Two weeks into his
new job as manager of the Lago Vista Golf Club
, Zach Padgett
is redefining many of the fairways to make the course more playable.
Some fairways could be expanded, 10 to 15% wider.Others could be longer, with more cut at the traditional height of half an inch.In some cases, the roughs could be wider - with the intent of catching wayward shots before they go out of play.
Overall, says Padgett
, "we are not far from being in good shape."His
impression, after being away from Lago Vista
for 30 years: "I'd forgotten how pretty it was."
"We are blessed with a good layout.We have the lake, and deer, elevation changes and doglegs," he
adds."This is a place where any golfer would want to come and play."
"I want to establish a rapport where people are proud to play here and encourage others to come out," Padgett
Cooperation from golfers, employees and the city is good, he
says.The acceptance and attitude is great, he
On No. 10, Padgett
said widening the rough on the right would keep more balls out of the creek bed.
One of the lasting impressions on any course, he
says, is the greens.His
goal is to keep them in as good a shape
plans more verticutting and aerification.You may not like aerification for a day or two, but "you can putt
good even after verticutting and aerification" and "it makes them a lot better in the long run."Padgett
believes in the discreet use of pesticides - "to the degree that it is necessary to get rid of grubworms,
Skip Schneider has included in this issue of our monthly newsletter the salient information about Zach Padgett
...I requested of Zach Padgett that LVGC retain the $25 (plus tax) fee charged for MGA members who are not members at the LVGC but wish to play in MGA events at LVGC.
This rate was agreed to by the previous owners.Zach
responded that the $28 weekday senior rate (which includes tax) would be honored for that situation regardless of the age of the MGA
Club Manager Zach Padgett
hopes the grille will be "up and running" in several weeks.
is taking bids to have the kitchen thoroughly cleaned as well as taking applications for cooks.
Bohn invited leaders of MGA
, WGA and other groups to discuss playday preferences with Padgett