Thursday, September 2, 2010

Back in the Saddle!!

This has been a week to remember and one that I am ready to put behind us. With all the fire inspectors, insurance adjusters, and estimators that have visited the property this week, it is amazing that anything was accomplished.

I am happy to report that much was accomplished this week and the credited clearly belongs to Assistant Superintendent's Dan Koops and Andrew Harrel. If you have never had the opportunity to introduce yourself to these fine young men, please do. They are both destined to be Head Superintendents in the very near future and we all owe them a great deal of gratitude for the way they absorbed the tragedy and pressed on.

The work accomplished this week is impressive and the greatest sign that things will soon be back to normal. As of this evening, only the 3rd, 17th, and 18th fairways remain to be seeded. The seeding of fairways has gone smoothly and we expect to see germination any moment. The greens have germinated beautifully over the last few days and we expect to mow them for the first time by September 11th.

The finishing of the tees is cruising along and by the end of tomorrow only holes 8-10 and the first tee will remain. I anticipate seeding the tees as soon as the fairways are finished, maybe Saturday afternoon. The tees will for sure be completed by the deadline of September 8th.

Again, I want to thank everyone who has expressed concern for our department in the aftermath of the fire. Your thoughts and concerns have helped keep the spirit of the department up. We are looking forward to a "greener" future. I, for one, am tired of looking at dirt and sand!!!