By Lydell Mack
The Creek 9 is starting to look like a golf course again.
After five months of construction, we had gotten used to staring at acres of exposed dirt and heavy equipment rolling around the property. At press time, we are 75% complete with sodding and the bulldozers have been decommissioned. Now that the sod has been laid in most areas, the new design changes really stand out and look amazing.
We’ve mowed the fairway lines into the first few holes and now they truly look like a new golf course. Some have commented that the turf looks very brown and suggested that we water it but in order to get the grass down to fairway height we have to take off a lot with the first mowing – hence the current off-color appearance. The Bermuda grass will recover from this temporary discoloration in about a week and will tighten up into a dense, fine turf by next spring’s opening date.
The greens were seeded on Aug. 16 and are on schedule for a good grow-in this fall. After 90 days, they will really start to thicken up and look good as we mow and roll them. Despite their improving appearance, they are still very young seedlings, which are fragile and need to be left alone. For this reason, we insist that all foot traffic, including pets, is kept off of them. If you are walking the Creek, please keep your pet on a leash. And please refrain from chipping and putting golf balls on the new greens until we are open for play and you have checked in with the pro shop. Creek will not be available for play until all of the turf has matured in Spring 2022.