Sunday, October 28, 2012


I will post pictures tomorrow on the"bottom" of the green. What you see as the putting surface starts from the sub grade. The contours of the sub grade will mirror exactly of how the playing surface will putt. After the bottom contours are set, draintile will be installed on a herringbone pattern to take away the excessive moisture from the greens mix. A uniform mixture of sand and peat will be installed over the drain tile to a depth of 12". By not placing the mix to a uniform depth will lead to wet and/or dry spots.

I inspected the sub grades of #12 on Saturday and approved the contours. We were only able to enlarge the green by about 800 sq. ft. The left bunker was eliminated due to the expansion but I am pleased to report that nearly all of the green will be able to place a pin there. Also, the spoils from the green cavity were used to fill in the back bunker. The schedule is to finish the tile yesterday, place the mix in the cavity on Monday, and the replace the sod on Tuesday. Bluegrass sod will be installed to all disturbed areas when available.

With weather permitting, a second crew will show up also on Tuesday to help with the sod laying as well as begin the sod removal of #4 green. On Wednesday, the bunker on #8 should be completed with the sand installed. If things/weather cooperate, sod removal of # 7 will start, and by Friday, sod will be laid on #4. After #7, green 15 will be worked in the same fashion. Plans indicate that all work and cleanup will be complete by Friday 11/9.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

It's Happening

It has been a while since I was able to update the followers on what has been happening on the course. I am happy to report that much is happening that will effect play as we enter our Silver Anniversary Season. With a large donation from Mr. Frandsen, we are beginning to reconstruct 4 greens so that the putting surface will have less slope on the so the green will be more user friendly. The greens that will be renovated are 4,7,12,and 15. We have started on #12 for the fact is that we need to bring in new greens mix and it will take longer to do. The process of the rebuild is that the sod will be removed and saved for reuse, the mix will be pushed out to the side, the sub grade will be re contoured to have a max slope of no more than 2%. Once the grade is set and agreed upon, then drainage will be dug into the bottom grade and tile will be placed in the trench lines. Greens mix will then be spread back into the cavity at a uniform depth. The sod will then be laid out and rolled into play. We are hopping to finish at least # 12 but the construction company is very eager to finish all of them.

The other project is that we are finally going to fulfill Mr Glassman's wish to build a bunker on hole 8. They have begun ground breaking in this area. The bunker will be placed in front of the green to protect shots coming in short and bouncing up onto the green. This bunker will greatly enhance the strategy of playing this short par 5.

Keep stopping by this blog to view pictures of the construction project. Playing conditions in the spring will be discussed later on after the construction has finished.