MESSAGE FROM TODD SALAMONE, LONGSHORE SUPERINTENDENT
The 2021 golf season is here!
Welcome back to Longshore Golf Course. The maintenance staff and I are happy to see so many returning faces this year. 2021 looks to be another busy year at the golf course. The maintenance team is working hard to deliver the best golfing conditions possible. We look forward to seeing all of you out on the course enjoying the game we all love.
We will be aerating the greens and fairways starting on April 5th. We have been fertilizing the greens in preparation for aeration. The greens are lush and healthy. Our goal is to decrease the recovery time following aeration. We want to get the greens back in shape as quickly as possible, therefore, we are fertilizing more than we would normally.
We have added ropes and stakes to the golf course to help direct carts into the rough. We are using the ropes to alleviate some of the damage that carts can do to the fairways during the season. Please be respectful of the ropes and do your best to follow the signs. Our goal is to improve the condition of the fairways throughout the year. With your help, we can accomplish our goal.
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.
I look forward to seeing all of you this year on the golf course. Feel free to speak to me anytime about concerns or questions regarding course conditions. It continues to be my pleasure serving as your Superintendent.
Hit 'em straight!
Golf Course Superintendent