Happy New Year and best wishes to all our members. Hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday period. A little course update for everyone to understand how we are going and what the next couple of weeks may look like.
We were thrown a curve ball coming out of the Christmas weekend with four staff members being impacted by Covid in differing circumstances and all four having to isolate themselves. The Christmas/New Year period is always a tricky time to manage work schedules with short weeks and large volumes of play as it is, but this certainly added a new layer. We were left with three staff plus our mechanic, James, to get as much done as possible for the week without compromising course conditions too much. My priority became maintaining the short cut grass surfaces e.g. greens, tees, fairways. The two main things that suffered as a consequence were bunker maintenance and rough mowing. When time permitted we focused on mowing areas of rough that tend to get a bit longer and thicker and left most of the 'out of the way areas'. All the green and tees surrounds were mowed. Our scheduled greens application for last week was done late on Thursday behind the members comp. Bunker raking was done on the afternoons prior to comp but with the amount of social play they were pretty much trashed by the next morning anyhow. The bunker edging/raking etc will be caught up with over the next week or two and morning raking will be close to back to normal schedule.
All the small 1% jobs didn't even get looked at last week, but we will pick away at them this week and get back on top of them once all hands are back on deck. With a warm stretch of weather late last week and over the weekend I put some extra water on the greens to take the pressure off afternoon hand watering and also get them through the best we could. As I often mention, the health and survival of the greens is the priority this time of the year and they will be slower and softer than other times of the year.
We have a great group of guys on staff that are willing to put their hand up and do what it takes when needed. The remaining guys last week all did additional hours and extra weekend shifts to cover the workload, so a thank you to them. Also a thank you to golf member Damian King for giving some of his time and assisting with some mowing and also Board member James Blaker who helped with raking some bunkers. Also the many others that offered help - we do appreciate it.
Two of the guys have returned to work this week but we have James, our mechanic now off due to the birth of his second child late on Sunday night, so we are back to five staff right now. We anticipate seeing the remaining two guys later this week or early next week. It is going to take us another week or two to be able to catch back up on all the mowing and detail work but we thank everybody for their understanding with these unique set of circumstances. Rest assured the guys are doing all they can to have the course the best and most enjoyable it can be for all members.