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CAPE GAZETFE, Friday, Juiy-i4"jU]y2(), 2000  97 Two week00; to go and The Rookery links will open The Rookery Golf Course will open to the public on July 30. That's a couple weeks later than the owners had in mind, but the usual snafus put a crimp in their plans. More paving, more patch- ing, more plumbing and more planting remains to be done. Chris Adkins, the amiable co- owner and golf course superin- tendent, recently discussed the last several steps needed to pre- pare the new layout for the de- layed debut. When I first caught up to him, Adkihs was punching numbers on a radio transmitter, and turning on and off the irrigation sprinklers surrounding the greens. As the fountain-like streams of water rose and fell gracefully around the course, it was nice to see how much character Adkins and his partner, Pete Oakley, put into the landscape of the formerly dead- flat Sussex County farm fields. The birds certainly like the changes. Dozens of barn swal- lows and killdeer darted a few feet above the fairways in the late af- ternoon. Adkins grew in most of the turf from seed, beginning early this spring. At some spots, however, they were forced to place sod where the seed just wouldn't take. As the interview continued, Ad- kins walked behind a spreader filled with starter fertilizer on sev- eral greens. "We're fertilizing right now to promote root growth, and top dressing each green with sand once a week. That's a faster Fritz Schranck Rookery course superin- tendent Chris Adkins applies fertilizer to a green in prepa- ration for the July 30 open- ing. GOLF schedule than wewould keep to once it opens up," he said. "We also had to sod most of the second and 4th greens, and sod some patches in a few others," Adkins explained. "The grass still needs to fill in better on sev- eral of the greens. Some pin placements won't changetoo much for a while, to give the greens a chance to fully grow in." Butch Holtzclaw spent the morning placing the yardage markers on the sprinkler heads. Adkins said the markers show the yardage to the middle of the greens, beginning from 250 yards out. "For this year, we'll also put yardage stakes by the cart paths, at 200, 150, and 100 yards," Ad- kins said. "By next season we'll make a decision about moving them to different locations, and whether they'll be stakes or some kind of plantings." The crew recently installed a new bunker to the left side of the third hole, a short par 4. "It should make some of the long hit- ters think a little more about try- ing to drive the green," Adkins grinned. Right now the cart path is a muddy track of crusher run rock four inches thick. Adkins said, "After the first season we'll ad- dress a.ny drainage problems that show up and then get them paved over." Adkins also showed me the new tee at the 14th hole, a par 3 about 180 yards that runs along Route 1. "We put it to the right side of the other tee boxes to add an addi- tional safety feature for the road." I tried a 4 iron from the new tee box and landed the ball on the front of the green. With the pre- vailing wind and the slight uprise, I'd say it plays about a half-club longer than the yardage would in- r - - - - - - - July Special" - - - - - - I SAVE $35 $54"I I ' COMPLETE AIR CONDITIONER ' , DIAGNOSTIC CHECK I Does not include Freon Offer expires July 31, 2000 . ' NOOK ' Great Golf in the Heart of Rehoboth 441 Counlr) ('luh, Rchol)olh l{cach, DE 19971 I I 14 Shady Lane behind Grotto Grand Slam 645-7770 L'II i i im m i i i i iiiiii i J dicate. I also tried a 7 iron from the "church pew" bunkers on the 605- yard par 5 10th hole, about 150 yards from the green. These little beauties could be called "Oak- mont with a twist." Unlike their famous counterparts at the Pitts- burgh U.S. Open course, the Rookery's pews run parallel across the fairways, instead of perpendicular and to the left of the fairway. At least when they are firm and a little damp, you can still reach the green. After seeing those two shots, Adkins took me over to the tee for the 15th hole, the island green par 3. Adkins smiled when I hit a Fat Boy 4 iron into the water, but I can't say I was pleased to make one of the first contributions to the water gods on the new course. Entrance work, paving, in- stalling the service trailer and "a lot of clean-up" remain in the next two weeks. The pro shop/restau- rant building will open in a few months. Adkins said they will most like- ly start with discounted greens fees for the pioneers curious to play a brand-new course. The Rookery will look a little rough when it opens. Neverthe- less, Cape Region golfers should welcome the new addition to pub- Fritz Schranck photos The Rookery's combination pro shop/restaurant will face the golf course with a 40- by 15-foot deck. lic golf in the area. TOURNAMENT NEWS - Shawnee Country Club held their Ladies Memorial Tournament on July 6. Top finishers in the net bracket were Jacque Sipple (69), Carolyn Ivins (70), Ann Reed (70), Marge Steiner (71) and Bar- bara Keck (71). Linda Irwin's 84 won the gross category, followed by Peg Bundek's 86. CLARIFICATION - The pho- to of the Rehoboth Beach 18-Hole Ladies Golfers group that was published last week had the names of the winning golfers re- versed. The winners, pictured last week left to right, should have read Beth Carpenter, low gross, 74; Joan Crowley, 64; Ceil Jones, second low net, 65; and Judy Ben- nett, third low net, 66. SHORT PUTTS - Don't forget to send in your entries in this year's golf knowledge contest. The contest ends July 20. If you lost your copy of the June 30 edi- tion of The Cape Gazette, you can still find the questions on the Web at! c063000.htm. Good luck! GOLF PARK !iii!!i!;;ii;i;;i;i;i;i;ii;ii;i;i;i;i;i;i;ii Looking for a new set of clubs? How about shoes and apparel? Stop by and check out the brand names at OUTLET prices in the Golf Shop. Looking for a fun summer activity for the kids? Enroll them in one of our 3-Day Jr. Golf Camps, held mid-June thru August, every Tues., Wed., & Thurs., 8:30 am to 11:30 am Let our PGA Professionals teach your children the rules and etiquette of golf