Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Leaf season is here!!!   For the rest of this month and November keeping the course free of leaves will use up most of our time.  Any spare time will be used to finish up a couple of nice projects.   You may have noticed that we are taking the sod that will ultimately be destroyed when we enlarge the tees and using it to touch up some of our collars, Bunker banks and we used it to finish the drain on four.   No sense letting it go to waste.   We also took a few minutes and mulched to path to the rain shelter on 13 tee.   We did not include it in our cart path master plan because we added a new path on the other side of the tee.  The mulch helps dress up the area and hides the old asphalt. 
Path to 13 rain shelter has been mulched

Drain by the fourth tee is finished.  
A sour wood Tree
We are fortunate to have a few nice (and unique) trees around the course  This Sourwood is a native tree of North America, the Sourwood is one of the few endemic trees that is not found in other continents unless planted, and has no related species. The name Sourwood is derived from the acrid taste of its leaves, but tea made from these leaves is widely used by mountain climbers as a thirst-quencher. Pioneers used the sap as one ingredient in a concoction used for treating fevers, the bark for chewing to soothe mouth pains, and leaf tea for treating diarrhea, indigestion and dysentery. But the best known by-product of the Sourwood tree is the hard-to-find and extremely delicious honey produced from the fragrant blossoms by honeybees.

What's the rule?  

Unfortunately, in hazards (in this case a bunker) you are not granted relief from nuts or acorns.  You have to play the ball as it lies.  This is the bunker on nine that just happens to be under a Black Walnut tree.   Most of the fruit collects in the bottom of the bunker which is usually where the golf balls also collect.   We remove the fruit daily but sometimes we can't keep up with them.