Guest Author - Letta Meinen
Workers and machines are continuing to progress with the upgrading of the Mill Creek Country Club. I will take you on a picture tour of work being done as hole number one. Hole number one is a par five a long and difficult hole with trees lining both sides. A small ravine must be crossed to get to the green while the green hugs that ravine on the far side of the bank. A very scenic golf hole and observing it being brought back to life is interesting to watch.
We have not been playing this golf hole for over four years since the big flood in 2010. With the new owners of the golf course we can now watch as it is brought back to life. This golf course was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. and the new owners are trying to stay with the design as much as possible. They are making some changes where necessary to improve play and protection from future floods. We know there will be floods as it is inevitable so trying to make the best changes for the most protection of the golf course is necessary.
We start with a view from the tee boxes looking down the fairway. The big machines are doing their thing to ready this fairway. I have heard they may be widening it and align the slope that was there in various places on this fairway.
Driving down the fairway one can notice that the dirt is moved outside the golf cart path. This has puzzled me when I noticed how much they have torn up the tree line between the two golf holes. We never played this as out-of-bounds and had to hit our ball back to the fairway to proceed on towards the first golf hole.
Continuing down the cart path we are nearing the turn off of the cart path to bring us to the first green. Here we see what was burning just more old dead trees and brush.
Now we spot the turn off area which is marked as a way to number 12 in the new format of golf holes. This fairway further down is where they continued to burn dead trees and brush during the past few years, They are now working to clear this area for fairway. They are also clearing out the ravine which carries water down to the creek next to the green on the opposite bank.
I followed the cart path around to the green area and took the above picture looking down to the fairway. More weeds and trees need to be eliminated here along this far side of the banks of the ravine next to the green. This green has been left untouched by the flood so all the work has to be done to upgrade the fairway and ravine area.
When all this work is finished I hope it all looks like the above picture I took several years ago. It was one of my favorite picture of the hard golf hole that makes us say some angry words when we foul up which happens quite often.