Those projects that have been initiated are:
- Refurbishing bunkers. Sand contaminated with algae and dirt is being removed and replaced with new, and we are turning over the sand with shovels to improve consistency and color. We have also instilled a new raking technique, with a heightened awareness of the product we are producing.
|Sand removed exposing liner in order to fix drainage|
- Amenities improvement. New rake handles have been installed. Tee marker indicator colors have been painted. Leveling of trash cans, water coolers, etc., new flags, pins and cups installation will be complete in the next 10 days.
|Rake handle in disrepair|
- Tree root management in greens, tees, and bunkers.
|Tree roots growing into #11 green|
|New seats on mowers. Old seats were worn down to the metal frame|
- Organization within the maintenance department, with improvements in the facility itself, as well as equipment care. One of the largest deficiencies at golf course maintenance is the lack of a true mechanic, and the condition of the equipment reflects this.
- Greens health. The greens have a black layer that is not allowing water or air movement and that can be a greens health problem when the rains come. Therefore, we are aerating select areas of greens with small tines and spiking to get this layer broken down. Reducing the irrigation and changing the fertilizer program is being evaluated for the future health of the greens.
|Core of the #15 green showing a black layer at 1 inch and again at 3 inches|
- Budgeting and planning for 2012. The re-grassing project would have a tremendous effect on how the course is cared for in the future, and it is a project I endorse. This endeavor requires specific equipment, fertilizers, and chemicals that are not currently part of the care of the course, making the budget and my planning very dynamic. I have gotten quotes from suppliers, consulted with experts, and talked with fellow superintendents in preparing for this project, which has required a fair amount of my attention and energy.
You can look forward to more postings from future Greens and Grounds Committee meetings where the priorities and planning ensure that the course is in great playing condition.