On the other hand the weather has been ideal to work on the golf course. I am sure you have noticed
a nice addition to the back side of the club house with the addition of 5 nice pine trees. We transplanted the trees from our tree nursery on #4. 12 years ago we planted the pine trees from 6 inch plants. We still have a few more that we may move onto the course in the future.
The addition of our new fescue a few years ago left a few irrigation heads that are no longer needed.
This fall we removed the rest of the sprinkler heads that have been abandoned on the course. I also added a few irrigation heads to areas that are hard to water properly. My goal is to reduce to amount of supplemental irrigation water going into the fescue to the best of our ability. We will continue to adjust the sprinkler heads for better coverage. In the photo is a perfect example of this. We replaced a full circle sprinkler in the middle of 5 tee with a part circle that will only water the tee. We had to move the sprinkler with the addition of a few feet of pipe to make this work properly. There are limitations to this in that the main pipe system is placed in such a way that we will have sometimes to make major changes. Right now we are working with what we have achieve better results. These changes are saving a lot of water each year. Before we converted the rough to fescue we were averaged well over 25 millions of gallons of water for the course. This year, we used the least amount of water in 15 years just over 15 million gallons. We did have a very dry end of September and the first part of October which was very unusual for us. Our yearly total would have been much lower had we had a "normal" fall.
I hope that you had a great year. I feel overall we had some great conditions on the course. My staff did a tremendous job this year and feel very proud of what we have been able to accomplish on the course. As my 15th season comes to an end here at Hawks its always amazes how time flies by I am already getting excited for 2016 planning and preparations for the spring. I hope to see you very soon have a healthy and happy holiday season.