from the Greenbriar Oceanaire Community Association
December 8, 2011
The year that was…
2011 at Greenbriar provided its share of challenges for the team on the ground. We worked very hard to carry out the practices and programs needed to return the health of the golf course. However, the achievement of long-term goals sometimes comes with a cost of short-term discomfort.
Multiple aerifications, cart restrictions, diligent water use, topdressing, and temporary greens were all endured by the golfers this season. We fully recognize the inconvenience these things present to a golfing community, and appreciate the patience of members and non-members alike. It is important to note that while the aesthetic conditioning of the property somewhat mirrored 2010, each of the aforementioned practices has set us up for greater success in 2012. Every program and practice in place is a step down the road to recovery and we look forward to making your golf experience in 2012 a much better one
What’s happening now?
With summer’s wrath of extreme July heat and heavy autumn rains behind us, all the seeding in the fairways and greens has begun to heal the scars of the past. As we prepare the course for closure, we have a few very important tasks to complete. Preparation taken now leads to a smoother awakening in the spring. The irrigation system and pumping station have been winterized. This involves complete draining of the system and removal of all water with the assistance of compressed air. Leaf clean up and removal of debris from the playing surfaces is important prior to snow cover. The fountains are also being removed from the ponds and will be cleaned and prepared for the coming year’s use. We have also removed thatch through aerification of the scarred spots on the open greens and fully aerified the closed greens. Each green has received an organic fertilization and a heavy coat of topdressing to prepare them for the harsh winds of winter. The sand surrounds the plants and leaves only a small amount of leaf tissue exposed to the elements. It acts, in essence, like a blanket.
Everyone’s favorite winter pest, Canadian Geese, will likely be flying in soon to find a home. It is our charge to make Greenbriar an unwelcome place to rest. Our team includes three dogs, Henny, Brewer, and Links. You will see them out on the course with their owners throughout the winter working hard to keep your playground as clean as possible.
We have recently integrated full communication of the irrigation with a central control unit located in the maintenance facility. The available mapping and head detail is being programmed to ensure we have the capability for the most efficient operation and application for the years to come. This will lead to more consistent conditions and help identify problem areas more quickly. The winter also provides our staff the opportunity to refurbish the course amenities, service the equipment and to prepare planning and schedules for the coming year.
What will 2012 bring?
We are hopeful that next year brings the best golfing experience you have enjoyed over the past few seasons. We will continue our active cultivation programs on greens, tees, and fairways with the goal of progressing toward healthy playing surfaces. Thatch removal will continue to be the foundation of our programming for the coming year. If you enjoyed your experience during the month of June this year, use that as our benchmark. Our transition from winter to spring will be smoother as our efforts from this year have set us up for continued progress.
We expect the playability, aesthetic appeal, and overall experience to improve throughout the season. As we reach the challenging months of July and August, we are now prepared with fans for the 1st and 9th greens, which will help maintain air movement and cool the canopy temperatures. This is another tool in our arsenal to keep one-step ahead of Mother Nature.
Please know that your Board of Directors is working tirelessly with each of their committees to ensure that Greenbriar is more than just a place to reside…it is truly a great place to live. We hope you all enjoy a safe and happy holiday season.