Saturday, April 3, 2010

Elevation and Orientation

The golf course is beginning to green up for the season and it is amazing how varied the green up process is throughout the course. We have areas on the course right now that are green, while other aren't even close to greening up.

This is largely due to two factors; elevation and orientation. The golf course has more than 600 feet of elevation change throughout which creates numerous micro climates. The other factors would be orientation and shading from trees.

Some of the best examples of this can be found on our first and eight hole. These two holes have the complete opposite orientation, the first hole faces north while the eight faces south. Elevation the first hole is at 6600 feet and the eight is at 6200 feet.

The following pictures best describe these effects on the spring green up process.

The First Hole

The Eight Hole