Message From The Greens Committee - Stepping Up Maintenance Work On Ironwood This Summer
Notes from the Anthem Greens Committee
Now that the major project work has begun on Persimmon, we wanted to remind everyone of how we will be handling maintenance activity on Ironwood this year.
In the past, we have shut down each course for roughly half the summer to accomplish “heavy maintenance”, work we can’t do during winter months for three reasons: heavy play, shortened daylight hours and lack of growing conditions needed for turf to repair.
Because the Persimmon greens renovation project will keep that course closed until October and because we have a robust maintenance and course improvement list of projects for Ironwood, we have had to take a new approach to make sure Ironwood will still get the maintenance attention it needs and deserves.
From now until fall, when both courses are again open, we will conduct project work on Ironwood in the afternoons (Monday through Thursday) when play is light. To minimize interference with play, we will coordinate with the Golf Department on where work is occurring that day, to determine whether starting times should be from #1, or #10. The course will not be closed, even when we are out there doing project work. The Pro Shop will inform players where work is occurring and we ask that you to play around us, rather than through us, if you encounter work being done on a hole.
This method of using afternoon maintenance to accomplish our summer project work, will also be evaluated to determine if we can apply it to both courses in future years, reducing the need for the long summer course closures we have lived with in the past.
There is a lot of important work planned for Ironwood this summer.
• Heavy aerification and sanding of fairways and surrounds.
• Sodding and profile modification of troublesome fairways, e.g. #13.
• Leveling of irrigation heads and drain boxes.
• Removing invasive grasses from the bent grass greens.
• Significant cart path repair work.
• Cart path modifications on #6, #10 and #18.
• Transitioning collars from rye to bermuda grass.
• Conversion of desert wash areas on #5 and #12 to waste areas.
Our objective is to get this work done with minimal interference with member play, to improve the health of Ironwood. We appreciate your support and cooperation and invite you to contact us about this work as well as the project now underway on Persimmon. Our email address is email@example.com