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Getting set 'fore' golf season

April 05, 2019 05:06 PM

GLENMONT – Tony Rappazzo, who oversees Hidden Meadows Golf Course, an executive course just south of the Port of Albany, spent his winter building a new bar and sub shop. When he first took a look at his greens this spring, he noticed a lot of damage from voles and other rodents. As a result, the course won't open for another couple of weeks.

"Mother Nature's a fickle thing, so you never know what you're going to wake up to in the spring," Rappazzo said.

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The course is entering its 10th season.

Across town, Colonial Acres executive course is now closed. The town of Bethlehem couldn't maintain it and its PGA pro recently retired. It will remain a park and the Disc Golf targets will remain up, but it will not be open for play.

Meantime, at Mohawk Golf Club in Niskayuna, the grounds crew is working to get the course ready for a soft opening on Saturday.

"Even though it was a pretty tough winter, it's pretty exciting to come out and not really have a blemish out there right now so everything is still kind of a little bit dormant, but every day they're kind of waking up a little bit," said superintendent Andy Eick.

He says it's all about water movement to save his greens.

“We added a couple of sod channels in front of a couple of greens, put some impermeable covers down on a few greens to not allow any snow, water anything to kind of go through. Did a heavy top dressing in the fall to kind of protect the plants."

And if you're not quite ready to play, you can watch. On NewsChannel 13 and NBC Sports, coverage on Saturday of the first ever Augusta National Women's Amateur at iconic Augusta National Golf Club. The first two rounds were played at nearby Champions Retreat near Augusta, GA. The top 30 players are in the final round.

Then on Sunday, it's the sixth annual Drive, Chip & Putt Finals on Golf Channel and NBC. It's played at Augusta National.

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