Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Day 29 and 30 - "Finish Grade" and Tee Work in Full Force!!

Now the real work begins!! Yesterday the putting green drainage was complete and the mix is being installed as I type this. Below is a photo of the putter with the drainage and gravel complete. Remember, this green has been expanded from 6300sqft to 8500sqft.

With the "heavy lifting" on the greens now behind us, we began the finish work on Friday on last week. One of the most important steps of this process is making sure the rootzone mix has been installed to correct depth and properly compacted. Below is a photo of the lengths we are going to make sure these greens are constructed properly.

In this photo you will see a number of flags that were placed on the green in a grid fashion. The gentlemen in the photo is a CCD employee and he is checking the depth of the greens mix and each and every one of these flags - nearly 400 locations on one green. Any inconsistencies are immediately report to myself and then I inform the contractor and architect of the areas that require additional attention.

Between Friday, Saturday and Monday we now have the 18th, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th 12th and 16th greens in the finished state. There is a minor tweak here or there and that work will be completed today. Tomorrow, we will take delivery of the first truck of bluegrass sod to place around the green surrounds on the holes noted above. Once complete, the greens will be ready for fertilizer applications and SEED!! As I have noted in earlier posts, we will attempt to wait for as many greens as possible to be ready by the 20-25th of August, at which time we will hopefully seed all the greens at once.

The other really exciting thing that is happening right now is the tee placement. With the extra bodies that were sent here by MacCurrach last week, we have seen the pace of tee project triple. The location of the 2nd, 3rd, 18th, 4th and 17th tees have now been defined, "cored-put", and sub-grades have been laser leveled. They even began installing the drainage on some of these new tee boxes yesterday. Below are a couple of photos.

The new look of the third hole. The forward tee is difficult to see in this photo, but it has been shifted to the right to get it out of the tree line.

The above photo is the laser level box blade that is used to get the sub-grade of the tees exactly right. Notice the yellow laser in the background and the yellow receiving unit near the top of the box blade. The two units communicate with each other and allow the red box-blade to automatically adjust itself. The operator simply has to drive around in circles until the box-blade is no longer moving earth. At that point, the grade is set and the process moves on to the next tee box.