Report From The Greens Committee, February "Clippings"
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:
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.
• 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.
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