June 2, 2021 – Brandon Razzo
The season is now in full swing. Leagues have started, outings are taking place, and school is out for summer. Not only is golf in full swing, but now we have our full crew doing what they can to bring you a great course to play this year.
Right off the bat we were hit with an irrigation setback as we had a cla-valve issue in the pump house. Not only was the irrigation down, but we got hit with 5 days of 80+ degree weather. The crew did an amazing job putting in some long, hot days to get water transported around the course and to the greens. We were able to come out of that stressful period and the greens have bounced back. The system is now back up and running and ran successfully through a full cycle.
We now have a new toy for the course. You may start to notice a drone flying around while you play. We are looking forward to being able to capture pictures and videos of some of our bigger outings this season. The drone will also allow us to get a better visualization of what is going on around the course. Especially to help us notice irrigation issues, and pinpoint stressed out areas. This tool will also help with communication with members, allowing us to keep you up to date on projects or issues we are having on the course.
As the season becomes busier, we also need to remember to follow course rules and course etiquette. More and more every day I’m seeing golfers disregard cart path rules, not fix ball marks, drive next to the tees and greens, jump hole to hole cutting in front of other golfers, and the course is becoming damaged because of it. I understand that most people feel like Cross Creek is a home to them, but that doesn’t mean it is your backyard to do whatever you want. Carts need to stay on the path around greens and tees. There is no reason to pull into the surrounds and park next to the green. This is causing green surrounds to lose grass from the wear and tear of cart traffic. It’s not going to kill you to walk from the cart path to the green or to the tee box. We can do our best to make sure the course is in good shape, but it takes the members doing their part to also take care of the course. You wouldn’t go to another course and drive up next to the green, so why do you feel that it’s okay to do it at your home course? I would hate to see it get to a point where we start suspending golfers from the course, but if that is what it takes to start getting the point across then that is what will happen.
Focus on remedies, not faults.