By Golf Superintendent Ben Larsen
This week we started the process of removing the red, white, blue and yellow fairway yardage discs. Prior to the removal, many of the discs were original and in disrepair. So, a decision had to be made; replace all discs with a high cost and continual upkeep (edging, cleaning and replacement) or remove all discs completely and use the freed labor towards other course improvements. In the end, the Grounds Committee agreed to part ways with the fairway discs.
When the discs were installed 20+ years ago, that is all the golf industry had for yardage indication. Since then, modern day technology (GPS, lasers, apps, range finders w/prisms, yardage books) offer golfers all the information they need to know distance from the pin or any object on the course. Not to mention, we are a private club and most members have their distances down pat.
Of course, we would not take something away without adding something in its place. We will be adding more yardages to the sprinklers (seen above) and cart paths throughout the course. Look for these additions this year.