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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Blue Nine Bunker Renovation

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 will continue to work as long as the weather permits.  

Below is a progress report on the blue nine bunkers as of Tuesday November 13th.

Blue        Total #   Edged  Sod Gravel  Polymer  Sand 
Nine     Bunkers 
#1 3                     0        
#2 4                     4                                      4    
#3 5 5 5 5                    5  
#4 2 2 2 2                    2  
#5 3 3 3 3                    3  
#6 9 9                3                   9                    9  
#7  4                     4                     1    
#8  4                     4        
#9  5                     0        
Complete 39 79% 36% 61%           48 % 0 %

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

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Why Turf Dies In The Summer

What effects do high summer temperatures have on the health of turfgrass, especially low mowed turf such as golf course fairways and greens.   Enjoy the video.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Tree Influences On The Turf Conditions

The subject of trees on the golf course can be an emotional one.  
The two  USGA videos listed below share the agronomic influences that trees can have  on the quality of the golf course and the playing conditions.  Please take a look.