Saturday, August 14, 2010

Days 31-33 - Starting to Put Things Back Together!!

Forgive my absence for the last few days, it has been a fast paced couple of days.

In the last couple of days we have plunged deep into the first stages of repairing the golf course. On Wednesday we took delivery of the first truck load of sod to begin repairing the green's surrounds. We managed to get #'s 3, 4, 5 and half of 2completed with the first truck. We are anticipating another truck to arrive any minute and it should be enough to finish the 2nd, 12th, 13th, 15th, and 16th holes. That would make 8 holes that would be complete and within in an hour could be ready to seed. We will continue to wait for as many greens as we can to seed at one time. I'm still hopeful that we will be able to accomplish somewhere around the 23-25th of August.

On the tee front, it is a lightning fast pace. The tee placements and coring out of the tees is complete on all but 7-12 and number 1. There are a couple small adjustments to made on the 6/13 complex but that will be completed today. I think all playing groups will find great satisfaction with the placement of these tees. Being able to witness it first hand, I can tell you the architect on site is very aware of the wide range of skill level that exists in our membership and is placing the tees accordingly. The forward courses will be a great enhancement to many members playing experience.

I will try to post some finished photos later today, but have included one very important photo below. The photo shows a hard edge that is created just prior to the sods placement. We call this "Keying-In" the bluegrass sod. Why is this so important? Many times is the past golf course just laid the sod at the same soil depth that the collar would be grown at and it created a damming effect that prevent surface water form exiting the green. By lowering the edge around the collar, we ensure that the soil layer that comes with all sod, will not impede the flow of water. It seems so simple but can be very problematic if not done correctly.

(The green will be on the light colored sand. The collar will be on the raised soil area and the sod is placed between the hard edge and existing turf.)