Thursday, March 23, 2017
The Outer Banks weather so far this spring has sure left a lot to be desired. While we were experiencing unusually warm temperatures during the month of February , March has been very cold,windy and wet. Overall,we have had a relatively mild winter here and the bermudagrass was waking up from dormancy in February, then March came in with some of the coldest days we have seen all winter. We started aerifying the greens on the 13th and completed the front nine.The following two days brought rain,wind and cold temps which delayed doing the back nine until Thursday the 16th. We were able to complete the back nine and the practice green but temperatures since have not been very conducive for quick recovery. We hope to see some warmer weather moving in soon which will aid in getting the greens back in good shape for the approaching golf season. Towards the end of 2016 and during the off season we have completed many projects aimed at improving the golf experience here at the Club. Extensive work was done inside and out at the clubhouse from window and flooring replacement to exterior painting and siding repairs. On the course we installed new irrigation pump stations and completed renovations to the pump house itself. The course restrooms were totally renovated both inside and out and new roofs added. Our maintenance building also received a new roof after damage from Hurricane Matthew. The cart bridge on the ninth hole was re-decked and main line irrigation piping alongside the bridge was replaced. We are currently in the process of adding some concrete patio space behind the clubhouse for outside seating and fire pits. It has been very nice to see these improvements and they will surely add value to the club experience. Despite the cold and wind today we are applying our first fertilizer application to the bermudagrass which,along with warmer temps, will get the turf energized and on the way to green-up. The staff has done a great job with winter weed control and the course is looking clean. We are also in the process of spraying our spring pre-emergent herbicide for goosegrass and crabgrass control. 2017 is shaping up to be a great year for The Currituck Club and we are looking forward to seeing some familiar faces out on the golf course.