I just finished testing PVC fittings to install in our cups to keep the ball from bottoming out in the cups so golfers won't have to touch the flagstick or the cup. Did I just type that? Weird as that would have seemed a month ago that is where we are at.
So what does this situation mean for Wild Horse maintenance specifically? Well first and foremost is we want to allow use of the facility, but our concern is for the health of our customers and staff. Don Graham, GM, has outlined our modifications to the clubhouse use and food and beverage service in an email to our customers, but we will talk here specifically about what will happen on course.
As mentioned in the opening line, we will be installing a pvc irrigation fitting into the cup so your ball will come to rest partially in the cup. Players should avoid removing or touching the flagstick at this time. Also carefully remove your golf ball avoiding touching the cup.
Rakes will be removed from bunkers to avoid touch point contamination. Smooth bunkers with your feet or club.
Course bathrooms have not been opened for the year yet and will remain closed.
Water coolers and water fountains have not been implemented yet this year and will not be for the time being.
We are still about two weeks away from starting to mow, aerate, etc. on a regular basis. That is generally when we bring extra staff on. We will continue to monitor the situation and decide at that time if it is prudent to do so. If not, Todd Bubak, assistant superintendent, and myself will handle any and all necessary duties at that time. What does that mean? Probably no aeration, limited bunker raking, limited changes in course set-up, and a concentration on basic mowing practices.
Again the situation is very fluid and can change overnight so we will try to keep you updated on what is happening out here, but we hope you can come out and enjoy golf and some quiet time at Wild Horse.