Friday, March 17, 2017

Pro-Shop Hours

Beginning Monday, March 20 the pro-shop hours will change as follows:
Monday - Friday: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday & Sunday: 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thank you! 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Turf Talk, March 2017


Introducing a new feature for those curious about what’s happening on the golf course!  Beechwood Turf Talk will be a short monthly write up, by your golf course superintendent, about all things related to greens, grounds, maintenance, projects, progress, weather, and maybe even soil conditions.  Hopefully you will check it out, possibly learn a little something about growing grass, and have a better understanding of what we are doing to make Beechwood the most enjoyable golfing facility around and ultimately a more beautiful setting for years to come.
So first of all, I would like to thank the many members who have taken the time to speak with me over the past 6 months.  All of you have made me feel very welcome here at Beechwood.  It has been my pleasure to not only work for you, but in some cases, work with you.  The show of support by those who took the time to volunteer during the clean-up efforts after the hurricane truly warmed my heart.  This club is a special place, and I am looking forward to getting to know more of you over time.
Many of you have stopped me to ask questions about the golf course.  Keep them coming!  I enjoy answering your questions in person and getting to know you in the process.  For those of you that may be curious, but couldn’t flag me down, here are some answers to frequently asked questions:
What was that blue stuff you were spraying?
If you see blue color coming out of my sprayer do not be alarmed.  What you are seeing is called spray indicator.  It is a highly water soluble, blue dye we add to the sprayer tank or foam marker so we can more easily determine exactly where an application has been made.  This improves accuracy and subsequently efficacy of a product that has been applied.  It does not stain clothing or skin.
So, what’s in the tank, and will it hurt me?
If you see me spraying greens, most of the time I am spraying fertilizer or fungicide, or a combination of the two.  Very rarely will I spray an herbicide on the greens.  No, it will not hurt you.  I always comply with all safety regulations and procedures listed on the label for any product applied.  Most fungicides used on turfgrass are also used in fruit and vegetable production.  So, in theory, you have a better chance of fungicide exposure in your refrigerator than you do on the golf course.
What’s going on with all the sod, new bunkers, bare ground, new tees, etc?
Since my tenure began in August of last year a great many physical changes have taken place around the golf course.  It is my understanding that a lot of changes and hard work took place long before I came into the picture.  Credit must be given where it is due.  My predecessor left a lot of things in great shape, and made my transition into this position very easy.  That work continues as more changes are made.
Most of you will notice new blue tees on a number of holes.  While we seek to make the game of golf accessible and inviting to everyone, we also hope to challenge anyone willing and able to take their game to the next level.  With advances in golf ball and golf club technology, golfers can now hit the ball further than ever before.  By adding the blue tees we hope to accommodate for these advances and keep Beechwood challenging and relevant in this age of progress.
This winter has been a great opportunity for us to rework #7 fairway and green complex.  We have tried to accomplish 2 goals with the same action on #7.  First we hoped to make the hole more interesting, both visually and from the standpoint of playability.  Second, we sought to improve drainage.    Our first goal will be accomplished by adding irrigation to the fairway and tee areas, removing overgrown and unnecessary trees, and adding sufficient drainage.  The depression on the left of the green now drains, not only the green surround and approach, but also the low lying area of the fairway near the green.  Some of the area has been sodded, but the fairway remains bare.  After irrigation is installed this spring, those bare areas will be sprigged with Tifway 419 bermudagrass.  If all plans are executed as expected we should have number 7 fairway closed for 4 to 6 weeks after irrigation is installed.  After that you’ll have a beautiful new fairway to compliment a renovated green complex.  I will be sure to keep you updated as progress continues.
Number 5 green complex was updated and renovated to make the hole more visually appealing and to improve drainage in the sand traps.  Trees were removed to improve exposure to sunlight.  The variety of grass on our greens, Champion Bermuda, loves sunlight and air movement.  Trees tend to facilitate neither.
Whew, that sounds like a lot, and it is!  Be sure to thank the guys on the crew when you see them, give them a thumbs up if you appreciate their work.  They work hard every day to make everything happen. 
Stay tuned for more updates.  Next time I’ll give you some information about golf green maintenance, nematodes in the soil, and more.  In the meantime, don’t hesitate to stop me, send me an email, or give me a call if you have questions.  I’ll be happy to take the time to speak with you.  Now, get out there and enjoy your beautiful golf course, that’s what it’s all about.
See you on the course!
Buckley Brockmann
Golf Course Superintendent

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Announcements & Updates

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Due to the heavy rain we received last night, the course is closed today. The pro-shop will close at 2:00 today as well.
Upcoming Masters Tournament
We are so excited to kick off the 2017 golfing season with our first tournament of the year on Saturday, April 8 for the Masters Tournament! Participants will be partnered with a professional golfer playing in the Masters. Each participant will draw his/her professional at 11:45 and tee-off at 12. The grill will be open for lunch before the tournament begins. As the tournament winds down, we will have refreshments available and watch the professionals finish their rounds. Members and guests are welcome to play in this tournament. Please call us today to register!  
Men's Night Returns - March 30
Weather permitting, Men's Night is scheduled to resume on Thursday, March 30. More details will be announced soon about Men's Night dinner. We are working on a delicious menu for you to continue to enjoy Thursday nights at the club!
Junior Golf Returns - April 11
Junior golfers are invited to meet on Tuesdays at 3:30 to play a round of golf together. We plan to begin on Tuesday, April 11, weather permitting. Parents may drop off your children at 3:30 and pick them up at 5:00.
Buy 3, get 1 free!

Dear Member, 

We are extremely excited to welcome you back to the Club for the 2017 golf season.  To get your season off to a proper start, we have partnered with Titleist to offer the Pro V1 Loyalty Rewarded Program. 
        Order 3 dozen NEW Pro V1 or Pro V1X and the 4th matching dozen is FREE 
Please respond with the specifics of your order and we'll have them waiting for your Spring play. 

  • Ball Type:                        Pro V1                        Pro V1x
  • Personalization:  Maximum 3 lines of text with 17 characters per line
  • Play numbers: Regular #s (1-4)    High #s (5-8)   All the same # (00, 1-9, 10-99)

Our pricing for one dozen Pro V1 balls is $47.99.  $47.99 x 3= $143.97.  When you factor in the 4th dozen for free the bottom line price with FREE personalization ($12.00 savings) $35.99 per dozen. Take advantage of this offer – it’s the way to go.   Simply reply back and I’ll get your order processed right away. 

Thank you as always for your support and we look forward to another outstanding season at Beechwood!

Golf Camp Dates Set
Parents, mark your calendars now for our summer golf camp, slated for June 19-22, 2017. More details will be announced soon! 
 Pool Opening - May 27
The pool is scheduled to open for Memorial Day weekend, beginning Saturday, May 27. We look forward to another fun summer by the pool! 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Announcements & Birthdays

Tennis Announcements:
The courts have been re-surfaced, rolled, and ready for play! 
Need to use the restroom? Remember the bathroom code is: 2014*
If the restrooms are in need of attention, please let the pro-shop staff know!
Please be sure to wear appropriate shoes on the courts.
The sirius xm radio will return to the tennis courts after repair.
Please welcome our newest members:
Johnny & Catherine Jenkins
Chip & Reba Wynns
Hunter Wynns
Congratulations to
for his hole in one! 
JE hit a 6 iron on #8 to claim his victory on Sunday, February 19.
Interested in taking advantage of this deal? Please contact the pro-shop staff or Chris Chamblee to place your order.
If you do not see your special day listed, please send Leslie an email so that your information can be added to our system! Thanks!
Happy Birthday to the following members:

1: Brice Burgess, Bobby Joe Edwards, Cynthia Rose
2: Perry Brown, Eve Greene, Keith Rawls
3: Joy Futrell, Pate Pierce
4: Charles Williford
5: Donna Burby
6: William Benthall
7: Sarah Brown, Robin McKeel
8: Sherri Burgess, Khylah Settle
9: Adam Lassiter
10: Layla Oliver
11: James Shotwell
13: John Webster
15: Jamie King
16: Riley Buck, Stephen Drake
18: Maria Jones
19: Mary Kate Morris, Ed O'Berry, Taylor Rose
21: CB Beale, Eddie Morris, Robby Outland
22: Gage King
23: John Boyd
24: William Anderson
25: Patricia Carr, Andrew Edwards, Mae Rose
27: Brooke Rose, Andrea Vincent
28: Brent Pierce
29: Garrett Brown, Gracie King
30: Dawson Rose, Lee Wynns
31: Becky Johnson, Beverly Spicer
11: Tommy & Linda Dilday
17: Austin & Leslie Lawrence