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Friday, January 4, 2019

Blue Nine Bunker Progress

The blue nine bunker project is in the final stages of required work.  However, the weather is impacting the completion of the project.   As you can see from the progress document below, the sand just needs to be hauled, added and spread to the proper levels in the remaining bunkers.   The goal is to continue the work on the days the weather allows.  A solid 7-10 days of productive work should complete the project.

The red nine bunkers are all complete and have received tremendous reviews by those members who played the red nine last fall.


Blue        Total #   Edged  Sod Gravel  Polymer  Sand 
Nine     Bunkers 
#1 3 3 3 3 3 1
#2 4 4 4 4 4 4
#3 5 5 5 5 5 5
#4 2 2 2 2 2 2
#5 3 3 3 3 3 3
#6 9 9 9 9 9 9
#7  4 4 4 4 4 2
#8  4 4 4 4 4 0
#9  5 5 5 5 5 3
%            
Complete 39 100% 100% 100% 100% 76%
Putting Green 2 2 2 2 2 1

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Bunkers New Performance

We recently received in excess of 3 inches of rainfall over a 3 day period.   The photos below show how the new bunker technology and sand has performed in comparison to the older liners and sand.  The playability and condition of the new bunkers will be vastly improved.

The new Better Billy Bunker technology and higher grade of sand is performing very well.
There is no erosion after the recent rainfall in the red # 1 greenside bunker.
The photo below is of the same red # 1 greenside bunker before the bunker renovation.
Notice the extreme erosion and contamination.


Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Blue Nine Bunker Renovation

Red #4 bunker - The previous sand




Red #4 bunker- The new sand




The red nine bunker renovation is complete and the project has shifted to the blue nine.  The weather continues to impact the project to a degree.   The contractor is  continuing to work as long as the weather permits.  
The two bunkers at the short game area will be renovated upon completion of the blue nine bunkers.

Below is a progress report on the blue nine bunkers as of December 18th.

Blue        Total #   Edged  Sod Gravel  Polymer  Sand 
Nine     Bunkers 
#1 3                     3                   3                   3              2  
#2 4                     4                  4                    4              3  
#3 5 5 5 5              5                           4
#4 2 2 2 2              2                          3 
#5 3 3 3 3              3             2
#6 9 9                   9                   9              8     4
#7  4                     4                   4                   4              4  
#8  4                     4                   4                   4              4  
#9  5                     5                   5                   5              5      
%            
Complete 39 100% 100% 100%                92% 26 %

Bunker Fact Turf

We will be installing new turf around the red and blue bunker complexes.   There were some areas where bentgrass had contaminated the bluegrass turf.  The bentgrass was unsightly & more difficult to play from. 

We will be utilizing Black Beauty fescue around the bunkers.   This is a low mowed turf that will be maintained at the same height that we previously maintained the turf.   The advantage to the fescue species is that it has improved drought tolerance and does not wilt as quickly as the bluegrass.  We are taking advantage of newer and improved turfgrass research and turf genetics.   The playability will be quite similar. 

The photo  below is of the temperature and water stressed bluegrass turf on the bunker slope
The photo below is of #6 white bunker face where we replaced the bluegrass with the fescue species several years ago.  It handles the hotter temperatures and drought very well.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Bunker Renovation Progress

Below is a scorecard that offers the current progress and status of the bunker renovation.  We began with the red nine and will transfer shortly to the blue nine.  All that is left to do on the red nine is to install the new sand in the bunkers.   The previous steps of edging, removing the old sand, adding gravel, spraying the polymer coating over the gravel have all been completed.  The continued rain days are limiting our ability to get heavier tractors and trailers onto the course to deliver the sand to the bunkers.  As soon as it dries we will continue with the sand work.

We will open the red nine as soon as the last bunker has sand installed.  Hopefully that will be the end of this week (October 20th.)

This is a partial amount of the new sand that will be placed in the renovated red and blue bunkers.
Red nine bunker renovation is now completed.  The reviews are very positive.

Red  Total #  Edged  New Gravel  Polymer  Sand 
Nine  Bunkers    Sod      
#1 4 4 4 4 4 4
#2 5 5 5 5 5 5
#3 4 4 4 4 4 4
#4 2 2 2 2 2 2
#5 4 4 4 4 4 4
#6 1 1 1 1 1 1
#7  1 1 1 1 1 1
#8  5 5 4 4 4 4
#9  6 6 6 6 6 6
32 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
              % Completed     

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Bunker Renovation Update

The following photos represent the steps involved in the bunker renovation process.

The new vertical edges of the bunkers are shaped
The old sod is removed from around the bunker
The contaminated sand is removed from the bunkers
The drainage is checked for proper performance
New sod is added around the bunker
New gravel is added to the floor of the bunker 
A polymer is sprayed on top of the gravel
 
Our staff checks the polymer application for proper polymer levels
The new sand is added to the bunkers
Sand depths are checked for proper depth
The new sand is compacted to firm the surface
                                                       
                               The finished product

 


Monday, September 3, 2018

Flooding - September 3, 2018

Almost 5 inches of rain in the last week.  2.5 inches this morning.


                                          White # 4



Red # 8