Friday, October 21, 2016

Irrigation System Winterization

Today we will finish blowing out the irrigation system.  The process has gone smoothly despite the weather we encountered earlier in the week. 

If you are a home owner with an irrigation system attached to the golf course you are more than welcome to utilize the provided air pressure to blow out your system as well.  Please call the maintenance office at 733-7802 if you have any questions.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Golf Course Closed

If the weather wasn't enough to get someone waxing skis and storing golf clubs, today we are officially closed for the 2016 golf season.  However, our work is never done.  With the severity of winters in our corner of the world, we are already preparing for the 2017 season.  The work done over the next few weeks is very important to how the golf course survives the winter.  For this reason, please be reminded that the golf course is closed to all traffic until the cross country track opens for the winter season.  Thank you all in advance, this closure helps ensure that we will complete our final preparations for winter in a safe and efficient manner.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Closing Day

The last day of every golf season is always bittersweet.  Today, the weather is matching this mood.    The conditions scream 'mud season'!  Our weather station has recorded over a half inch of rain in the last 24 hours.  With the rain there is no frost delay.  The first tee time will be at 10:00 AM and we will still allow carts today.  But please stay on the paths where they are available and look out for the random wet spot. 

Staying on the cart paths is particularly important this time of year as the turf is beginning to enter its winter dormancy period.  Any damage sustained now will likely take until next spring to heal and unnecessary compaction may effect how the course drains in the spring.

Thanks to all of those who enjoyed our golf course this year.  I hope everyone had a wonderful season...  I am already looking forward to next year!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Frost Delay

It was a cold one last night... the overnight low our weather station recorded was 20 degrees Fahrenheit!  While it is warming now, temperatures are still below freezing.  We are looking at getting the first tee time out at 11:30 am.  Please contact the pro shop for the most up to date frost delay information.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Frost Delay

Today we will have a 90 minute frost delay, putting the first tee time at 11:30 am.  Temperatures are still in the mid-20s, but rising, and the plentiful sunshine will help burn off the frost.  Please keep in mind that this time of year frost may persist in shady micro climates well into the day.  It is always best not to travel on turf with frost.  Thanks and enjoy the beautiful day! 

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Frost Delay

With a clear chilly night last night, a heavy frost setup on the golf course.  Temperatures are still below freezing, but climbing... there will be a frost delay today until 11:30 am.  We apologize for any inconvenience and will work to get the course ready for play as quickly as possible.  Please contact the pro shop for the most up to date frost delay information.

Friday, October 7, 2016

End of Season Update

As all of you know, the last day the golf course is open to play will be October 16th.  I hope we get some good weather between now and then to enjoy the golf and fall colors before winter comes!

The fall agronomic practices on the course have gone well with the exception of the wet weather throwing off our fairway topdressing which we are working on now and hope to finish next week. 

As of October 17th, when the golf course is closed for play, it will also be closed to all traffic until the cross country track opens.  The date the cross country track opens, as always, will depend on the snowfall.  Keep an eye on this blog and the member newsletters for the most up to date cross country track information.

It is important for us to limit traffic on the golf course during the period between closing for play and the onset of snow cover for many reasons.  First of all, there are safety concerns.  Large equipment operations and chemical applications are just two of the many practices that may risk health and safety.  Our staff is trained to handle these practices in a safe manner, but the casual bystander may not be.  In addition, the efficacy of our chemical applications may be compromised by unnecessary traffic, and thus cause the golf course to not make it through the winter as well.  Also, as many of you know, it is a critical time of year for wildlife as they build up their stores for the winter.  Minimizing the impact on wildlife as they occupy or migrate through the golf course this time of year is an important goal for us.

I appreciate everyone's cooperation as we work through one of the most critical times of our year: preparing for winter in the Tetons!  Special thanks to our staff and the community for the hard work, dedication, and cooperation.  With all of your help we are able to maintain a beautiful golf course in this challenging climate!

Frost Delay

This morning tee times will be delayed one hour due to frost, but at least its not a snow delay!  With clearer skies and warmer temperatures predicted today we will work to get the first tee time off at 11:00 am.  Hopefully, the weather will cooperate with those of us looking to enjoy the golf course while we still can!