|Welcome to the month of July! While the weather seems to have been a little bit wetter and warmer than usual this spring, The Old Farmer’s Almanac is predicting cooler than average temperatures for the Northeast for the summer of 2017! Here’s hoping!
Please join me in congratulating Todd Tereshkow, Bob Candella, Steve Pieratt and Jim Diazados for completing a very respectable 63 holes of golf in one day!! Every year for the past 8 seasons Todd and his close group of friends have dedicated one day on or around the summer solstice to play as many holes of golf as possible on the longest day of the year! What a fantastic concept for the more than avid golfer and quite the challenge.
This year was slightly different than past years. This year it wasn’t just for the love of the game, pride or proving that you “still got it!” This year was also for a great cause. As many of our members that have been at the club for a number of years know, three years ago we lost a friend, colleague and a good man when John Marr, a long time team member of Mansion Ridge, lost his battle with lung cancer. In remembrance of his wonderful personality and love for the game of golf, a scholarship fund named “The John Maher Foundation Scholarship” was created in is honor. This fund provides $1,000 in annual funding for 2 current team members of The Golf Club at Mansion Ridge to better themselves through continuing education. Last year’s recipients were Ryan Finn from our Hospitality team and Ashley Callahan from our culinary team. In honor of John’s memory and in an effort to support our team members pursuing higher education, The Golf Club at Mansion Ridge has contributed $5/hole for each of the 63 holes completed in this “Iron Man” event.
If you would like to contribute to this great cause you will have the opportunity in a very appropriate manor. This year (October 20th) will be our Third Annual “Battle at The Ridge” event. For those of you have not been fortunate enough to have been able to participate in this event in the past, this is the biggest and arguably the best event of the year! Below you can find last year’s flier with all of the details but rest assured each year will continue to be bigger and better than the year before! Throughout the event we will have opportunities to contribute with 100% of your contributions going to the John Maher Foundation.
While we realize not everyone will have the availability to participate in the Battle at The Ridge, there are still opportunities to engage in fun and friendly competition throughout the year! Below are the member events taking place throughout the month of July!
2017 Match Play begins on Saturday, July 22nd. This is a single elimination handicapped event. Seeding will be determined based on the participant’s handicaps.
The number of rounds that will be needed to determine an overall winner will be based on the number of participants. Round 1 will take place on Saturday, July 22nd with tee times scheduled by the golf shop. Winners of each round will have a 7 day window to complete their match. The golf shop will secure weekend tee times for all matches after round 1.
We understand that many of you may have scheduling conflicts and hope all matches can be completed in a short period of time.
In order to register for the 2017 Match Play Event or for more information please contact the golf shop. The deadline to register for this event is Wednesday, July 19th.
The 2nd Season of the 2017 League Play begins Tuesday, July 25th.
2017 League Play at The Golf Club at Mansion Ridge
Register your team now for League Play at The Golf Club at Mansion Ridge. This is an opportunity to play a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course on Tuesday Night’s.
Your league entry includes…
9 Holes of Team Match Play
Prizes and Awards
Weekly Buffett Dinner & Drink Specials
Good Camaraderie and more!!
Included in your League Play entry fee is a Troon Rewards Membership! Your entry fee will go towards your Troon Rewards Membership. For more inforamtion please visit www.troon.com
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Well, this is it…
July is where the preverbal rubber meets the road in the world golf course maintenance. While each of the months before June and July are to prepare the course to be its best, July is the month we are really preparing for. With the traditional weather patterns we experience in July, course preparation really isn’t as much about growing grass and improving conditions and is more about survival and keeping the status quo. The reason for this is a fairly simple one. Turf needs to be able to grow in order to properly manipulate it to meet the demands of a golf course. If you are brave enough, immediately below is a more intellectual explanation as to why different grasses are used in different climates and some of the difference between them.
Cool season grasses or “C3 Grasses” utilize a 3-carbon acid in the photosynthetic process (how the plant converts light to energy and atmospheric CO2 into carbohydrates) and therefore are genetically predisposed to thriving in temperatures between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Cool season grasses typically see in the North east including bluegrasses, bentgrasses, and ryegrasses.
Warm season grasses or “C4 Grasses” such as Bermudagrass, St. Augustine grass or Zoyzia grass have optimal gowning temperatures range between 90 and 95 Degrees Fahrenheit and have a 4-carbon acid that allow the plant to photosynthesize in a more efficient manor than the 3 C grasses, by first converting the carbon dioxide to oxaloacetate [a 4 carbon (“C4”) acid]. This increased efficiency allows for increased drought tolerance and enable the plant to perform the necessary functions such as Photosynthesis and Respiration (the conversion of the carbohydrates created through the Photosynthetic process to energy the plant uses for growth) at higher temperatures than the cool season grasses.
Is everyone still awake?? I paid for the education; I might as well use it right? :)
All things being equal, we will still continue to focus on providing the best playing conditions possible on a daily basis. You just might see us with a hose in our hands a little more often than prior months.
Over the next few weeks you will begin to see some construction activity on #8 tee. We will be doing a small renovation to increase the size of the teeing grounds. The total process for this project will last anywhere from 7-10 days and will entail using a relatively small Mini-Excavator to move some of the existing materials around as well as the removal from a few of the smaller “Volunteer trees” that have self-propagated over the past few years. During this time you may encounter some dust and noise but please know that we will be working to complete the process as soon as possible and the benefit of the renovation will far outweigh any inconvenience you might encounter.
Thank you kindly for your attention and as always…please remember to fill your divots and fix your ball marks!