Healthy greens, twisted course still recovering

By ERIC VICCARO

Several years ago, the former Top O’ The Lake Country Club was in rough shape.

The facility went through a couple of ownership changes, and it was ravaged by a tornado on May 15, 2013.

However, and for the good of the community, golf has survived – and now thrives under the new name of Twisted Oaks Golf Club.

The club opened its redesigned nine-hole layout in late May, and the golfing experience is more pleasurable.

“It’s been a lot of work, and everyone has been involved,” said superintendent Chad Thummel, who was hired last year and graduated from the prestigious golf course management program at Kansas State University.

Thummel said the greens had issues with fertility.

“The rains we’ve had the past two years have helped,” he said. “The greens are coming in and they are showing more maturity.”

To help combat keeping greens healthy in the future, the course now uses Bermuda grass – which Thummel said needs both sun and heat.

Read the full feature in the mid-week News.

Pictured, a player in the scramble makes a shot at Twisted Oaks Golf Course. (Photo by Eric Viccaro)