Better greens, lower scores

Well, the 2021 season didn’t exactly get off to the swinging start we were counting on…

But we’re not going to let that get us down!

We can’t wait to have you back on the course as soon as we’re able to, and while we wait to reopen, we’ve been hard at work making Kingswell Glen even better for when our members and guests are able to return.

One of the things we’ve been working on is the greens — maybe you saw our aeration video on Instagram! It’s one of those “looks worse before it looks better” situations, and we are looking forward to sharing the results with you.

Improving all parts of the course (and your experience here!) is our ultimate goal, and maintaining the greens is one of the most important — and work-intensive — parts of maintenance.

Between mowing, rolling, fertilizing, air flow, root health, pest control, etc…there’s more work involved than meets the eye.

We knew that there was a lot of work ahead of us when we invested in Kingswell Glen, and that we were inheriting a course that had been described as a course that “is sewn together like a cadaver by Dr. Frankenstein.” 😂

But thanks to an incredible amount of care and effort from our grounds crew and their fearless leader, Kevin Morrison, our course is in much better shape — people rave about our greens now!

And we need your help to keep it that way.

That’s why today, we want to talk about taking care of the greens.

We aren’t asking you to mow them for us — but there are some things you can do while enjoying the course that will help keep our greens in great shape.

Here are a few:

  • Repair ball marks so the green stays flat and the putts roll true. Nobody wants to miss a birdie putt because of an unrepaired ball mark. (See also: Golf course etiquette)
  • Remember that greens are for putting only. We know the pros sometimes chip on them, but we’re guessing you’re not on Tour so please leave this move to them.
  • Be aware of damage done to greens by golf spikes. Please wear golf shoes with soft spikes since metal ones can harm the green and avoid dragging your feet on the greens while wearing spikes. (See also: Our dress code)
  • Please keep golf carts off of the greens. We know you know, but power carts should be kept at least 25-30 feet away from the green. Why? Heavy traffic is not good for the green. And do you know what kind of traffic is really heavy? A golf cart.

Trust us when we say that ruts from a tire will not help your putting game. (More on this coming soon!)

These little actions may not seem like much, but little actions stack…both good and bad…and repeated course damage is hard to repair.

We’re committed to making Kingswell Glen the place to golf, by creating the best possible experience for everyone who walks onto our course. If you can help us by committing to some of these best practices, we’ll be forever grateful.

By working together, we’ll see healthier greens with more putts made, and hopefully, lower scores.

Plus, we’ll avoid damaging the course, causing unnecessary soil compaction, and leaving tire ruts to disrupt our putts.

(We know, we just said this already…it’s important.)

Hopefully we can reopen soon, because we cannot wait to welcome you to the course.

Until then, if you’re new to golf and would like to learn more about course etiquette and what our dress code is, feel free to read more on that here and here.

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