Special "Clippings" - Persimmon Opening Monday, October 5 !!

Clippings

September 30, 2015

Notes from the Anthem Greens Committee 

Monday morning, October 5, Persimmon will reopen with rebuilt greens and remodeled greenside bunkers.

Opening day will be a morning shotgun, with coffee, juice and sweet rolls on the range starting at 7:00 AM. JR and Cindy Nash will open the course with a short ceremony on the Putting Green and a Ribbon Cutting on the first tee just before the 8:30 AM shotgun.

The opening of Persimmon highlights a remarkable accomplishment by our Greens Department this summer. The improvements made to the course, many of which you can’t see, will provide members with a championship golf course experience for years to come. Because things are new and in the case of the overseed, still a bit tender, here is what you can expect when we first open.

Cart Path Only:  As we always do for the first few weeks on newly overseeded turf, we enforce a Cart Path Only restriction. That means keep them on the path at all times, period. Our goal is to remove the restriction in three to four weeks, subject to growing conditions.

Blue Flags:  If you have a blue flag, we will allow you on the course subject to these conditions:

  1. You enter and exit at the gates only.
  2. You keep your cart in the rough as much as possible, and on the cart path side of the hole. If you must cross the fairway, please do so at 90 degrees. 

Greens:  The new Mini-Verde greens are fully grown in. Because they are new, they will rarely leave more than a small dent when you hit a ball into them. They will soften with time, but ball mark repair is always an issue. Just look for your mark and repair it in the same fashion you repair marks on Bentgrass greens. To begin with, the new greens will roll a bit slower than our bent greens on Ironwood. Our goal for now is to maintain them at about 9.5 feet, in anticipation of increased speeds with dormancy.

Greenside Bunkers:  All our greenside bunkers have been rebuilt with improved drainage, Billy Bunker liners and new sand that meet USGA specifications. Until they have time to settle out, they will play a little soft (recall Ironwood when we first put in Billy Bunker liners). When you rake the bunkers, you will find there is a lot of sand to push around. Please do not pull it all up to the side of the bunker. Rake your way out, but as you leave the bunker, push the sand and the rake back towards the center to avoid adding sand to the edges of the bunker. As a reminder, rakes should be placed inside the bunker, with the handle just outside the edge where you exited.

Fairway Bunkers:  We have removed many of the larger rocks from the bunkers and added some new sand, mixed in with the old material. This should improve playability, but as a reminder, we still have a local rule allowing players to pick out and remove rocks that could be a safety issue when hitting a shot from the bunker. The fairway bunkers are still a work in progress as we look for solutions that will allow us to maintain play-ability, as we improve the ongoing issue of soil contamination.

We are all looking forward to playing the new Persimmon and hope to see you next Monday morning for coffee on the range.

Pete Hatt                                                         David Dubé

Greens Committee Chairman                              Director of Agronomy

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