Course Updates

Course Updates

Good afternoon,

One year ago, this month Jimmie Murphy came to Whispering Pines to start making the changes that this Club needed, he was able to start the healing process not only for the turf but for the Members and players who come here to enjoy 2 great layouts.  I have added in two pictures to remind everyone where we were, 30% coverage on a few of the greens and in my opinion, unplayable conditions.

With the addition of Mike Rose and a couple of other key employees, I believe we are headed in a great direction.  However, there are still some concerns about the condition of the greens.  I would like to put them to rest.  

Unfortunately, when greens completely die like they did, the root system becomes very weak and even though the greens got back into ok condition before the winter, they were not healthy.  With an awful winter for Bermuda grass we had some winter kill, with the rain in February and the lack of rain in April, we found ourselves in the position to scramble to try and build the root system all over again.  

There are many reasons why we are in spot we are in today, we had trouble getting sand because of truck drivers, the soil temps are the lowest they have been in 10 years, and many more.  One word comes to mind at this point, patience, the greens are getting better every day, and they will continue to as the summer sun heals them.  I would like to point out that from tee to green is the best I have seen in the last 4 years, so we are moving in the right direction for the whole property.  The River greens conversion is going to be a huge help to everything, we will not have to concentrate on 2 different grasses but just one.

Again, I urge everyone to stay positive and support the people who are working tireless hours to improve our product.  I am immensely proud of the work that they have been able to accomplish in such a short amount of time.

Best regards,

JP Longueil

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