Friday, February 13, 2015

Course Projects Update 2/13/15

With the various temperatures we have had the past month (one week above freezing, next week below), we have had to make some changes to our winter project schedule.  While drainage projects remain a major priority, our ability to stay focused on it has been limited due to the weather.  At this time, I feel we are a bit behind schedule.  However, with warmer weather, I feel certain we will make positive gains and finish  the drainage projects before the season starts.
Turfdrain being installed on #13 fairway
Drainage installation #13
 With the weather affecting some projects, we have had to refocused our efforts on other projects throughout the course.  One such project has been the beautification of the course with stone walls.  As I have reported in past posts, we have finished stone walls on #8 and #18.  We are currently finishing a major wall at the red and gold tee on #7.  This is part of our landscape master plan that will not only improve the aesthetics at the tee but also make maintenance easier.  In addition to #7, we have started on a stone wall behind #2 green.
Thank you to our friends at Jacobsen who have loaned us one of their new Trucksters to test.  I must say that it is doing very well and helping us with our projects.
Finished stone wall at #18 red tee.
The start of the new stone wall on #7 tee.
All of the stone must be hand picked and then hauled to the intended location.
#7 red tee.
Main wall on #7 is finished as the staff start the secondary wall.
By adding a secondary wall at #7, we can better manage the steep slope with landscaping.
Stone walls are not the only other projects we are working on.  We have been busy removing dead and diseased trees throughout the course.  While taking out a tree is relatively straight forward, taking out the stump can pose challenges and create extra work. 
Digging a stump.
All of the stumps will be collected and hauled off to the dump.
Lastly, in an effort to continually improve the maintenance facility, we have finished creating a new entrance to our building.  We have also, added extra covered storage to better protect some of our tractor implements and other equipment that was stored outside.
New entrance to the maintenance facility.  Additional landscaping will be added in the future.
The staff building additional covered storage.
Completed covered storage.