Yesterday was again a very large day for the renovation process as Mr. Doak began to survey the work his team of shapers had prepared for his visit. Mr. Doak took a patient approach to the approval process and did not decide anything quickly or without thought. By lunch time, he had "released" the 3rd, 4th, and 15th greens back to the contractor to begin the drainage process. The RGD team continued to work on the 12th, 16th, 18th and 2nd green after lunch, and by the end of the day, they had released all of those greens to the contractor.
The shaping on the new 17th green site began in earnest yesterday and was "roughed-in" by the end of the evening. Today, the RGD team will focus their efforts on this site as well as the 5th green site in hopes of getting both of these greens approved before Mr. Doak leaves on Thursday. Mr. Doak will return next week to review what we hope will be the final 9 greens.
Here are some photos of yesterday work:
Once Mr. Doak approved the green, the MacCurrach team used a traditional bunker rake to smooth and prep the floor for drainage.
The entire floor of the bunker was packed using the vibrating plate tamper seen in the center of this photo.
Drainage trenches were then cut using a mini-excavator and the MacCurrach team did an outstanding job to ensure the sub-grade was continuously raked as not to tarnish Mr. Doak's work.
Once the drain tile is installed in the trenches, the gravel is then placed in the trenches to completely fill the trenches and an additional 4 inches is placed throughout the "well" of the green.
Here is the 3rd green at the end of work yesterday. Notice the systematic approach to work our way out of the well and not distribute the gravel layer. Also, notice the grade stakes that help make sure the gravel is evenly distributed to a 4 inch depth.