Bemidji Town & Country Club Online Newsletter - 09/04/14

Construction update

The bunker renovation project is proceeding nicely. The contractor expects to be done with all of the work in the next 10 days or so. The architect will be back on site Monday to review the work and to paint out the remaining bunkers on holes 2, 3 and 17.

During the past few weeks, there has been a lot of excitement and a lot of positive comments about the new bunkers - especially the new look on hole No. 14. One of the more common questions this week has been "What's happening on No. 15?"

Mr. Norby's vision calls for the removal of the two existing fairway bunkers and the construction of a new "centering bunker" in the left center of the fairway. This is a very classic treatment intended to challenge the long-hitter or low-handicap golfer while expanding the landing area for the average golfer. You might have noticed that a couple trees were removed on the back side of the old right-side fairway bunker and we've added some additional irrigation in that area to improve turf quality and prevent balls from rolling down to 16 fairway. You'll also notice that we've adjusted the fairway lines and opened the sightline from the tees to the landing area beyond the three pines on the left side.

Those of us in the maintenance staff are particularly excited as these new bunkers will not only enhance the look and playability of the golf course but should simplify ongoing maintenance. If you have any questions, please contact Rick in the pro-shop.