Well, it's that time of year again, when the courses are usually in their prime condition, but then we step in and trim them short and dry them out, or in other words, "scalp" them. This is to prepare for overseeding with winter grass varieties. Though it might seem crazy, it's unfortunately a necessary step. We have a tight window to seed our winter grass so that you can enjoy lush greenery during the colder months. If it's too hot, Bermuda grass will overshadow the winter varieties. Too cold, and the winter grasses won't germinate quickly enough. This leaves us with mid-October as the ideal period for this task and then we just hope mother nature cooperates.
Currently, the Vistas course is closed for a few days to conduct the majority of this prep work. Come Thursday, it will resemble a Sunday US Open course: dry and fast. However, the Vistas course will stay open until Monday, October 3rd, though we'll be closing early on both Saturday and Sunday this week.
Next up is the Lakes course, which will begin preparations next week. Given that only one course will be open during this phase, we'll carry out the process in stages over the next two weeks. So, expect to see many more staff members around during your rounds at the Lakes over the next couple of weeks.
The Lakes Course will remain open until Monday, October 16th. Both courses will then be closed from Monday, October 16th to Friday, October 20th. On Saturday, October 21st, the Vistas course will reopen with the freshly seeded winter grass, but please note that it will be restricted to cart paths only for a minimum of two weeks. The Lakes course is set to reopen on Saturday, November 4th.