It’s time for the annual leaf bowl, pitting Mother Nature against every Superintendent in Houston. She started off fast and hard over the holiday weekend, burying the courses in leaves, but we are up to the challenge. We have made great strides at cleaning up the courses this week, but this unfortunately is not a Mike Tyson fight, but more like an Ali vs Frasier 12-round slug fest. We will continue the battle until the last leaf has fallen!
The bunker contractor is making good time excavating the bunkers on the Lake course. They have holes 6-18 excavated and 10-18 have had the gravel layer installed and sprayed. The slow train from California finally arrived in Houston yesterday, so we should have sand for the bunkers next week. I apologize for the delay, but promise the wait will be worth it.
The Island crew has finished the clean up on #16 this week and I have marked a few trees for them to remove this coming Monday to complete that restoration project. We hope you like the look. Next, we will be moving back to #6 to start removing the overgrown vegetation next to the tees giving you a better view of the lake.The Forest crew finished the clearing on #6 this week. They will begin working on the islands between #9 & #10 next. This should allow for an easier tee shot on #9. Right now you have to thread a needle and hope the ball stays dry because you can’t see it land.
The Marsh crew has finished the clean up along the path to the Forest with the exception of some logs that we will get as soon as the backhoe is available. We are also working on raising the canopies of the trees between holes to allow for better turf conditions and also allow us to get mowers around these areas easier. Over the next couple of months we will be removing trees around some of the greens that will pose shade problems during next summer's greens conversion.
Click here to check out our Reinvention Web site!
We will see you around the courses,
Jay and Duke
All of the initial overseedings have been completed. We are back mowing everything except the GAS tee, which we should begin mowing next week. We will go back and add supplemental seed as needed to areas that haven’t come in as strong as we would like. The ryegrass on the Marsh greens is coming in well, but you will still see a lot of seed on the greens when you play over the weekend. That smaller seed is the Poa Trivialis which is very similar to Bentgrass and able to withstand the lower mowing heights of our greens. The Poa Trivialis takes 2-3 weeks longer to begin to germinate than the Ryegrass. We put the Ryegrass down for its ability to germinate quickly and help hold the Poa Trivialis in place while we are waiting for it to germinate. Once we get the mowing height back down around .125” the Ryegrass will checkout leaving us with a strong stand of Poa Trivialis to play on all winter and spring.
As I mentioned last week our crews are working on reclaiming some of the native areas that were not very attractive. Hopefully you will notice this weekend that #6 on the Forest is about two thirds completed. We started this project while we were closed for the greens renovation and feel like it really adds to the hole.The bunker contractor has started mobilizing his equipment and staff to begin the project. They should be onsite next week to begin working. We will not be shutting down the course or holes during the renovation. The contractors will do their best to stay out of the way, but please be understanding of the fact that they have a lot of work to accomplish in a short time frame to have two courses completed by April of next year. We will do our best to mark the bunkers GUR (ground under repair) as they begin working on them.
This is going to be a very exciting time for The Clubs of Kingwood. Two sets of greens and two sets of green side bunkers in less than twelve months will dramatically change the look and feel of the club. We will keep you updated both here in our weekly update and on Facebook.
We will see you around the courses.Jay and Duke
With Fall officially here, we hope you are as excited as we are about soon enjoying cooler temperatures with friends and family at the Club, playing golf and tennis and enjoying a full range of programming and activities.
Golf Course Projects Announcement
We are excited to announce several large-scale golf course projects for 2015 that, along with the Marsh Course greens project already scheduled, will greatly enhance your Member playing experience. Our newest multimillion-dollar commitment includes the following projects:
- Marsh Greens reconstruction to TifEagle turf (Summer 2015)
- Island Course greenside bunkers
- Lake Course greenside bunkers
- Range amenities (Kingwood C.C., Deerwood Club and Golf Advantage School)
- Course amenities (tee signage, tee markers, ball washers, etc.) for Island, Lake and Marsh Courses
- Additional cart path repairs
- Additional bulkhead removal
We are currently finalizing project details and timelines with our contractors and look forward to getting started as soon as possible. We will keep you posted on project details and progress along the way.
Forest Course Reopening and Other Course Projects Currently Underway
Thank you for the overwhelmingly positive response to the recent Forest Course reopening. As with all new greens, grow-in will continue for many weeks and will take a full season to fully mature. Jay Abbott, Director of Golf Course Maintenance, and his crew are continuing to work on course details which include sodding several non-greens areas that are not filling in fast enough on their own along with adding in additional irrigation to maintain these areas. Over the next several weeks, we have truckloads of sod being delivered so our team may address the weak areas between the cart paths and fairways on both the Island and Lake Courses. Additionally, our team has been working with contractors to trim and remove dead and dying trees around the Club. Lastly, Member feedback about the intermediate rough-cut and walk paths on the Forest Course has led us to introduce them to the other courses, starting with the Island Course.
Please be on the lookout for weekly course updates from Jay Abbott, Director of Golf Course Maintenance, that are included with the weekly broadcast emails from Darrell Fuston, Director of Golf. We want you to feel good about our communication, and we welcome any feedback or suggestions.Thank you for your ongoing support of the Club. As always, if you have any questions or feedback about what is happening at your Club, please feel free to contact myself or anyone on our leadership team.
I hope to see you at the Club soon,
Serving since 2010
We are very proud of our 2014 Kingwood All-Stars who represent TEAM TEXAS prevailed at the beautiful Oklahoma City Golf & CC this past weekend! We will work hard and represent one of eight teams across the nation who will play for the National Championship in Atlanta in late October!
Below please find some pictures, videos & a fun post by Gary Tolbert our Kingwood, MGA Junior Golf Committee! He is our biggest fan and we are happy to have the support of the MGA & our wonderful club that brought us together, the Clubs of Kingwood!
We will keep "Y'ALL" posted on Nationals! And yes the silly cowboy hat from our successful 2012 cinderella season that made it on national TV in May 2013 was our good luck charm at OKC. Okay maybe not.....our team this year are some fighters! The competitions against Little Rock & St. Louis were tough, but our All-Stars form KW battled it until the end! Ya'll are amazing TEAM KINGWOOD (players, parents, MGA, KWCC, junior golfers and friends). We are so privileged and thankful to be a part of all the fun!
Coach Aurora Kirchner-McClain, PGA & LPGACoach Lori Tatum, LPGA
Dateline Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club September 21, 2014I was privileged to witness the following......Kingwood's PGA Junior League All Star Team was victorious at the regional competition in Oklahoma City besting teams from Colorado, Arkansas, and Missouri. They beat Colorado 11-1, Arkansas 6.5-5.5, and Missouri 8.5-3.5. The powerful Kingwood Allstars how travel to TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth, Georgia October 24, 25, and 26 to compete in the national finals. The Kingwood MGA congratulates the team and wishes them well in the finals.
-Gary Tolbert, MGA Junior Golf Chmn.
Click here for our Shutterfly pictures from the tournament!
Shutterfly video links: I'm sorry the coverage is not great, but it will give you a taste of the Regional fun we had at OKC!http://share.shutterfly.com/share/received/welcome.sfly?fid=008068c17cfc6bff2a944dfefaeb216b&sid=3AbtG7Jo0cPwAhttp://share.shutterfly.com/share/received/welcome.sfly?fid=2e71365d648ae96dbcfd7207a7b1fe91&sid=3AbtG7Jo0cPpg
In New York, on Monday, Aug. 25, our Director of Tennis, Randy Mattingley, was honored with the 2014 Alex Gordon Award for the Professional of the Year by the United States Professional Tennis Association during the annual awards ceremony at the Tennis Teachers Conference.
The professional of the year is judged by their contributions to USPTA and USTA; as a teaching professional, player and coach; education, research and publications; organizational affiliations; and contributions to the community.
Randy is a USPTA Master Professional with nearly 40 years of tennis experience and has made significant contributions to USPTA and USTA throughout his career. He served on the USPTA Executive Committee for 18 years and held several positions on the USPTA National Board of Directors, national committees and the USPTA Texas Division Board of Directors. This is his SECOND time to win the USPTA Texas Professional of the Year, having first won in 1994 and again this year.
He has also been heavily involved in the junior and adult USPTA leagues. From 1999-2010, he was the USPTA Junior Circuit Coordinator in Lubbock, Texas, hosting multiple tournaments every year. Randy has been a USPTA Adult League Coordinator in various areas of Texas since 1990, including Fort Worth, Lubbock, North Houston and Kingwood.
Throughout his career, Mattingley has shared his expertise by speaking at more than 40 regional and national conventions since 1987. He also sponsored and mentored at least 20 new USPTA members between 1984 and 2012.
Randy has also helped his community through tennis by hosting tennis tournaments and fundraisers benefiting numerous charities, including the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Martina Youth Foundation, Special Olympics and the Kidney Foundation, raising nearly $150,000 for the organizations.
Mattingley has been a USPTA-certified Professional for 35 years, and has been the Director of Tennis at The Clubs of Kingwood in Kingwood, Texas, since 2008. A graduate of Houston Baptist University, he received a bachelor's degree in business management and recreation leadership. In 2003, Randy received his Master of Science in Computer Information Systems (MSCIS) from University of Phoenix Online.
USPTA, the world’s oldest and largest association of tennis-teaching professionals, recognized tennis coaches, industry leaders and volunteers during its annual national awards presentations at the Grand Hyatt New York during the Tennis Teachers Conference.
The USPTA National Awards Nominations are submitted by the organization’s 17 divisions and by individuals annually and recipients in each category are decided by the USPTA’s awards committee.
We cannot be more proud of Randy, being chosen over 30,000 of the nation's best Tennis Professionals! Please help us in congratulating Randy!!
Congratulations to all the players for battling the heat and humidity over the weekend. The heat didn't stop the competition as Tom Murdock (defending champion) and Jim Cato found themselves tied after 36 holes of play at 153 gross. Murdock successfully defended his title as Sr. Club Champion by hitting a massive drive on #18 which secured the win on the first playoff hole #18. Congrats Champ!
Tom Murdock (Defending & 2014 Senior Club Champion)
David Crawford shot a two day total of 138 (6 under par NET) for the First flight victory over Jim Martin's 142 (2 under par NET). Final results are below that finished in the credit book money..........
1st $210 Tom Murdock 81-72-153 (Playoff Winner)
2nd $150 James Cato 78-75-153
3rd $100 Ben Graves 79-76-155
4th $80 Keith Barker 82-75-157
First Flight Net
1st $180 David Crawford 68-70-138
2nd $140 Jim Martin 72-70-142
3rd $100 Barry Sachs 71-75-146
4th $80 Rusty Hendrix 75-73-148
5th $60 Bill Montgomery 71-78-149
6th $40 Gary Battenberg 71-79-150 (Payout in Credit Book)
Tom Murdock #18 Gross 3
Sid Labbe #15 Gross 3
Mike Atnip #3 Gross 2
Todd Kalass #12 Gross 3
Marti Mortimore #4 Gross 3/ Net 2
Rusty Hendrix #9 Gross 3/ Net 2
Alan Johnson #13 Gross 2
Rusty Rivet #5 Net 2
Rick Piacenti #2 Net 2
Bailey Dixon #10 Net 3
Thank you to everyone for coming out on Thursday. We thought it went well and was a great format to watch the kids perform.
It was a tough decision to narrow down the team. We know everyone who tried out will go on to do well in future events in golf. The Kingwood Juniors will definitely be the ones to watch in our Local, State, National events. It will be fun to see our High School teams, some college players and even some future touring pros in the years to come! We are so proud of you juniors and parents big kudos to you for trucking through the ups/downs of this silly wonderful game! Ya'll are amazing!
We know the coaches and many parents only wish we could have grown up with this team format in golf!
Here is the list of the 2014 KINGWOOD select team members in Alphabetical Order:
Alternates: 1) Luke Stayton 2) Tristan Villarrealwho will be able to practice with the team/come to team competitions and will play if anything happens to one of the teammates.
COACHES for the select team will be : Aurora & Lori, with support of Matt Paradeaux.
I am actually writing this week's update for Jay as he is busy with the sprigging process on the Forest greens as I'm preparing this report. There has been a tremendous amount of progress over the last week or so with the Forest Course. Sprigs are going down today and tomorrow.
Other highlights from the past week include:New Tiff 419 collars installed on all 20 greens under renovation.Many of the most severe mounds were reshaped and softened including holes 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 16, 17 and 18.New Championship tee boxes built on holes 7 and 13.
In addition, we have aerified the Forest course once, wall to wall, and will be doing so again prior to re-opening. We have also double verticut all fairways. The golf course is really shaping up nicely.
Director of Golf
It has been another busy week in golf course maintenance. We were able to get the Island, Lake, and Marsh all verticut and topdressed this week. This should help improve both the smoothness and speed of all the greens.
This week we have also been concentrating on getting bunkers and yardage markers edged on the courses. We hope to get all of the yardage plates cleaned and painted over the next few weeks. This should help with club selection and pace of play issues.
On the Forest this week we completed the first cutting of the rough since the course closed. All of those millions of Bermuda grass seeds should have dropped down into the soil and with some luck, fertilizer, and a couple of timely rains we should see the density of the rough dramatically improved by the time we reopen.
The staff is also busy working on repairing all of the broken and collapsed drains around the course. As they are repaired we are pouring a concrete collar around them which should make them stronger, easier to keep clean and edged, and more aesthetically pleasing.
During our construction closure we are also taking the opportunity to work on several playability issues including, but not limited to, drainage, bunkers, bare areas, and over all turf health and vigor.
The contractor has all of the old greens mix removed and should have over half of the greens refilled with new mix by the time you receive this. The sprinklers around the greens have been changed out and all of the irrigation controllers have been changed out with new state of the art computer controls.
If the weather holds out like it has so far we hope to begin tarping and gassing greens no later than next Wednesday. I would again like to remind everyone to stay away from the greens while they are covered with the plastic and also please keep your pets away.
We will see you around the courses.
Jay and Duke
What a week!!! We started off the week with almost 7 inches of rain between Monday and Wednesday. We always appreciate Mother Nature's help, but this was a little more than we really needed. It definitely greened up the turf , but slowed work on all of the courses this week as we waited for it to finish raining and then began unclogging drains and shoveling up bunkers on all of the courses.
The decision was made last weekend to postpone the aerification on the Island by a week with the inclement weather forecasted. This worked out to everyone's advantage in that we were able to utilize all of the aerification equipment to get Deerwood completed Wednesday after the rain subsided and allowed us to only have one course besides the Forest down at a time. This will also make for better conditions for the MGA Match Play tournament the next two weekends as both sets of greens they will be playing will be in non-aerified condition.
Hopefully you have seen the pictures of the Forest course renovation on Facebook. I will take pictures every couple of days and have them posted there so that you can follow the progress of the renovation. The construction crew began staking and stripping greens on Wednesday. The stakes you see in the green allow us to put the grades back to the original specifications. We will be making some modifications to a couple of greens to compensate for increased green speed and to give us more pin locations. We will also be making major modifications to the practice putting green outside of the Forest golf shop to provide you with more flat area to warm up before heading out to the course.
This week on the Forest, other than pulling in all of the amenities, we have harvested sod to repair the Marsh greens. The sod from the green on 15 of the Forest has taken up new residency as the new green on 1 of the Marsh. The green should be back in play within 2 weeks if all goes as planned. Next week we will begin aerifying the Forest wall to wall to help promote healthier turf and help fill in weak and bare areas.
The Island course crew has dug out and replaced the sand in the bunkers on 11 this week with plans of starting on 10 next week once they finish aerifying.
Please use caution when riding the Forest course during construction as the heavy equipment operators are not expecting you to be there.
We will see you around the courses.
Jay and Duke