After a long lingering winter, maybe the golf season is here to stay without too many interruptions. With that it is time to begin my news column keeping readers updated on all things golf.
On the course, the aerification holes are healing well and the putting is about back to normal. We are back on our regular tees instead of our winter tees as the zoysia is coming back to life from its dormancy. This year was the longest we stayed on the shorter tees since I have been at Willow Springs. The grass is growing well everywhere and the dormant bermuda fairways (always the last) are starting to show a little growth too.
Golfers will see several improvements around the course this year. Several thin areas have received a makeover as we have done some seeding to improve the turf. Areas in # 1 fairway were reseeded as well as the collection area to the right of # 7 green. Several stumps have been removed and seeded as well. The large brushy area north of the safety bell at # 9 has been cleared out , as well as the area left of # 3 tee box. Fence lines have also been cleaned out better also. We are in the process of building a new driving range tee box next to # 5 tee box to reverse the direction you hit on the range. Those using the range will really enjoy that change as it will be elevated and much more accessible.
Leagues Kicking Off
The Monday and Tuesday leagues will be beginning Monday April 22 and 23. Monday night will be CFL, the Casual Fun League. This league is a low key, no pressure league with different scramble teams. Young golfers and beginners are welcome as well as more experienced golfers. Cost will be $1 per player and the money will go toward a steak cook out at the end of the season. Each player will also put in a quarter for closest to the pin or longest putt on a designated hole. Teams will be decided each league day and couples wanting to play together will be joined by others to make a team. The games will change each week also. You don’t need a partner for this, just come out and join in.
The Tuesday Cat and Dog League will be run as it has in the past with a nominal fee going to the winners each night and an extra quarter for closest to the pin. Any male and female team can play.
The best thing about all of our leagues is that nonmembers can play and the green fee cost is just $5 per player instead of the usual $10 for 9 holes. Leagues will begin at 6 and hopefully we can get done before dark early in the season.
Men’s League will be getting started soon also on Thursdays, but when hasn’t been decided yet.
The annual YMCA tournament will be this SAturday April 20 at 10 AM. Call or stop by the Y to sign up for this 2-person scramble.
High School Golf
The last high school golf match will be Tuesday April 23 at 4 PM. Come out and see some of our young golfers compete.
Yes I was fortunate to go to Augusta again this year and I will dedicate this column next week to that event…and what an event it was.
Tom Benyo Class A GCSAA
Willow Springs Municipal Golf Course