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As The Palmer Course at Stonewall Resort closes for the 2016 golf season I would like to thank all of our Daily and Resort Guests for their support during the past seven months. The 2016 golf season was like no other.
“A very wet spring, which did not allow proper root development and maturation heading in to summer. Once the summer got hot, it got very hot. When it rained, it often rained too much. There were record temperatures, record rain events, and extremely high humidity all summer long. Such a summer is akin to asking a human who is suffering heat stroke to stick their head in a plastic bag and survive for an extended period with very limited oxygen.” (GCSAA Golf Course Notification, August 2016).
With the conditions listed above, we struggled to provide the expected playing conditions of our guests and our Professional Staff. The putting greens at holes 9, 12 and 14 were closed for the season on September 8th and reseeded at that time. In October additional drainage systems were installed in these putting green complexes. Furthermore, the high temperatures and humidity levels made playing golf very uncomfortable for most of us during a large portion of the summer golf season.
The good news is that these putting greens have almost fully recovered and will be in excellent condition for opening day April 1, 2017! In addition, worn areas around green perimeters along with green approach and collar areas have been re-sodded this fall and will be fully recovered for the 2017 opening of the course. The knockout blow that Mother Nature gave us during July through mid-September was replaced with excellent growing conditions in October. We anticipate the golf course going into the winter of 2016-17 being in the best condition ever!
We also look forward to celebrating the 15th anniversary of the opening of The Palmer Course in 2017. We are planning a season long celebration of the life of Arnold Palmer to coincide with this anniversary celebration culminating with a “Birthday Celebration for Mr. Palmer” on Sunday, September 10th. This would have been Mr. Palmer’s 88th birthday!
Our Palmer Club Memberships are currently available for the 2017 golf season. Please contact me at the Golf Shop (304-269-8886) or by email for information on our membership program or for information. The 2017 Palmer Card is also be available calling me at the Golf Shop, emailing me or visiting our Christmas Shoppe. This is a tremendous value for golf at The Palmer Course for 2017 offering 2 rounds of golf ($75 per round) and a $50 gift card!
Again thank you for your support during 2016 and all the way back to June 1, 2002. I look forward to seeing all of our golfers again in the spring of 2017 as we kick off a great celebration of golf at Stonewall Resort.