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Westbrook Village Golf Club
Course Conditions

Tuesday, January 26th - CART PATH ONLY!

There are NO DELAYS today. All tee times will be on time!

It will be CART PATH ONLY all day at both courses.

Thank You

Greens and Grounds Update: Prepping for the Spring/Summer

With the end of January upon us, I would like to remind everyone that we will soon begin the necessary process of bringing down mowing heights for transition purposes. Unfortunately this step is absolutely necessary for a successful summer transition. As the winter months come to an end the Bermuda grass underneath the winter rye grass will begin looking for sunlight to begin it’s process of coming out of dormancy. If the Bermuda grass does not find adequate sunlight in the months of February and March it will die. This means when the rye grass begins checking out in April and May there will be nothing but dirt where Bermuda grass once prevailed.

There is no seamless process when we convert the golf courses from one species of grass to another. Summer transition is merely the opposite of over seeding. During overseeding we go from summer to winter grass. We are now converting back from winter to summer grass. Unfortunately the summer transition process takes much longer than overseeding.

I have been asked by many why we can’t have thicker and taller fairways in the spring like they do back home. The best answer I can give is because back home the golf courses only grow one grass. It’s usually a fescue or bent grass that prevails from March to October. After October the golf courses shut down for the winter and that is that. In southern Arizona we grow two grasses on the same field at the same time and we do not shut down for snow or long periods of time. This forces us to do a balancing act that they don’t do back home. If we do not bring down the mowing heights now the consequences will be dire.

Once temperatures begin warming up in early May the next step will be to spray the winter rye grass with a herbicide to eliminate the rye grass. By this time the Bermuda grass will be out of dormancy and begin growing aggressively. We will aid this process with extra water and fertilizer and with a little luck the monsoon will arrive in a timely manner and assist us with the process.

As I stated before I completely understand that lowering the mowing heights is not a popular idea. But in the end it is what is best for the health of the golf courses. I have attached last year’s USGA agronomical report which explains the entire transition process in detail.

Thursday Play will be Members Only - No Guests until further notice

Thursday Play will be Members Only with no guests until further notice

We are now in the witching months of January and February where the day is too short, the mornings are cold and we have our peak membership.

Beginning next Thursday, January 15th, Thursday play will be “Members Only”no guests allowed before 2:30PM until further notice. This is only for Thursdays at the moment, as we are attempting to accommodate member requests before dark.

This past Thursday we had requests for 111 tee-times and on the day of play we had 112 tee-times (56 at each course). We implemented a “Plan A” frost delay which caused a few groups from the draw to not be able to finish before dark.

Plan A & Plan B

During a Plan A frost delay we push all tee-times back throughout the day. During a Plan B frost delay we cut and move the times that are within the frost delay to a position of where they may only play 9 holes (if possible). Charter leagues will never be cut during frost delays. If a date is scheduled for a Plan B and we are able to accommodate all play by pushing back we will skip the Plan B.

With the cold (frost) mornings and short daylight, it may not be possible to place all tee-times in a position that can finish, especially if the start time is at 8:15 or later. Crossovers may not be possible as we do not have enough carts or cart storage to accommodate crossover play while we are allowing single riders. In addition, with a crossover during our short hour months, delays cause twice the amount of times pushed in to darkness or cut during a Plan B.

The next Thursday which forces a delay will be “Plan B” unless all groups from the draw would finish with a “Plan A”. Below is the current status for each day of play and can be monitored in the “Members” section of the Club website.

Friday, Jan 1st - NO Delays!

No Delays at either course. 

All Tee Times Will be on Time!

Practice Facilities will open at 8:30AM.

 

Happy New Year!

 

Golf Course Maintenance Update

Now that November is upon us we can finally enjoy the weather we love. The golf courses are no different. The overseed at both courses went very well. We had a minor cold windy spell during the early germination process at the Vistas that slowed the growth significantly but it was immediately followed by a week of warmer temperatures that made up for the slow down.  I want to thank my staff for their tireless effort in getting the golf courses in great shape.

With that being said I would kindly like to remind everyone of the importance of filling your divots and fixing your ball marks. Divots and ball marks will not heal without the proper TLC. Filling your divots and fixing your ball marks will keep the courses in great shape for everyone to enjoy.

The Adopt a Hole program is alive and well and in need of volunteers. If you are interested in adopting a hole and would like to assist in keeping the courses beautiful please contact Robert Jungbluth at rjungbluth54@gmail.com or Dwight Groves at dwgroves8@hotmail.com

Thank you,

2019/2020
Business Associate Members
About WBVGC

We are a membership based Arizona golf club providing an amazing experience for your golf lifestyle.

Lakes: 19260 N. Westbrook Parkway
Vistas: 18823 N. Country Club Parkway

Phone: +1 623 566 4548 - Contact Us

Upcoming Events
  • 01.26 - 18-Hole Ladies @ Lakes
  • 01.26 - 9-Hole Ladies @ Lakes (Back)
  • 01.27 - MGA @ Vistas 9:00am
  • 01.27 - Ladies Cholla at Lakes
  • 01.29 - 9-Hole Couples @ Vistas Back