Saturday, October 21, 2017

Mr. and Mrs. Chad Stockton!

On Saturday afternoon, Senior Assistant Superintendent, Chad Stockton was married!  We are excited for Chad and Kristi and we love her as much as we do Chad.  In a job that requires a certain lifestyle commitment, it's important to have that support network at home.  These two couldn't have done better for each other!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Town of Highlands

 
It was a perfect day of fall weather for the Town of Highlands Scholarship Golf Tournament, hosted by Wildcat Cliffs CC.  As the Chairman of this event for the last 7 years, we've raised $140,000 that funds scholarships for graduates of Highlands School who are attending universities.  This program has been in existence since 1975 and very unique.  NC State Legislature prohibits municipalities from operating any kind of investment funds.  In this case, the scholarship fund exceeds $700,000.  While this event is the main source of income, the ABC store sales donates annually as well as proceeds form the Three Rivers Fly Fishing Tournament held each spring.  My main funding sponsors next to the players, are Mountain Findings, The Highlands School PTO, Duke Energy, McGill Engineering as well as Franklin Ford.  



Confidential Guide to Golf Courses Volume III The Americas (Summer Destinations)


 
I finally purchased this book and worth reading.  Tom Doak, who created controversy when he first wrote these, talks a lot about Highlands CC.  Interestingly, he ranks HCC's 10th hole in his collection of the most 18 eclectic in golf.  You'll see below, he talks about the value of the creek on #10, which is what I would think we'd all agree makes the hole.  However, Donald Ross didn't want it there and talked about piping it in 1928.  It was the cost in the end that prevented it from being piped underground.
 

 
 





Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Topdressing Croquet Lawns 1,2 and 3


Today croquet lawns 1, 2 and 3 were aerated and hand broom topdressed with sand. It is monotonous work but well worth the time spent. It eliminates the need to drive heavy equipment on the greens in addition to being sure we fill 100% of the holes made without applying too much or too little sand. In short, it speeds recovery. Once these courts really begin to heal (100% weather related so I can not predict what that answer is) we will then aerate lawns 4 and 5, while putting these back into play for those who enjoy winter croquet. 

Frost!


Tuesday was the first frost of 2017.  Temperatures got as low as 28* and golf was delayed.  This will become a common theme for the rest of the season.

#11




Renting jackhammers, we are collapsing the old irrigation tanks on 2 and 11.



Erin Hills





Below: (L-R) Pat Jones, Golf Course Industry Magazine; Brian; Joe Livingston, River Crest CC in Dallas/Fort Worth and finally Tony Gustaitis of Whitemarsh Valley CC in Philadelphia, PA.