At Indian Creek, we manage 84 bunkers and 37 greens across 36 holes. With a staff of 9, they cover a lot of ground before the first tee times… and now that the days are getting longer, we are starting tee times at 6:36AM and will go to 6AM on weekends (starting May 19th), as we know the main goal will be to beat the heat!
Unlike private owned clubs, public courses do not close on Mondays to perform large maintenance tasks to help repair and recover from high traffic. So how do public courses manage the same task load with daily play? Like anything in life, priorities must be laid out. We focus our ‘before sunrise’ efforts on cutting fresh cups, setting tee markers and mowing greens/tee boxes before the first tee time begins. In addition, we check for overnight damage or other abnormal conditions. Our maintenance practices are modified in a way that allows most work, including special projects to be accomplished between the hours of 5AM and 2PM. Inevitably, golfers eventually do catch up to daily mowing, watering, bunker grooming, and fertilizing which can cause distraction… if only we could add an 8th day to the week.