Every little piece counts. When fine tuning the irrigation system over the past two seasons, we have found many small areas throughout the golf course that are watered. These small areas are difficult to irrigate properly and because of their odd shape, tend to waste a significant amount of water. Throughout the winter months, the maintenance crew has been identifying these small puzzle pieces and converting them over to native grasses. The best example is below the forward tee on hole #2. This area used to be maintained as a walk path for golfers. The odd triangular shape required four irrigation heads to water this area of which a portion of the runoff spilled into the adjacent native area. Removing the sod and the four sprinklers creates a better flow of the native grasses and will not only save money on water, but fertilizer and labor resources as well. The area was then plugged with grasses from one of our native grass regions to fill in quicker versus seeding it.