To all our loyal guests,
In July following torrential rains and flood waters at near-record levels, the golf course at Chevy Chase was forced to close. We had no idea what the full impact would be once the waters receded – but we knew it wasn’t going to be pretty. As pictures on our website and this YouTube video show, Traditions looked more like a lake than a golf course for nearly two weeks. In all:
- Up to 75% of the playable area for 14 of 18 fairways was damaged
- 8th green was 50% destroyed
- Bridges were destabilized
While this has had a significant impact on the operation of Chevy Chase, we are grateful that the course did what it was designed to do - hold water to reduce the impact on the residential areas surrounding the course.
In the last two months, the fairways and greens have shown remarkable improvement. The efforts of the grounds crew, the perseverance they have shown, have put Traditions on the road to recovery. However, opening for play could be detrimental to the course going into the fall and winter even if the fairways appear restored from a distance.
Under the guidance of the Wheeling Park District Board of Commissioners, it was decided that Traditions would not re-open until Spring 2018 when the course is fully restored and the golf experience will not be compromised.
We are using the time while the course is closed to make the following improvements:
- Repaving golf cart paths for a smoother ride in our new golf carts
- Repairing and stabilizing some of the bridge crossings
- Full restoration of the rough, fairways and greens to pristine conditions
We appreciate the support shown by so many of our regular golfers. Those of you who were severely inconvenienced by the relocation of your golf outing, we thank you for letting us work with you to find a new venue whenever possible.
Next year, Traditions at Chevy Chase will celebrate its 91st year of operation. Keep your eyes open for news about our re-opening and our "NEXT 90 YEARS" Celebration by watching our website and Facebook page.
Again, we thank you for all your support.
Your Wheeling Park District/Chevy Chase Staff