As the last couple of winters have come and gone we saw that our plans for success yesterday were no longer relevant to the winters of today. Two of the past three winters wrecked extreme havoc on the putting surfaces. We have built our brand on “Enhancing Your Experience” and with the results of those winters we decided that our methods were past due for change. We took the steps to devise a plan and implemented those changes this fall.
We chose a closing date in order to provide the time necessary to get the resources in place to give us a chance to protect the putting greens from a majority of the obstacles mother earth can deliver on any given winter. We feel confident that we have a much better chance, moving forward, to defend the short grass from the winter’s wrath.
We invested heavily and now have three layers of protection on the top of all 21 greens. We have air flow systems in place to move air if we are capped in ice, we have insulation if there is no snow, we have solid impermeable covers if it decides to rain or the snow melts, and we have sand and railroad ties if the wind blows.
The bottom line is we have seen many issues over the years and we have decided if we are going to give you an“Enhanced Experience” we have a responsibility to do everything we can to protect the greens over the 7 months of winter. We believe that we have crossed every t and dotted every i.
It is our hope that come April you are going to have a much longer golfing season on much better putting greens. If that is the case all the time and effort used in the spring to fix the greens will allow us to focus those resources on other aspects of the facility to further “Enhance Your Experience.”
Message from our GM
Thank You for a tremendous golfing season here at Settlers Bay. The challenges were prevalent. We started with all the greens needing CPR from the wreck of the past winter. We were limited on help from all the economic forces in play in today’s economy. We had supply chain issues on the supplier and the delivery side too. In the end we were not perfect every day, however, we tried the best we could with the resources we had. We gave a tremendous effort to work around all these issues and at the end of the season you were still with us. We look forward to the off season and reviving our ideas and processes to make the future brighter here at Settlers Bay. We will have concerts again, restaurant hours will become consistent again and we believe the greens will come out of the winter greener than the past. Bringing joy to family, friends, & business associates along with opportunities to our community’s non-profits is WHY we do what we do.
Thanks again for sticking with us in 2021, enjoy your winter, and we look forward to your warm smiles in the spring of 2022.
Partner/GM/Superintendent of Golf Course Operations
Settlers Bay Golf Course
7307 S. Frontier Dr, Wasilla, AK 99654
(907) 376-5466 www.settlersbay.com