MESSAGE FROM TODD SALAMONE, LONGSHORE SUPERINTENDENT
Greeting from your Golf Maintenance Staff
The golf maintenance staff at Longshore would like to thank all of you for visiting our webpage. My staff and I are committed to giving all of you the best golf experience possible. We care about Longshore and the people who visit it. We want all of you to enjoy the golf course as much as we enjoy maintaining it.
Starting in 2018, Aquarion has asked Longshore Club Park to reduce water consumption by 10%. The reduction in irrigation on the golf course will predominantly affect the rough. However, during periods of drought and high heat, the fairways may show signs of stress as well. The brown areas of turf are temporary, and will recover when temperatures become cooler. During our current high stress period, some dry spots are evident and are in the healing stage. water use is an important step in creating a sustainable park that people will enjoy for years to come. We appreciate your understanding and thank you for continuing to support Longshore Golf Course.
On August 4th of this year Longshore was hit by tropical storm Isaias. The storm brought heavy destructive winds, knocking down trees and power lines all over Westport. Longshore Golf Course lost power for 8 days and as a result, we were unable to use our irrigation system. We were able to water certain areas of the golf course but many fairways were without water for multiple days. As a result, we have lost considerable turf in some fairways. We are in the process of repairing these areas. We have aerated our fairways and seeded into the holes. Please be respectful of the ropes and stakes in these areas. Cart traffic can be harmful to these delicate areas. We appreciate your understanding as we work to repair the golf course.
We would like to remind all of you the importance of raking your bunkers, filling divots, and fixing ball marks. Raking bunkers and filling divots are an important practice that enhances the golf experience for everyone. Rule 13-1 and 13-2 of the Rules of Golf prohibit players from improving their lie regardless of irregularities in the playing surface. To ensure every player has a fair shot at par, it is important that we fill our divots by replacing the grass we removed when striking the ground. The same courtesy applies to raking the bunkers following your shot.
Repairing ball marks on the greens is equally as important as raking bunkers and filling divots. Ball marks will never fully heal if not repaired. Only aeration can repair a ball mark that hasn't been fixed by the player or the maintenance staff. The USGA provides detailed instructions on how to fix a ball mark. The instructions can be found below:
Golfers who treat the course with care are rewarded with better golf conditions. Your golf maintenance staff thanks you in advance for your contribution.