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Notes from the Anthem Greens Committee

Pete Hatt, Chairman

Welcome to Cory Wood, our new Greens Superintendent. Cory comes to us from Desert Mountain and will report to Director of Agronomy Dave Dubé. Cory’s hiring is another way ClubCorp is supporting our golf course maintenance department, putting in place a highly qualified assistant to work closely with Dave, providing strong, experienced management to both courses.

Water Water Everywhere.

This year we will be changing our drinking water procedure. The jugs of water we had scattered around both courses will be a thing of the past. They have proven to be a serious heath issue on warm weather courses and we felt that having water and ice available every four or five holes was sufficient. We understand this puts a premium on keeping the water machines serviceable, but the added emphasis to do so, far outweighs someone becoming ill because of contaminated water.

Persimmon.

• The new Mini-Verde greens are coming along nicely. We are two-thirds of the way through the hundred-day grow-in period and they are already measuring 9.2 for ball speed. We continue to verticut and topdress, using plugs to repair areas that are behind in growth. Areas damaged in the vandalism that occurred this summer still show the effects on numbers 7 and 10, as well as the putting green, but we are confident they will catch up during this last month before play opens again on October 5th.

• Fairway bunkers are still a work in progress, though they should play better than they did last year. We have added some sand and worked to remove rocks this summer, but there is more to do to get them to the point we would like them to be. The greenside bunkers damaged by vandals have been repaired and our new greenside bunkers should be in good condition at opening.

*Warning, as we experienced on Ironwood, the new bunkers will be a little soft for a while until they have a chance to settle out.

• Repairs to cart paths, including those damaged during construction, will be completed prior to October 5th.

• The forward lake edge on #10 is being rebuilt, with sod replacing the pink rock that has been in place for a number of years. The path across the wash on #16 will get some attention to smooth out the trip to the lower fairway.

• All the new greens were carefully measured by GPS before and after, to make certain we maintained the contours called for in the original design. Small adjustments were made on a few holes, but while we believe the changes will make these greens more playable, they don’t appear to be enough to require alterations in our pin rotation.

• This winter’s Winter Ryegrass overseed will be a little different from past years. The goal is to put in place a process where we can overseed fairways for winter, without creating the summer transition headache we have struggled with for years. There are three important differences in the process this year, all based on our experience last winter. First, we will limit the cut-down of the Bermuda this year to .450”. That’s nearly an eighth of an inch higher than in prior years. This will give us more underlying plant and will promote faster recovery next summer. Second, the overseed will be at a rate of 450 lbs per acre, considerably lighter than the rate typically used on Persimmon, providing more sunlight and nutrition to the underlying Bermuda. And third, we will supplement the lighter overseed rate by adding Bermuda seed to the mix and by adding the pigmentation we used on Ironwood so successfully last year, to add warmth to the grass and to provide a better visual appearance to the fairways. As in the past, roughs will be allowed to go dormant and surrounds and tees will be overseeded.

Ironwood

• Maintenance on Ironwood has been a work in progress all summer with construction activity scheduled around member play. As a result, some of our most important projects have been put off until we close the course for overseed on October 5th, reopening on October 26th, just three weeks later.

• Washes on #5 and #12 will be cleaned up from brush and large rocks to make them more playable.

• Leveling of irrigation heads and rebuilding of drain boxes will continue until we run out of growing season. This is ongoing work and we are making good progress on catching up on the backlog.

• We are finding some greenside bunkers (e.g. #3 behind the green) damaged by tree roots. We had the Billy Bunker contractor out to review the condition of the bunker and he is going to be re-spraying the damaged area, that will then be refilled with new sand. This is highly unusual for this bunker material and we ask you to let us know if you discover any additional root penetration in other greenside bunkers.

• The fairway on #13 is looking better than it has for years. This is the result of improved agronomic practices, including the use of a ceramic product named Profile, used as a supplement to sand, deeper and more aggressive aerification, and modifying irrigation to this portion of the fairway.

• Cart path alterations, modifications and repairs will start shortly and be completed during the overseed closure. You will see changes to #6, #10, #11 and #18 and repairs in multiple places around the course. We are also adding a cart path extension from #18 to #1 along the road.

• Overseed on Ironwood will be roughs, tees and green surrounds and mowing patterns will be altered on water holes before we overseed to create some “collar” to keep rolling shots in play, once fairways go dormant. Cultural practices to encourage reduced summer transition will be put into place similar to what will be done on Persimmon and pigmentation will continue on fairways through the period of dormancy.

That’s the latest from the Anthem Greens Committee.

Thank you for your continuing support. You can contact us at anthemgreens@icloud.com

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