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Los Gatos, California, United States
Kevin is currently the certified superintendent at La Rinconada Country Club. Kevin was the Director of Maintenance at Lahontan Golf Club for over 14 years. Some of the responsibilities over the expanse of his career include the daily upkeep of multiple golf courses, natural resources, environmental compliance, and roads and streets. The wide ranging expertise has come from a combination of education and experiences. Degrees in Meteorology (1987 University of Nebraska/Lincoln), and Horticulture (1992 Colorado State), complete the formal side of this important combination of qualifications. A lifetime of experience around golf courses, and the game of golf was provided by Kevin's father.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Bunker Liner Removal

Among the daily duties and the eminent turf conversion, there is a couple of other improvements we have moved forward with. 

The project I will touch on today is the ongoing improvement of bunkers, and I am excited about the possibility of a solution to the heavy wet sand found in select bunkers.  For the majority of courses the most time consuming and expensive feature to maintain on the course is bunkers, and here at La Rinconada we fall into that catagory.

Sand holding water and creating algae

The problem that exists is that the bunkers hold water. They hold water due to the type of sand, and the bottoms are lined.

Liner exposed. Notice, no drainage, flat bottom
In every case where the sand is continually wet the bottom is flat, and when removing the sand there is water sitting on the liner and not draining.

Removing the liner for infiltration

To remedy this problem we have removed the liner in the bottom of this bunker to see if the water will peculate into the soil profile below.

So far the results are promising during this short evaluation time.  No other bunkers will be done until the results are conclusive.


1 comment:

Jim said...

Let's try this on the bunker in the short game practice area. That bunker is always wet...