Wednesday, December 21, 2016

2016 Bunker Renovation Recap

Well today officially marks the first day of Winter. I'm assuming I'm not the only one who feels as though Winter has been here for a while, not just one day. The unseasonably warm Autumn set a record number of rounds played for the month of November and even a few brave (or crazy) golfers snuck in a few rounds early in December before the course closed for the season. We took advantage of the weather as well and were able to move forward with Phase 3 of the Bunker Renovations. Below recaps the 2016 Bunker Renovations and where we stand heading into 2017.

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 The number of bunkers that were completed on the course in 2016. Which includes the following holes-- 3,4,6,7,8,11,13,16,17,18.

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The number of bunkers left to finish #16. The approach bunker just needs sand. The Back Right (golfers right) bunker needs a few yards of Capillary Concrete along with sand and we will be good to go.

The picture below illustrates the green side bunkers being renovated this Fall on #16




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The number of bunkers we began to excavate this Fall. We have removed the sand from the green side bunker on 15, as well as the green sides on 14. The removal of sand should give us a great jump start to the Spring. Upon completion of 14, 15, & 16, All of the green side bunkers will be completed on the course, except for #2. My staff along with the assistance of Landscapes Unlimited and their design team will be working on developing a plan for this bunker in the off season. The 2017 Bunker Renovation plan is in the process of being finalized and will update accordingly.

The video below illustrates just exactly how quick water pushes through the Capillary Concrete. The final step before we add sand to the bunkers is to ensure the CC was installed correctly and has proper flow leaving the bunker.  I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Golf Course Update


First off, I'd like to welcome everyone back to the course to enjoy the 2016 golf season. The picture above was taken this morning with our longest tenured employee Antonio Mejia, mowing #8 green for his 10th season in 2016!!!!! We are very fortunate to have brought back a large portion of our crew from prior years and we're off and running!!!

BALL MARKS


Unfortunately it seems as though every blog post includes a reminder to repair your ball marks. The picture above was taken on number 2 green this morning. All of the ball marks were within 10 feet of the cup. There were over 200 ball marks repaired on the golf course this morning from Friday's play alone. I can only hope this trend finds a way to go the other direction. When repairing your ball mark, please repair yours and one other!!!!!!! Please and thank you!!!!

BUNKERS


The second phase of our bunker renovations has begun. The picture above illustrates the right green side bunker being prepped for the Capillary Concrete install next week. We will be installing Capillary Concrete in the green side bunkers on holes 4,6, & 8 the upcoming week. We will be renovating a total of 12 bunkers this spring including holes 3, 11, & 13 green sides in the coming weeks.

PRACTICE TEE

The south end practice tee will be receiving a strip of synthetic turf this coming Monday. The mats will give the practice facilities a much needed break during times of recovery. We will use the mats for outside golf events, junior clinics, and will be most utilized in the late Fall and early Spring to allow proper recovery to ensure the tee's are in prime condition for the core golf season.

AERIFICATION

We will be aerating the greens with a 3/8" solid tine this up and coming Monday. The extended forecast looks like prime time conditions to give the greens a much needed shot of fresh oxygen along with sand and nutrients. We anticipate a full recovery in 7-10 days.

PONDS

The sudden wave of warmer temperatures has caused an algae bloom on the ponds on holes 3 & 4. There is a scheduled pond treatment application for this coming Monday.

SNOW


Hard to imagine it snowed a week ago today?!?!?!?!?! Crazy stretch of weather we have had to jump start the golf season. We're looking forward to a great home stretch to Spring and an even better Summer!! Thanks again.




Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Opening Day

The golf course will officially open today at 9:00. The course is extremely saturated. Here are a few quick hits on the golf course.
 
-cart path only-- due to the excess rains for the past few weeks we will be cart path only until we have a chance to dry out.

-practice facilities-- the putting green will be open. All other practice facilities are closed due to the wet conditions.
 
-bunkers-- the bunkers are a work in progress. We currently have he newly renovated green side bunkers ready for play on holes 1,5,7,10,&12. All of the other bunkers are to be played as ground under repair until we have a chance to restore them. As we restore the rest of the bunkers, we will be placing bunker rakes at each bunker. 

Thanks again and we're looking forward to a great 2016 season!!! 



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