A MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR
A Message From the Director
April showers bring May flowers, at least that’s what they say. I’m pretty sure they were talking about rain and not the snow flurries I saw last week. Whatever the expression means, I know I’m ready for some warmer weather.
All three of our courses are now aerated. With a little sunshine, we’ll be healed up in no time. We are also putting the finishing touches on our winter projects. I hope you are excited as I am for the improvements.
As the grass starts to grow and the courses take form, we have some fun tune-up events on the horizon, including Scotland Run’s first Big Cup tournament this past Saturday! Our intentions are to have events every month at each property. The response from the membership has been great so far, but I think we can do even better. The more you participate and give feedback, the more we will do. We will have a schedule of events posted at each club, but you can always check our website for the latest information.
Leagues are getting ready to begin later this month as well. If they do not work for your schedule, we also encourage member games and will help you in any way that we can. It’s obviously much easier to host a game during the week, but we can get creative.
I encourage you to talk to your pros and pick their brains. I know Barry is dying to talk to you and Brian will... well, whatever it is that Brian does. Sean could also use a break from shopping, so please put him to work.
All kidding aside, games and events are part of what makes a membership great. We want to continue to encourage activity. I love nothing more than spit balling about formats, bets, and any new ideas.
As always, my door is open!
- Mike Burke, Director of Golf
BIG CUP RECAP
We held our first ever Big Cup tournament this past Saturday at Scotland Run which was a load of fun! The cup was 9” so we had to make some challenging hole locations like on the edge of ridges or on the top of crowns, but you guys still made it look easy. We had a field of 68 join us for a beautiful day and this was a great way to get back on the course right after aerification.
CONGRATS TO THE WINNERS!
1st Place Net | Chris Wilhelm Jr and guest Mike Carr
2nd Place Net | Gary Aulffo and guest Steve Rickershauser
IN LIKE A LION RECAP
Our first event of the year at Atlantic City CC was held on Saturday March 5 and the weather was nicer than it was this past week. We had a field of 56 for the event, not bad for March. Let’s get these events up to 100 people as we move forward!
CONGRATS TO THE WINNERS!
1st Place Net | Joe Troilo & Norm Tomasello
1st Place Gross | Josh Kelley & Christian Mortellite
The full list for the year for each club is available online in the member portal plus we have them posted in the golf shops and locker rooms at each club. Below are the immediate events coming up in the next three months. You can sign-up for any of these events online as registration becomes available which we will send out individual emails for each event as well.
Additional reminder, the deadline to sign-up for the lottery is Friday, April 8. If you want to play in the July event, you must register for the lottery. We will be drawing the teams that make the field this month.
TIME TO EAT!
BEGINNING FRIDAY, APRIL 15
Lunch will be served beginning at 11am at both locations. Additionally, after Easter Sunday, we will stop serving Sunday Brunch at the Taproom Bar & Grille (Atlantic City CC) and instead make sure to have our full lunch menu available to you after your round of golf beginning at 11am. Sunday Brunch will continue to be served year-round at Scotland Run GC.
It’s not too late! Not all times are available, but we still do have some availability at select times. As a Member, we are offering you discounted pricing for the holiday as a thank you. Save $10 per adult for the entire party on either Brunch or Dinner priced at $42 and $49, respectively, dine with us for Brunch for only $32 and Dinner for only $39!
The Ladies locker room will be open this month, we will send out an official notice when it is ready for use. We are also on pace to finish paving the parking lot by the end of the month, just in time to get the season rolling. And lastly, we will be sodding the short game area this month as well. Depending on grow-in we expect to have it fully open in the beginning of June.
Ladies locker room in the final stages. Furniture scheduled to be delivered next week!
"PUMP" THE BREAKS
Hello April! I was hoping to have a picture and talk about the installation of our new pump station, but delivery of the new station has been delayed one month. So, instead, here is a picture of us finishing up fairway aerification. We finished tees and fairways in record time here at Scotland Run in just three days. Now hopefully this weather will make up its mind and stay on the warmer side of things for everything to heal and allow you to enjoy the course.
On another note, we completed a few cart path repairs on the back nine. We know there are plenty of other areas on the back nine that need attention and that will come. We have a plan in place to repave the entire back nine after the new irrigation system is installed. During installation, piping will cross under the cart path in numerous areas, so for obvious reasons it doesn’t make sense to pave before cutting cart paths next winter. See you soon!
Jeff England – Scotland Run GC Superintendent
The grounds crew finished aerifying all tees, fairways and greens at Scotland Run.
KEEP ROLLING, ROLLING, ROLLING
I’m sure most of you are really looking forward to seeing some nicer weather and you can count me as a member of that group. Mother nature sure put the brakes on spring this past week, but the work continues. Greens aerification has been completed and the remaining fairways and tees will be completed next week. We are also starting to put the finishing touches on a few projects around the course like installing sod around the 12th tee box.
The piece of equipment you see in the picture is our new greens roller. There are many benefits to rolling greens regularly and this unit should allow us to do it more efficiently and effectively. As we start the season, please remember to fix your ball marks, fill your divots, and rake the sand traps. I hope to see everyone out on the course!
Scott Rose – Ballamor GC Superintendent
A new toy for the grounds crew at Ballamor GC, a roller for the putting greens!
WE ALL LIVE IN THE YELLOW...FORSYTHIA?
Our aerification process is almost complete here at Atlantic City CC. We still do want to aerify a few more fairways before we put that machinery away until fall. All in all, the process has gone well, but the weather has been a bit “petulant.” As March has progressed, the weather has regressed. The good news is we have incurred no damage (that we are aware of) from our winter weather, the bad news is nothing is quite ready to wake up and grow yet.
There are indicators out there that Spring is coming. The most common (in my world) is the blooming of the forsythia bush. When this yellow flower blooms it reminds us the daylight is being extended as well as soil temps are starting to rise. When this plant finishes it’s bloom it’s a good time to think about putting down your crabgrass preventer for all you homeowners out there.
When the temperatures do start to rise and soil temps creep into the 50s, we’ll start growing, divots will fill, and we‘ll be off to the races! Until then, please be patient with the course. Thank you and see you out there!
Mark Beaumont – Atlantic City CC Superintendent
The forsythia shows its colors when Spring is near, and that time is now!
TIME TO EAT!
A short turnaround from Easter to Mother’s Day this year, make sure you are ready! Book your reservations with us now! We will be offering the same seating times and pricing and will announce our full menu for Brunch and Dinner in the coming weeks.
CINCO DE MAYO
Come join us for a Cinco de Mayo fiesta at Scotland Run GC on Thursday, May 5. We will be featuring a Mexican-only menu for
that day plus all your favorite margaritas and tequilas. Can’t make it Thursday, don’t worry, we will be offering select Mexican specials all weekend long!