Course maintenance a responsibility for all – The Mendocino Beacon

Golf course maintenance is obviously a very important aspect of the game. Fairways mowed regularly, second cut maintained, dead trees removed, the grass on the greens kept at the right height, sand traps raked, cups moved to a fresh location — all tasks performed by course staff. Due to COVID-19 the Little River Golf Course staff is bare bones. Course Supervisor Terry Stratton and Kerry Gilmore are the main every-day maintainers with Ignacio Andrade doing much of the fairway mowing. Thanks to you all, you are doing a great job.

That being said, Terry commented to Notes that in the past year he has never seen on the golf course so many unrepaired divots and unfixed green ball marks. He speculates that this increase in the lack of repair etiquette may be a result of a pandemic boom in new, inexperienced golfers.

New golfers are always welcome at the Little River Course, as golf always welcomes new players. Golf is there for all to play. But Terry said he has also noticed experienced golfers committing these repair etiquette transgressions. Personally, the last few times I have played, I have seen many unfixed ball gouges on the green. The fellows I play with fix all ball marks — whether made by their ball or not. That’s the spirit we need to cultivate.

The maintenance staff would like to reach out to club members to please be more conscious of repairing divots and ball marks. Set an example. Be a role model. In a friendly way, if your playing mates forget to replace that divot, then just say something. Recently, one in my golfing group placed a rather large divot on top of his head covering a bald spot. If only.

The question of the day on the course last Friday: “If for some imaginary reason you were caught out on the course wearing what you have on now and had to survive the night out on the course what would you do?”

The first to respond was Butch Carlstadt who shot an 85 three under his age. “I’d go into the woods find some branches and construct a little shelter.” Good idea. Butch could Air B & B it on the weekends.

Jim Corsar said he would find where the deer burrow into the bushes and take up residence there. Dave Hautala said he had a relative who hunted in the woods and would spend the night in a hollowed-out, standing redwood. That, Dave claimed, is what I’d look for.

Jim McDannold’s plan would be to dig a hole, maybe using his sand wedge, fill it with pine needles, climb in and cover himself with needles. Sounds warm and comfy.

Scott Deitz looked up at the fairway, contemplated, and said he would journey up to the corner of the fourth fairway and find a spot on the hill. Southerly exposure. When confronted with the question, “range rat” golfer Linda Howe said, “I’d rent a room at the Inn.”

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