Silverbell Golf Course
OBGolf has done a fine job managing turf transition in their first year with city courses. Silverbell on 10/30 was our third course with new grass, and it offered excellent conditions. Of course Silverbell's wide-open charms are still in effect. Even so, sand traps were soggy and impossible. We hope that someday city courses will have better sand. Also, we wonder why more effort isn't put into bettering duck/bird habitat around extant water holes. More brush and cover is good for ducks. Add some cattails and interesting shrubs. It seems silly to have removed it all. Golf courses are useful nature preserves and need to be managed as such.
October 31, 2014
course has nice features
Was in very nice shape when you consider they will shut down for over seeding next week.
October 1, 2014
oh where oh where have the rangers gone?
Pretty much says it all. There was a 4some ahead of us that his 2 drives each and would come together in the middle of the fairway and stand there in a bunch before going to their ball and hitting, as if they were having bets on who hit the best ball and having to settle the bets every hole.
I am so disappointed because loved Silverbell in the past when they had a ranger going around and keeping the golfers on pace.
September 27, 2014
Silverbell has improved
This was my second time playing Silverbell since OB Sports took over management. The course conditions have become more challenging as the rough is now ... rough! The fairways are more defined due to the length of the rough and one should take care to stay out of rough. Locating your ball can be difficult should you stray from the short grass. All in all, an excellent day on a great course.
September 21, 2014
Too much rain, grass too long
Usually a great course, hadn't been cut due to rain. course maintenance crew mowing mid-late morning. Huge grass clumps everywhere - made course more challenging than it neded to be. Otherwise, course in great shape!
September 20, 2014
nice day out
Day started off with a bucket of balls with my oldest son then to the course. The course was in good shape and the greens and tee boxes were also looking good as usual. I saw the cart girl a few times while out there and got a couple beers and soda for my son. got my first sub 100 round for this course and was happy to say the staff was super friendly. Only bad point was course had a lot of golfers in front so play was a little slow.
September 15, 2014
Silver Bell Experience
beautiful sunny day with the usual wind. impressed with the changes so far. Moving and updating the pro shop is nice. New carts great. Staff very friendly. fairways and greens in good shape. new flags with gps and pin position flags a plus. New beverage cart and same great driver who really makes you feel welcome. hadn't played here in awhile and she was positively overjoyed to see us. restrooms had new modern paper holders and sinks had new working faucets. Toilet bowls could use a little work. new ball washes with soapy water in them that worked was also a nice touch. Having sand in the bottles full and on both sides was also good. we had a mid morning tee time and the front nine was really slow, a little over 2.5 hours. One foursome was leaving 1.5 to 2 holes open in front of them and wouldn't anybody through. when we made the turn we talked with the starter and he was kind enough to let us play the front nine over again to avoid the backup. in addition he said he would go out and talk to the foursome and see if he could get them to move along or let groups through. the new management still has a ways to go to make the course really good. the snack bar could use some updating in line with the pro shop. A ranger would also be helpful to keep groups moving, replace or repair their divots, not walk their hand carts across the greens, and keep carts a reasonable distance from greens. The next thing they need to key on is the so called sand traps. there is no sand, just stones, loose dust, and hard pan.
all in all the improvements were a welcome change and I will be playing the course more often from now on. keep up the good work.
September 14, 2014
The course is always in great conditions
Silverbell has always been a favorite of mine. since the redo of the course about 8 years ago, it is a little more challenging. The only issue I have is the sand traps. Hardley no sand, just hard dirt and doesn't make it easy to use a sandwedge and get out of the bunkers. The city should invest in a few truck loads of sand for the bunkers.
September 12, 2014