El Nino certainly has affected weather in the Chicagoland area. We’ve experienced higher temperatures and less snowfall than in past years. We came out of winter in excellent shape and I don’t expect any negative issues. We are about 3 weeks ahead of previous openings (2015- March 27th; 2014- April 12th). Therefore, I would like to advise members on what to expect in the coming weeks.
Significant debris has fallen on the golf course. We will begin the laborious task of cleaning up the golf course and finishing the tree removal project (removing dead pines and ash). We will be making piles along the cart paths and renting a chipper to expedite the removal of all the debris. Tree stumps will be ground by the middle of April.
All of the playing surfaces (greens, tees, and fairways) will be mowed to remove the winter shag the turf has put on during the winter months. As usual, the height of cut on the greens is higher in the spring. We slowly lower it and attain our normal height around May 1st.
We will begin putting out some of the course accessories next week. About half of the ball washers and tee markers will be in place. We will rake all of the bunkers, but detail bunker maintenance will not occur for several weeks.
The driving range will be CLOSED and it will be CART PATH ONLY until further notice. Please observe cart restrictions as a courtesy to your fellow members and to minimize damage to the course.
The bathrooms will be CLOSED at this time. We have to be careful of any freezing temperatures that we may still have. They should be opening in the next several weeks.
Greens aerification is scheduled for Monday, April 4th.
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The grounds crew at Kemper Lakes will be working diligently to get the course in prime playing condition. We’re just as excited to be open for play and look forward to seeing everybody out on the course!
The Crew is back and ready to take on the 2016 golf season!
Greens will officially be open for play this Tuesday, March 15th!