Thursday, December 17, 2015

Winter Tee Placement

We have set the tee markers for the winter. Please only hit from where the tees are placed.

While we have had warm weather recently it is not enough to have divots heal completely. Therefore we place the tees on either the front or back edge of a tee that is not widely used for easy repair in the Spring. Otherwise, the wear on these tees would be spread throughout the tee in the winter causing a longer recover period in the Spring.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Course Update-Monday, December 7, 2015

This week we will be mowing fairways, approaches, collars and greens. We also hope to complete leaf removal. Our staff consistents of myself, Assistant Superintendents Carey Bailey and Matt Smith plus Mechanic Tim Urbanski. Depending on weather/frost these tasks should be completed by the end of the week in time for what looks to be nice weather this weekend.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Organic Matter in Greens

Every few years we take samples of the top 4" of greens #5, #10 and #14 and send them to a laboratory for analysis of their physical properties. Examples of items measured are Infiltration Rate, Air Porosity, Water Porosity, Bulk Density, Water Holding and Organic Matter. Plus particle size distribution and textural analysis. The results let us take a look at how well our cultural practices are doing which includes aerification, topdressing and verticutting. It's our goal to use as much quantitative analysis as possible to determine when and how to do what some may consider invasive practices to the putting surface. Of course the art of knowing when and how to do these practices using the quantitative date is just as important.

Overall the physical analysis of these samples is very good. But, the organic matter in the top 2 inches is higher than we would like and for the most part is increasing each year. What this mean is there is greater water holding capacity at the surface meaning less water, nutrients and air getting deeper into the rootzone. For the golfer, it equates to less firm conditions. 

Topdressing, deep verticutting and aerification are three practices used to remove this organic matter. Applying sand to the green's surface helps to disperse the organic matter. Deep verticutting, not what we do but generally with a machine called a Graden (Graden Verticutter) is extremely useful in physically removing organic matter. Core aerification where the organic matter is physically removed (as we do twice a year) is also very effective in achieving results.

While these practices may seem to negatively affect the putting surface, they are much needed for the overall health and playability of these surfaces.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Weekly Schedule for October 26-November 1, 2015

Weather and unforeseen conditions can/will change the schedule.

-Apply final fungicide application to greens, tees and fairways
-Sod tee surrounds on #7 and #8
-Sod thin areas on #11 approach
-Leaf clean-up

Please note, this will be the last weekly schedule for the season. Will continue to update the blog as we do projects and when other noteworthy items come up. The bulk of our staff will be leaving at the end of this week to return to their homes in Mexico.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Fall 2015 Aerification

For this year's greens aerification we had a different approach than normal. We topdressed the greens first, then aerified the greens. The reasoning to do it this way is that the greens become soft after aerification and the tires from the machine which spreads the sand causes ruts. 

We are pleased with the results and actually found that the holes are easier to fill this way with sand.

Monday was a tough day to aerify due to a long frost delay than mechanical issues with one of our aerifiers and the topdresser. The topdresser was able to be repaired in a few hours but we are still waiting on parts for the aerifier. Even so, all greens were finished on Tuesday afternoon along with tees on four holes. The goal now is to finish tees by the end of this week.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Weekly Schedule for October 19-25, 2015

Weather and unforeseen conditions can/will change the schedule.

-Green and tee aerification Monday and Tuesday. Contact golf shop on Wednesday for course availability.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

#11 Drainage Update

We have added the drainage around the green as per our plan plus the new drainage basin just in the front of the green. There is still an outlet drain line that needs to be added to remove the water that reaches the new basin. Sod will arrive Friday morning for the green to finish up. Afterwards, we will move to the front of #8 next week after aerification.

While digging the drainage along the edge of the green we discovered multiple sod layers in the upper soil profile.

The orange and red arrows point to clay, the yellow to sand. If you go from top to bottom there are multiple layers preventing roots, nutrients and water from going deeper into the soil. Our goal is to hollow core aerify greens edges and collars more often to provide channels for air, roots, water and nutrients to penetrate deeper and provide a better stand of turf.

Also, you will notice that we are bringing out the green to it's original edge in the front and on the right making the green slightly larger per it's original design.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Weekly Schedule for October 12-18, 2015

Weather and unforeseen conditions can/will change the schedule.

-Drainage work on #11 green
-Drainage work on #8 green
-Mow secondary rough
-Spot aerification of fairways

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Drainage Work at #11 Green

We have a lot of working going on currently along the edge of #11 green. For simplicity we have broken the project into three parts which I will describe using the picture below.

Part one, which is noted in the color purple has been completed except for the sodding. This was the same process as we did on #6 where we excavated the existing drain pipe, made sure if was graded correctly and added pea gravel around the pipe.

Part two is represented with the blue line in the photo. We are adding a drain in the area to both catch what's going off the green in the low spot and what's coming onto the green in the high spot. This will be connected to the nearby catch basin.

The final part is noted with the red line and orange circle. We are going to add a drain, extend the green a few feet to it's original size, grade correctly then add a drain inlet where the orange circle is. This drain inlet will go where there is currently no turf due to wet conditions.

Will be following up with detailed photos of the work.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Weekly Schedule for October 5-11, 2015

Weather and unforeseen conditions can/will change the schedule.

-We will be aerifying, seeding and adding soil amendments to select areas of fairways. Ground will be painted white and should be played as Ground Under Repair
-Drainage on #11 green edge. Follow the blog for detailed updates.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

#6 Green Drainage Work

The back left portion of #6 green is a constant issue for us mainly due to the amount of traffic it gets from players walking on and off this green. All players who ride a cart go through this area and even walkers exit there. Therefore the compaction and wear and tear is greatest at this one location.

Our solution in the past is to re-sod and try and direct traffic away from this site. Another option is to completely re-design and construct the entire green site to produce additional entrance and exit points to the green. This would be expensive and time consuming.

Knowing that wet sand compacts more than dry sand or even soil we dug this area out last week to take a look at the drainage underneath.

We found a drain in this area.

The drain had a couple of issues, there was no gravel around this perforated pipe to facilitate water movement into the pipe nor was the low point on the surface of the green above the pipe's location. There was also a minor grade issue where the percent slope was not where we would like it to be.

We removed the pipe and corrected the grade.

We replaced the pipe and added gravel above and below the pipe. After back filling with the original greens mix a laser level was used to ensure the low point on the green's surface was directly above the pipe.

While improving the drainage IS NOT going to solve our issue in this area 100%, it will help. Staying off of the new sod until the Spring will be of the utmost help. The more the new turf is allowed to root without traffic the better it will be, Finally, we will implement a program of more frequent aerification and soil amending in this area to help mitigate the stress from the foot traffic.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Weekly Schedule for September 28-October 4, 2015

Weather and unforeseen conditions can/will change the schedule.

-Verticut and topdress greens on Monday
-Spot aerify tees and add amendments plus seed where needed
-Root prune back right of #11 green
-Dig out back right of #11 green to check drainage and root zone material

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Weekly Schedule for September 14-20, 2015

Weather and unforeseen conditions can/will change the schedule.

-Philly PGA Section Championship tournament prep on Tuesday and Wednesday
-Seeding of secondary rough
-Repair of back left portion of #6 green
-Water new sod and seed

Monday, September 7, 2015

Weekly Schedule for September 7-13, 2015

Weather and unforeseen conditions can/will change the schedule.

-Light groom and dusting of sand on greens Tuesday
-Sod prep
-Seeding of secondary rough
-Brush greens before mowing on Wednesday and Friday
-Pull weeds on #3 and #11 fairways

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Update on Secondary Rough Seeding 9.6.15

The earlier start date for the seeding this year has helped tremendously. Along with having less acreage to water we are able to focus on 5 acres of new seed versus 20 acres. These pictures taken on #14 show rapid germination already.

Areas that are in the shade and not facing South are showing the greatest amount of germination and growth.

Locations that have been seeded include #13, #14 tee and the hillside between #14 and #15. Right of #7 fairway. Right of #4 fairway and left of #18 fairway. This represents all the major areas that needed to be seeded. Next we will move to the area around the putting green and along the entrance road. Afterwards select smaller areas in the secondary rough will be seeded.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Weekly Schedule for August 31-September 6, 2015

Weather and unforeseen conditions can/will change the schedule.

-Light groom and dusting of sand on greens Monday
-Repair washouts from Mondays 1.15 inch downpour
-Continue seeding of secondary rough
-Mow bunker surrounds

Friday, August 28, 2015

Collars and Greens Edges

Have gotten a few questions about the clean-up passes on our greens recently. To define a clean-up pass or green edge please see the photo below.

This clean-up pass is done around the greens and is where our walk greens mowers put down and pick up so as to not scalp the collar. Two passes are made on the outside edge of greens. These areas come under a lot of stress with the picking up and placing down of mowers. While not discussing it directly, this article from the USGA describes some of the challenges with this area along with collars.

USGA Collar Article

During the heat and humidity of summer we reduce the mowing frequency of the clean-up pass and raise the height 0.015" (15 thousands of an inch) above the greens height. This equates to 1/4th the thickness of a nickle. Not noticeable to the naked eye but does give the turf an advantage to the increased stress it receives.

The questions and comments arose about this edge when we lowered the frequency of cut  to one time per week. This was too infrequent and had a "hairy" look to it after a few days of not being mowed. We have now switched to twice a week and once we get through next week's heat wave will go to three times per week. By the middle or end of September. This clean-up pass will be mowed at the same height of cut as the green.

Please note that the "hairy" looking edges that were observed in recent weeks are not due to an increase in height of 15 thousands of an inch but the low frequency of cut per week which we have now increased.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Secondary Rough Seeding

We have begun seeding secondary rough with hard fescue. First area is #13 then to #14 tees.

While we did discuss hydroseeding, our decision was to start seeding earlier in the year (Late August versus late September last year) which would benefit germination more than the cost for hydroseeding. Also, we are only seeding approximately 5 acres this year versus 20 acres last year which will make it much easier to keep these areas moist.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Weekly Schedule for August 24-30, 2015

Weather and unforeseen conditions can/will change the schedule.

-Mow green and tee surrounds
-Prepare for seeding of Secondary Rough
-Fertilize green and bunker surrounds
-Weed control in primary and secondary roughs

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Chinch Bugs

One of the most often quoted lines from the movie Caddyshack:

"But I am studying this stuff so I know know, like...chinch bugs.  You know...manganese.  A lot of people don't even know what that is...nitrogen."

Well, Chinch bugs are actually a real thing and not just in the movies. It is fairly uncommon to see them on bentgrass but we have plenty of them throughout the course as evidenced by this picture of #8 white tee.

Our irrigation technician, Rogelio, was out adjusting irrigation heads on tees to make sure the proper archs are set. When he realized this area was not dry he notified assistant superintendents Carey Bailey and Matt Smith who investigated further using a salt flush to find this insect pest. An insect control product was applied the next day to tees and the results have excellent.

Next week we will be applying the same product to all fairways as a precautionary measure. It's a cheap application to make but is not something you want to make very often as the insects could develop resistance to the product if applied too often.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Weekly Schedule for August 10-16, 2015

Weather and unforeseen conditions can/will change the schedule.

-Seeding of thin areas in green edges
-Weed control in primary and secondary roughs

Thursday, August 6, 2015

News and Notes 8.6.15

We have recently gone through several weeks with little to no rain and temps in the 90's. The weather  is cooling down a bit and we are hopeful to get some much needed rain. During this stressful period we did have areas on green edges that thinned out. It is interesting to note that in our observations these areas all had poor growing conditions (traffic, sunlight and air movement) while greens without these issues (examples: #9. #10, #16 and #18) saw little to no damage.

Inside the black lines in the picture above shows a check plot from a mixture of products we have been applying to green edges and collars this year. This is evidence that part of the problem was this mix along with the poor growing conditions were all contributing factors. Again, no damage on green sites with plenty of sun, air movement and scattered wear patterns.

We will be seeding these thin areas on Monday. With temperatures in the low 80's and nighttime lows in the lower 60's I'd expect germination in 7-10 days. On some of these areas such as the back left of #6 green we would like to do a bit more digging around in September to determine if there are any drainage issues 12-18 inches below the surface. This is certainly a wear area from golfers entering and leaving the green but it may be helped if there is a drainage issue and we can fix it.

A product to control weeds was applied to the irrigation lake next to hole #2 last week.

Control was excellent as evidenced by the brown color of the weeds. Now it is just a matter of time before it decomposes and falls to the bottom of the pond.

Looking to hydroseed some of the steep slopes (ex: between #14 and #15, left of #18 fairway) with Fine Fescue August 31st. Will have more information on that shortly.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Weekly Schedule for August 3-9, 2015

Weather and unforeseen conditions can/will change the schedule.

-Wetting agent application to fairways and greens on Monday. Tees on Tuesday. This product will be watered in.
-Weed control products spot sprayed in roughs
-Needle tine greens on Monday
-Mow large weeds in secondary rough

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Weekly Schedule for July 27-August 2, 2015

Weather and unforeseen conditions can/will change the schedule.

-Needle tine collars on Monday
-Apply soil amendments to greens on Monday
-Weedeat golf course
-Spot spray weeds in roughs

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Hot Spots on Greens

With temps in the 90's and high humidity the past few days we have developed some hot spots in our greens. They are purple in color which is a sign from the turf that it is stressed. During periods of high humidity we have to be careful with our irrigation practices to not overwater. If we do the roots may literally cook in the hot rootzone. While a bit unsightly the turf is not dead, just off-color and will recover quickly. In a week it will not be noticeable.

Here's a good article on heat stress in turf for review:

University of Tennessee Heat Stress Article

Monday, July 20, 2015

Weekly Schedule for July 20-26, 2015

Weather and unforeseen conditions can/will change the schedule.

-Needle tine greens on Monday
-Dusting of sand on greens Tuesday
-Tuesday we will be applying a fungicide and wetting agent to control Fairy Ring (dark green circles) on greens
-Mow bunker surrounds

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Secondary Rough

Would like to do a quick update on the status of our secondary rough. Original posts may be found at these links:

Secondary Rough

Secondary Rough Seeding

Last Fall we had good germination on #3, #6, #7 and #10. The areas that we seeded late and/or had steep slopes such as #13, #14 hillside near green and #18 did not come out as well. We will re-seed this area in the late summer most likely using hyrdoseed to get better establishment on the steep slopes.

Our herbicide schedule for controlling weeds in these areas called for us to make a second application about June 1. However with the June rains and the hundreds of hours spent fixing bunkers this did not happen. So last week and this week we are playing catch up and making sure these areas will be weed free shortly. Of course the weeds got a good head start on us and will take longer to die out.

Much of these areas need to be sprayed by hand and takes an enormous amount of labor hours. About 90 actually. Of course with normal maintenance duties this is not completed all at once and can take 2-3 weeks. We have obtained different spray guns to try and make this process faster and more efficient.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Weekly Schedule for July 13-19, 2015

Weather and unforeseen conditions can/will change the schedule.

-Mow and spray secondary rough
-Detail prep work for Men's Invitational

Reminder to please DO NOT apply bug spray on the turf.


Thursday, July 9, 2015


With over 12 inches of rain in June alone we have spent a lot of time repairing bunkers. How much time? Almost 600 man hours!!!!

Repairing a bunker after a heavy rainstorm involves shoveling the sand that has washed from the face to the bottom of the bunker back to the face.

As can be seen in the above photo the water is not draining in the bottom of this bunker. Silt, rocks and other material which are located below the sand are washed to the bottom of the bunker causing the stoppage of water from moving through the sand to the drain lines underneath.  This material then needs to be scooped up and hauled away as part of the bunker repair process. Including practice areas we have over 100 bunkers at Fieldstone. Needless to say a lot of time is spent on an area of the course that is considered a hazard by the Rules of Golf.

A newer, different type of bunker drainage system was installed in the recently constructed practice fairway bunker. The entire bottom is installed with gravel then a polymer is sprayed on top of the gravel that allows water through but the sand to stay on top and the silt, rocks, etc to not come up into the sand from below.

Here are pictures after the last heavy rainfall with this bunker drainage system.

Only some minor washouts that can be fixed in a matter of minutes with zero contamination. This system is called the Better Billy Bunker and is guaranteed for 10 years. Compared to the average bunker lifespan of 5-7 years.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Weekly Schedule for July 6-12, 2015

Weather and unforeseen conditions can/will change the schedule.

-Apply wetting agent to tees, fairways and greens
-Weed control in secondary roughs
-Detail work in preparation for Men's Invitational
-Determine cause and repair recirculating pump at stream

Monday, June 29, 2015

Weekly Schedule for June 29-July 5, 2015

Weather and unforeseen conditions can/will change the schedule.

-On Monday: Needle tine greens, apply dusting of sand, apply soil amendments.
-On Tuesday: Air injection into collars and outside edge of greens for compaction relief.
-Please walk around the ropes on greens #3, #6 and #11

Monday, June 22, 2015

Weekly Schedule for June 22-28, 2015

Weather and unforeseen conditions can/will change the schedule.

-On Monday an Aerway was used in low, wet areas of fairways to make "slices" into the soil promoting drainage
-Seed walk on/walk off areas on greens #3, #6 and #11
-We have roped off these areas. Please walk around these ropes and stakes to reduce foot traffic on these weaker areas

Monday, June 15, 2015

Weekly Schedule for June 15-21, 2015

Weather and unforeseen conditions can/will change the schedule.

-Mowing of tee and green surrounds
-Mowing of secondary rough
-Minor plugging of walk on/off area at #6 green

Monday, June 8, 2015

Weekly Schedule for June 8-14, 2015

Weather and unforeseen conditions can/will change the schedule.

-Remove clippings from secondary rough that has been mowed
-Detail work in preparation for Wednesday's Member/Guest

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Weekly Schedule for June 1-7, 2015

Weather and unforeseen conditions can/will change the schedule.

-Repair bunkers
-Catch up on the mowing we are unable to do in the beginning of the week due to saturated conditions

Monday, May 25, 2015

Weekly Schedule for May 25-31, 2015

Weather and unforeseen conditions can/will change the schedule.

-Mowing of bunker surrounds
-Mowing of secondary rough
-Groom and dust greens on Tuesday
-Grooming of fairways on Monday/Tuesday
-Opening of practice fairway bunker at range

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Practice Fairway Bunker Completion

On Monday we were able to complete construction of the practice fairway bunker. We are very pleased with the end result.

Hope to have the bunker open for practice next week.

What was the forward practice tee is now rough except for the portion next to the practice bunker which will become a teeing area to practice short shots. Jim Larkin has some great ideas planned for this area. This particular teeing area will be available for use in several weeks.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Weekly Schedule for May 18-24, 2015

Weather and unforeseen conditions can/will change the schedule.

-Sodding of lower driving range tee on Monday
-Installation of sand in practice fairway bunker at range
-Grooming of fairways
-Start mowing secondary roughs at 6 inches

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Practice Fairway Bunker Construction

The staff has done an amazing job this week in constructing a practice fairway bunker in front of the driving range tee along the left side fence line. Shaping and drainage are complete. We will add sand and sod on Monday while the course is closed providing us easier access to this area without golfers on the range.

The turf on the entire lower tee will be removed and replaced with primary rough except for the portion directly behind the new practice bunker which will remain a tee and used to practice one's short game. Jim Larkin and staff have planned a great way to make the most of your short game practice in this area.

The following are pictures with short descriptions of the construction process to date:

Concept drawn with turf marking paint.

Removal of existing sod
Initial shaping of the bunker shell
Continued excavation of bunker shell
Edging of bunker
Drainage line excavation
Gravel installation around drainage pipe in trenches
Bunker outflow pipe

Pinki supervising the work

Monday, May 11, 2015

Weekly Schedule for May 11-17, 2015

Weather and unforeseen conditions can/will change the schedule.

-Construction of practice fairway bunker at range
-Continue adding sand to bunkers that need it. Also repair liner that is showing. Please remember sand will be soft in bunkers with new sand until we get some rains that will compact it.
-Verticut, topdress and fertilize greens on Monday

Friday, May 8, 2015

Enkamat and Bunker Sand

Just in front of the tees on #1 where carts enter the fairway we installed material called Enkamat (Enkamat Website)

Under the matting is newly planted Turf Type Tall Fescue seed. The goal is for the turf to grow up through the porous Enkamat. Once fully grown the Enkamat will cover the crown portion of the plant near the soil surface protecting it from excessive wear. No guarantee it will work but it is worth a try.

Also, we have now added sand to 49 bunkers throughout the course using over 25 tons of sand. We will finish adding sand to the bunkers that need it next week.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Additional Bunker Sand

This week we have added almost 23 tons of sand to 27 bunkers throughout the course. We have another 23 tons arriving Friday morning to continue adding sand to bunkers that need it.

Just a reminder, the fresh sand is soft and will not firm up until we get some rains. For now, enjoy the firm and fast conditions that the recent dry weather has allowed.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Weekly Schedule for May 4-10, 2015

Weather and unforeseen conditions can/will change the schedule.

-Add sand to bunkers that need it
-Fine Fescue seeding in secondary roughs
-Rock wall repair at ruins on #12/#14
-Pre and post emergent herbicide application to primary rough

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Weeds in Secondary Rough

We just completed pre and post emergent herbicide applications in our secondary rough areas. A different type of post emergent herbicide was used that actually turns the plants white before they go away. It's taking a little longer then normal for this to happen due to the cooler temperatures.

With the severe slopes where most of the secondary rough is located a hand sprayer with hose is used. This makes the process much longer versus being able to ride on the sprayer when applying.

Our next pre and post emergent herbicide application will be to the primary rough. A different group of herbicides will be used in these areas.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Weekly Schedule for April 27-May 3, 2015

Weather and unforeseen conditions can/will change the schedule.

-Pre and Post emergent herbicide application to secondary roughs
-Rock wall repair
-Stump grind at #8 tees
-Bunker sand installation where needed once sand arrives

Monday, April 20, 2015

Weekly Schedule for April 20-26, 2015

Weather and unforeseen conditions can/will change the schedule.

-Pre and Post emergent herbicide application to secondary roughs
-Painting of water cooler houses on the course
-Edge and paint yardage plaques in tees and fairways
-Rock wall repair
-First rough mow of season

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Bunker Sand

We have bunker sand scheduled to be delivered during the week of April 27th to top off any bunkers that need it. Thank you for your patience.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Porous Pave Installation and Completion Photos

Installation Hole #2

Hole #2 Complete

Hole #3 Installation
Hole #3 Complete

Hole #7 Installation

Hole #7 Complete

Monday, April 6, 2015

Weekly Schedule for April 6-12, 2015

Weather and unforeseen conditions can/will change the schedule.

-Topdress and fertilize greens on Monday
-Installation of Porous Pave paths on holes #2, #3 and #7
-Bunker rejuvenation starting with green side bunkers
-Turf Type Tall Fescue overseeding in green surrounds
-Irrigation adjustments

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Sod and Porous Pave Project Update

Been a very busy week here with most of our staff from Mexico returning last Tuesday. All greens were aerified and cleaned off on Monday due to the hard work and efforts of assistant superintendents Carey Bailey and Charles Soper; mechanic Tim Urbanski and staff member Tony Roy. Due to an issue with the travel plans of our associates coming from Mexico they were unable to arrive until Tuesday morning. An amazing job by our staff to do so much work with only 4 people.

Besides a few small clean-up items, the sod work on holes #2 and #10 is complete. There was some left over sod that we were able to install on hole #4 which extends the primary rough up towards the rock wall to the right of the fairway.

The subbase for the paths on holes #2, #3 and #7 was installed Thursday by Evergreen Hardscaping. This Monday the Porous Pave will be installed with use by golfers on Wednesday.

#7 tee walk path

#3 tee walk path

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Day 2 of Rough Sodding

On Wednesday another 18,000 square feet of sod was delivered and installed between holes #2 and #10. So far a total of 36,000 square feet has been laid. We are estimating another 9,000 square feet will finish the project. With the wet weather and steep slopes it will be next week until the final portion of sod will be laid. There are also small areas where small pieces of sod will need to be installed such as around trees and in corners where the large rolls can not reach.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

#2 and #10 Rough Sod Update

On Tuesday, 18,000 square feet of Turf Type Tall Fescue sod was delivered and installed by Coombs Sod. There will be a total of 45,000 square feet installed. Another 18,000 square feet is being delivered and installed Wednesday.

Each truck holds 36 rolls. Each roll having 250 square feet of sod.

The rolls are delivered to the area to be sodded,
A special machine is used to install the large rolls. Netting is removed while the sod is being laid.

Monday, March 23, 2015

#3 and #7 Walk Path Preparation

Today the excavation for the walk paths on #3 and #7 is being completed. These along with the cart path between #2 and #10 will have the PorousPave material installed as early as next week, depending on the weather.

#3 Walk Path from Black Tee to Cart Path

Removal of Existing Brick Path to #7 Tee

Excavation for New Walk Path to #7 Tees

We are hoping to have at least 20,000 sq. ft. of sod laid tomorrow (Tuesday) between holes #2 and #10. The rest of the sod is scheduled to be installed on Wednesday. Hopefully the weather will cooperate and our schedule remains intact.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

#2 and #10 Rough Conversion Update for 3.18.15

After a month of no work due to poor weather conditions, Total Turf Golf Services is back to finish this work. Today they are finishing up the work to the right of #2 green next to the cart path.

Afterwards they will move to excavate out the sub-base for the Porous Pave path between #2 and #10.

While there are many moving parts, the schedule for now is the following:

-Finish prep for area between #2 and #10 on Thursday, March 19
-Sod area Tuesday, March 24 and Wednesday March 25
-Apply sub-base aggregate to cart path between #2 and #10 on Thursday, March 26
-Apply sub-base aggregate for walk paths on #3 and #7 on Friday, March 27
-Pour the Porous Pave material on Monday, March 30 and Tuesday March 31

Again, many factors involved including the weather that may alter this schedule.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The Great Melt

Tried to get around the course today but got stuck multiple times just on the cart paths. Was unable to get to the most snow and ice covered portions of the course but here are a few photos from what I did see.

Hole #5
Hole #14
Hole #15

Hole #18