The Ridge opens at Pole Creek
April 26, 2012
The Ridge at Pole Creek Golf Club opens today, Friday, April 27, resulting in all 27 holes open for golf.
Last weekend more that 200 golfers played at the club, according to Mary Moynihan, Golf Shop Manager. Season pass sales soared, too.
“It’s an extra four weeks of golfing”, said Moynihan, since the weather has cooperated for an early season opening.
With the early opening and a snow-free course, operations staff has been discussing water options if it is a dry summer, said Craig Cahalane, Golf Course Superintendent.
“We can use water from Gaylord Reservoir at the YMCA but we rarely tap into it,” said Cahalane. “This year, with lack of snow, we may have to tap into it.”
With the 4-year-old irrigation system, which can control watering in different areas of the course, Cahalane and his staff can turn on watering in certain areas by different percentages from the computer-based program in his office.
“We don’t water everything every night. It’s based on (evaporation rates).”
Pole Creek Golf Club’s main water is Pole Creek.
Cahalane is testing a new fertilization product on The Ridge. Well, it’s not really fertilizer.
“Only three golf courses in Colorado are using the product right now,” he said.
The benefit is using less water. Vi-Core is the organic product that grabs fertilizer already in ground and breaks up the nutrients, said Cahalane.
Soil tests at Pole Creek Golf Club show many nutrients in the ground, and Vi-Core should bring them back out.