Special Notice from the Anthem Greens Committee

 Persimmon opens for play tomorrow and we wanted to give everyone a preview of what you can expect as we move closer to our overseed closure on Persimmon in three short weeks.

 Our objective is to achieve an improved overseed for winter play, while at the same time protecting the underlying bermuda grass for a strong recovery next summer.

 We plan to accomplish this through a combination of a heavier seed rate than was used last year and some new agronomic techniques to help the bermuda when warm weather stimulates renewed growth. The heavier seed rate will provide an improved playing surface, but prior to closing the course on October 12th, you will notice some appearance changes due to the work we are doing to limit turf damage as we prepare the bermuda to accept the winter ryegrass seed.

 Our plan is to apply a growth regulator to fairways, causing the grass blades to become wider, rather than taller, creating shorter, more dense cover that can better deal with verticutting that provides a seed bed for the ryegrass. This process will not impact color or playability, but it’s a different story on tees and green surrounds where the bermuda canopy is already very dense. In those areas we will use the same treatment we applied on Ironwood roughs. It is designed to create a sort of dormancy for the top of the plant, while protecting the root structure. It results in a “burned-out” look, but playability should not be seriously impacted. Fairways will also begin going off-color as we adjust irrigation levels to prepare for verticutting, scheduled to start in ten days.

 By combining irrigation cutbacks, chemical treatments and growth regulators, we are able to be less aggressive with verticutting and fully prepared on day-one of the course closure to drop seed. This will give us the best chance to achieve our goal of great winter playing conditions and a healthy recovery when summer temperatures return. All dependent, of course, on Mother Nature.

 Thank-you again for your continuing support of the Committee and our Golf Course Maintenance Department. Questions, or comments? You can contact us at



Pete Hatt             Dave Dube’                   Cory Wood                                   JR Rosenbluth                                   Greens Chair        Director of Agronomy     Golf Course Superintendent           General Manager



Notes from the Anthem Greens CommitteeThe Anthem Greens Committee met on July 25th. Here are the highlights of our discussions.New Hire. We have added a First Assistant Superintendent to assist Cory in managing our two courses. His name is Matt Hamberg and he comes to us from Desert Mountain, where he was an Assistant Superintendent on the Outlaw course. Matt was recently honored by the Golf Course Superintendents Association, as the Assistant Superintendent of the Year. He was cited for his work as a certified EPA trainer in conducting environmental training for 225 agronomy employees, incorporating translation requirements for five languages (Spanish, French, Burmese, Russian & Arabic). Welcome to Anthem Matt.Difficult Pins. We are blessed with large, challenging greens on both our courses, but occasionally a few of the pin placements are more than challenging. Members of the Committee, working with the Golf and Greens professionals surveyed all 36 greens, agreeing to and designating some areas as not suitable for everyday play (e.g. front edge of #1 Ironwood). Standards have been spelled out for set-up personnel and training and implementation is now underway. Until it becomes automatic you will likely see some mistakes, but supervisors will make periodic checks and expect it to be fully a part of the set-up routine in the next month or so. The new pin restrictions apply to every-day play and not tournament play, when placements will be determined by the Golf Professionals and Tournament Committees.Lift Clean & Place. One of our Committee members, working with the Handicap Committee, the Golf Staff and the Greens Department has led an effort to define how we will determine when Preferred Lies will be the standard for normal play. The Professional Golf Staff will carry responsibility for the decision, in consultation with Golf Course Maintenance, to determine when course conditions warrant the change and will coordinate with AMGA and ALGA to determine how their respective weekly competitions will be handled. This is being done to help mitigate the impact of both summer transition and late winter dormancy. Maintenance Update.  Recent rains have given us the humidity and clean water we wanted, but they have also slowed progress on some of our project work.Both courses will have tree thinning and/or removal in areas where mature trees are now competing too successfully with our turf grass. This is particularly necessary on Persimmon where the Mini-Verde greens are vulnerable to damage and disease caused by too much shade. Both courses will receive multiple fairway aerifications using 3/8” hollow tines, with sand applied to improve the soil profile. Desert cleanout, using an outside contractor to do the work, will continue on both courses. This represents maintenance that has not been done for several years, resulting in some areas massively overgrown with noxious plants like Salt Cedar and Desert Broom. While the initial appearance might look like we’ve adopted a scorched earth policy, color will return to the areas quickly and with the continued use of outside labor, we will be able to keep our crews on golf course specific project work.  Course Conditions. We are just past the bottom point of transition, with bermuda grass now beginning its big comeback. We have lagged a little with humidity below normal levels for the first half of the summer, but with multiple hollow tine aerifications, sand applications, added irrigation and chemical encouragement, we are beginning to see rapid improvement. The Committee and Greens Staff acknowledge that summer transition leaves us with unpleasant course conditions, but it is necessary to achieve our long-stated goal of providing the best playing conditions, over the longest number of months, for the greatest number of golf members. This summer’s rotational plan to keep both courses available, while at the same time allowing the Greens Staff to do the heavy lifting required of summer maintenance, has been successful and we plan to repeat it next year. Summer Transition. A lot of time was spent discussing summer transition and it was felt some explanation of the agronomic whys and wherefores was warranted.Summer transition occurs wherever we elect to overseed the base bermuda grass with winter rye grass. This is done in an effort to improve both appearance and playability during the cool weather months (November through May) when the underlying bermuda naturally goes dormant. As warm summer temperatures and higher humidity approaches, the winter rye grass is chemically removed to allow the underlying dormant bermuda to fully benefit from irrigation and summer growing conditions. When we remove the rye grass, we depend on Mother Nature to give us both high temperatures and relatively high humidity to push the growth of the bermuda, but even with perfect timing (ryegrass dies out and temps and humidity rise simultaneously) we still need to give the bermuda grass some time to regenerate itself. This is the period we refer to as transition and some of it is going to happen, regardless of how lucky we are with growing conditions.The staff understands transition is ugly and they are constantly looking for ways to adjust their processes and timing to mitigate its impact on the membership. This summer has shown significant improvement, not so much in terms of visual turf loss following removal of the winter rye, but in the speed and health of the recovery for the base bermuda in overseeded areas. So if transition is such an issue, are there reasons beyond appearance to overseed? The principal agronomic issue is addressing compaction and wear on those areas where cart traffic naturally funnels into collection areas. Dormant grass is easily damaged and the rye grass overseed helps protect the base bermuda during dormancy. Playability is the other issue. If you allow fairways to go dormant, you need to overseed roughs to keep the courses playable. And tees, collars and green surrounds also need the overseed to maintain good playing conditions. To demonstrate the complexity of the decisions that have been made to reduce transition issues, consider the collars around the greens. Originally constructed with ryegrass, they couldn’t take the summer heat and every year we experienced a significant loss of turf on virtually all our collars. In the last two years, we have replaced most of the collars with bermuda (all on Persimmon and most on Ironwood) to eliminate the collar burnout problem. This was made possible by chemical advances that now allow us to spray-out an overseeded collar in the spring, without damaging the bent grass greens on Ironwood. Now our collars transition without the loss of turf we had to deal with in the past. Other changes instituted in the last couple of years include, changing overseed patterns to protect high traffic areas, multiple hollow tine aerifications with the application of new materials mixed with sand, to improve modification of soil profiles, changing and balancing irrigation frequency and patterns, modification of the maintenance calendar to allow both courses to be available for play during summer months when heavy maintenance and project work takes place and reducing the seed rate for overseed while increasing the height of the underlying bermuda as is goes into dormancy. These adjustments and others, add up to improved playing conditions throughout the year. There are always trade-offs when you deal with an active membership, two courses and growing two crops of grass a year in a desert climate, but we remain confident in the ability of our Maintenance Professionals to make the adjustments necessary to improve playability of our courses year-‘round.2016-2017 Schedule.  Following this summer’s evaluation of turf conditions on both courses and consulting with ClubCorp’s senior agronomist, Management has made the decision to repeat the overseed pattern we used last year, traditional for Persimmon and reverse for Ironwood. Adjustments will be made to the overseed process from what was done last year to improve the quality of the overseed and to lessen the impact on the bermuda during transition. Dates are: Ironwood 9/21-10/11 and Persimmon 10/12-11/2.That’s the latest from the Anthem Greens Committee.


Notes from the Anthem Greens Committee

Golf Course Superintendent Cory Wood puts out a briefing to keep Club management informed of work accomplished during maintenance closures. Here is his latest report on last week’s closures.

Overview of what was accomplished during Ironwood 6/29 & 6/30 course closure:

        • Applied an insecticide on all putting surfaces

        • Applied a wetting agent to all fairways, rough, tees, & practice areas

        • Interseeded bermudagrass seed into thin areas on the rough and fairways

        • Installed 500 sq. ft. of bermuda sod on hole #2

        • Aerified hole #10 fairway

        • Topdressed hole #10 fairway with 25 cubic yards of sand

        • Trimmed trees around putting green complex & cart path overhangs #16 & #17

         • Mowed all fairways to height of .475"

        • Mowed all tees to height of .475"

        • Mowed and line trimmed bunker surrounds to height of 1"

        • Fertilized all flower beds

        • Applied fungicide to all flower beds

        • Raised and installed 7 new drains on hole #7

• Continued irrigation audit and adjustments


Overview of what was accomplished during the 6/27 & 6/28 closure on Persimmon:

• Verticut all putting surfaces to a depth of 1/8"

• Topdressed all putting surfaces with a USGA & Profile blended sand mix

• Applied soil amendments to all putting surfaces

        • Applied a foliar fertilizer on all putting surfaces

• Applied a wetting agent on all putting surfaces

• Applied an insecticide on all putting surfaces

• Interseeded bermudagrass seed into thin areas on the fairways

• Installed 500 sq. ft. of bermuda sod on hole #13

• Aerified hole #1 & #2 fairways

• Topdressed hole #1 & #2 fairways with 40 cubic yards of sand

• Started trimming trees on green surrounds

• Mowed all fairways to height of .475"

• Mowed all tees to height of .475"

• Mowed rough to height of 1"

• Mowed and line trimmed bunker surrounds to height of 1"

• Fertilized all flower beds

• Applied fungicide to all flower beds 

        • Continued irrigation audit and adjustments


A Reminder: Starting the week of the 4th of July, we are changing our maintenance closures to a two-week cycle. The first two weeks of July, Ironwood will be closed. We then rotate to Persimmon for the next two weeks and continue this two-week rotation through the Fall overseed. This two-week schedule allows us to do the more disruptive, heavy maintenance work required and gives the course a short period of recovery prior to reopening for play.


We will continue to forward maintenance progress reports throughout the summer. As always, if you have questions, feel free to write the Committee at

Pete Hatt

Greens Committee Chair


Notes from the Anthem Greens Committee

Every week, Golf Course Superintendent Cory Wood sends out a briefing to keep Club management informed of what his team accomplished during the two-day closures. Here is his latest report on this week’s closures.

Overview of what was accomplished during Ironwood 6/22 & 6/23 course closure:

             Aerified #2 fairway to a depth of 5"

Topdressed #2 fairway with 50 cubic yards of sand

             Topdressed #13 fairway landing zone with 6 cu yds of Profile Ceramic product

             Mowed collars to height of .350" to mechanically remove ryegrass

             Double cut all fairways to height of .475"

             Mowed all tees to height of .475"

             Mowed all approaches to height of .475"

             Balanced sand in Practice bunkers

             Applied liquid fertilizer to roughs

             Removed 30 cubic yards of desert broom and volunteer Palo Verdes

             Continued trimming trees

Began checking nozzles, arcs, rotation & pressure of all irrigation heads

Overview of what was accomplished during the 6/20 & 6/21 closure on Persimmon:

             Aerified all greens with 3/8" tines on 2.5 x 2.5 centers to a depth of 2 1/2"

             Verticut all greens two times to a depth of 1/8"

             Topdressed all greens with a USGA/Profile blend

             Applied soil amendments on all greens

             Applied a preventative fungicide on fairways for fairy ring control

             Applied a wetting agent on all turf and fertilized thin areas on tees and fairways

             Balanced the sand in the practice bunker

             Mowed all fairways to height of .475"

             Mowed all tees and approaches to height of .475"

             Mowed all rough to height of 1"

             Continued tree trimming work

Began checking nozzles, arcs, rotation & pressure of all irrigation heads

We will continue to forward these progress reports throughout the summer as we rotate the courses to perform important maintenance tasks. As always, if you have questions, feel free to write the Committee at

Pete Hatt



Notes from the Anthem Greens Committee

Every week, Golf Course Superintendent Cory Wood sends out a briefing to keep Club management informed of what his team accomplished during the two-day closures. Here is his latest report on last week’s closures.

The following is a quick synopsis on what my staff was able to accomplish on the two day course closures this week.  Our first priority was to spray the transition aid herbicides on all remaining ryegrass and poa annua.  This year we decided to spray three different chemistries of herbicides depending on weed pressure and location of spray.  On Persimmon, because of the greater weed pressure, we applied a broad-spectrum herbicide that will not only eradicate all cool season grasses, but will also eliminate broadleaf weeds.  Over on Ironwood we sprayed two different chemistries of herbicide depending on the proximity to the bentgrass.  Reason being is that the herbicides that are the most rapid and effective for ryegrass (and bentgrass) removal have a tendency to move with the soil water.  With this in mind we sprayed all rough and all areas that slope away from the greens with the herbicide that has the greater efficacy.  On the areas that are down sloping towards the greens we sprayed an herbicide that is less effective on ryegrass removal (studies show 65% to 80% control), but does not move with the soil water.  In order to accomplish this and not have confusion on what herbicide is sprayed where, we painted lines signifying where to start and stop the respective sprays.  Unfortunately, these paint lines will be visible for the next week or so, but it is a small price to pay to ensure no damage to the bentgrass greens.  Any areas of ryegrass that were too close to the putting surface to safely apply an herbicide will be transitioned through mechanical means (mowing heights and verticutting).

The second priority that my staff was able to accomplish was verticutting all tee pads and collars on both courses.  This serves three purposes, first of all, the verticutting will remove a good portion of the dead decaying ryegrass on the areas that have already started to transition.  Second, it will open up the canopy of the ryegrass (Ironwood collars) to allow the Bermuda grass to better compete.  And finally, the verticutting will actually stimulate the Bermuda grass and encourage it to spread.

Additionally, my staff was able to redistribute sand on greenside bunkers #1, #11 Persimmon & #10, #1 Ironwood to achieve the 3” depth on the bunker faces to help with the plugged lies some of us have been experiencing.  All of the rough and bunker surrounds were mowed down on Persimmon to a height of .750”.  Ironwood is mowed down 1 through 5, and 10 through 18.  And finally, were able to trim a good number of trees that were interfering with travel along the cart paths. 

We will continue to forward these progress reports throughout the summer as we rotate the courses to perform important maintenance tasks. As always, if you have questions, feel free to write the Committee at


 Notes from the Anthem Greens Committee
The Anthem Greens Committee met on May 2nd, 2016 at the Ironwood Clubhouse. Here are the highlights of our discussions.
Transition took center stage in our discussions this month.
We are currently in transition between the dormant period (mid December to late March) and the start of the summer growing season (mid June). 
During this transition, the Bermuda grass gains color, but shows very little actual growth, while the winter Rye and invasive grasses such as Poa, grow very rapidly. So until the Bermuda gets to point where it can take over, we engage in agronomic activities designed accomplish two things:
• Encourage the Bermuda to grow and retard the growth of other grasses• Get a head start on summer by laying sod to repair winter damage
Persimmon.On Persimmon fairways it’s a balancing act between overseeded areas that are now growing and the still dormant Bermuda lying underneath. We will ultimately spray out the Ryegrass, using a product that will also remove Poa and other invasive grasses, but to maintain playable fairways, we need to hold off spraying them until we are confident conditions are right for the Bermuda to rapidly take over. In the meantime, we have lowered fairway cuts to advantage the Bermuda lying beneath the winter ryegrass and are sodding areas damaged by compaction this winter The sod is non-overseeded Bermuda and while it’s not warm enough yet for the construction to repair itself, conditions are good enough for us to get sod down, so when growing conditions are optimal, the sod will be in place and ready to knit together with the existing turf. 
Roughs on Persimmon are starting to show color and as we are watering to encourage the Bermuda to grow, invasive grasses are also stimulated. We are in the process of spraying them out, but until the chemicals take hold you may see some healthy patches of Poa in Persimmon’s roughs. 
Other current activity includes spot-aerifying and top-dressing compacted areas where cart traffic is constricted. This is done to prepare these compacted turf areas with good oxygenation and drainage for the growing season. 
Our new Mini-Verde greens are not quite ready for aerification. They need to increase their growth rate first, so they can rapidly repair from the plugging and sanding process. Timing on this is early June. 
You might also notice some areas, like the hillside next to #6 green, where the turf looks like it’s disappearing. This is due to the trees at the top of the hill, planted seventeen years ago, that are now so large they win the competition for water with the surrounding turf. This is complicated during the winter season, when with dormant turf conditions, we cut back on irrigation. With little water available, the trees take it all, leaving nothing for the turf grass. We are currently surveying these areas on Persimmon and will be thinning stands of trees that have grown too large and are now severely damaging our turf.
Ironwood.Ironwood’s fairways are showing good color and a small amount of growth. Without a Ryegrass overseed, the turf will easily transition to the growing season with the help of added irrigation, fertilizers and warm summer temperatures. We are sodding compaction damage like we are at Persimmon and spot aerifying and top-dressing areas with excessive wear to promote growth when warmer temperatures stimulate the Bermuda. 
As we are doing on Persimmon, we are lowering mowing heights on Ironwood’s overseeded areas to help the underlying Bermuda respond quickly with the onset of higher temperatures.
We will be spraying out Ironwood’s roughs to remove the Ryegrass overseed and at the same time kill unwanted grasses like Poa, from both roughs and fairways. 
With increased irrigation to promote Bermuda growth, Ironwood’s greenside bunkers have become more compacted than we like them to be. To solve this we are changing the tines used to prepare the bunkers for play every day. Because of our Billy Bunker liners, we need to be careful not to damage them by being too aggressive with our maintenance, but we think the new tine depth will do the trick. 
As opposed to Persimmon’s Mini-Verde greens, Ironwood’s Bent grass greens are already responding to the nice weather and have been sodded in places to remove invasive grasses. They are due for aerification and top-dressing in May and will repair quickly following the work. This is done to remove thatch, thereby increasing oxygen penetration to the roots and promoting drainage of water through the entire plant. 
Ponds on Ironwood are also responding to spring temperatures, but with rapid growth of algae. We are staying on top of it with chemical applications to eliminate the algae blooms and the odors associated with them.  And if you were wondering why the lakes are at such a low level right now, we are doing our annual drain checks and will be raising water levels shortly.
That’s the latest from the Anthem Greens Committee. Thank-you for your continuing support. Questions, or comments? Contact us directly by clicking here:

Dear Members!

Thanks to the efforts of our Facilities Maintenance crew and Liberty Plumbing, we will be able to open Persimmon for Breakfast tomorrow morning!

The "Big Game" event will still be held at Ironwood after lunch. Persimmon will serve Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner as always.

We apologize for any inconvenience this closure has caused, and we thank you for your understanding.


JR Rosenbluth


Notes from the Anthem Greens Committee 

The Anthem Greens Committee met on February 1, 2016 at the Ironwood Clubhouse. Here are the highlights of our discussions:

Master Plan.

Every year in April we produce a Golf Course Maintenance Master Plan and this time of year is when our planning activity is front and center for the Committee. Here is a rundown of some of what we’re working on.

Both Courses.

• The Committee finished a comprehensive study to help determine tees that would be well served with new, or repaired stairs. The study makes recommendations that will be reviewed for priorities and estimated for budget purposes before fitting the work into this  year’s plan. Combined with a new stair design borrowed from La Paloma (Tucson), we expect the stairs to be longer lasting and provide better footing than our current railroad tie design.

• The Committee is currently revising last year’s cart path repair plan. This too will be further refined for priority and budget and implemented during the summer months.

• Tee landscape guidelines were approved by the Committee for both courses. On Persimmon, the plan calls for a more cultivated look with paths, bordered with inset rock and in-filled with natural tone granite. On Ironwood, the look will be less formal, with natural tone granite covering the cart path side of tee boxes. Modest plantings will be added over time where prior vegetation has been lost. These design guidelines support Greg Nash’s desire, to maintain a slightly different look between the two courses.


• The partially repaired area on the left side of Hole #1 will be completed as we get back to the growing season, when new plantings will be assured of survival.

• Broken and damaged tee banding will be replaced with the same product installed on Ironwood last year. We will be using an outside contractor to do the work and will start as soon as material is received on site.


• We are finalizing design work for completing the waste area conversion for washes that cross and/or intrude on #5 and #12 fairways. Finished turf and bottom construction will happen during the growing season.

• We have put a priority on work to level irrigation heads and fairway drains, a project that must be done during the growing season so turf damage will be able to repair.

• Unfortunately, we have discovered tree roots in the greenside bunker complex on the right side of Hole #9. We will investigate, but it’s likely a failure of our Billy Bunker material and will involve a rebuild of that bunker complex this summer.

That’s the latest from the Anthem Greens Committee. Thank you for your continued support.

Questions, or comments? You can contact us at

Introducing Chef Mark Lietzke


Please join us in welcoming our new Executive Chef, Mark Lietzke!

Mark comes to us from the Country Club of Hilton Head, where he has been the Executive Chef since August of 2007. He transferred from Shangri La Resort in Oklahoma to be the executive chef of the Daufuskie Island Resort when ClubCorp bought the old Melrose property and combined it with the Bloody Point Club. Since leaving the 45 minute one way boat ride everyday, Chef Mark was the executive chef at Vino & Vittos and the Callawassie Island Club. During his tenure at CC of Hilton Head, Mark was awarded Club Corp’s Rising Star, Super Star, and a trip to ClubCorp’s custom training program at the Culinary Institute’s Greystone facility in Napa.When not at the Club directly preparing or supervising the a la carte and banquet functions, you can find Mark playing with his stained glass and bonsai trees or brewing his own beer.  To relax, he has staring contests with his beagle Lucy, which she always loses.

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