To quote the famous Bob Dylan song would be an understatement at San Pedro these days. Over the past few weeks, the entire golf course and driving range was sprayed with round-up in an effort to help with the removal of the turf. Not surprisingly, the turf sure is easier to kill than grow! The driving range was completely clean picked – and when I mean clean picked, I mean we found golf balls with Joe Conrad’s name on them. I’m quite certain we missed a few thousand more balls buried under the silt layers from the many, many, many floods over the years. The old benches, awnings, and signage were removed from the course which now looks like a bare, West Texas ranch in August. Our friends from the City Arborists office moved a beautiful Burr Oak in preparation for the new sight lines on the re-routed Par 3 course. Renowned Houston-based architect Jeff Blume has put his finishing touches on the design of the new course changes and our construction crew, VM Services, is finishing up final permits before the dozers get ready to rumble. The face lift is under way in which Joe Conrad would be proud.
In the meantime, we’re hard at work finishing up the final touches on the clubhouse design and working through the proper foot-candle ratio for the lighting of the facility. Foot-candle you ask? Let’s just say Bubba Watson would be able to see his drives land on the back of the range with the new lighting we’re installing!
As I write this blog, I feel a sense of sadness for Javi, slim, Wee Willie, Jo Jo and the rest of the gaggle* who we’re displacing from their daily putting (and bench sitting) routine. Perhaps my remorse is misguided in that we’re bound to receive some angry calls from their wives instead. Fear not, men, we’ll be open later this fall, and the putting green will be a lot better – and the beer will be even colder!
Until next time,
The Alamo City Golf Trail
*Fictitious names used to protect the innocent.
Editor’s Note: Joe Conrad was the 1955 British Amateur Champion, Texas Golf Hall of Fame Inductee in 1979 and former owner/operator of the 19th Hole Golf Center (Currently San Pedro Driving Range and Par 3).