The sand in the bunkers has compacted and algae has accumulated on top. We are removing that top 1/2 inch layer as you can see from the picture below. The contaminated sand is then broadcast into the rough and fairway, and new sand will be added as needed. It takes 4 workers about 2 weeks to do all the bunkers.
|Workers scraping off contaminated sand for disposal|
As we get more equipment out onto the course we inadvertently have damage occurring that needs to be repaired and seeded as soon as possible so that it is recovered prior to the course opening. This is an ongoing process for the next few months.
|Seedlings emerging in damaged area|
Although time has passed quickly, it seems like a long time ago we were prepping the course for play. Maybe it was because the turf conversion has been the focus of what we have been doing for the last 6 months? I truly do feel that the course will be ready the first week of November, and staying closed any longer does not do a lot of good. What the grass needs is time to mature and grow more dense, and not playing does not change that maturing time. We will be very cautious of traffic patterns, and it will be a matter of months before carts are allowed off the paths. And like the picture above shows, there will be damage and when it does occur we must be good about getting out the seed and getting it back.
|#14 September 4th|
|#14 October 17th|