Saturday, April 1, 2017

Now What?

So now that the 12th tee is basically finished, what do we do now?  Well we have to topdress the area a lot.  We are going to spread sand over the area very aggressively for the next few months in order to get the teeing surface smooth and firm.  But really, the 12th tee is the least of my concerns. For the next several weeks we will be restoring the grounds surrounding the performance center which right now looks like a place where a bomb filled with mud has exploded.

The key is we need some decent weather for this area to dry out a little.  February and March were two of the wettest in history and that has not helped the situation around the new facility.

The forecast for this week looks very promising and we will be working on this area to try and get it back together.  I promise you that it will look great and it will be finished before you know it.
One of the key elements to a good looking practice facility is of course good looking turf and the artificial turf strip has been anything but that recently.  The problem with the turf mats not laying flat is now solved.  All we did was simply anchor them down using stainless steel screws.
Before that we did remove all the mats and put down a fresh layer of gravel and then compacted that really well.  The whole thing looks great now and once we get the grass around it repaired I'm sure everyone will be glad we have this artificial surface.
At the pro shop I got the chance to play with the back hoe the other day and dig a trench in order to restore power to the clock.
The clocks been stuck on 11 o'clock for several months now.  It'll be nice to see it working again and that should happen pretty soon.  
 FYI we did replace a few of the trees behind 16 green.  This time the transplant went very smoothly and we feel like these new trees will have a much better chance of survival.  One of the new strategies for improved success is we installed some perforated pipe around the root balls.
These pipes allows us to monitor and influence the moisture around the root ball.  With the caps off we can reduce the moisture around the root ball and of course if we need more moisture we simply use a hose to fill the pipes with water.

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