A nice contrast to last weeks windy end to the week with a beautiful autumn day to round the week off. We had the chance over the last couple of days to get the courses cleaned up and pretty much 100% mown and I must say they were looking a treat on Friday afternoon and are a credit to the hard work of the crew. It doesn't look like it will last long though with a strong southerly forecast for tomorrow.
Not much else to report with things going a little quiet without the heavy growth that we had over late summer and early autumn. It's been a good chance to catch up on a lot of little jobs that are moved down the "to do" list when the grass is growing. Trimming valve boxes, distance markers and drains and repainting as necessary has started again this week.
As we move towards winter and no growth, Wednesday and Saturday players in particular will notice the rotation of the daily tee markers. Under the current course rating system the course needs to be set up no more than 100 metres shorter than the rated length to still stay rated so we take the opportunity to move the tees forward as much as possible on normal comp days. If you have a look at the fixture book and see how many days the blue tee blocks will be required in July and August you may work out why we do this.
I saw this on the official PGATour site; Since 2003 the Wells Fargo field is 1,270 under par on the first 15 holes at Quail Hollow. On the final 3 holes the field is ... ... 5,899 over par!!