|A Beautiful Morning!|
Of course Golf Course Services, Inc. (GCS) mobilized and began our bunker renovation project right away. Taking advantage of a closed golf course this past Monday they were able to work unimpeded on the par 3 ninth hole.
|Old Sand Being Removed|
|Exposing the original bunker edge|
|Notice the sand build-up above the clay cavity|
New, improved bunker sand is installed. The newer bunker sand we are installing was not originally available when the golf course was renovated in 2008. This newer sand is more angular and thus provides both a firmer surface but also holds in place better minimizing severe wash outs which lead to contamination over time. The new sand is compacted and the bunker then raked and ready for play.
|New Sand Being Compacted|
If you look closely at the two photos below you can see the new sod that was added to portions of the bunker face to reestablish the grass lines back to the original contours. Also, the layer of sand build-up has been removed from under the turf and the sod tamped to create a "rolled" edge into the bunker on the low side.
|Raked and Ready for Play!|
After all four bunkers on number 9 were completed the crew moved directly to the par 5 eighth hole where they have managed to completely renovate 5 of the 7 bunkers on that hole and they are working on one of the two remaining this morning. That's 10 bunkers in one week thanks to some very cooperative weather! There are 79 total bunkers on property (77 on the golf course and two practice bunkers). This project will be continuing over the next couple months as we make our way through the entire golf course (minus of course, the bunkers renovated in the same manner this time last year).
A few other projects we are busy working on include trimming low hanging limbs and branches on three key holes. Holes 8, 13 and 14 are located on the perimeter of the club's property and many limbs and branches from our pine tree buffer were too low and adversely affecting our ability to grow and maintain quality turf. We have been busy working along these holes lifting the tree canopies to allow better sunlight penetration.
|Not for the Faint of Heart|
Since we are on the subject of cart paths, this time every year we edge the cart paths to remove unwanted bermudagrass encroachment. The process is lengthy because we have several miles of cart path but this is a perfect time of year for such a project.
|Removing the Debris|
|A Clean Edge!|
Another task we are working on right now is applying compost to high traffic and weak turf areas. Currently we are concentrating only on the roughs so as not to adversely affect the playing conditions of fairways since the bermudgrass has ceased growing for the year as it enters winter dormancy. The compost will break down and help modify the soil in these areas to better sustain quality turf.
So, to recap...congrats to Stephen and Brett, greens recently aerated and topdressed, bunkers being renovated, trees limbs being trimmed, cart paths being edged and curbed, compost being applied...wonder what we are going to do next week!
See you on the course,
Golf Course Superintendent