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I often get asked “What do you guys do when the weather’s bad?” It’s pouring out right now so we are wrapping up the winter to-do list. We are busy painting portions of the shop, sealing accessories, assembling bunker rakes, servicing equipment, and Luke and Evan are catching up on some admin work. These rainy days are very valuable to the operation.

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The crew is working through some less than ideal conditions today to begin to wrap up winter projects. Most of the new fairway expansion on 5 was sodded today along with the drainage work on 5 and 6.

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During these couple of snow covered days, the staff refinished the bridge on 14. All of the wood planks were replaced and new matting will be installed by the weekend. The metal portions of the bridge will be repainted when temperatures allow.

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The early week snow stayed south of us and we took advantage of a clear golf course. The crew stayed busy installing drainage in #5 fairway. The project will wrap up early next week.

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Work is starting today on the fairway expansion on the fifth hole. Shane is pumped about it.

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Just a sampling of what comes out of the ground every time we deep-tine fairways (not the phone, it’s just there for scale 🙂). On a positive note, we are pulling out far less now than when first added this process into our regular agronomic programs.

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Friday sod party! Projects on 4, 8, and 10 were sodded today. We finished installing irrigation on the changes to 16 approach and are currently doing the final shaping. This approach will be sodded early next week.

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Winter is coming. Select landing areas, tees, and sections of greens have been covered for the off-season.

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Work is underway to eliminate the collection area on the 16th approach. The sod being harvested is being used on the 8th fairway where the bunker was removed last week.

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We have reached the official end of of the 2020 season. The weather is getting colder, turf growth is slowing down, the course has been aerified, and we are no longer posting scores for handicap purposes. This is the time of year when the grounds team changes our focus from daily play to setting the course up for a successful next season.

As I am sure most of you are aware, Overbrook, like nearly every other golf course in the country, did a record number of rounds this year. This is fantastic for the game of golf and should be celebrated. We are seeing more juniors and families playing than ever before and that bodes very well for the future of the game that we all love.

With that being said, the increased play did take its toll on the golf course. Due to the amount of nine-hole rounds we recieved, the front nine greens showed signficiantly more wear and ball marks than the back and several tees were very well used (to put it kindly) by the end of the season. Turf growth is quickly slowing and its capacity for recovery is diminishing however, the amount of rounds that the course continues to receive is still much greater than we have seen in the past.

As such, you will see some very non-traditional tee marker locations as we wind down the season. Once the temperatures really start to cool off, we will be covering several high-use tee boxes, as well as some portions of select greens, for the winter. This is all done in an effort to give some of our highly trafficked areas a break and allow them the maximum amount of time to recover so that we are ready for next April, when we start posting scores again.