While the 18th green complex is unique as a Par-3 finishing hole that forces a carry over a large canyon onto a severely sloping green, the landscaping and backdrop has not been very appealing. Two weeks ago, the crew began transforming this area into a much more aesthetically appealing backdrop. The new landscape will consist of drought tolerant native grasses and plants along with ornamental grasses and shrubs that will add splashes of color throughout the back of the green complex. The initial preparation of the area involved cleaning up and removal of the existing plant material and shaping several oak trees that were covered up by years of overgrowth. Selective pruning of oak trees on the left side of the 18th green and removal of fir trees on the right side of the green significantly opened up the view of the entire green complex from all teeing locations. Once mature, the grown landscape will hide the parking lot and traffic above the green all while creating a much more dramatic backdrop for the finishing hole.
Last week the maintenance crew began a very interesting project. The hillside below the Hollins House parking lot and directly above the cart barn facility is in the process of being transformed into a vegetable garden for the club’s use. Executive chef John Paul has been promoting sustainability and concentrates heavily on purchasing on a local level. Later this summer, he and his culinary team will have the opportunity to serve freshly harvested vegetables and utilize the freshest herbs from the on-site garden. It will be terraced and have four rows complete with several citrus trees, herbs, vegetables, and a section for seasonal flowers to be cut and used for arrangements.
landscaping plants will be removed, including the wood steps
and rubber matting. The area will then be sodded with
ryegrass to create a simple blend from the 6th green to 7th tee.
teeing area. This was a major eyesore and the first
impression of the golf course. All rosemary and blackberry
plants have been removed.
The current view of the 2nd teeing area following
hydroseeding of the hillside with native grasses.