Thursday, May 14, 2015

Footgolf, Walking Trails, and Beavers Oh My!

Like every Spring, it is one of the busiest times of the year for maintenance at a golf course.  This year our to-do list was even bigger than normal. Here is a recap of what has been accomplished thus far... All greens have been aerified, vertical cut (removes thatch and dead turf), fertilized (several times), and received a pre-emergent to prevent goosegrass and crabgrass. All other turf on the course also received a pre-emergent and fertilizer.  Added to our list this year was the installation of 9 more footgolf holes on the Hill Course.  These 9 new holes will be used primarily for leagues, birthday parties, or other special events.  Yes, you read that correctly, HOA now has a total of 27 footgolf holes on property.  In addition to adding this new course we made a trail through the timber that will allow for a quicker and more scenic route.  The 18 main footgolf holes also received a little face-lift. Our goal was to be a certified footgolf course again this year.  To become certified the American Footgolf League (AFGL) has hole distance regulations.  Par 3's are now required to be 98-167yds, Par 4's 187-247yds, and Par 5's are 267-327yds.   In order for us to accomplish these yardages we had to move a few holes.  For example 18 now finishes by the clubhouse.  Also, all 27 holes now have tee podiums that hold a map inside to show the hole layout.  To top off this post I added a photo of a tree that has been getting damaged by a beaver.  We have a total of 3 trees he has been targeting.  Our solution was to wrap the tree with chicken wire fencing, and it has proven to be successful!   

New tee podiums with Hole descriptions and yardage

18 Footgolf Green

New walking trail to the Hill Course

Dam Beaver Damage

Chicken wire fence to protect the tree

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