|9th hole at Whitemarsh Valley CC as pictured in "1927's Golf Architecture in America" by George C. Thomas Jr.|
|Present day at the same hole.|
|Even though the two fairway bunkers on the 1st hole are not being completely rebuilt, we will be replacing the sand. There are many different layers in these two bunkers ranging from bunker sand from 12 years ago to multiple layers of flood silt. When the new sand is installed the appearance of the bunkers will all be similar on this hole.|
We will be using this sand as topdressing on the 1st fairway. We have had silt contaminated bunker sand tested in the past and it is acceptable as a fairway topdressing. Just trying to "kill two birds with one stone".
|The snow has melted, the temperatures are rising and now the sure sign that spring has arrived. A pair of baby foxes (kit's, cub's or pup's) have been posing for photo's on a sunny day in April behind the 15th green. As the spring turns into summer you should be able to see these youngsters playing on the hillside in front of the 16th green.|
|With the last of the winter's snow fall behind us we can now concentrate on trying to grow grass. This is a picture of the 9th tee that has had a turf cover on it for about a week. The cover usually will do two things, prevent wind desiccation and increase the temperature under the cover. This would all depend on sunshine amount, air temperature and wind speed. We have measured the increased in the past of 8 degrees warmer than the air temperature outside the cover. |
The reason we place a cover on this tee is to try to hasten the divot repair from last years play. Hole #9 is a short par 3 which players usual take a couple divot's on their practice swings and not so much on their actual swing. Multiply those divot's by the number of golfing rounds we get and.............you get the picture!
This cover will be on and off the tee for a good part of April based on the weather and golf schedule.