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Monarch BeachComber - WINTER 2017

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THE COURSE Monarch BeachComber • Winter 2017 M aking major improvements to a golf course isn't something that happens overnight, but Golf Course Superintendent Daniel Miller and his staff are confident that as they enter year two of a three-year plan to optimize playing conditions at Monarch Beach Golf Links and beau- tify the surroundings, things are mov- ing in the right direction. Cool-season grasses that tradition- ally take over during the winter have been completely removed from the fair- ways, and the maintenance team did not overseed this year, allowing the Bermuda grass to achieve density and provide lush turf coverage without com- petition from other strains. "By not overseeding, we have been able to promote much more consistent conditions that reward well-placed shots in the fairway or primary cut of rough," Miller said. Bypassing the overseeding process has also freed up Miller's staff to take on other projects, such as removing all other varieties of warm season turfgrass found on the course like kikuyu and seashore paspalum. They have also in- stalled more than four miles of subter- ranean drainage beneath the fairways and rough. A new project will also blast sand into channels below the turf in some areas to allow salts to escape. "While we're proud of the environ- mental benefit of our commitment to using recycled water only for all irriga- tion needs on the property, this comes with considerable agronomic chal- lenges," Miller said. "Recycled water originates in the homes and businesses within our community and contains a good deal of salt and other components that are detrimental to soil health and the growth of plants." Other upcoming projects include recontouring select green perime- ters and collars, as well as replacing liners in some bunkers to test the performance of a new material be- fore considering widespread re- placements. Furthermore, new tee boxes will be added to the first and second holes to improve playability. There's also a plan to put in sev- eral more Monarch butterfly sanc- tuary flowerbeds – in addition to the two currently on property – to provide a larger habitat for the re- sort's signature wildlife. Drought- tolerant groundcovers will be added on some hillsides for ground stability and beautification, and a handful of periph- eral landscape beds will be replanted with colorful perennials and succulents. "These improvements throughout the property have really enhanced play- ers' experience when they visit Monarch Beach Golf Links," Miller said. SPLENDOR IN THE GRASS n Transition to Bermuda is just one of the projects under way to ensure top conditions year-round EXPERIENCE A FLYOVER TOUR OF THE GOLF COURSE Bermuda grass from tee to green.

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