Sunday, February 24, 2008

Bunkers 2008

I thought I would remind everyone what to look forward to in '08. The picture is a merged set of photos from #1 during the beginning of the bunker project we started in '07. Bunker renovation was the number one topic among the membership when I arrived 2 years ago, besides some of the turf issues. It is great to see this issue being addressed and the results have been super so far. It has been and will continue to be a great improvement in the make up of Island View GC. To continue this endeavor we will be moving on to the back nine this season. At this moment we plan for the work to be around the same time as last year, sometime in early July. The green committee has gone with the idea that we complete an entire hole before moving on to the next bunkers so the process is not "piece-meal", Monday night (Feb. 25th) we will hold our first greens comm. meeting of the season where the main topic is the bunker project. If things continue on the same track I predict we should be able to complete #6 and 3-4 holes on the back nine. Obviously it all comes down to money and the hardest part of the decision comes down to making the most of it so we can complete as much as possible. Initially we looked at this being a three year plan to complete the entire course, I think a more realistic timeline is 4 years. To give you an idea of the costs, the 2007 estimate for the entire golf course was just over $300,000, and if we keep spending $80,000-$90,000 a year we end up on a 4 year track.

Make sure you pass on any thoughts to the greens committee or myself so they can get addressed at our meetings. Or if you have any questions email me and I can answer them straight away, or pass them on to those who have the answers for you.

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