The Town of Cedaredge Board of Trustees met for a public work session last week. The purpose of work sessions is to discuss town issues and preview the agenda for an upcoming regular meeting. No votes are taken and no decisions are made at work sessions.
The work session agenda included a variety of issues but much discussion focused on plans proposed by town staff to help the Cedaredge Golf Club recover from the effects of this year's drought.
Adam Conway, who serves as the golf course superintendent, reported that, when the golf course's water was restricted earlier this year, the grass went into "forced dormancy." Late season rain helped the grounds but as many as 50-60 acres will need to be re-seeded -- mostly on the back nine holes. He outlined a plan to help the course recover while still allowing for play next season.
Last month the trustees were informed that, rather than remaining open for an extended season, the golf course will close this year on Dec. 1 and not reopen again until Feb. 1, at the earliest. The reopening date is subject to change depending upon the weather and the prospect of either a snowed-in course or too little snow to protect the already fragile grounds.
Conway's plan, subject to next year's snow and water situation, is to cover the most damaged greens on the back nine then, as the weather allows, he will re-seed that section of the course. In practical terms this could mean that the back nine holes will be unavailable for play at the beginning of next season for 60-90 days.
The plan while the back nine holes are unavailable is to allow play on the front nine and "spot fertilize" damaged turf in that section as needed. Eventually, if the re-seeding on the back nine goes well enough to allow play there, the front nine may be closed as needed to help with that portion's recovery. The goal is to have either the back or front nine available all season while course crews shut down one section or the other to conduct recovery work. All plans are subject to change depending on the weather. The trustees thanked Conway and expressed confidence in his planning.
Erik Hansen, golf clubhouse operations director, introduced proposed rate changes to accommodate the possibility of having to operate next season with only nine holes playable at a time. One proposal is to offer a limited season pass for working people to play nine holes on weekday afternoons and weekends. Hansen is hoping to increase the number of season pass-holders by offering more options. He told the trustees that he will present the proposed rate changes for their consideration in January.