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Friday, August 24, 2012

Red Nine Greens Renovation Update

The photos below show the progress on the red nine renovation work.  I think you will find favor with the changes and the improvements.  The project is progress on schedule and with expected improvements.
The #3 red green will have a new look.  There will be no bunker in front of the green and the large slope in the front of the green will go away.  There will be 3 bunkers surrounding the green, located to the left, right and behind the putting surface.

The photo below is a view of the #3 red fairway bunker.  The fairway has been widened and the size of the bunker has been reduced.  This offers a wider landing area for the tee shots and an increased distribution area for golf cart traffic.  The area of black dirt that was originally sand and bluegrass rough will become fairway and replaced by bentgrass.

The photo below is a view of the newly designed and renovated #5 red fairway bunker.  The bunker has been reduced in size and the fairway has been widened by an additional 15 yards.  This will offer the golfer a landing area more than twice as wide as before.

If you have any questions about the renovation, feel free to contact me.  I will be glad to take you our for a view of the work.  Thank you for your patience as we continue to progress with the project. 

Friday, August 17, 2012

Golf Course Update

The renovation of the red greens began on Monday August 13th.  As luck would have it, it has rained two of the first four days of the renovation.  However, we made quite a bit of progress this week.  The first task was to begin the work on the fairway bunkers on #3 and #5 red.  The bunkers will be reduced in size in order to make the fairway wider.  The shape of the new greens on # 3 and #5 have been laid out and we will begin to take the existing greens mix our of #3 green today. 

Below is a photo of the the subsurface of a USGA sand based green.  There is a 14 inch layer of sand & organic matter just under the turf.  Then there is a 6 inch layer of gravel.  Below the gravel, at the bottom of the green, is a 6 inch perforated plastic pipe.  This construction system allows for greens to drain, remain firmer and offer increased putting speeds. 

Below is a photo of the #3 green after the sod was removed.  The orange ribbons outline of the new green

In the photo below of #5 red fairway, the new fairway will increase in width by 12 to 14 yards.  The fairway cut will not extend to the left of where it was before.
The photo below is of the #3 red fairway bunker.  The bunker has been decreased in size to provide a wider landing area.  The new landing area will be approximately 10 yards wider.
We have received many compliments from member and guests on the quality of the golf course conditioning.  Most recently, NCC hosted the USGA Women's Senior Open Qualifyer to rave reviews.
The course weathered the heat and drought in a healthy condition