Las Campanas Golf Update

As noted in our golf update a week ago, the director of golf at Las Campanas wants to make sure you are aware of the operation’s winter schedule and the decisions that were made regarding the course, access, and the Las Campanas golf shop schedule over the winter months.

Winter Schedule
Beginning December 1st, please make note of the following:

  • The Las Campanas golf shop will be open from 9-5 Wednesday through Sunday. These will be the only days we can ensure access to your clubs over the winter.
  • The front loop (Holes 1-6 and 16-18) of Sunset along with the back 9 of Sunrise will be open from December 1 to March 31. The remaining holes will be closed to play.
  • The first tee time each day, weather permitting, is 10:00 am. As a general rule, the course will not open until the temperature reaches 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
    (On Mondays and Tuesdays we do allow walking, a sign will be posted on the first tee of both nine holes indicating if the course is open/closed)

The Driving Range
The Las Campanas driving range will open, weather permitting, at 10:00 am each day for the remainder of the winter. All play on the range will move to the back tee beginning December 1st.

Cart Traffic
In order to protect the turf from damage, golf carts will be restricted to the cart path only in the coming weeks (we will get you an exact date once the weather and conditions make it necessary) and will remain on the paths until early spring. This rule will be strictly enforced; adhering to it goes a long way to ensuring the course is in top form heading into next summer. Thank you for your understanding.

Temporary Greens
As many of you are aware, and in lock step with the best practices supported by the U.S.G.A., we are going to be utilizing temporary greens again this winter, beginning December 1st.

Moving to temporary greens allows us to protect the regulation greens from the harshness of winter. In the coming weeks, we will be applying a heavy dose of sand to the greens which will in effect “bury” them from the extreme temperatures (and the potential of desiccation) we will experience over the next 3-4 months. In addition to applying a heavy dose of sand, there will be several areas (those which are most vulnerable to the elements) which will be tarped. Keeping traffic off of them and the elimination of ball marks furthers their ability to recover properly heading into next spring.

One of the main reasons the greens were so good this year was due to our implementing this strategy last winter. Thank you in advance for your understanding and support.

The Las Campanas staff hopes to see many of you at The Club at Las Campanas over the coming months.  We are looking forward to our golf trips to Albuquerque over the winter which begin in January, our Black Friday (November 23rd) and Balloon (December 19th) sales, and we are hard at work planning for the 2013 season.

Please let me know if you have any questions, concerns or feedback our way.

With best wishes,

Jason Epstein
Golf Professional
The Club at Las Campanas