Spring Newsletter, 2019

Managers Message

Bruce McIntyre, Director of Golf


Happy spring to everyone! They say April showers bring May flowers, here’s hoping because we’ve certainly had our share of rain in April. If you haven’t been golfing at either of our two beautiful courses yet you’re missing out on some great spring golf. Both golf courses came through the winter in great shape. That coupled with a relatively mild spring season so far has resulted in an early spring green-up. Spring greens aerification is complete at both courses and in a week or so they’ll be prime for the upcoming season.

Don’t forget, tee times in May start at 6:30 am Monday-Thursday, and 6:00 am Friday-Sunday. If you are a resident, non-pass holder please note that the discounted resident daily fee rate is now restricted to Monday-Thursday from May 17-October 14.

Over the winter months we experienced an HVAC unit failure at the Hyannis GC clubhouse which lead to a frozen water line and subsequent leak. The new HVAC system is currently being installed and wall and ceiling repairs are underway. Work should be completed within the next couple of weeks and disruptions should be minimal.

Other projects we are working on include new flooring/carpeting at the OBF clubhouse and a new roof for the turf maintenance building at Hyannis GC. The maintenance staff is going to concentrate efforts on improving some of the bunkers at Hyannis. Please understand these will be stop-gap measures until such time that we can secure funding for the long overdue full bunker renovation that is so badly needed.

I would like to thank Fred Parker, Chairman of the Golf Committee, and Brian Conway, Vice Chair for their time and efforts over the last year. Despite being new committee members, Fred and Brian stepped up and filled the vacant Chair and Vice Chair positions and quickly brought stability, improved communication and committee involvement to the board. Unfortunately for us, Fred and Brian will be resigning from the Golf Committee effective 6/30/19. Fred is relocating to North Carolina to be close to his family, and Brian is planning on spending more time in Florida. If you see Fred or Brian please thank him for their efforts.

In closing, if you want to be a part of the cooperative efforts between Golf Management and the Golf Committee to work towards sustaining and improving our two golf facilities now and in the future, consider applying for one of the upcoming vacancies on the committee.

As always, thank you for your support!

p.s.   Its tick and mosquito season, please take proper precautions when engaged in any outdoor activities at this time of year.

Pros Corner

Merry Holway & Jesse Schechtman, PGA Golf Professionals

Olde Barnstable Fairgrounds and Hyannis Golf Courses are both open for play! Remember, all 2018 Annual Passes expired on 3/31/19. If you haven’t renewed yet, you will not be able to use your account to book tee times until you pay your dues. When renewing, please make sure you provide a completed application and all necessary supporting documents to make the process as quick & easy as possible.

The 2019 season is already underway with the 3-Club Shootout (HY), the Welcome Spring Shamble (OBF), and the Masters Blind-Draw (HY). Starting this year signups for most tournaments can be done on our website (Barnstable.Golf) under the “Shop > Event Registration” tab. Weekly games such as Monday Quota, Tuesday Ladies & Wednesday Men’s leagues will not be listed online.

The weekly Men’s and Ladies’ Clubs have started. The opening day for the Ladies League is Tuesday May 7th, sign up will be taken through Saturday 5/4, the event is an 8am shotgun with lunch and meeting to follow, entry is $25(includes prizes and lunch). The following week the Ladies will start the normal sign up, which is by Friday at Noon to play in the following Tuesday. The Men’s league will be “make you own tee times” before noon and the teams will be blind-drawn (different format each week).

The famous HGC Monday Quota League starts on May 6th! Also, the first Mixed-Scotch “Nine & Dine” is scheduled for May 17th (played at Hyannis – registration now available online).

Both golf shops are full of brand new merchandise for the season and will have stock coming in all year. Come check it out!

Turf Talk

Chris White, Director of Golf Maintenance

April has brought us many days of inclement weather. All these days of rain might not be good for golf, but the turf is responding nicely. Last year at this time the greens, tees and fairways were struggling and the root system was awful. This April has given us only 5 days without precipitation. I feel this is a typical spring on Cape Cod, and we should all be used to this unsettled weather.

Our main focus this past month was to get the greens aerated and the irrigation systems up and running. With all the rain in April we were still able to get the greens aerated and top dressed with 1.5mm sand. The greens at O.B.F. were completed on 4/17/19 and have healed up nicely. Mother Nature gave us headaches at Hyannis with rain on all of the three days we were closed, but we fought through it and completed the task. We have started the process of aerating tees and fairways at both courses. The courses had no need to water last month, but the irrigation lines had to be filled and the sprinkler heads tested. The irrigation system at O.B.F. is running very smoothly, but the Hyannis irrigation system has had ongoing issues. The Hyannis Golf Course irrigation system had many electrical issues out in the field, and it took almost three weeks of trouble shooting to rectify the problem. In addition to electrical problems we had two main line breaks. At this time I’m happy to report the system is up and running.

The upcoming month will be a busy one. This time of year we focus on grooming the golf courses for daily play. Weather pending we will mow greens daily, fairways/tees three times a week, and the rough twice a week. It will take all full time and seasonal employees to complete these daily tasks. The month of May will consist of general maintenance practices until all our seasonal employees arrive, and then we will start small projects. Once both courses are fully staffed we will begin edging bunkers and adding sand.

I look forward to seeing you out on the golf courses.