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Crofton Golf Course Update

Crofton Country Club General Manager Ryan Doerr recently updated members on progress of the golf course renovation, and he authorized me to share his letter with other Crofton residents.  Thank you, Ryan.

Golf Course Fairway Project Update

CCC - 6th FairwayWho would have thought that we would have experienced three back to back years of record breaking heat and humidity.  This last stretch over the past 6-8 weeks has been a tough one.  This year not only did we have long stretches of high heat (25 of 31 days above 95 degrees  in July alone), but we also had drought conditions in the beginning of our hot summer.  The good news is, each year we have gotten better and better at managing the record breaking heat and strengthening our turf.  We can see a few reminders in our fairways as to why we are changing our turf from bent to Zeon.  There are some areas where the bent has died and you can see the Zeon has either filled in completely or you can see it growing in.

We are about halfway through our fairway conversion, 65 days have passed since we started the project and the Zeon Zoysia sprigs are between 45-60% depending on the areas.  Our goal was to be about 90% at 90 days (end of August) and for the large majority of the course we are right on schedule.  There are two holes that have a few thin areas that the sprigs did not take as well.  This can happen for a variety of reasons and is typical when you do a project of this magnitude.  Beginning Monday, August 6, we are scheduled to re-sprig the fairway on 11 and spot sprig some areas on 10, 13 and 16 as well as sod the landing area at the top of the hill on 10.

Greens Health

For the second consecutive summer, our greens have shown great health through the tough summer stress.  The heavy rains in the middle of July led to some breakthrough of Pythium on the Putting Green and #16, as well as, some small areas to a handful of other greens.  We caught and treated it quickly.  Pythium has the ability to take out healthy greens in a single night and our minor damage will heal in the next few weeks. 

The wet weather also slowed our greens’ speed in July.  We use less aggressive cutting units for July and early August which make it tough to get speeds back up.  The good news is our greens are healthy enough to be groomed back to normal conditions as soon as the high temperatures break in early August.  We will be able to use our aggressive rollers and verticut units to increase green speed by mid-August, barring a late season heat wave.  Assuming the forecast stays true, we will begin tightening them up sometime in the next week or so.

Roughs and Green Surrounds

The weed control has been much improved which is expected since we are now in our 5th season of heavy pre-emergent controls which get better with time.   Although it is better than past years, we did experience some goose grass outbreak in certain areas and we continue to pull it as we see it pop up .

We did catch some disease in 5 or 6 of the green surrounds.  We do have a lot of work to do to get the rough to recover from the summer heat; however, we will not be spending any time this year seeding fairways which is key.  Our seed order has been placed, along with the starter fertilizer.  We will be ready to start over seeding the roughs and surrounds in late August.  We have purchased a very high quality grass seed for the roughs and surrounds.  This variety is more draught tolerant, should similar conditions return (which in Maryland is almost a certainty). 

We are currently fertilizing the rough we have now too beef it up. In addition to the fairway conversion, the strengthening of our roughs and surrounds are also being improved though aggressive over seeding, improved fertility, and reallocation of resources now available with our new fairways. 

We continue to make progress in delivering a more consistent and quality golf experience.  Although the peak heat torture of June and July has stressed our course, we are in far better position for recovery than ever before and in better condition than several other clubs in the area.   When you look at our greens, and fairways compared to past years, and consider that this was the hottest summer on record, it is great to see that our plan is working.  We continue to stay committed to this massive undertaking and look forward to see the evolution of the greens, fairways and roughs over the next weeks and months. 

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If you don’t belong to Crofton Country Club, why not? 

A social membership is only $186 per quarter for access to the pool and clubhouse, after a minimal initiation fee.  Attending the free monthly member mixer and appreciation event is a great way to get to know your neighbors. There’s never been a better chef at Crofton Country Club, and the food is excellent –  whether you’re ordering dinner for two in the Dorsey Room, stopping for a cold drink on the way home from work, or enjoying a special event on New Year’s Eve, Valentine Day, Mother’s Day, Easter, etc. 

If you’re interested in more information, contact Traci Denhart at Crofton Country Club, and tell her I’m your sponsoring member.  410–721–3111.

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Military Retirees Face Deadline for Health Care Option

MedicalMany military retirees live in the greater Crofton area, so I think it’s important to make sure they’re aware of imminent changes to healthcare options.  If you know any military retirees, please share this information with them as soon as possible, while they can still make an informed decision about their medical future.

The Johns Hopkins US Family Health Plan is currently a TRICARE Prime option for military beneficiaries of all ages. Recent changes to the Department of Defense budget has resulted in legislation to change this, however. The effective date is August 20, 2012.

“Anyone whose application for enrollment in US Family Health Plan is received after August 20 of this year will be required to exit the plan when they turn 65,” according to the USFHP Johns Hopkins website.

“This means beneficiaries would not have the choice of US Family Health Plan when they turn 65. Current members and those who apply for enrollment prior to August 20, 2012 will be grandfathered and allowed to remain regardless of age. However, beneficiaries who enroll after the new rules take affect will be forced to leave the plan when they turn 65.”

You can view a 7–minute video on the Johns Hopkins/USFHP website for more information. 

My husband is one of several Crofton residents who have the privilege of presenting healthcare options to military personnel and retirees at various installations throughout the region, so I guess you could say I have the “inside scoop” on this topic.  This is what Larry tells me:

1.  If you are over 65 now, you can still enroll in USFHP before August 20, 2012.

2.  If you are currently under 65, you can enroll now and when you turn 65 you would be able to stay in the plan since you enrolled before the policy change.

3.  If you are currently a USFHP member, you do not need to change or do anything because you will be grandfathered in and allowed to remain a member for life!

If you know anyone who is retired military, the eligible surviving spouse of a military retiree, or the spouse of a current active duty member, please encourage them to visit the Johns Hopkins/USFHP website for more information.  If they have trouble getting through on the phone, and have questions, call me for contact information of three Crofton residents who can help them.  (They don’t work on commission, they just provide information.)

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July 4 Fireworks near Crofton MD

Fort Meade:  Noon to 10:30 p.m. at McGlachlin Parade Field. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Open to the public.

Music, food, games, train and pony rides, inflatables and fireworks. Children’s rides are free beginning at noon. A DJ will perform from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. The band “New Monopoly” will perform from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Food and beverages will be available for purchase by a variety of vendors. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. The rain date for fireworks only is Tuesday, July 5.

FireworksThis is our favorite!  There’s nothing quite like celebrating our nation’s independence while surrounded by the brave military who protect it for us with boots on the ground.

Allen Pond: 3 to 10 p.m. at Allen Pond in Bowie.  Food and drinks will be on sale throughout the Park beginning at 3 p.m.  Excellent viewing locations and concessions are available on both the Northview Drive and the Mitchellville Road sides of the park.  Grills are permitted in designated areas only. The rain date for fireworks only is Tuesday, July 5th. For more information, call 301-809-3011.  

Click here for a guide to traffic and parking in Bowie on July 4.

Annapolis:  Parade at 6:30 p.m. –  Stepping off at 6:30 p.m. the parade begins on Amos Garrett Blvd., and then proceeds right on West Street, around Church Circle, down Main Street, left on Randall Street, and ends in front of the Market House. Anywhere along the parade route will provide a good view of the parade.

USNA Band Concert at 8:00 p.m. to dark at the City Dock.

Fireworks: At approximately 9:15 p.m., the fireworks will be launched from a barge in Annapolis Harbor. The best viewing areas include public spaces Northeast of the Severn River, along the Naval Academy Bridge (limited parking area), any of the street-end parks facing Spa Creek, and aboard a boat in the Annapolis harbor.

Parking: The Park Place Garage, Knighton Garage, or the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium are recommended. 

Baltimore Harbor: 4–10 p.m.  Live entertainment at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater, Pratt and Light Streets, including the USNA Band Electric Brigade at 7 p.m.  Fireworks at 9:30 p.m., choreographed to pop and patriotic music.  Prime locations for viewing include the Inner Harbor, Federal Hill, Fell’s Point and Harbor East. 

If you want to avoid traffic and parking woes downtown, consider taking the light rail from BWI.

Washington Mall: All day, beginning with a parade along Constitution Avenue at 11:45 a.m. and concluding with fireworks at dark, approximately 9:30 p.m.  LOTS of activities throughout the city…

Music:  The U.S. Navy Band will perform on the Southwest corner of the Washginton Monument grounds, from 6–9 p.m. A Capitol Fourth Concert will take place on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol from 8–9:30 p.m.

Smithsonial Folklife Festival from 11 a.m.–5 p.m., with everything from music and dance performances to cooking demonstrations, storytelling, and more.  Unfolding the AIDS Memorial Quilt.

White House Vicitor Center, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. offers crafts, games and other activities.

National Archives, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Performances by the U.S. Army Fife and Drum Corps, patriotic music, a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence by historical reenactors, and free family activities and entertainment for all ages.

Take the Metro from New Carrollton to avoid to avoid traffic and parking issues in D.C.

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Crofton Country Club Golf Course Re-Opens

Neighbors of the championship golf course at Crofton Country Club have been asking, “What’s going on?” for the past month, as they’ve watched busy workers replace golfers on the fairways.  The answer:  a comprehensive renovation of the golf course and conversion to Zeon Zoysia turf.

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The golf course re-opened for limited play very quickly, but Wednesday marked the grand re-opening for full play by Crofton Country Club members, with slightly modified rules that were distributed to golfers. Reciprocal arrangements with other clubs remain in effect through the end of June, however, if members prefer to wait until the new growth is a little farther along.

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Ryan Doer, Crofton Country General Manager, indicates that work will continue on the course throughout the summer and playing conditions are expected to improve each week.

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Crofton Artist featured in Annapolis

Did you know we have a talented and renowned artist in Crofton?  If not, perhaps that’s due to the fact that she uses the name “Roseanne Colvard” professionally – in the community, we know her as Roseanne Thiel.

Roseanne is the featured artist of the month, from June 9 to July 11, at Ristorante Piccola Roma in Annapolis, with a show titled Reflection of Life.

Roseanne Thiel

Show your support for a local artist and discover this delightful restaurant by attending a reception on Wednesday, June 20, at Ristorante Piccola Roma, 200 Main Street in Annapolis.  Cocktails will be served at 5:30, followed by dinner 6:30-8:30.  Enjoy a signature drink inspired by Roseanne’s art, and discover for yourself your Crofton neighbor’s amazing talent.

Posted originally to CroftonVillageGardenClub.com

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