Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Visiting HFCC for the Holidays?

Coming to Highlands Falls for the Holidays?  I would like everyone to be aware of what to expect on the golf course.  Currently, there is no “real” snow in the immediate forecast.  However, with the cold temperatures becoming more consistent, we have covered 7 greens with covers to ensure great putting conditions for the Spring.  If you plan on playing during the Holidays, please be mindful that these greens will be covered; putting green, 4, 7, 11, 12, 14, and 15.
Installing a green cover on the putting green.
Maintaining greens sometimes includes placing covers on them to protect them against harsh winter weather and speed up the greening process during early Spring.  Covers also stimulate grass growth, especially those that are seeded late in the season (several greens were inter-seeded in the Fall).  The greenhouse effect created by green covers allows the grass underneath to breathe and retain a certain amount of heat and moisture, even on cold days. The end result is faster germination of seeded areas and deeper and stronger root development, even throughout the winter months.
Green cover on #14 green.
Even though several greens will be covered, limiting play on those holes, better than half of the course will be open for play.  Due to some favorable weather, we have been able to mow the fairways and greens along with preparing all the bunkers and changing hole locations.  Even though we do not prepare the course for play during the winter, the course will be in good condition should you decide to play while in Highlands.
University trials showing the use and non-use of greens covers.
The entire HFCC golf course maintenance staff will be on vacation from December 23 through Jan 1st.  Should you have any questions or need assistance, please feel free to email me at
Ready for play - December 18th 2013.
Ready for play - December 18th 2013.