Here’s the Chewelah Golf and Country Club Update for Oct. 13, 2016
Pitt’s Pro-Tips by Jason Pitt PGA
As the golf season winds down in the inland NW, this month’s tip involves options on “maintaining” your swing when the weather may not allow golf or the course is closed.
First and foremost, it’s important to continue to swing a club throughout the winter to keep your tempo, rhythm and strength in place. I suggest setting aside a few minutes each day to grip the club, visualize the shot and swing freely to stay loose and flexible during the winter months.
Fitness should be a priority for most golfers as they work to increase flexibility and gain strength over the winter months. One of the most valuable tools for maintaining your swing during the layoff is to utilize a full length mirror to check posture, grip, stance and ball position. Don’t forget to put in practice with the putter! Putting across hardwood floors or short pile carpet can help groove your stroke so it is ready when Spring arrives.
Grounds Superintendent – Tim Rowe GCSAA
As the golf season is winding down there are several items the maintenance crew will be completing: Aerifying, fertilizing, topdressing and spraying plant medicines for snow mold. When completed, these tasks will give us the best conditions for the golf course turf to survive the stresses of winter.
As players, you can play a vital role in the condition of the course in the coming year.
The three ways members can help are:
1. In the fall it is especially critical to fix ball marks on the greens. A fixed ball mark heals in a week, whereas an unfixed one will still be there in the spring. Not only fix yours, but if you see one that was left unattended, please take care of it as a good steward of our course.
2. Fill your divots. Even if the seed does not have enough time to generate this fall, it will pre-germinate and fill in next spring.
3. Carts – be extra sensitive not to drive over dry, wet or frosty areas and choose a path less traveled. Scatter well before you get to the end of a cart path to avoid mashing the grass further than it is. By spreading out the cart’s wear and tear, the effort will show up in the spring.
This year has been an exceptional year for good turf conditions. We continue to be proud of this great facility we all enjoy. As always, our continued involvement as a community helps the next person find what is special about the golf course and gives a great start to next year.
GM Report John McGregor PGA LM
CG & CC would like to thank patrons of the course for another great year. We appreciate the many compliments we received on the golf course, the Rusty Putter Bar & Grill, the Pro-shop and the staff. As we look forward to 2017 we are continuing to look at ways to expand the use of the golf course, club facilities and look forward to your patronage in the future.
The fund raiser to help Gess Elementary with classroom supplies was a success with $260 donated by CG & CC and the golfing community. At this time the closing date for the Rusty Putter Bar & Grill and the 18 hole course will be October 30 (weather permitting). The 9-hole course will open until frost closes it down.
On September 14, Kay Smith retired after nine years on the CG & CC Board. We would like to thank Kay for her leadership, insights, commitment to the golf course and the Chewelah community. Mike Bentz and Larry Felton have stepped into the roles of President and Vice President respectively and looking forward to continuing to make CG & CC a great community asset.
See you next year!