Monday, January 29, 2024
Friday, December 22, 2023
The golf boom post 2020 has been noticed by none quite as much as the maintenance staff at most municipal golf courses. The increased round count and subsequent revenue each season has brought many opportunities for innovation to municipal course that just wasn't possible pre 2020. At Swope Memorial we continue to be innovative in creating not only a better experience for our golfers but also finding ways to do more with the resources we are given.
One innovation we added to the course at the tail end of the 2022 season that greatly improved our season long course conditions was the temporary par 3 tee boxes. These tee boxes use an artificial playing surface that is not affected by the colder temperatures like our zoyzia tee boxes are in the winter. The temporary tee's along with with winter covers allowed our par 3 tee's to come out of the winter with much more viable turf. In turn this created much better playing conditions for our golfers during the warmer months.
With the overwhelming success the temporary tee's had we will again add these back to our par 3 holes for the 2023-2024 winter. We appreciate all of you that are on board with the innovations and have seen value in the delayed gratification that comes with the temporary tee's.
From all of us at Swope Memorial Golf Course we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Friday, December 1, 2023
The colder temps have brought and end to the growing season for our warm season grasses such as zoysia and bermudagrass. As a result we are going to cart path only until the spring as usual to prevent any unneeded damage to the fairways while they are dormant. You will also notice our temporary tee boxes on all par 3's have made a return. This was very successful last year as a way to keep those tee boxes healthy going into the spring and summer months.
Wednesday, November 1, 2023
Fall is in full swing at Swope Memorial and as always that marks the bookend of our traditional season. While a much-appreciated relief from the summer heat Fall does bring many challenges of its own to the daily maintenance of the course. With the cooler winds comes many exciting changes Superintendents love to tackle before the winter fully hits us.
Many tout Swope as the best place to play fall golf in Kansas City, albeit biased I have to agree. With the timeless design showcasing multiple scenic views, to the hundreds of mature trees changing to their autumn colors, not many courses can compare.
Fall brings many opportunities for us as Superintendents to make changes to the course that will offer benefit to the golfers for seasons to come. As you will have seen there are many areas at Swope that have been seeded and are showing great germination. Like many neighboring course Swope also participates in the best turf practice of an early Autumn Aerification. This is crucial for the longevity and playability of the greens for years to come. We hope to see you out on the course soon to enjoy all that fall golf at Swope Memorial has to offer.