Greens starting to recover at Frear Park after overfertilization

August 10, 2017 06:58 PM

TROY - Five greens at the usually beautiful city-owned Frear Park municipal course have some issues. Patches of dead grass give putters some unexpected difficulties in getting the ball in the hole.

"These issues stemmed from overfertilization," said John Salka, Troy Deputy Director of Public Information.

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There are 47,000 rounds are played on the more than 200 acre course every year. Around $1.5 million went into an irrigation system just two years ago.

Frear Park is usually a money maker for the city. There weren't numbers available on how this season is going. However, NewsChannel 13 has learned the Rensselaer County men's amateur tournament already pushed its event back a month to October.

Responding to a report question, Salka said it was a combination of weather, a lack of staff knowledge, and a staff shortage that caused the issues. 

The city noticed the problem five weeks ago and brought in outside golf course experts to work on a fix.

Councilman Jim Gulli says he plays the course all the time. He says it was great in the beginning of the season. Then came the rain.

"A lot of rain and a lot of inclement weather. When that occurs, there has to be some transition of the methodology of the way you take care of a course and get it ready for summer," said Gulli.

Gulli says the greens are starting to come back already, but there needs to be more than the four or five on staff.

"I can't say we have the money, I can tell you that we need to find the money and we need to do the right thing, because the investment we make in that course can come back to us two fold," said Gulli. "It's going to take someone with a good amount of experience and talent that has worked an entire golf course and works with an entire crew to create the course that we want in the future."

Salka says the mayor's office is looking at all options to get more workers at the course, fix the problem, and make sure it doesn't happen again.

Gulli says the greens are coming back now. However, he thinks it will still be four or five weeks until they're back to normal.


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