Restoring Traditions for 2018

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

Chevy Chase will honor all gift certificates with 2017 expiration dates in the 2018 season when we re-open the course to celebrate our "NEXT 90 YEARS" of golf.


Late August: Grass growth and other projects

The golf course grass restoration and re-growth continues in ideal temperatures.  A vital part of the restoration of our roughs is the slit seeder pictured. The blade literally cuts a small slit into the ground and the seed is then able to be injected directly into the soil. The strain of grass used is called HGT Bluegrass, thus giving us bluegrass roughs.  

One advantage of having this extended time to with the course closed is the opportunity to tackle some other projects. The grounds crew has used this growing period to repair and clean internal components of our sprinkler system to make sure all affected areas are receiving proper moisture. Thay have also addressed some much-needed repairs of bridge structures as pictured. In addition, there may be an opportunity to repave parts of the cart path that are a bit rough.

Mid-August Update

High-wire walker Nik Wallenda once said, "One of the things I enjoy is the challenge of Mother Nature." The grounds crew at Chevy Chase is walking a bit of a high-wire themselves as they find the right balance between waiting on Mother Nature and pushing her along. The pictures below show a one week change in the course at three locations - Holes 2, 8 and 18. On the surface, it's still a lot of dirt, but those little seeds are hard at work. Beautiful bent grass fairways can't be rushed by anyone! 

Early August: Preparing the Soil

Now that the water has finally receded, the process of restoring Chevy Chase has begun. Our Maintenance staff began the process by aerifying with solid tines the entire golf course to allow oxygen and nutrients into the soil. This process will also release gases from the soil that inhibit growth. The next step was to use what is called a Terra Rake to remove the layer of film and algae that was left over from the water. By destroying that layer we are able to create a healthy seed bed which will then, in turn, allow the new seed to flourish.

Last week in July: 

The water finally receded and the grounds crew gets a first look at the course. Fairways are heavily damaged. With the exception of the 8th green, which is 50 percent damaged, most of the greens are showing minimal impact.

Before the water receded.

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