Friday, October 24, 2014

Renovation Update

A couple of heavy rain events slowed production of bunker shaping for a few days however we remain on schedule for substantial completion by mid November.  Bunker work continues with holes 8 and 9 the only remaining holes to shape.  Better Billy Bunker, sand and sod are following closely behind having progressed through 10, 4 and 15 near the halfway house.  Greens tees and fairways are filling in nicely and have all been mowed except for the 18th fairway.

Crisp fall days are perfect for completing the project.  Next week looks to be more of the same.

Bunker shaping on 15 green.

Despite the heavy rain events the BBB and ProAngle sand are performing as advertised.  Not a single washout!

Poa annua roots (right) from the PPG are no match for 007 Bentgrass (left) from the 13th green.

Squirrels are not helping the cause here!

We've utilized covers to help keep the soil temperatures warm and aide growth as well as keep the squirrels off.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Renovation Weeks VIII & IX

Perfect weather over the last two weeks helped us finish off the seeding off all bentgrass areas, and gave us a great start on bunker work.  A glimpse of the the bunker renovation process can be found below.

After old bunker sand is removed, rough shaping of bunkers begins with a bulldozer.  

Further shaping and edging is performed by hand and with smaller equipment.

Final shaping is approved by our architect taking into account many factors including visibility from the tee or fairway.

Drainage lines are trenched and pipe is installed.

Gravel is then placed in the floor of the bunker.

Better Billy Bunker polymer is sprayed over the gravel layer locking the gravel in place.

Bluegrass sod is installed around the perimeters before placement of the ProAngle bunker sand.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Renovation Weeks VI & VII

On and off rain the past two weeks slowed some of the earth moving and grading, but was just what the doctor ordered for the new seedlings.  Thankfully all of our greens are firmly established, and we are past the point where heavy rain will cause washouts and setbacks.  So far all aspects of the project remain on or slightly ahead of schedule.  A glimpse of the past few weeks can be found below.

Most greens have been mowed 6-7 times at this point at about 1/4" height of cut.  The 15th green is pictured above receiving a fresh cut and the 7th green is below.

Most fairways have been mowed 2-3 times at this point and are filling in nicely.  Four fairways are receiving some final grading and prep work before seeding later this week.  The 8th fairway is pictured above and below.

All tees have been seeded at this point.  Seeding of the 13th tee is pictured above.

Bentgrass germination on a fairway 5 days after seeding.

Fairway drainage repair and upgrades are pictured above and below.  Most of this work is being performed by RCC staff.

All tees received a "ring" of bluegrass before seeding.  Our contractor has installed 12 semi loads of sod to date.

Grading of the fairway expansion on the 5th hole is underway, and the new lake is complete! 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Renovation Week V

With a little cooperation from Mother Nature this week we were able to complete the seeding of all greens.  The focus now shifts to the construction and seeding of tees, as well as finishing up the fairway drainage repair and seeding.  The next 5 days look great weather wise with only slight chances of passing storms.

The new practice putting green and chipping green were finished and seeded this week.

Existing greens received their first two mowings this week, just 14 days after seeding.  Mowing regularly will help these greens fill in and mature quickly.

Fairway seeding continued.  Five more to seed in the coming weeks.

Early germination on fairways was evident after just 6 days.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Renovation Week IV

Despite two heavy rain events of 2.3" and 1.1" this week we still made some good progress and continue on schedule.  We've seen some very good germination of 007 bentgrass on greens and fairways, and I expect to begin mowing greens this week.

Three plus inches of rain filled the new pond to capacity rather quickly! 

Greens mix arrived to the parking lot stockpile before loading and transport to the new greens on #3, #14 and the new practice green.

Greens mix is spread over the gravel layer on the new greens.

Our staff finished the final 2 greens expansions on #9 and #11 before seeding.

Fairway seeding continued, and we observed germination on several fairways seeded previously.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Renovation Week III

Another great week is under our belts and the weather is cooperating for the most part.  While we did lose one day to rain the remainder of the week was very productive.  We have also reached a milestone in any renovation as seed has been sown! 

Stone curbing from greens and tee cart path edges was removed this week in preparation for grading and relocation of cart paths in some areas.  

The drainage and gravel layers are complete on the 3rd green, and the 14th green is not far behind.  Greensmix is scheduled to arrive early next week.

Fourteen of our sixteen existing greens that received the fumigant were floated and seeded this week. Expansion work on the ninth and eleventh green will be completed early next week before seeding of our final two existing greens takes place.

The lake on #5 got bigger and so did the tees throughout the golf course!  Much of the fill from the lake is being used to expand and raise tees.

RCC staff focused on consolidating and leveling the existing drain inlets in fairways.  Damaged pipe is also being replaced in preparation for seeding next week.