***Changes for 2016 golf season at Ridgewood***
- 1. We added around 45 yards to hole twelve tee box to lengthen the hole and gain more tee rotation. Trees were removed to allow for better access to the green from the left side of the fairway. A donation of pipe from one of our patrons allowed us to access the right side of the fairway by creating a bailout area of rough. No longer will a golfer have to jump the creek to play a shot right of the fairway. The greenside bunkers were eliminated to allow a bump and run shot undrneath the big tree thats protects the twelth green.
- 2. Our new plan to renovate strategic bunkers by addding drainage and sand while eliminating bunkers that were hard to maintiain is in the second year of development. This year the bunker short and right of two green is gone. We took out the bunker to the right of seven green. Currently, we are constructing grass bunkers/mounds to the right and behind #7 green to redirect water away from the green while providing a hazard to the errand shot hit from the fairway.
- 3. Many dead or deseased trees were eliminated on the hillside between #10 tee and the lower parking lot. Safety was our main goal on this project but now we want to clean this area up while providing a view of the golf course.
***New things for 2015 at Ridgewood***
- Many dead or diseased trees have been removed around holes 13 and 14. This will improve playability and overall turf health for the greens and tee boxes.
- Trees were removed around the putting green and club house to enhance appearance and improve health of turf. This also allowed for more room for the new cart staging area.
- There was some snow mold disease that occurred on tees and fairways, but should recover nicely when the turf starts to grow in the spring.
- Large pile of soil stock piled by the maintenance building will be for future projects.
- Additional tee box on number two added length and visibility of fairway.
- The creek was cleaned by number 8 to increase drainage of course.
- Green side bunkers renovated on hole fourteen.
- Drainage installed in front of fourteen green.
Last Year's News:
The start of the 2014 golf season has been one of the wildest weather conditions I have seen in a while. We had one of the coldest winters and relatively no spring time conditions before summer finally arrived.
Over the winter, I took the opportunity to remove some large trees intruding onto the putting greens on holes four, five, eleven, twelve and fifteen. Unfortunely, the root system of these trees were growing into the previous greens mentioned. Due to this encroachment, the turf on the greens were in direct competition for water and nutrients with the trees. Tree roots will out compete turf leaving stressed or dormant turf on the putting surface. The removal of the trees also help improve air movement and increase sun exposure to the mentioned greens. All of this will help aide in the health of the turf and improve the aesthetics and playability of the greens. In addition, there were quite a few dead or disease inflicted trees that had to be removed. Since March of 2013, a total of one hundred and five trees have been removed. This will increase the aesthetics, turf health and safety of the golfers on the course!
There is a new addition to the Ridgewood family! A new tee has been created on hole fourteen to not only add valuable length but also add more tee surface creating better tee rotation. The old tee was short in yardage creating a hazard for golfers waiting on the green. Slow play was another concern since many golfers waited for the group in front to clear the green before hitting their drives. The new yardage will be 315 yards from the mens tee and 330 yards from the back pro tee. Using left-over soil located near the maintenance facility helped clean up this area while reducing the overall cost of this project. A new cultivar Perennial Ryegrass is being grown on the mens tee. The grass grows laterally in nature allowing it to fill in divots taken from golfers. This type of growth is normally associated with bentgrass (grass found on the greens). Many golf courses grew in bentgrass for this very reason. Another benefit of this new cultivar is the low mowing height, it likes to be cut at heights under a half inch. We cut our tees at .475", which is ideal for our new grass! We also took out the railing on both sides to speed up play.
This blog is a communication tool to relay information to our golfers. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns relating to the course.
Tyler Good (Ridgewood Golf Course Superintendent)