Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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February 25, 2014

Golf course maintenance staff intends to prevail through tough financial times

CROSSVILLE — The staff at Lake Tansi Golf Course strives to continue providing quality golf conditions despite the financial woes they have suffered. The golf maintenance budget has been reduced by nearly $90,000 since 2010 while the cost of materials keeps going up year after year. Fertilize, pesticides, sand, fuel, and repair items are some of the materials that are needed to keep a golf course in good condition. The cost of these items has increased steadily over the years while income from golf has leveled off.

Tansi is not alone when it comes to financial struggles. Golf courses across the nation continue to report budgetary hardships. Managers have been forced to find ways to cut back on spending while still providing a desirable golf course.

Here at Lake Tansi, we have been coming up with ways to reduce maintenance costs without decreasing the quality of the golf course. It is very difficult to choose what areas of the course to neglect, knowing that years of neglect will eventually catch up to you. The trick is finding a balance and learning how a golf course reacts to certain areas and types of neglect. Maintaining a course on a tight budget requires some new understanding, some learning, and ingenuity. The maintenance staff is working hard on these concepts and plans to provide a top notch golf course for years to come.

Other golf maintenance news and notes:

• Spring aerification is scheduled for April 2 – 3, weather permitting. We are planning to use smaller tines with increased frequency and less sand in order to decrease healing time. Golfers should see smoother than normal putting conditions after aerification.

• We are planning to improve the bunker faces on #2 and #15 front this spring. We will be reshaping the slopes and installing zoysia grass, similar to the bunker on #12.

• We are going to try rolling the greens about four times a week during the golfing season.

• The weather this winter has not been very conducive to golf. Cold, wet, freezing conditions have been the norm. The greens have frozen and thawed several times this winter making for some bumpy conditions. Foot traffic on partially thawed, wet greens is to blame. It has been nearly 70 days since we have been able to get a roller or mower on the greens.

• The golf maintenance staff has been very busy this winter getting prepared for the coming season. A few of the items worked on include: painting and repairing ball washers, rakes, tee markers, OB and hazard stakes, hole signs, trash cans, and restrooms. We have had a chance to sharpen and service our mowing and maintenance equipment. We have made some much needed repairs to some of our equipment including: the greens roller, two leaf blowers, the greens aerifier, utility vehicles, and small engine equipment.

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