I did a lot of trimming today, I honestly don't think the course has been touched (aside from mowing) since last years event. Essentially all of the tight gaps were trimmed out so they aren't a chuck and pray type of throw. Ultimately I have decided to play the course as is...initially I wanted to add a second set of tees and play two separate rounds, and although there were some killer second tees some of the holes didn't leave much room for a quality shot as a second tee.
The course is in the pin placements we will use, and the only other course maintenance that might be done is some minor trimming of walkways.
In previous years there really hasn't been a payout, this year I will have some merch for the top 3 teams. There will be 9 free ctp/longest putt holes per round, and raffle prizes include 2 portable baskets, a gateway Ozark backpack, a few innova bags, gift basket from urban chestnut brewery, and various other goodies.