Tomorrow, Saturday, November 6th
The Lakes Course Opens (Cart Paths Only)
The Vistas Course will be 90 degree
*The above video is from Thursday, November 4th
Vistas is Now Open After a Great Overseed!
While the course was closed, we were able to make a few improvements:
- We started the planned xeriscaping on holes 6-9 for our future AZ water restrictions. Currently it has been sprayed out and decomposed granite will be placed later this winter.
- Hole #13 fairway bunker has been reshaped to allow a mower to fit on the left side so that maintenance no longer has to hand mow this small area.
- The first bunker on hole #15 has been sodded with grass as recommended by the USGA for added playability.
- The right fairway bunker on hole #18 has been sodded with grass as recommended by the USGA for reduced maintenance and aesthetics as it was not in play.
- We have filled many of the bunkers with new sand.
Below is a hole by hole fly over taken Thursday, October 21
Cart Paths Only
GolfPass: A guide to overseeding: What, where and why
Here is a good article on overseeding done by GolfPass.
The seed is in!
So the wait and potential frustration is over. The state of Oregon grows 90% of the rye grass seed used by golf courses throughout the South and West. They have been hit by significant drought conditions these past few years. We were warned that prices were going to soar and quantities could be greatly reduced.
David Escobedo, our Golf Course Superintendent had to pull all his strings to ensure we could get seed, even though many other courses don’t seem to be so fortunate. As of Thursday we had 65,000 pounds delivered from 3 different sources. David has verified the quality of seed has met our specifications and our overseed this year will be as good as or even better than last year.
Fortunately we are in a very strong financial position and able to absorb this additional cost with no effect to the course conditions or operations.
As you may or may not know, we have postponed the requirement of two carts per group that was going to take effect as of October 1. COVID concerns are still very
serious and we have listened to our membership. Many are still uncomfortable to start riding together in carts. Please understand this heavy cart usage may cause us to play “Cart Path Only” for a longer period of time this year to preserve the quality of the turf and the golf courses.
Rick Walker & Ray Melton
Golf Committee Co-Chairs
Greens and Grounds Overseed Update - Vistas Prep Begins
As we enter the fall season and temperatures finally begin to come down I would like to let everyone know we will begin preparing the Vistas GC for overseeding this week. We will start by reducing the watering on the golf course. Doing so will slow the growth of the Bermuda grass down. The down side to doing this is that after working hard all summer to get the course green and healthy we will now allow it to turn brown.
The second process is the lowering of the mowing heights. We will begin that process this week on the aprons and fairways. After this week we will begin the dethatching process which will mean we will be aggressively removing excess growth and grass clippings throughout the golf course so that we can be ready to begin seeding October 4th.
To help with the overseeding prep, the Vistas course will be closed both Tuesday and Wednesday (September 28 & 29) next week. The Lakes GC will be open all next week and will not begin overseed prep until the first week of October. This means it will remain in great shape until then.
Thank you for your understanding during this years overseed process.