Wednesday we finished the sod work around the bunker on #11 and #16 green. The last shipment of sod will be here on Tuesday and we should be able to have everything finished that afternoon. Right now it is the opinion of myself and the contractor that we wait a full three weeks before installing the sand so as to be sure the liner is fully rooted. That means they will not be finished before U.S. Open field day.
Unfortunately, these beautiful bunkers your seeing here is the last work of John Harbottle III. Thursday he passed away suddenly and all of us here at Tacoma C&GC are in a state of disbelief regarding this tragedy. Right now I cannot find the words to describe how I feel about this loss. I loved every minute I got to spend with him working on the golf course and also just being his friend. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Harbottle family. Below you see John enjoying a day on the golf course. This is how I will always remember him. He was a constant student of the game. He loved to play golf, but I think he most enjoyed studying golf and golf courses. Almost every day he played, I'd find some reason to grab him and ask him "what do you think about this" or "what if we did this". Of course he was always willing to share his opinion and expertise. I am going to miss him so much.