A series of groundskeeping mistakes damaged the greens at the Ross Bridge Course in Hoover, Ala., says John Cannon, Chairman of Sunbelt Golf Corporation, which operates the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. The maintenance staff mistook a one ton bag of herbicide for green sand, and then spread it on almost every green on the property, effectively poisoning the sensitive bent grass, according to Cannon. The team plans on dry injecting charcoal and a ceramic layer to try and flush the poison out and allow the grass to grow.
The chairman of the company that operates the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail is setting the record straight about the course at Ross Bridge in Hoover Ala., WBRC reported.
Sunbelt Golf Corporation Chairman John Cannon told WBRC a series of groundskeeping mistakes damaged the course’s greens. The maintenance staff mistook a one ton bag of herbicide for green sand, and then spread it on almost every green on the property, effectively poisoning the sensitive bent grass, according to Cannon.
“That is exactly what happened. Whether we can flush that poison out of the system and regrow the grass to accommodate this Fall and next Spring’s play, that is what we are trying to determine in the next few weeks,” Cannon said to WBRC.
The team plans on dry injecting charcoal and a ceramic layer to try and flush the poison out and allow the grass to grow, WBRC reported.
“If that has no progress in the next couple of weeks, we are going to have to start thinking about what our long term options are,” said Cannon.
The management group is now considering transitioning to new greens a lot faster than their original three-year plan, WBRC reported.
Right now you can’t book a tee time to Ross Bridge.
“Wow what happened out here. Something not good at all. So it is really sad,” said local golfer Jesse Hernandez.
Reactions like that are why Cannon is trying to spread the word, WBRC reported. He says if you are booked to play at Ross Bridge, you should contact the Pro Shop so they can ensure you have a memorable experience on the Trail. However, this doesn’t just impact golfers. The course is one of the most popular on the Robert Trent Jones Trail.
“Between us and our eight hotels, the Robert Trent Jones Resort Collection, of which, Ross Bridge is one of the crown jewels. There are hundreds of millions of dollars spent by tourists on the trail every year,” said Cannon to WBRC.
Those millions translate into tax revenue.