Friday, March 7, 2014

Course Projects Update 3/7/14

With this being one of the most cold and difficult winters in recent memory, we have had to make many changes to our winter project schedule.  While drainage projects were our #1 project, it is clear now that only hole #2 will be completed.  The ground has been frozen for the past 2 months leaving the trencher unable to dig.  Because of this we have refocused our efforts on other projects throughout the course.

Chestnut Cove before dredging
Chestnut Cove during dredging
Chestnut Cove after dredging
One of the most notable projects has been the dredging of all the lakes throughout the course.  We were fortunate enough to be able to rent a long arm excavator specifically designed for lake dredging.  Our staff spent three weeks digging out the lakes and moving the machine from one hole to another.  All of the dredge material was deposited next to the lakes so that it could "de-water" and then be relocated with our utility vehicles to other areas of the course.  This has been a much bigger project than originally envisioned because the lakes were much worse than anticipated.

Removal of dredge "trash"
Dredging the front of #10 green complex
#10 green complex ready for sod
We are nearly finished moving all of the dredge material to areas throughout the course where it is needed for tee enhancements.  The G&G committee approved adding a new red tee to hole #4, enlarging the white tee on #5, lengthening the gold tee on #11, and constructing a new gold tee on #17.  These projects are about 60% complete at this time. 
Construction of new red tee #4
Construction of new red tee #4
 Another major project that we have been working on is replacing the cross-tie wall at the gazebo on #15.  This has been a difficult project since we have to construct a new boulder wall around the gazebo without damaging it.  In addition to the wall, we will be constructing a new parking area and improving the landscaping.
Rock wall construction #15 gazebo
Rock wall construction #15 gazebo
In addition to the aforementioned projects, we have been busy on many smaller projects such as refurbishing course accessories, tree removal, landscaping and agronomic practices. 

Removal of tree stumps at #1 tee