Denver Golf News
Fossil Trace multi-hole renovation project that is sure to impress
As Winter ended, and Spring began many of us had improvement projects on our list - Fossil Trace Golf Club was no exception. With recent events of the world, the turf care team at Fossil Trace completed a much anticipated, multi-hole renovation project that is sure to impress, improve conditions and the overall golf experience. All holes renovated this Spring opened for play in late May, early June.
Originally scheduled for last year, Mother Nature did not cooperate, and the renovation project was pushed to Spring 2020. Golf Course Superintendent Noy Sparks provides insight to the projects:
Hole #15 | Par 5 & Hole #2 | Par 4
The final hole of our infamous Hole 11 - 15 stretch had been slated for renovation, along with the driveable Par 4 second hole, and Par 3, third.
The entire green complexes of Hole 2 and 15 were renovated after 18 years of struggling with the unique challenges the current design presents (Fossil Trace opened in July 2003). The golf management team determined that the best way to provide a great experience on these particular holes would be to move forward with new green complex renovations.
Our specific and most critical challenge we have had with the greens of Hole 2 and Hole 15 is the constant pressure of a Colorado winter, and its yearlong effect on these greens. There is a tremendous ice buildup on the green throughout the winter months, and all surrounding turf areas drain towards the green surface. When it snows, the snow melts during the day and re-freezes at night directly on the green. This caused two issues:
• Accumulation of ice on the green prohibits gas exchange between the soil and the atmosphere which is critical to healthy turf - even in winter months. If ice remains on the surface for a prolonged period of time, the turf can suffocate and die.
• Moisture on the surface that goes through cycles of freezing and thawing can cause “crown hydration,” a process where the cells inside the crown of the plant explode, killing the plant. Unfortunately, this occurred during the Winter 2017, resulting in significant turf loss on several greens.
• The new designs lifted the greens 8 feet, shifted their footprint, increased overall square footage, all while providing much better surface drainage, and sunshine throughout the winter months.
Hole #3 | Par 3
A much smaller project than the Hole 15 renovation, the turf care team reshaped the green to allow more pin locations and mellow out the extreme undulations that cause ice buildup during the winter months. Though not as big of a change as Hole 15 green, much improved playing conditions now greet players now that this project is completed.
Feedback for the improved designs in the first month of play has been tremendous. If you haven’t played the new, re-designed holes at Fossil Trace Golf Club, please visit the all new fossiltrace.com to secure your tee time.