Monday, January 16, 2017

Welcome to the newly created Highland Springs
Grounds & Greens Blog!

While the beautiful picture above represents what we are all looking forward to in the Spring, we still have a few weeks to go before the golf course is in that playing condition.  Many things are happening here at Highland Springs during the winter months.  More often than not golfers go to warmer places in the winter months and most believe we take the winters off too.  Quite the contrary as this is a time of year when we are able to accomplish many goals in order to be prepared for the upcoming season.  Many times I get asked; "Hey Derek, so what do you really do in the winter, just sit around and play cards all day?"  Not even close.  Most days are filled with weather determined tasks on the course.  One of the many things I continually assess is the areas of improvement throughout the golf course.  Some of the these areas we are able to correct in the summer months and others must wait until the winter months due to various reasons.  Take the 2106 season for example, we added the Fearn tees to our repertoire and in doing so six teeing areas were created at the beginning of those six specific fairways.  We placed temporary markers in the ground in those six locations with the plan to level a teeing area during the winter months. 

As you can see from the pictures below, this project is one that required disruption to the fairways directly with the line of play.  Although we are hard headed (insert joke here), team safety is always a priority.



I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the members at Highland Springs for their support.  I look forward to a great 2017. 

Check back often or even "follow" our blog.  My goal is to update monthly in the winter months and weekly throughout the season.

Hit it straight and I will see you on the course!!

Derek Wilkerson, CGCS