Back (Nine) Stories: If you build it, they will come … to Penny Branch – SC Insiders Travel Blog

Bob Gillespie & Perry Baker recently spent a Sunday afternoon at Penny Branch Club.  Here is the article that Bob wrote:  Back (Nine) Stories: If you build it, they will come … to Penny Branch – SC Insiders Travel Blog.  It is featured on the Golf page of DiscoverSouthCarolina.com.  Many, many thanks to Bob for this great article!  We’ll let you know when Perry’s video is available for viewing.

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Christmas!

Wow!  It’s been quite a while since we’ve posted anything on here.  We’ve been busy taking care of our beautiful golf course!  Since the last post, Jamie has gone on maternity leave and is already back at work!  She welcomed a beautiful baby girl in late September.  Kita has accepted a job as a surgical technician in Savannah, so she’s only around on Sundays until the end of the year.  We’re really going to miss Kita and hope that she’ll be visiting often.  Bootsie has been keeping things going for us in the pro shop and has done a great job.  Nancy has re-joined the crew at Penny Branch – she filled in for Jamie and she’s still around on the weekends and a few weekdays.  Sam has taken over as mechanic and is on the maintenance crew and Jason is making sure everything is completed properly on the golf course. 

Now that we’ve caught up on the news, here’s what we’ve got going right now.  From December 13th until December 22nd, 2012, you can purchase a gift certificate for $120 and only pay $100.  Yes, that’s right, we’re giving you $20 extra dollars to spend at Penny Branch.  It can be used on golf, on food & beverages, on golf balls, on clothing, etc.  And it makes a fabulous Christmas present.  If you’d like to take advantage of this offer, please click here to purchase your gift certificates.  

We hope you’re doing well and that your Christmas preparations are coming along nicely.  And we hope to see you over the Christmas holidays!

Grass

We’re excited that Penny Branch is coming back with a vengeance!  The Bermuda grass is LOVING the extreme heat – yes, there is a good side to the summer temperatures 🙂 – and it’s in rapid growth mode.  As a matter of fact, the greens are rolling better than they have in quite a while!  Even the two holes (#1 & #11) which have been a huge headache for us this year are looking good.  The bunkers are being consistently maintained and the fairways are being mowed with extra care.  Not even the strong storm that we had last week was able to stop the momentum at Penny Branch.  Kudos to our maintenance crew for doing such a good job under the tough South Carolina sun.

We’re planning some special events over the next few months to showcase the golf course.  Be on the lookout for information about these events.  You can get this information via our club newsletter or on our Facebook page. 

If you’re at the golf course and you see Keith Lucas (our new superintendent),

please take the time to thank him for what he’s accomplishing.  He’s been instrumental in the changes on the golf course and he deserves the credit.  We’re very glad he’s a part of Penny Branch Club.

New faces

You’ll notice a few new faces at the golf course.  Please take the time to welcome Belinda McCoy, Cody DeWitt, Michael Wolverton, and Keith Lucas.  Belinda teaches school and is helping out in the pro shop for the summer.  Cody has just graduated from high school and will be attending Midlands Tech in the fall.  Michael (yes, Michael is Wendy’s son) has just graduated from the University of South Carolina (Go Gamecocks!) and is planning to attend grad school in the fall.  Keith is taking over as superintendent at Penny Branch.  He has a degree in horticulture from Clemson and is going to get our greens back to Penny Branch greatness!  Keith won’t be super visible at Penny Branch…he’s here very early and very late in the day…but his work will be evident.  Great things are happening at Penny Branch!

Greenskeeping

June has arrived.  The month started off in a mild manner, then came the rains, and now we have the heat.  That’s good news for those of us in the golf business.  Heat means that Bermuda grass is growing, which makes all of us happy.  Most of the greens are recovering nicely from damage over the winter/early spring.  There are still some issues with a few of the greens, but these issues are being addressed aggressively and we’re looking forward to soon being able to tell you that Penny Branch greens are back.  We greatly appreciate your patience and loyalty as we work diligently to provide you with a great golf course.

On that note, you will notice that the maintenance crew is working painstakingly to keep up with the rapid growth of the grass on the fairways and roughs.  We’re in the process of pruning some limbs that have been impeding your golf carts and, in a couple of cases, interfering with your tee shots.  And we’re focusing on cleaning up the sand traps.  The weedeaters are out in full force! 

Visit Penny Branch and see what’s happening.  No houses, no development….just nature and golf….

Good things….

Good things are happening at Penny Branch.  The greens are looking better and should be back to Penny Branch standards within a month or so.  We’ve had two good tournaments over the last month – The Patriot Spring Blast and the Thomas Heyward Rebel Cup.  And we’ve enjoyed being the home course for three local high school teams.  We’ve been busy but not busy enough!  If you know of any groups or businesses that are planning a golf outing, please suggest Penny Branch.  And stay tuned for more good news from your favorite golf course!  

Spring is in the air!

Well, here we are in April and it already feels like summer. In the business of golf, you are always at the mercy of the weather. Sometimes it’s good and sometimes it’s bad. With these crazy weather patterns we have experienced, the grass doesn’t even know what to do. As most of you know, we decided not to overseed the greens this year due to a resistant strain of Poa Annua which was extremely difficult to control with conventional chemicals. If we had overseeded the greens, it would have been almost impossible to control and allow for good putting surfaces.  The practice of not overseeding the greens usually allows for a smoother transition to full Bermuda grass greens. Unfortunately, there is always a transition period. This year was no exception. The extremely mild winter coupled with an outbreak of several difficult to prevent and control diseases created an undesirable transition. Working with Dr. Martin of Clemson University, we were able to identify and treat the pathogens and are well on our way to full recovery. This, coupled with a lot of TLC, has allowed the greens to recover rapidly, back to the standard that we strive for. The greens will be Penny Branch fast for the tournament this weekend.   This being said, thank you for your support.  We look forward to seeing you on the links. Image