We put away our skis and boards last weekend and broke out the golf clubs this week....golf season is here! We sat down with Casey Powers, Boyne Mountain Head Golf Pro and Boyne Country Sports Manager, to discuss opening weekend of golf. The Alpine course is scheduled to open Friday, May 2 and The Monument will open Friday, May 9. FORE!!!
Q1: Is there still snow on the courses?
Casey: The snow is almost all gone. We have a little on the cart path heading to the first tee. No worries, a little groomer work will take care of that.
Q2: How do our courses look this year for opening day compared to other years?
Casey: A little wetter then normal, but overall we have come through the winter looking good.
Q3: What kind of work has to be done to get the courses ready to play?
Casey: Mostly clearing off the fairways and roughs of fallen tree debris. A little fertilizer and a good couple of mowings and it is ready for play.
Q4: Was there any significant damage to the greens due to the large amounts of snow and cold we had this winter?
Casey: We were pretty lucky. Our greens look pretty good with minimal snow mold. Kudos to our Superintendents Mark Skop and Chris Burnett, they did a great job last fall putting the courses to bed for the winter.
Q5: What kind of shoes and attire would you recommend for early season golfing?
Casey: Waterproof shoes are a must this wet spring. I also think that a good rain suit is a must. I wear it just to protect from the cold and wind as much as keeping me dry. It's a little bit of an investment, but I wear mine all the time - well worth it!
Q6: How are the greens rolling?
Casey: Greens are healthy, but not real fast right now. After a little time to grow our greens, the Superintendents will drop the mowers to speed them right up. I would guess that they are about seven or eight on the stimp meter right now. We will get them up to around 11 or 12 for the summer.
Q7:What did you shoot on your opening round?
Casey: I haven't had my first loop of The Alpine yet, but did play Sundance over at A-ga-Ming Resort. I double bogeyed the last hole to shoot 81....aarrgghh!
Thanks Casey! We'll see you on the greens!◂ Return to News & Updates