The pelicans have returned to the lakes surrounding Pelican Lakes and Pelican Falls, and that can only mean one thing – Golf season is here!

I am Jeff Orr, the Superintendent at Pelican Lakes Golf Club in Windsor and along with my dedicated maintenance staff, we are excited for the upcoming golf season. 

I manage two assistant superintendents, 30 seasonal employees and five other staff members who assist in making the golf course a beautiful place to spend the day. As always, I appreciate the positive feedback, as well as suggestions I received at the end of last season. 

This year we are turning our primary focus to the fairways of holes #2, #3, #4, #5 and #6 on The Lakes. We will tend to one fairway at a time, with the first one we’re addressing being the second fairway. Just like we did with the first fairway, we will install French drains in those fairways and approach locations. 

We have been excited by the drainage improvements on the first hole, and are confident we will adequately repair the fairways on holes 2 through 6. 

The erosion of the left side of the 18th fairway has also been addressed. During the winter, with the assistance of FlyWater River Consultants in Fort Collins, we reinforced the bank of the river with rip rap rock and engineered the river to divert to the north bank (closer to the left rough of #10) if it gets above a certain level. We also planted willow trees along the shore on the 18th fairway. The root system of the willows will further reinforce the bank. The concrete cart path near the women’s tee box was damaged during the reclaimation project and has since been repaired, along with the grass. 

On the back side of The Lakes, we created a sand bottle holder near the 10th tee box. This allows players to replace their (hopefully empty) sand bottles so they can continue to fill divots on the back nine. 

We also widened a few fairways – Nos. 11, 13, 14 and 15 – by a couple of feet. 

Golf maintenance is not our sole priority as a staff. My staff also maintains the Pelican Lakes Event Island, the Water Valley office buildings, and the Grillhouse at Pelican Lakes buildings. We take tremendous pride in maintaining not only all 27 holes at Pelican Lakes, but that the membership and community benefits from our tedious care on other areas within the Water Valley community. 

We hope you have noticed the improvements and are patient with us while we tend to the drainage issues on the front nine. If you have any questions or suggestions, please send me an email at jorr@watervalley.com. 

Water Valley and Pelican Lakes are unique and special places, and we hope you enjoy them as much as we do. 

Jeff Orr
Pelican Lakes Golf Course Superintendent