Woodward, Okla. —
Since the new bunkers cannot be placed without interrupting play, the golf course will be closed soon to allow for the renovations.
A specific closing date was not announced during Thursday's presentation, but Woodward City Manager Alan Riffel said "we will be closing it pretty quick within the next 30 days."
John Dunn, of Dunn Golf Group, said that the sooner the construction gets under way, the sooner the golf course can reopen.
"If we are able to close within the next couple weeks like Mr. Riffel said, we're hoping to be ready for reopening around mid-May to mid-June. It will just depend on how warm of a spring we have," Dunn said.
In addition to addressing bunker redesign and placement, Blume said that work this spring will also focus on implementing the "waste" areas around the perimeter so that irrigation efforts can be focused on the fairways and greens.
He said that work would also be done to address tee resurfacing as the budget allows, with the holes with the worst tees given priority. However, additional tee resurfacing may continue after the course is reopened and begins to generate revenue to cover the expense.
Having the course closed in the spring will also allow for some down time for new greens to continue to grow in. The putting surfaces were already re-seeded in the fall and several have been covered with tarps this winter in order to protect them from the colder temperatures in an effort to ensure the greens will become viable and vibrant again.
However, this spring, Blume said they will be looking at bringing in sod to redo the areas around the putting surfaces.
"If we can stretch our dollars far enough, we'll do sod on the tees as well," he said.
While using sod is more expensive, Blume said it will help to meet the goal of reopening by early summer because "sod shrinks the growing period required and protects against erosion."
However, he noted that some cost savings have already been realized as the city has utilized inmate crews from William S. Key Correctional Center throughout the fall to help clear out "non-desirable species of trees," meaning the invasive cedar trees. Tree clearing will continue along with the other renovations this spring in an effort to widen play corridors on the course and further restore the site to its "original character," Blume said.