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Pottawatomie's Only Public Golf Course, FireLake, Introduces New Upgrades Benefitting Local Golfers
FireLake Golf, the only public golf course in Pottawatomie County, has introduced new enhancements, including a GPS system. The course, established in 1983 and redesigned in 2017, is an 18-hole layout with a driving range and putting and chipping greens. It covers 6,335 yards and has water hazards on 13 holes. Despite these challenges, the course is suitable for beginners, as stated by Derron Day, FireLake Golf's agronomist.
The GPS system installed in the golf carts is a key upgrade. It helps players gauge the distance to the green, improving efficiency and game speed. It also enables staff to issue quick alerts during bad weather, and restricts golf cart movement in certain areas to protect the greens, tee boxes, and newly seeded areas. The system has been in use for two months and has led to significant improvements in grass growth.
The GPS system also has an alarm that triggers if a cart enters a restricted area. This feature has reduced the time staff spend guiding golfers away from protected areas, significantly aiding course management. The GPS system is considered a long-term investment for the course's health.
FireLake Golf has also improved its water management. New catch basins have been added for more efficient water drainage, preventing the course from becoming waterlogged after rain. A reputable golf contractor has ensured that the water drains off the course within a few days, and irrigation improvements direct water to areas needing extra moisture.
Additionally, FireLake Golf has renovated its clubhouse, which was reconstructed following a fire in 2011. The clubhouse now has an upstairs banquet room, a downstairs meeting room, a pro shop, and a full-service bar and grill. It has hosted a range of events, from weddings and proms to baby showers and community meetings. FireLake Golf also organizes about 60 tournaments annually and is dedicated to promoting golf to junior players in the area.