Happy April JBER Golfers,
What a great start to spring. The very warm and sunny March has everyone chomping at the bit to get on the golf course and dust off the clubs. We are just as anxious to get the courses open, but it’s actively snowing here. Moose Run is usually the last course to thaw out in the Anchorage bowl. Due to our location, we have a lot of north facing slopes and it usually takes an extra week or two before we’re up and running. Last year the Creek opened on May 10th & the Hill opened on May 18th. Our earliest target date to open the range and Creek course will be May 1st, the Hill course will follow a few days after.
The proshop is fully stocked with new clubs, balls, men’s and women’s apparel & accessories. There are new items available this year we didn’t have last year; Alaska themed head covers from Daphne’s Headcovers, Precision Pro range finders, Travis Mathews apparel, Croft & Andrews American Flag Shirts (limited quantity and will go fast), Moose Run novelty tee shirts, Moose Run logo belts (limited quantity and will go fast), TaylorMade M5 & M6 trail sets & Titleist 718 AP1, AP2 trial sets.
I’m excited to announce a new addition to Moose Run Golf Course. We have added Fling Golf. Its a lacrosse style way to golf that is easy to learn and fun to play. Check out the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVDUq1Rqd10. We purchased 8 sticks to start and we will rent them for the round, $10 for Military and $15 for Civilians. If it takes off we will bring in more.
The new tournament pavilion will be complete and ready for our first tournament.
Cart paths for the Hill Course are under contract and scheduled to be completed this summer.
We are very excited about this season and hopeful for a warm sunny summer. I will see you all in a few weeks!
Superintendents Snapshot Jacob Seabolt, GCSAA
The Moose Run Maintenance team is looking forward to another fantastic golfing season. The unseasonably warm temperatures have really helped the greens come out of dormancy and will allow us to start some much needed maintenance tasks. In the upcoming weeks we will be aerating the Hill Course greens with 3/8” hollow coring tines at a 2” spacing followed by a closely spaced verti-cut to prepare for a seed bed. Finally we will be over seeding with a heavy top-dress then rolled and covered.
On the Creek Course greens we will be using a ¾” solid venting tine followed by an aggressive verti-cut for seed bed and thatch removal, heavy top-dress then rolled and covered.
The Creek Course is nearly two decades old and with an aging golf course there are many challenges. One of our biggest issues is encroaching Willow shrubs and young Cottonwoods trees around the greens and T-boxes. This winter and into the spring we have been working hard on some specific areas (#5 green and #6 T-box) to open these areas up and not to be closed in. Not only does this give a spacious feel, it also allows for better air movement and sunlight to provide a more quality playing surface.
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