Kent’s Korner – Course Stewardship

Summer rains create soft conditions that promote ball marks when shots hit the greens. Please be stewards of the course by practicing good golf etiquette and repairing ball marks. A wise old pro once said, “A good player understands that it is their responsibility to return the course better than when they approached it.” After hitting a good shot into the green, please diligently inspect the green and repair ball marks or indentations in the surface. Freshly made ball marks are easier to repair than pitch marks that remain unattended overnight. When repairing a ball mark, it is best to avoid lifting or prying up on the indention. Insert a ball mark repair tool or tee at the edge of the indention and heal the mark by lightly pressing down and toward the center of the damaged area. Make several successive nudges toward the direction of the incoming shot, and then tap the area down with the heel of your putter. Next time you enjoy the course, encourage your foursome of friends to assist you with tending to ball marks on the greens. Click here for the video on how to properly repair a ball mark.

A ball mark creates a road block for the golf ball


TRX at the Fitness Center

TRX is a full body workout that uses the person’s own body weight as the resistance instead of machines or dumbbells. TRX Suspension Training develops strength, balance, cardiovascular endurance, flexibility and core stability simultaneously. We have eight TRX Suspension Trainer “straps” mounted from the ceiling in our fitness studio. Each student has their own TRX Suspension Trainer to use during the class. There is another mounted at the front of the class for me, your instructor to demonstrate the exercises for you. 

If I had to choose only one training tool to use, I would easily pick the TRX Suspension Trainer because it is a highly portable performance training tool that leverages gravity and the user’s body weight to complete 100s of exercises. You’re in control of how much you want to challenge yourself during each exercise – because you can simply adjust your body position to add or decrease resistance. I really love how the TRX uses so many muscle groups at one time. The beauty of the TRX is that even when an exercise focuses on your upper body, it still recruits your core, glutes and legs to keep your body stable. Plus, the instability of the straps and handles increases the benefits to the muscles you’re targeting.

Advantages of our TRX Suspension Trainer Class:

  • Delivers a fast, effective total-body workout. We hit ALL the muscle groups 
  • Helps build a rock-solid core. You are using your CORE the entire class
  • Increases muscular strength, endurance and flexibility. Good for golf, tennis, good for LIFE!
  • Benefits people of all fitness levels (pro athletes to seniors, class regulars to beginners)
  • By utilizing your own body weight, the TRX Suspension Trainer provides greater performance and functionality than large exercise machines.

We have two TRX classes at the Club. Tuesday mornings at 8:00 and 9:00. The class is easily modified so it’s great for beginners. It may look intimidating to walk into a TRX class for the first time and see the yellow and black straps hanging from the ceiling, but it’s not at all scary! TRX is a lot of fun and I will be there to guide you every step of the way. We start each class with a simple warmup that helps you get the feel for the TRX Suspension Trainer (the straps). The first half hour we do standing exercises that work the entire body, then we get down on the floor for planks and bridges using the TRX. We spend the last 10 minutes stretching. TRX is a great class and we hope you will join us!

Jessica Haynes

Personal Trainer

Kent’s Korner – July 5, 2019

When Johnny Miller retired from the NBC telecast in February, greenskeepers around the globe had hoped the term “grain” would fade into obscurity. While the term is generally overused to describe missed putts, it can be an accurate way to describe the lateral growth habit produced by ultra-dwarf bermudagrasses. If left unattended, these stems grow in abundance down slopes creating an obvious surface pattern. While playing either of the courses at Colleton River, from time to time, you may notice small parallel lines running across the green’s surfaces. The fine lines evident on the putting surfaces are a result of recent verticutting/grooming procedures. Rather than cutting on a horizontal plane like a normal mower, these cutting units rotate vertically into the turf surface. Set slightly below the height of cut, these blades penetrate the turf, severing stolons (plant shoots along the surface) and thinning the leaf canopy. Following the grooming, we topdress the greens to fill any voids and further smooth the playing surface. These cultivation techniques optimize putting quality, reduce grain, promote an upright growth habit, alleviate spongy surface conditions, and enhance surface smoothness. Immediately following this process, the greens may slow down slightly and appear scarred from the disruption. These procedures are normally completed during course closures, and in approximately seven to ten days following the process the greens will be smoother, faster, and firmer. We hope everyone enjoys Colleton River Club over the holiday weekend, and I hope to see you on the course.

Grooming short term disruption for long term gains