|Will between road and 9 fairway|
The areas that I have always remembered having a direct impact deal mostly with leaves. The picture above shows one of these sections. When I arrived the area between the ninth hole and golf club road was woods. Unmaintained, low bush blueberry, scrub oak, poison ivy woods. To clean the course off we would simply blow the leaves off the course and into the woods. To combat the poison ivy I decided to convert the woods to fescue. As we chip away at the trees this becomes easier and our views of the pond and sound beyond improve. We also now cannot simply blow the leaves into this area to clean the course but need to clean this area, at some point (see picture above), as well. As part of this area the current handicap parking and sidewalk was also woods which made cleaning the lawn a lot easier. Another spot in this area is where the current putting green is located. Originally woods with a path through it from Mitchell rd. Cleaning the leaves from behind the ninth green or the range tee was simple: blow it in the woods. Now we have the chipping green, putting green and bunker in that spot.
|Kevin right of 1 tees by Turf Maint. buildings|
|compost pile behind 5 tee|
Getting back to subtle changes around the course. Here are a few more to tax your memory and see if you can remember them from a few years back. Some of you may remember them through many stages of landscaping as these things have a tendency to change as priorities or money to maintain them change. The right side of the first green was a patch of woods. As the leaves fell you could see the water beyond and so I worked to improve this view year round. The scrub trees were cut, some pruning and removal on the neighbors properties and we left this area as a wood chip bed for years. Eventually the mounds were created with topsoil purchased from, then new land owner, now president, Joe Fitzgerald. I assumed the mounds would be enough to keep cars out and they were for a few years. One fateful night a few winters ago they proved me wrong when they tore up the first green, so now we have the fence. The left of the first green was a material storage area. Many piles spread willy nilly taking up a huge area. I consolidated this into bins by the second tee and converted the area into a fescue patch and cedar nursery. The right and left of the 3rd green as well as the back of the 4th were woods. Ten yards off a green and you were in low bush blueberry woods. Lucky to find your ball never mind play out of them. Behind 5 green, now that I think of it, was the same. These were not major events that were planned for, budgeted, thought about and then implemented. It was more of a gradual subtle change to make minor improvements year after year. The overall impact was to make the property, that we maintain at least, bigger. I assume for the better. With the change in technology and the ball flying father we do still hear complaints about the place not being big enough. I often wish I could produce a visual image right then and there to show 'you should have seen it before'. I am a little more conscious of the impact landscaping has to the bottom line before undertaking any projects but again they are usually small in nature and only in the big picture do they add up. Add to this story the increased landscaping of the landowners and the property certainly seems to be getting bigger. certainly a lot less natural or un-maintained.