Emerson gets superintendent
With a new golf course, comes a new superintendent. As the expansion of Susanville's Emerson Lake Golf Course is a year away, general manger Todd Sickles has hired Jimmy Estrella to help direct the future.
"Jimmy is the right man for the job. He's got passion and experience to help turn this golf course into one of the finest in Northern California."
Estrella, who replaces long-time superintendent Walt DeWitt, comes via Butte Creek Golf Course in Chico, where he worked for 13-1/2 years.
Estrella is originally from Patterson and moved to Chico in 1986. While at Butte Creek, Estrella was taught the inter workings of maintaining a fine golf course.
"I was taught well. I learned hands on. A portion of the course was completely mine to maintain," Estrella said.
Estrella said he is excited about Emerson Lake's potential.
"I love the challenge. This is what I do," he said. "My job right now is to beatify the front nine, adjusting the equipment we have, and organizing and supervising the help. When I play golf I pay attention to detail. I know what the players sees and wants.
"And I listen to those who play here. They are the ones who know what should be done."
Estrella is currently fine tuning the existing, out-dated facilties on the front nine. There are leaks in the irrigation system and equipment that will eventually be replaced.
"We have to make do with what we have," he said.
Estrella, 36, said the tees and greens will be airified in the upcoming months, and he will coordinate an extensive hand-watering schedule to fend off excessive drying of the fairways and greens.
The fourth and fifth holes are taking shape. Estrella said germination is taking place on the tee on the fourth hole and on the fairway on the fifth hole, which is expected to open as a par 4 on July 1. Hole No. 4 will become a par 3.
Estrella will oversee the entire 18 holes during construction and completion. Expansion is slated to be completed in 2003.