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. Any areas requiring seed will be heavily seeded in the early fall, when the conditions are conducive for germination. Seed planted this time of year will not germinate due to the high stress conditions. Irrigation to greens and tees has not, and will not be reduced and will continue to be utilized as needed. Please note, the course is healthy and all disease and insects are treated preventatively, but your assistance in repairing divots and ball marks will help keep the course in better condition and is appreciated by management and your fellow golfers.
Longshore is committed to environmental stewardship and reducing 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.
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.