March 2019 Newsletter
Manager’s Message Bruce R McIntyre, Director of Golf
Please join me in congratulating Jesse Schechtman, PGA Head Professional at Hyannis GC, for recently being recognized by the New England PGA as the recipient of the 2019 Merchandiser of the Year Award! The NEPGA consists of 750 Class A Golf Professionals and 240 Apprentices at 450 golf facilities. Jesse has more than doubled Golf Shop sales in the 4 years he has been at Hyannis GC!! This award is given to those Golf Professionals who demonstrate superior merchandising skills while promoting the game of golf. Here’s to a great job, well done!!
The drawing for the Free Annual Pass will take place at the next Golf Committee Meeting, scheduled for Tuesday March 12, 5:30 pm, at OBF. This year, 294 players are entered to win one of 3 prizes. Winners will be notified. Good Luck!!
* Annual Pass valued up to $1,070.00
* Annual Range Pass valued at $235.00
* A $100.00 Gift Card for use at either Golf Shop
Renewal applications were mailed in early January. If you have not received one please contact either Pro Shop; Hyannis GC (508-362-2606), OBF (508-420-1141) stop by to pick one up, or download one from our website: www.barnstable.golf. Current Annual Passes expire on 3/31.
Once again, the Barnstable Golf staff would like to thank everyone for their continued support.
Spring is right around the corner!
Pro’s Corner; Olde Barnstable Fairgrounds and Hyannis Golf Courses plan to open as soon as weather permits. Please check out our News Ticker on our website for daily updates. Both Golf Shops are open from 7:30 am – 3:30 pm to process Annual Passes. New merchandise will be arriving mid-month at both shops. Mark your calendars! Join us on Friday, April 5th at 5:00 p.m. in the function room at Hyannis GC for an interactive discussion regarding the new Rules of Golf. PGA Professional Jesse Schechtman will be leading this discussion which will cover the most important changes to the Rules as set forth in a joint effort between golf’s governing bodies – the USGA and the R&A. Free copies of the “Players Edition” of the Rules of Golf will be provided to all attendees, and light appetizers served. We hope you will join us in what is sure to be an interesting and educational experience. In order for us to best plan logistics and food, please let us know if you plan on attending. Advanced registration is not required, but it would be helpful to have a general idea of numbers.
Turf Talk by Chris White, Director of Golf Maintenance Winter Work
This has been a great year for outdoor winter work. I can’t remember the last time I’ve seen so little snow fall on the Cape. This is good and bad for golf courses that are open year- round. It’s good for the avid golfer who wants to get out and get some exercise and work on his/her game. It’s bad for the greens with the freezing and thawing of the turf and soil while golfers are walking on the saturated turf when putting. Hopefully any damage will be minimal and the greens won’t skip a beat this year.
Both mechanics have a lot to do to get the turf maintenance fleets ready for the season. The mechanics break down every piece of mowing equipment and perform detailed routine and preventative maintenance to each unit. Each reel/blade must be taken off the mower and sharpened to start the season and the height of cut is adjusted. All fluids and filters are changed, tune-ups completed and safety inspections made.
The maintenance crews have been busy all winter performing tree pruning and dead tree removal at OBF. They have been using power pole pruners to remove branches that interfere with a golfers swing if they are in the tree line. This will help speed up play and hopefully lower your scores by a couple of strokes. This project has taken the whole winter to complete, but we felt it was way overdue. I believe we will still have some time to do some tree work at Hyannis Golf Course, weather pending. Our main focus will be removing dead trees which have fallen to the ground in the past few months. We are hoping the tree work at both courses will speed up play and make the courses more player friendly.
The Barnstable Golf Maintenance staff looks forward to seeing you all on the golf course this spring.