Thursday, April 6, 2017

Course Alterations for 2017

As the golfing season is upon us with the first round of the Masters on TV this afternoon.  While we were installing the irrigation system this Winter we also took the chance to make some course alterations.
The first thing that we did was course yardage.  This has been one of our most common complaints in the past.  Well, we have added yardage tags to 350 sprinkler heads.  I feel like we are so well marked that we might remove the blue red and black pavers in the fairways and posts at the path. 
Hole Number 6 had the most noticeable changes.  First off the left greenside bunker has been filled in.  I still believe that it was one of the hardest situational shots on the course, unless you were smart enough to putt out of it.  Next the front right greenside  bunker is in the process of a face-lift.  We have removed the steep face and are in the process of regarding the base.  We will drain it, line it and add some new sand and were good to go.  Then we opened up the exit area back to the path.  It used to be about 5 yards wide between berms.  Now you could drive the space shuttle through the exit area of the hole.  I hope this allows for better traffic wear patterns.
On hole 8 we had the, while structurally sound, clunky bridge that I built removed.  In its place is a concrete cart path bridge that wont knock out your teeth when you drive over it.  We also removed the old grass bunker left of the fairway. 
On hole 10 we extended the rock walls surrounding the fairways.  Also, we filled in the 3 grass bunkers on the left side of the fairways.  Lastly we added a more friendly Ladies tee that is waiting for sod. 
On Hole 12 we got rid of the dip in the cart path that went through the creek bed.  We replaced it with a new cart path bridge. 
On hole #14 we removed the left side fairway bunker.
On hole #17 we removed the old grass bunker on the right side of the fairway.  It will finish its transition into a new Ladies tee.
On hole 18 you will notice that you are driving through the water in the spillway.  That is because of the new stream that has been routed through the 18th hole. 
Hopefully I have not forgot any of the new features but it is entirely possible that I have.

Irrigation Renovation Update 4-6-17

Well, we are in the home stretch, although there is still a lot of work to be done.  The guys with Nutt Construction have done a great job with a monster of an install job.  They have been flushing out the lines for the last two weeks.  This has to be done to remove the debris from the interior of the lines.  This could be dirt rock or PVC shavings that somehow got in the pipes and could stop up a head when it tries to go from ON to OFF.  They were flushing out the Turf Nursery Area and the res/com system around the club grounds today and those were the last two areas to flush. 
I have been running water for about a week now.  I am trying to find bugs in the system, test capabilities and find programming thresholds and faults.  Every morning I am riding the course looking for weeping heads, heads that are stuck on or other anomalies that may have taken place from the night previous.  Hopefully the punch list made each morning will diminish with time.  I have heard from some residents about sprinklers hitting decks or patios.  If you have one of these issues please contact me and let me know.  I will not get to see every one of the 1,700 heads run.  I have moved our watering times to 10:00 PM so there will be less likelihood of something hitting a deck when you might be eating dinner.  I have had programs running at 7:00 PM and 6:00 AM so that I can see or get feedback on the process but it is time to put them on in the dark. 
The parking lot is starting to get vacated just in time for tournament season.  We still have a lot of pipe to get out and some other items.  Thank you to the neighbors who were very patient with us while we stopped traffic to load the Semi trucks on Calumet Trace with equipment, you were very patient with us. 
While the project is winding down there is still a lot to do.  there are a lot of areas that have been torn up and need to be repaired.  We have been re seeding areas this week and are waiting on some sod to come in any day now.  We will still have a small construction crew here for another 3-4 weeks cleaning up and helping fix scars and smoothing out rough areas.
Once again, Thank You to Nutt Construction, Aqua Turf International Consulting, Rainbird Golf Products, Keeling Co., Ole South Excavation, the Residents of Indian Hills Subdivision and All of our golfers.  

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Irrigation Renovation Update March 8th

 Currently all irrigation has been installed on the playing surface of the golf course.  Hole #7 was the last hole to be installed and that was completed on Friday.  The driving range was completed Sunday and back open for play on Monday.
There are only 2 areas left to irrigate.  The club grounds with a res/com system and the nursery area which is about the size of a par 4. The nursery area runs parallel #2 on the other side of the rail road tracks. Apparently this area was once intended to be part of the course but for one reason or another it was abandoned.  It has been a bone yard or a dumping ground for the last 30 years. The whole thing was an over grown cedar thicket.  So we had it cleared out with a grinding machine. We found that there had been some clearing and shaping that took place somewhere in the past.  Piles of boulders and piles of quality tee soil piled up in areas. It was really pretty cool to uncover. I would love to eventually have a full sod nursery with An acre of bent, fescue, bermuda, and zoysia at some point in the future.
The pump is in place and the pump house is dried in.  Brick is scheduled for the exterior on Monday and the electricity will hopefully be run this week.  Would love to be blowing out installed lines in a week.
We have some cleanup still going on on the front nine. I would hope to get all 18 holes back open for play on next Saturday. We still have a lot of concrete cuts to pour and rolling to do though.