutal weather system wreaked havoc on a variety of local infrastructure, businesses, and private property.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to those effected by the storm.  And many thanks for the hard work from those working to restore power and keep our roads safe. 

As you all know, with these freeze/thaw cycles a variety of slick road and walk way conditions may exist.  Please be careful and stay safe out there.

As far as our cross country track goes, our new grooming equipment has performed reasonably well given the aforementioned freeze and thaws.  However, a variety of hazardous conditions exist on the front nine ski loop.  Therefore, we will have holes #2 - #9 closed this weekend with hopes of re-opening them on Monday. 

In addition, a couple of the neighborhood moose were spotted around the property this morning and as the snow melts and freezes they will likely be more active, getting around easier, and looking for more places to forage.  So as always, please give these winter residents of ours the right of way.

Have fun and be safe out there.  And stay tuned for cross country track conditions and maybe a few photos.

Thanks.
  

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone has had a wonderful holiday season! With ample December snowfall we have been grooming the cross country ski track and it is in pretty good shape.  We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of our new grooming system and look forward to providing an improved track with the addition of a classic ski track.  This new system should allow us to groom on days that we have not received new snowfall so we will be putting together a grooming schedule as well as grooming on the days of new snow.

In addition, please be aware with the bitterly cold temperatures we will not be grooming if the air temperature does not break 5 degrees Fahrenheit by noon on any given day.  This will help ensure the safety of our staff.

Also, as a friendly reminder, please limit the use of the golf course to the marked track and path that is staked around the golf course.  For example, I understand that snowshoers may want to stay of the groomed trail to respect the skiers.  Please simply hike adjacent to the track.  This will help us minimize the damage that the golf course may incur over the winter months while still providing a great winter experience for all.  And come next, spring we will be able to get the golf course in prime condition that much faster. 

Be aware, too, that moose have been spotted in recent days grazing around the golf course on some of their favorite willows and aspens.  I hope everyone enjoying the winter activities here has a chance to see these beautiful creatures, but remember this can be a tough time of year for them so please give them the right of way. 

Have fun! Stay safe and warm out there!  

Thank you.