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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.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Well and Water Update

The irrigation main line contractor and well motor installation companies have been going hard the past 8 days and now we are only days away from testing out the delivery system. The project has been going very well with everyone working together to complete the field work in a very short period of time and with little disruption to members.

The connection of the new main line from the well  to the old existing system main line was made today Monday November 17th, 2014

This system will be temporary until the ponds are excavated and the new pump station installed by next spring.

The route of the new pipe through the west side of the practice area

Magiorra Bros. installing the well motor and casing last Friday

The well pump control unit and pressure tanks located at the back of the practice area Monday
By Thursday all the piping connections to the well will be made and a generator will be used to power the well motor for testing. It is expected that we will need to rely on this system until spring, which will necessitate more daytime watering.


Thursday, November 6, 2014

Water in the Forecast

Our rain has come and gone for the time being, but do not despair, we are pretty close to normal so far this fall and winter. 

If that trend continues then moisture will increase for the next 3 months. The total for the recent rain events is under .50 of an inch but it has made a dramatic difference in course conditions. If you believe in El Nino forecasts then you will be happy to know that NOAA has predicted above average sea surface temperatures mid winter into spring 2015. The full report can be found here.

Our contractor installing main line from the old irrigation well through the practice area

While we are on the topic of water I want you to know that we have moved beyond the planning stages on our water infrastructure and begun installing pipe last Monday. This pipe route is from the old well at the back of the range and will connect to the existing irrigation main line near #1 tee. There will be the option to continue the pipe to the ponds at the 11th hole should that be needed in the future. In the short term the old well will service the irrigation at the practice facility, and can also provide limited short term water directly injected into the irrigation system.

New irrigation pump station site across the pond near the fitness facility

The long term irrigation source will be a new pump station at the 11th hole. The rebuilding of the pond at the 11th hole is in the planning / permitting stages with the expectation that it will be ready for next spring.

It feels really good to be moving ahead on these projects and to have the rains return. Hopefully they continue, and even if they don't we have water in our forecast.