Saturday, July 10, 2010

Day 4 - The Pace Quickens Again!

More than 24 hours after the 1.1 inch rain event, you would hardly even know anything happened and the contractor just took it in stride and marched forwarded. Yesterday was our most productive day yet. I continue to be amazed at how well all parties are working seamlessly with one another and the results of these efforts are speaking volumes.

The greens core-out continued yesterday, but with a new piece of equipment introduced into the equation. The large pay loader shown below has really quickened the pace of removing the old greens and sod from the existing tees. With the use of this machine, MacCurrach Golf was able to finish the core-out of the 13th, 16th, 15th, 14th, 6th, and 11th greens all in one day. They even managed to get started on the 7th green late in the evening.

We continued with the efforts to strip all the sod off of the old tees yesterday as well. Pictured below is the 16th during that process. As of yesterday, all but the 5th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th and 17th holes had all the sod removed and where ready to be re-shaped. There should be significant progress on this front today and I would be surprised if there were more than one or two tees with any sod on them by the conclusion of work today.

The shaping of the greens sub-surfaces continued as well yesterday but only the 16th green was able to be completed due the rains the day before. The soil in the base of the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 12th greens was simply too wet to shape yesterday. The shapers from Renaissance appear to be ready to work through the weekend to make up for lost time and in preparation for Mr. Doak's visit. The plan is to have 6 greens for Mr. Doak to look at during his first visit and I think we will make that mark with no problem. I still think we might even have 8 greens for him to survey. Below is a photo of Mr. Iverson of RGD working the bulldozer in the 16th green. Notice the laser guided transit in the background - the shaping of the subsurface is one of the most critical components to ensuring superior surface drainage and the use of this laser helps ensure the work is done properly.

By the end of the day today, all the greens core-outs should be complete, expect for the putting green which we will leave in as long as possible for the membership to use.

Don't forget the Member-Info Session next Wednesday evening at 5:30. I would love the opportunity to show you how far we have come in such a short amount of time. Have a great weekend!!!