Who owns river's edge golf course?
River’s Edge Golf Course is owned and operated by the River’s Edge Community Master Association (RECMA). RECMA represents the interests of the more than 500 home owners that surround the golf course. RECMA is an Oregon non-profit corporation, and all profits from the operation of the golf course go toward improvements and added value. Nine homeowners from around the course serve on the RECMA Board. All board meetings are open to the public.
How do I ask a question or offer a suggestion regarding the course?
Simply send an email to email@example.com. Your email will be received by the General Manager, the Superintendent and the Vice President of Golf Course Operations. You can expect a prompt response.
What is the status of the bunkers?
In early July, all the bunkers on the course, with the exception of the grass lined waste bunker on the back side of number five, which was under consideration for removal, have been edged, cleaned, and shaped. The waste bunker will be cleaned, shaped and returned to sand later in July. We ordered lightweight bunker sand from Utah and it will be installed by the end of July.
Are you planning to flood the ponds?
Yes. The ponds are some of the most attractive features of the course. Our plan is to flood hole 3, 9 and 15 in 2022. All of the liners in the ponds were destroyed during the apocalyptic winter of 2017, which causes all the ponds with the exception of 18 to lose water quickly. Pond liner material and earth moving labor has been difficult to secure and so we are 60 days behind our schedule. We still plan to line these holes in 2022.
Other holes like 7, 13, 10, and 11 need to be reshaped agressively to support our Audubon commitment. Each of these holes will see the ponds made more shallow to provide habitate for water fowl. These will be addressed in 2023 and 2024.
What is the plan with the tree trimming that is occurring on the course?
We have a two-year plan to accomplish three goals – reduce unintended barriers to soften play and beautify the course, improve our overall tree life by removing diseased and dead trees, and make the golf course the best fire break possible.
Early in 2022 we met with the Deschutes County Foresters who conducted a wildfire fuels assessment. We are following their guidelines and have hired Central Oregon TreeXperts to do this work.
With all the repairs needed on the golf course why did we buy Toptracer for the range?
The Board’s first priority is to the sustainability of golf based revenue and a profitable business. Toptracer is part of the long-term value add strategy for River’s Edge.
If you follow any of the golfing news and forecasts the current generation of golfers are a blend of golf and entertainment. Over 30% of these “golfers” are non-course golfers. They only hit on the range. We are nationally advertised by Top Golf as the only range in Bend proper to have Toptracer.
Toptracer is a great training aid, but it is also entertainment to support the fastest growing segment of golf — non-course golfers. The interesting thing is that this group considers themselves golfers and they buy equipment, gear, and play a lot.
We anticipate that Toptracer will increase our range revenues by more than 30% making it a highly successful endeavor.
Will there be more community events at the Clubhouse?
Yes. We have seen that the community will respond, and the team is looking for more gathering opportunities in 2022 as well as planning for several events in 2023.
Why Is the golf course turning brown?
The obvious answer is the summer heat, with temperatures spiking into the upper 90s and 100s. The problem is not underwatering. Rather, the problem is uneven watering, and this has several causes. We are at work on solutions to each of them, as explained below.
The irrigation system. Our irrigation system is 28 to 32 years old in places, beyond its anticipated life. Our prior Superintendent Nick Hoisington is to be commended for his work in systematically identifying problems and designing a remedial plan. Our current Superintendent, Paul Meredith, has carried on this work, which involves repairing leaks, monitoring sprinkler head performance, and replacing many of the hundreds of sprinkler heads with better functioning heads to improve water distribution. This year we have already changed out many of these heads, at a cost of over $300 a piece.
Drainage. Unfortunately, the soil underlying the grass is rocky, which causes water to drain into depressions rather than being absorbed where it is applied. This causes wet spots, puddles, soft areas in the fairway, and moss. Solving these problems requires constant monitoring and a balancing act to get more water to the brown spots without over-watering other areas due to run off.
Water Penetration. Because our greens, tees, and fairways had not been aerated for several years prior to our acquisition of the golf course, the water we apply is not used efficiently. The solution is “plugging” or “tining” to allow more water to reach the roots to nourish and sustain the grass. Our team started this process earlier in the year, but the timing of our purchase of the golf course in mid-March limited the progress we could make. The work we were able to do, however, has resulted in obvious improvements.
Catching up. To address these and other issues, we are going to keep seasonal greenkeeping staff on longer this year to work on these important grass and water-related projects, and we will continue the work next year beginning in early Spring. There will be much plugging, tining, and tilling. The greens will undergo repairs, tee areas will be sodded and leveled, and fairways will be aerated. We are also considering solutions for areas that don’t sustain grass well, including improving drainage and adding drip systems to support native plants. This work will beautify the course and help us achieve our goals as an Audubon International course. Your content goes here. Edit or remove this text inline or in the module Content settings. You can also style every aspect of this content in the module Design settings and even apply custom CSS to this text in the module Advanced settings.
What are we doing about the Sage Rats and Rock Chucks?
The sage rats and the rock chucks are an historic issue at River’s Edge. We have been working to trap and remove them all year and believe it or not we have reduced the population.
The sage rats cause the most damage and we started this spring by trying to disrupt their breeding cycle. We did some good, but we are looking at other options to reduce the sage rat population.
Unfortunately the scope of this problem is due to the lack of real effort the past few years. It will take us another couple of years to get this back under control.
We are told that the reason we are seeing all the Rock Chucks is the construction. They are being forced out of their habitat and are migrating to the golf course and our neighborhoods.
What are the local rules for Out-of-Bounds?
The white stakes that line the fairways of River’s Edge define the boundary of the playable golf course. Going out of bounds (OB) is undoubtedly one of the worst possible results for any of our golf shots. But it happens, and these are our local rules recommended for casual play and not for competitions regarding OB.
All areas outside the boundary edge of the course are OB and all areas inside that edge are in-bounds. The boundary edge of the course, as designated by white stakes, extends both up above the ground and down below the ground.
The boundary edge is defined by the direct line from one stake to the next at ground level (excluding angled supports). You are OB if your ball is resting on this imaginary line or outside of it.
If you believe that your ball may have traveled outside the OB boundary, then we encourage you to play a provisional ball to save time and extra penalty. You must announce that you are hitting a provisional ball.
If your original shot is OB, your provisional ball is your ball in play with a one-shot penalty under stroke and distance, and you don’t have to take the time to walk all the way back to the spot of your previous stroke.
However, if you did not hit a provisional ball, and with the permission of your playing partners, follow the new Out of Bounds Penalty Procedure adapted by the R&A and USGA in 2019.
Under this rule, for two penalty strokes, you can estimate the spot where your ball is lost or went out of bounds and then find the nearest fairway edge that is not nearer the hole than the estimated spot. You can drop a ball in the fairway within two club-lengths of that fairway edge point, or anywhere between there and the estimated spot where your ball is lost or went out of bounds.