taylormade_06, on 30 May 2013 - 04:18 AM, said:
Where do I begin? Here is my big rant. Apologies for the length but I need to let it all out. Better change my avatar incase a club member reads this.
I sometime wonder whether the greenkeepers at my course are qualified, or are they just lazy? I always see them trimming the edges of paths, weeding the gardens, cutting down branches, taking long hours to mow small areas of rough, repainting fences that dont need to be painted, joyriding on the carts.
They do a poor job of looking after the fairways - uneven mowing and divots everywhere. I always fill in my divots but I have never seen the greenkeepers go around and fill up the divots with sand. There are several of them, even if they could do this once a month it would make a huge difference to members in terms of enjoying the course. When there is no placing, it is as though I am being punished for hitting the fairway.
Greens are at different speeds, and bumpy. The ball skids and bounces along the green. It is always a pleasure to play at different courses around my city, because there greens are such a breath of fresh air to putt on.
Sand in the bunkers is inconsistent, not to mention the sticks and stones. Sometimes I see 2-3 greenkeepers raking a bunker for 10-15 minutes. Does it really take that long!?
We have yellow flags for front, red for back. Sometimes they decide to put a yellow flag for a back pin placement to confuse me.
GUR areas are sometimes under repair for months. They seem to just fence an area off or spray paint it, without actually doing anything to improve the marked-off area.
Weeding the rough literally 1-2 yards from the out of bounds fence. Come on. Is this really a priority?
We are encouraged to use sandbuckets to repair our divots, yet sometimes there are no sand buckets in the storage area near the first tee, they are all piled up at the end of the 18th near the clubhouse. It would take a couple of minutes to fix this.
Tee boxes are very poor. I struggle to find an even stance, and some tree roots are coming up from underneath on one or two tee boxes.
The driving nets on the first tee - the ball sometimes bounces back at you, or into the other bay, instead of straight down. Not fast enough to cause injury, but still, annoying.
My course is restricted in terms of land, so the range is quite small, so there shouldn't be much excuse then right? Wrong. They use ropes to guide us where we should hit from, and then after a couple of weeks they move the ropes forward/back to a different part of the range. However, they don't repair the grass that was just used. As a result, the range is full of divots, bumps, and uneven grass. There is hardly ever any sign that the range is maintained.
I did something cheeky last month. Wrote an anonymous note/complaint and stuck it under a tee marker - asking that the range be repaired. A week later, I see them filling up the range with sand and raking it in. So I know they can do these things, but why do they not show any initiative in realizing these things without moody members having to give them signs?
I actually did the same thing regarding a tee box, which had been in poor condition for a few months. Again, they began working on it a week after I put the letter under the marker.
Now this is a serious question - what times do you see greenkeepers working on your course? Mornings, afternoons, or both? Is it an all day job, or is it best to do the work in the morning first thing? Because the greenkeepers at my course are still out there come 3pm.
I know for a fact that membership at my club is more expensive than some other courses in my city, yet it is one of the more poorly presented. I do not live close enough to those courses to justify the fuel costs getting out there regularly.
If you have this many issues with your home course why are you still there? I understand if its convenience, price, etc. but if not you need to question why you still play there. I had fairly similar issues at a course I was a member at last year. The course, however, was literally 2 minutes from my office and was pretty cheap so it made it a no brainer.
In terms of when the maintenance crew works... At my course its mostly all day. They generally do the heavy lifting on the course in the early AM or Evening so it doesn't bother play. Then they do stuff around the practice areas or further off the fairway during the day. This works pretty well as they are almost always out of the way of play. The only time they may be in the way is if they have a bigger project or issue going on. A few weeks ago there were a few guys working on the drainage system in the middle of the 5th fairway. That's really the only time I have seen them on coruse during play this season.
For what it's worth, my course has horrible fairway bunkers. I mean literally unplayable. Prob 50% of the time I pull the ball out of the fairway bunker as there is no sand, most aren't raked (because theres no sand) and there are rocks everywhere. As much as I want to uphold the integrity of the game, I don't have the cash to replace a forged iron after I get a giant gash in the face of the club. I started doing this last year when the fairway traps got really bad. I had a event out there, landed in one, hit a PW from it and seriously left a gash covering the length of 2 groves right in the middle of the face. My only other complaint about the course is regarding a couple of greens. To stipulate they are all in excellent shape and run at a 10-11 regularly. The greens however were built in the 60's when rolling at a 7 on the stimp was considered good. They are all severly sloped. 2 greens are built on plataes and the front edge has sunk 4-5 feet since they were built. They have to be sitting at a 6% grade. You literally can not keep a ball, even a tapped putt, on the front half of the green. Pins are only place on the back edge of the green at this point