Saturday, March 11, 2017

12 Teeing Ground

Monday we received a shipment of sod for the surrounds of the 12th tee.  We installed 11,000 square feet of ryegrass which covered most of the area impacted by the project. The areas that are still exposed are well out of play and will be seeded.
The quality of the sod is very good even though the color is a little off.  The turf came from a sod farm on the east side of the state where it's been frozen solid for several months and therefore is in a slight state of dormancy.  It should green up very soon since we are finally seeing a return to normal temperatures in our region.  
Yesterday we rolled the area with the big tractor, set the tee blocks, and opened it up for play.Over the next several months this teeing surface will receive several topdressings of sand in order to get it smooth and firm.  We started this project on the January 2nd and everything has been done "in house" by my talented staff.  There were countless challenges faced throughout the process of construction given the severe winter weather.   Needless to say all of us are pretty proud of how it turned out.  Here's a couple before and after pictures.
Before taken from behind 11 green
Today taken from behind 11 green

Before taken from the proposed tee location.

Today taken from the new tee location.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Fun in the Sun

The sun came up yesterday morning and what a gorgeous site it was.  Look at all the sunlight hitting the driving range tee.  The driving range tee was built in 1989 and ever since it was constructed it never received morning sun due to the mature stand of fir trees to the east. So what's different today?  The difference is today the Club has a Tree Management plan which puts an emphasis on preserving the native oak trees.  That stand of firs east of the practice tee was choking out a beautiful grove of oak trees.  Per the Tree Management Plan, those invasive fir trees have now been removed and the oaks have been released giving them a chance to live maybe another 500 years.
As a bonus we get a lot more sunlight and air flow on the turf surrounding this area.  More sunlight on the driving range tee is critical for divot recovery, but even better will be the added sunlight for the 3rd green.  Here's a couple pictures showing how #3 looked before the project how it looks today.
As you can see there are still plenty of trees behind #3 if your one of those that likes trees as a backdrop.  The project behind #4 was also completed this week and again this was a huge success.  Here's a couple pictures showing before and after on #4.
Now when you're standing on #4, there's a great view up the 5th hole and of course the putting surface now has better air flow and at least an hour more of direct sunlight.  An hour of sunlight might not sound like a lot but it can be the difference between a good putting surface and a great one. 
So we had a great week bringing in more sunlight to the property, but with the presence of some sunny weather we also had the opportunity to make progress on the new 12th tee. 
 The entire teeing ground is now sodded and next week we hope to bring in some rough sod to cover most of the dirt you see around the teeing ground.  
Here's a picture of the project from behind the 11th green.  The whole thing is really coming together.  It will take some time and a lot of sand topdressing to get it smooth but I couldn't be happier with how it's looking.  We should be opening it for play very soon. 

Monday, February 20, 2017

Back In Business

The snow melted off, the ground thawed out and we are back in business.  Sod is going down again on #12 teeing ground and it's looking really good.

As of today we are well beyond the halfway mark with sodding the actual teeing surface. 

On the other side near the 11th green, Jeremy is bringing in some big rhododendrons to improve the buffer between the course and it's neighbors.  We still have a lot to do but the whole project is coming together nicely.

Right now the sod for the 12th tee is coming from in front of the new performance center.  A lot of this area will have to be torn up and regraded to fit with the new building so it made sense to go in and save as much of this sod as possible.  By May 1st this area should be regraded and restored if everything goes as planned with the building.  As you can see the performance center has come a long way in the last week.

The back of the pro shop has also progressed quite a bit.  Now that the roof has been built up the building has taken on a whole new look in regard to scale.  It looks really big and it looks really good.  Exciting times for sure.