The quality of the golf course and golf course maintenance are the highest priority at Old Chatham, who achieved the honor of being the #1 ranked golf course and having the #1 ranked green complexes in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill Triangle region in 2014.
To achieve and maintain this top ranking takes a lot of hard work and forward thinking by the outside staff, led by nationally recognized Superintendent Brian Powell, President of the Carolinas Golf Superintendents Association.
Since converting to Champion Dwarf Bermudagrass greens in 2012, greens and fairways only need to be aerated once per year. The members love knowing when this will be happening, and a Members Trip, this year to Ireland, is planned during this short course closure.
During the 10 days, aside from aerating, many improvements are made to the course each year. A standout from 2014 will be members and their guests will enjoy a drier, firmer, faster playing surface, particularly in the approaches to the greens.
2014 Golf Course Improvements
The focus at Old Chatham Golf Club remains a great golf experience first, followed closely behind by aesthetics. To have the best conditions for play, you need a dry surface of quality grass and sand. That is our objective with the changes we are making this year, especially to firm our approaches and entryways into the greens.
For our maintenance, we aerated the greens, fairways, tees and approaches. We also made corrective fertilizer and lime applications to the entire golf course.
Additionally, we took turf areas out of play for parts of the course that have less stress where we use native North American grasses and add pine straw. We removed dead trees along with some overall cleanup work.
The cumulative effect of these changes will be a more golf-friendly, visually appealing course for you and your guests to enjoy a round.
The tees received a verticutting which was a bit more aggressive comparatively and have a bit further to go to heal than the fairways. Likewise, the greens need a little more time to heal than the fairways. The tees and greens should return to stellar putting conditions by August, although recent rainstorms and other bad weather may hamper full recovery until the middle of the month.