Just recently, I received another update from the Friends of Golf Steering Committee who had recently met with Kemper Sports and the construction team. Their update contained the following:
1. The course is doing well. Sprigging was completed last Friday on the entire course. The rains which took place in mid-May caused some immediate problems, but these were overcome and things are now back on target. They have actually begun mowing greens on the first 11 holes that were sprigged. The greens have been sprigged with Bermuda Tifdwarf. The fairways and tees are Celebration Bermuda, a new strain of Bermuda which exhibits exceptional shade tolerance. Fairways, tees, greens and immediate rough should be in good shape for an opening in the fall. The sequence of holes is still in question and it has not yet been decided whether a change will be made from the previous configuration. The request for quotations on carts are already out to several companies. There will be no GPS since it is not cost effective.
2. Plans are ongoing for the purchase of a new triple-wide clubhouse. It was decided that the used one previously discussed was not suitable. It is expected that this purchase should take place in the next 2-3 weeks. The plan is for about 3,000 square feet with a food facility which has interior seating for about 40 and an outside deck which would handle another 40 or 50. This deck would be open-air at the start, with the idea of covering or screening it at a later date, as finances permit.
3. By the end of August there should be a General Manager and a Sales and Marketing Manager in place. At about the same time, information will be published regarding rates and player programs………..we know that everyone is waiting patiently for this information. Memberships will most likely be in the form of an annual discount pass or frequent player program and there will be a discount for City residents.
4. An inter-active website for the course is currently being brought online. It should be accessible sometime in the next two weeks. We will give you the web address just as soon as it is made available to us. At that time you will be able to go in and look around and begin populating an e-mail database. There will also be a link on the website for those who wish to investigate employment opportunities at Palm Harbor.
The construction team has asked that we pass on a request to our members to please refrain from visiting the interior of the course. It is a work in progress and will benefit greatly from a strict “no traffic” policy ……..This includes bicycles, walking, and………..heaven forbid!!…………. golf clubs!!
We are at last almost ready to cross over the finish line!!!
Friends of Golf Steering Committee
I also wanted to take a moment and thank The Friends Of Golf Steering Committee. This group is very passionate about the game and all that it brings to our community. Your work and dedication to golf in our area is greatly appreciated. And also a big thank you to all who are working so hard to bring Palm Harbor Golf Course back to us. The course is a special part of Palm Coast, and we are all looking forward to seeing it re-opened.