Woodcreek reopens all 18

Golf course in ?excellent shape? after reconstruction
By: ToLewis, The Press Tribune
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Things are shaping up for Woodcreek Golf Club as the course reopens after suspected vandalism closed the front nine holes for more than a month. Officials closed the front nine on April 1 and will reopen all 18 holes to the public today, one week ahead of schedule, according to Rob Frederick, golf pro at Woodcreek Golf Club. ?The whole course is in excellent shape,? Frederick said. ?The greens are excellent.? Frederick said a chemical, similar to a pre-emergent like Round Up that prevents growth, was applied to the greens on the front nine holes sometime around December. Club officials made the decision to close the front nine and re-sod the greens after a series of tests proved that the greens would not likely recover. The front nine greens recovered just in time for the Mayor?s Cup event, an annual scramble tournament that benefits local at-risk youth recreation programs, which was held yesterday. Officials say they are pleased with the way the greens have recovered but they are still not as perfect as they would like them to be, according to Rob Nakamura with the city of Roseville. ?It will probably take us another month or so to get the speeds up, letting them firm up,? Nakamura said. ?Certainly the average golfer won?t notice a huge difference, but some golfers who really know their stuff might notice that the front is a little bit slower than the back.? Woodcreek Golf Club will hold its official grand re-opening on Thursday with two shotgun tournaments ? one at 8 a.m. for annual pass holders and another at 1 p.m., which is open for anyone who wants to play. ?We just thought we?d put something together and celebrate all the hard work our crews have done over the last couple months,? Nakamura said. ?It?s kind of an excuse to throw a party and get some momentum back for our regulars and let the community know that we are back open.? A grand re-opening celebration with live music, refreshments and an awards ceremony will follow the tournaments. Toby Lewis can be reached at