Important News

Litchfield Country Club was designed by a Scotsman by the name of R.D. Pyrde. He coached the golf team at Yale, designed and patented golf clubs, and designed courses in Connecticut and Massachusetts. He made a significant impact on the game of golf in Connecticut and is enshrined in the Connecticut CSGA Hall of Fame.

Invariably he routed the course around some of the majestic elms that were on the course at that time. This photo dates back to the 1930s.

99% of those elms eventually succumbed to Dutch Elm Disease.  One lone survivor has remained on the 2nd tee. 

Late last fall I noticed that the main leader was hanging a bit lower than it had in past.  I inspected it this spring and the leader has dropped even more. 

The elm was inspected by Keith Cudworth of WMF.  The elm has been slowly rotting for the last 25 years and he recommended that it should be removed.  He also recommended that for safety and liability reasons no one enter the roped off area.  This recommendation was confirmed by a Arborist yesterday who inspected the Elm.

The blue tee will be closed until the tree is removed.  Please don't enter the roped off area.  Due to saturated soil conditions it will be a few weeks before equipment can traverse down the fairway and remove the tree. 

This is a one of  my favorite trees on the course and im very upset that it has to come down.

Course conditions are very poor at the moment.  This is the worst opening conditions in my tenure.  Our goal this week is to continue cleaning the course, fix bunker wash outs, and with any luck start to mow fairways.

Id also like to apologize for the drainage pipe on 8 to 9 tees.  This just happened with the torrential downpour that we experienced earlier this week.  It is another unexpected curveball Ive had to manage this week.  Stone was delivered this morning and we will re set the pipe and pack with gravel.  Sorry again for the inconvenience and thanks for understanding.


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