By Lydell Mack, CGCS
Director of Operations
The golf community is abuzz with the anticipation of our Creek course opening on April 1 after its year-long closure for the nine-hole renovation. It’s going to be nice to have all three courses to play again and to return to a “normal” golf schedule. But be prepared golfers as “normal” is going to be altered slightly on April 18 with the introduction of maintenance blocks built into the regular tee-time rotation.
In order to improve the course conditions of Choctaw and Cherokee while protecting the investment made on Creek – and to provide a better customer experience on the golf course – it is essential that the golf course maintenance team have a window in which to work. It is for this reason that most private clubs in the United States operate six days per week and why we are also going to try an altered schedule. We will close one of our three nine-hole courses for seven hours on three days of the week, thus allowing the maintenance team time and space to work without being seen or heard by golfers on the other 18 holes.
Although this type of policy has been proposed in the past, we now have a management team that is open to the kind of innovation that will elevate course conditions. This scheduling practice aligns with the new Big Canoe Strategic Plan Vision statement, which calls for “high-quality amenities along with well-maintained and updated infrastructure.”
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