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Superintendents Preseason Update

March 6, 2020

This is just a quick note to let you know that even though we still have an average of 20 inches of snow on the ground things are happening on your golf course to improve conditions and your golf experience.
We are currently snow blowing greens.  They should all be cleared by the end of this week.  We do this to allow the greens to dry out and climatize.  So far there has been very little disease or ice damage, so while writing this newsletter I am cautiously optimistic that we will have healthy greens this spring.  As soon as all greens are clear of snow, I will send out another update to keep you in the loop.
We have been busy both late last fall and this year removing hazard trees and will be continuing clean up of the many trees that came down over the winter due to high winds and heavy snow load.
We have lots on our “to do” list when the snow melts.  We will be continuing with raising the canopy and cleaning up the bush to speed up play, reduce lost balls and generally improve the golf experience.  We will also be removing trees to allow more light penetration and air movement to traditionally wet tee and green sites.  We will be improving bunkers and surfacing cart paths as time and money permit.  Tee leveling will always be an ongoing maintenance practice moving forward.
The putting green expansion and practice bunker construction that was completed last fall will just need some “grow in” time before it can be opened.
Thank you to the cross country skiers and others that recreated on the golf course during the winter for obeying signs and keeping off greens and tees.  It definitely helps in spring conditions.
Thanks for your continued patronage of the Balfour Golf Course.  And please, if you have any questions or concerns regarding grounds maintenance feel free to shoot me an email and I’ll do my best to answer.
Larry Olson
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