Sunday, July 26, 2020

Mount Tacoma

Most of you know about the controversy surrounding the original naming of the mountain that today we call "Rainier".  If not you can click HERE and read all about it.  Well, I say we keep Mount Rainier, "Mount Rainier", and deem Mount Tacoma as that big pile of earth on the right side of #2.
So why is Mount Tacoma there?  What are we going to do with all that earth?  The best answer right now is that we really aren't sure, but it's going to be great.  A home builder down the road needed to get rid of some topsoil and fill material, and he asked if we would like to have it.  We said yes since we have many projects on the master plan which require fill dirt, and in fact it's the cost of the fill which has prevented us from doing some of these projects.  You can look at the Master Plan by clicking HERE but real quick just look below at some images of the projects we have planned which require considerable fill material. 
3 Tee
This doesn't look like a huge change but shifting this teeing ground to the left and doubling the size of usable hitting space will require at least 150 cubic yards of fill.
3 Green/4 Tee
The plan to make #3 a reverse redan, and subsequently one of the most thrilling one-shoters in the state will require some fill dirt, but the work we want to do on 4 tee will require a lot.  What's a reverse redan?  Well that deserves the attention of a blog post just by itself, but you can read about "the redan" by clicking HERE
7/17 Tee
This project adds about 50 yards to number 7 and gives us a new angle into 17 green.  A lot of fill is required for this project, but worth every penny.  The dirt is free now, but there would still be a considerable cost to truck it all the way down to this area.
10 Green
The little bump we want to build on the left side of 10 green is a bigger deal than you might think.  This will be a great feature when you want to chase one onto the green, but are blocked out by the fronting bunker.

So like I said, any of these projects will be great improvements, but right now it's not certain what we're going to do.  Right now I just wanted to share with you that we've been gifted some valuable soil and we're excited about the opportunity it presents.

Monday, April 20, 2020

Work Party

Thanks to everyone that came out yesterday to sand and seed the divots on the golf course.  It was really a great time, and the weather was just gorgeous.  Social distancing was maintained and fun was had by all.
The timing couldn't have been better. This week we will get a little rain so the fairways should heal up quickly.  Here's a few pictures from yesterday's work party.  Thanks again, it really was a big help for getting the golf course in the best shape possible before reopening. 

Friday, March 27, 2020


By now you more than likely have heard that the playing field is closed due to the "stay at home" order given by Gov. Inslee.  You are allowed to walk the grounds and get some fresh air, but for everyone's safety we have removed most of the objects that can be touched and may spread the virus (i.e. bunker rakes, flagsticks, sand and seed bottles etc.).  The order is effective for a minimum of 2 weeks, and as we wait to see what happens next, I thought I'd update you on what this means for our maintenance operations.  
Fortunately we were given 48 hours notice before the order took effect and during that time we scrambled to lay 12,000 sqft of sod to finish off some of our projects like the new fine turf wrap around the putter.......
and the removal of the cart path on 7 tee.
We also closed up the area of disturbance by the new buffer near the 8th green..........
and behind the 9th green.  Yes, the new sod is a little off color, but this turf came from a farm on the east side near Moses Lake and over there it's quite a bit colder so the plants are slightly dormant.  In a week or two the new sod should green up. 
I'm excited to report that we were also able to aerify greens before the "stay at home" order went into effect.
This is very good news.  By the time we re-open, the greens will be healed up and in pristine condition considering they will have 14 days of rest.  So during this "stay at home" order we are allowed to maintain the golf course, but in a manner that is considered the minimum level of maintenance to ensure the property retains its value.  We have reduced the staff's schedule so that there are only a few individuals here each day.  This means we can keep the grass mowed and apply disease control products when necessary.  
We will also be applying some virus control products.  This bottle of bleach solution is our new friend, and we are spraying down everything at the maintenance facility in order to keep things disinfected.  This is another reason we are keeping a minimum number of staff on site each day.  The fewer people we have moving around at the shop the easier it is to keep things clean and maintain social distancing.