Saturday, September 17, 2016

Stump grinding

This week, we ground about 200 stumps around the golf course.  Many of them were here along the 7th hole and the driving range. After we fill in the holes, we can put the fence back together and start beautifying this area that was once filled with Ash trees taken by the Emerald Ash Borer:

 

Also, the new seed and cart path behind 7 tee are looking good:
 
 






Thursday, August 11, 2016

New roots in August!

A couple weeks ago, we used "bayonet" tines for the first time on the greens. The slices left were barely noticeable after rolling and mowing. A few days later, the marks were invisible but testing with a soil probe reveals excellent rooting in the channels opened up by the tines. In each of the slices, new roots have developed, sometimes down the entire length of the tine. Without venting, it is unlikely we would be growing new roots in August - especially this August.  The channels formed by the bayonet tines offer some much needed oxygen to the rootzone allowing golf courses to keep their greens healthy in tough conditions.
 
Bayonet tines on a Toro 648 with rear roller
 
New roots!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

7 Tee Area Before and After

With seed germinating and the cart path installed, I thought it was time for some before and after shots of the area behind 7 tee.  This project accomplished several things: improved drainage, removal of old fill pile, improved cart routes, and safe access from the driving range to the course.  The "after" photos were taken after several rainstorms and the improved grading and drain lines performed as expected with no standing water in the area.
 
Looking back from 7 tee:
 

Before removing the pile and after:
 


Same area earlier this year and now:
 


Looking north after the drain was installed and now:
 


Early morning net repairs

Thanks, Stan!
 

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Blue tee on #7 is open

The cart path around the back of 7 tee was finished Friday and the tee is open for play.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

7 Tee Project Timelapse



December 15, 2015: Trench dug for drain pipe

December 16, 2015: Pipe installed. Backfilling begins.

April 16, 2016: Tilling and grading

May 9, 2016: Seed and blanket down

June 24, 2016: First mowing

Friday, June 24, 2016

7 Tee Cartpath

Serious progress made today on the renovations around the back tee on 7.  The crew spread moistened stabilized crushed granite in the forms and rolled it out.  It was a beautiful day for working outside.  Good work, Gary, Felix, Aaron, and Chase!







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