Willow Oaks Country Club Golf Course Updates

Our goal is to keep the membership informed about projects, agronomic practices, and upcoming events on the golf course.


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Air Movement and Fan Video

I took this video to show the efficacy and performance of our new Turf Breeze portable 50" Fan.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

River Update

The golf course received just over 2.5" on Friday and is really in pretty good shape as of 6:00 a.m. Saturday morning.  The bunkers will need to be repaired and players should expect the course to be saturated for the next few days.  Our team is already hard at work to get the course back together for play.  The entire course is passable with only minimal interior flooding.  As the course drains, this could get worse but as of right now, all cart paths and bridges are passable.

The newest river forecast is very promising as well.  As of last night, the river was forecast to reach 17 feet which is well about our banks.  This morning, forecasts have changed for the better and the river looks to crest at 10.3 feet, well under the banks here at Willow Oaks.  We were prepared for the worst but seem to have made it through rather unscathed.  I look forward to a beautiful October.

Have a great weekend,

Jordan Booth, CGCS

The latest river forecast projects the river to crest at only 10.3 feet.  Rain is still falling west of Richmond.  In our experiences, these forecasts are most reliable once the rain has stopped falling.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Weather Forecasts

In the last week, the course has received 3.25" of rain as of 10:30 a.m. Friday, October 2.  Between 1-4" is currently forecast to fall on the course over the next 72 hours.  To say the least, the course is very saturated.  Precautions have been put into place to protect as many physical course assets as possible.  Power has been turned off, irrigation components secured, golf course amenities removed and even the fan on #7 has been brought in.  During the flood of January 2010, the river rose to 18.10' and the seventh green complex was under water.  The current forecast and most up to date, projects the river to crest near 17 feet on Sunday.  To put things in perspective, during the flood of 2010, holes 3-8 and 15-17 were all covered in water to some degree and 18 bunkers had to be renovated.   

The course begins to take on water around 15 feet.  That threshold is expected to be breached late Saturday.  Our team is doing everything we can to protect the course and the club's assets but we cannot keep the river within its banks.  If the course does flood, we will keep the membership up to date on damage and begin work as soon as possible to get back to normal.  In the meantime, our team will be assessing the golf course Saturday morning and we hope to mow greens and begin bunker repairs. 

The good news is that Hurricane Joaquin is projected to stay off shore with minimal impact to Richmond.  Please stay safe this weekend.

Jordan Booth, CGCS

This graph is from 10:30 a.m. on Friday, October 2.  We begin to take on water at 15 feet.  The most up to date forecast can be found here:

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