Brogan Lair and Mike Haughton work on fitting sections of sod into number five green. Ron and Reid Hunter shovel excess dirt and sand to prepare the next laying of sod.
Golfing season is right around the corner. Some course work has already taken place at the Rock Port Golf and Country Club (RPGCC), as well as several behind the scenes operations.
Mike Haughton has been hired as greens keeper. He has experience with chemical application, commercial lawn, and landscaping experience.
Work on the greens was done late last summer and early fall and have been checked this spring. The seeding and packing of those greens has been a success but RPGCC members are hoping for some heat and moisture to help push the growth along. RPGCC is in the process of pricing and ordering sod, which is the same bentgrass that is currently on the greens. They hope to have the greens patched in and do some work on the practice greens as well. The cost for this will be $1,500 – $2,500.
The tee boxes were reseeded last fall with bluegrass mix which will stay green through the temps, and handle the traffic that the tee boxes take on during the summer golf season.
The pond was recently burned off and plans are to have it filled in the coming months, with the donation of access to a larger pump, to get it ready for the summer golf season.
Some of the watering sprinklers were replaced last year, and some will need to be replaced this year. The country club will continue to update them to take care of watering the greens as needed.
Fairways and tee boxes will be fertilized in the upcoming weeks.
Board members hope to have continued support from members and non-members from Rock Port and the surrounding communities. If anyone is interested in making donations to the course to help with the cost of these projects, contact David Fast, RPGCC board treasurer, or one of the other board members.