Bruce R. McIntyre, Director of Golf
The roofing work at both clubhouses is complete. A new awning has been ordered for OBF and hopefully will be in place for Memorial Day. You should expect to see work continue on the exterior of both buildings over the next few months. I attended the Town Council meeting on April 7 to support our two CIP items recommended for fiscal year 2017. Both items passed unanimously. This will result in a continuation of interior and exterior repairs and upgrades to the two clubhouses over the next year or two.
I have heard from a few pass holders recently who have mentioned they don’t receive this newsletter or any other emails from Barnstable Golf. Obviously if you’re reading this we have your information. If you know anyone who is not receiving correspondence from us and would like to, could you please tell them to let us know? We will have a clipboard with signup sheet in each golf shop for people to provide us with their email addresses. We will also have printed copies of the newsletter available in the clubhouses. If you choose not to be on our email list you can find the newsletter on the Barnstable Golf website home page under “contact us.”
After having spent considerable time on both courses recently I am confident that we are poised for a great golfing season. You will notice seasonal staff (most of whom have dedicated many years of service to Barnstable Golf) returning to their posts along with a few new faces. The maintenance staff can now start manicuring the courses for optimal conditions and the operations staff will be able to service your golfing needs. Now, if we can only get the weather to cooperate!
Enjoy the spring!
Turf Talk by Chris White, Director of Golf Maintenance
Despite the cool temperatures the turf is greening up nicely. The way this spring started we anticipated the turf to be a little further ahead, but the cool conditions slowed down the process. The good news is the greens are recovering beautifully from the aeration and I’m planning on lowering the greens mowing height by next Friday. Once the mowing height on the greens is lowered, it will stay at this height for the season. With the height lowered and the heavy top dressing we did on the greens after aeration, I expect very good putting surfaces. It’s that time of year when we will be mowing our greens 6 or 7 times a week. This should create a smooth ball roll when putting. The rest is up to you.
My last sentence (The rest is up to you) does have some meaning. As the Superintendent of both golf courses I walk on the greens daily. I’m scouting for disease, insects, proper soil moisture, and the overall health of the turf. If someone on the maintenance crew sees something wrong with the greens we react to that problem immediately. The one thing we cannot control is ball marks on the greens. When I walk on the par 3’s at both courses I see an abundance of ball marks that are not repaired. I’m not saying it’s just from the members, but I think you are the ones that could help us the most. If you could fix your ball mark and one other, while you’re waiting to putt, it would make for a smoother putting surface for everyone. If all golfers fixed their ball mark and one other there would be no ball marks. I don’t believe this will slow down play and if it does the pro shop will certainly let me know. Thank you for your help in this matter.
I look forward to seeing you on the course this spring.
May is a great month on Cape Cod. Everything comes alive with all the seasonal businesses opening and the hope of warm weather. It also means the sun rises earlier and the tee times start earlier as well. Monday – Thursday the first time is 6:30 am and Friday – Sunday 6:00 am.
The Ladies and Men’s League are in full swing. Don’t forget to sign up in advance. Ladies teams are made after noon on Friday and Men’s after noon on Saturday. Don’t get left out.
The Monday Quota League at Hyannis is in full swing also and participation is growing. This is open to Men and Women of all abilities and is a nine hole event. You may play anytime during the day, as long as you play with someone else in the tournament.
Friday May 20th is the first Nine and Dine of the year at Hyannis Golf Course. Entry fee is $55.00 per player. Please call Hyannis Golf Shop for further details.
Sign ups are now available for some June tournaments at OBF, namely the Men’s Member – Member on June 4th, and the Ladies Member – Member on June 7th, and the Men’s Club Championship starting on June 11th.
Through out the year tips will be provided to help with pace of play. These are from a handout from a club in Florida that is given to every golfer that goes out. It lists a few things that contribute to slow play.
Not arriving at the facility on time
- Not arriving at the first tee on time
- Not warming up or stretching properly before you arrive at 1st tee
- Hitting “mulligans”
- Parking carts or placing golf bag in the wrong position around the greens
- Discussions about scoring at the green
- Congregating in the fairways. Don’t watch your fellow competitors hit every shot, be ready when it is your turn.
We are committed to make your golf experience pleasurable and we hope these tips will help improve pace of play.