Tons of work has taken place on the Prairie over the last couple months but there are still several things that can keep improving the course out there, hopefully we can get some of these items finished before the Big "O" in August.
Be sure to check with Bob or get in touch with me and I will talk with Bob before doing too many major items as the P&R of Olathe can be touchy at times.
Course Sign - I fixed the hinge last night but I did not have a new latch with me to put on so it is still held closed with screws. I hope to get the fixed this weekend. Either way Ice Bowl flyers are up in it now also so hopefully people check it out. Tom and I discussed a new course map and hopefully we can get that in there by this spring.
Hole #1 - Erosion around the backside of the pad is getting worse every year, just some dirt or mulch would help out.
Hole #2 - The new long tee box is a hit with everyone from what I hear, but it also needs some mulch, grass seed or a couple hay bails to cover the mud till we can get grass established this spring.
Hole #3 - Good Condition
Hole #4 - Good Condition
Hole #5 - Some Erosion is taking place around the tee pad but nothing too major yet.
Hole #6 - P&R put some mulch in front of the short tee pad but it wouldn't hurt to get more and seed in the spring.
Hole #7 - Good Condition
Hole #8 - Erosion around the tee pad and the long pad will be practically unusable in when leaves get on so possibly trimming back some branches would help. The long tee doesn't get used as much as I think it should, maybe the possibility of relocating it could be looked at.
Hole #9 - Good Condition, but possibly a new pin location or longer tee pad would help with "The Birdie Hole" of the park. Pretty easy shot for almost anyone.
Hole #10 - Good Condition, possibly another longer pin placement to the east of the long placement now.
Hole #11 - Good Condition, this would be the first hole I would add a longer placement to, there are several great locations closer to the street or towards 10's pad, possibly across the street adding an OB to the hole.
NEW Hole #12 - Alley ways Tom and I cut in the trees for the long placements are getting trompt down nicely and spring leaves should bring back some more skill to these shots. Bob also starting clearing out the location for the new long placement below were old 16 tee pad was. This will be a great shot once in place due to the ball field being OB.
NEW Hole #13 - Needs a long placement clear in the corner about 5 to 10 feet off the OB lines on each side would add diffaculty to this shot, not to mention the 2 trees P&R planted by the box that will create a very small alley once they get a couple years on them.
NEW hole #14 - Great shot, but getting a placement closer to the water or possibly in the corner of the dam would make it better. Last I heard Bob was still trying to get P&R to let us clean up the whole dam and use it for this hole.
NEW #15 - The long tee pad has been leveled out by P&R just need to get it poured and backfilled. Also there has been a ton of talk about putting another pad in to the west further making the over the water shot twice as far, but this will need some careful planning due to the tree line on the opposite side of the pond. Hopefully in the spring P&R will mow a larger area around the pins to make for a bigger fairway. This hole has a ton of potential, just needs more work.
NEW #16 - New pin placements are still be pondered for this hole, hopefully we will decide on one soon. Still need some brus clearing on the left of the fairway for the short placement as to make the fairway more player friendly.
Hole #17 - Good Condition
Hole #18 - Good Condition, I like the idea of playing this to the island for tourneys but it would probably make it a par 4 if we did.
Thanks goes out to all the people who helped make this transition of the new holes go smoothly. I'll be excited to see how these holes shape up when the P&R mowers can get in there and smooth fairways up more also. Either way the pond area looks so much nicer all cleaned up and usable now, hopefully when its finished it won't be the trash collector it has been up till this year.