The guys are beginning this season's prep work by sanding off the varnish from our tee markers. Once this is completed we are putting a coat of wood stain on them before we dip them in a Marine Spar Varnish to protect them from the elements outside. The extra Spar Varnish protection gave us 2 years before refurbishing plus gave them a nice, shiny look throughout both seasons.
We will also be replacing the Vinylguard (shrink wrap) on our flag sticks/bunker rakes. The flag poles and bunker rakes are fiberglass. Over the years, the fiberglass breaks down from the UV rays from the sun and can render these course amenities useless. The shrink wrap material is heated, shrinks to the surface and creates a renewed smooth surface allowing us to use them well past their normal life time. The material only costs about $4 per stick to replace. A new flag stick is over $18. We also in time must cut off the top flag holder and the ferrule which goes down into the hole on the green. You can do this once, maybe twice before the poles must be replaced. Our flag sticks are 8' and cutting off the top and bottom can remove 4-6" off of a stick which can cause depth perception issues when hitting at the green/flag. Normally, we replace the bottom ferrules and threaded tops at the same time which keeps the same consistent height throughout the course and at each green.