Is it a water hazard? Is it a bunker? Maybe it's both. Actually it can't be a water hazard as it is not marked as one. Therefore it must be deemed casual water in a hazard. Definitely not something you like to see but all too common is this seen in our region after a strong weather system has passed through. In the first 48 hours of this week we received over 3 inches of rain and our soils were already at holding capacity so we are seeing some standing water on the property. The interesting thing is we are only seeing standing water in the old bunkers. Because of the new vertidrain (deep tine aerifier), there is not one area of standing water on fairways, greens or tees. I can't say how much that new machine has improved our playing conditions. Now check out one of our new bunkers this morning after yesterday's deluge.
Isn't that awesome. You know, not only is this bunker free of standing water, it is also free of any wash outs. In fact if this bunker wasn't full of leaves it would be very ready for play without my staff having to do anything to it. That is the beauty of new bunker sand, and a new bunker with drainage that is functioning properly. So you can probably guess that I am thankful for this beautiful bunker and that soon all of our bunkers will be as functional as this amazing specimen on #11. Well of course that is true, I am thankful, but I'm thankful for a lot of things and since this is the week that it is.................I will share some of those things I am thankful for.
I am so thankful that the Club purchased this amazing machine. I'm not kidding.........I'm sure you're tired of hearing this but in case you didn't know it, Puget Sound gets a little rain. Drainage can make or break a golf course in our region, and Tacoma has always drained well, but now, with the help of the Vertidrain 7416, our drainage is borderline ridiculous.
Yes, I am thankful for Snowpocalypse 2012. Really what I'm saying is I love mother nature. This past ice storm was devastating in many ways, but it also cleared out some cluttering trees on the course and opened things up. I am thankful that my job is dictated by mother nature. You never know what she's going to throw at you, and you're always surprised at how the outcome is usually an improvement. She knows what she's doing. Don't fight it or worry over it.
I'm thankful for Nick Schaan and Kip Kalbrenner. These two guys have been instrumental with the facilitation, and direction of the restoration project. With them I am having so much fun with what should be one of the most stressful projects I've ever been involved in. So .........okay enough is enough. I'm sure you get the point that I feel very blessed and I'm very thankful this holiday season. Now, let's talk about the project and where we're at.
If you come to the teeing ground and see no tee markers, don't just hit it from where you want. The markers have been moved for the safety of those working on your golf course. As an example, above you see Boo sitting on the temporary tee for #7. This hole was temporarily changed to a par 3 so we could safely build the fairway bunkers in the area between 7 and 16. So again, if you don't see tee markers, the tee is closed, walk up the fairway till you find them. I know this is a huge inconvenience but please follow these guidelines so that we can get this done quickly and then you can enjoy your new golf course.
Oh yeah, one more thing.....................I am thankful for Stanford. Now GO BEAVERS!!