- Kevin P Breen CGCS
- 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, December 29, 2015
Sunday, October 11, 2015
Saturday, September 12, 2015
Thought you might like to know what maintenance work was done this week during our 4 day closure.
|875 tons of topdressing delivered and applied|
|Cart path repairs completed|
|New greens dryjected|
|Greens aerated 2 times over|
|Fairways and rough seeded and fertilized in conjunction with topdressing and aeration|
|400 Lavender and 6,500 Carex planted at the 11th hole.|
|Practice area patio foundation wall poured|
|Detail clean up crew getting the course ready for play in 100 degree temps|
Thursday, September 10, 2015
Briefly, I will summarize the time off by saying there have been various events both at work and at home that have needed all my energy and focus. So, lets get up to speed on what has been going on.
|New Aussie pup "Arlo"|
|New well being drilled adjacent to the 12th tee complex in July|
Fortunately, we have back up water from the City of San Jose, and a new well. Ironically the San Jose source is basically the same water we used to get from Santa Clara County only now it has traveled to the water treatment plant and costs a lot more.
In switching over to the well, there was the need to produce a holding facility. The lake excavation spoils haul off tied in nicely to re-designing the practice facility and those areas are spectacular now that they are grassed. It is easily the nicest most thought out practice area that I have been a part of.
|Crane placing the foot bridge over the new irrigation lake at the 11th hole|
|Selective grassing of the #11th hole to conserve water|
As I close this I have to mention one last change. Since becoming a GCSAA Board Member last February, my schedule has had to be rearranged. Not as much leisure time. The ultra trail races I was doing last year have taken a back seat, and there has been a concerted focus on time management. It is very gratifying to do this industry work, and it can not happen without the full support of the club, my staff and my family. It is truly service work that requires giving of one self.
It is taking time to adjust to these changes and I look forward to getting back into the routine of posting. Stay tuned, I hear El Nino is on its way!
Monday, April 20, 2015
The other critical component to the water infrastructure is the new well. We have reached the desired depth of 1000 feet for testing our well. Analysis of the water potential and quality will happen this week.
Our holding pond construction is coming along very well. The liner installation is happening this week so that when we do pump water we will have a place to put it.
Liner being pulled in the pond
A lot of planning and time go into the different components of our water system and today these were signs that we are zeroing in.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Hey, guess what? More stuff has happened on our progress to having a new water source and practice area. Projects are like the 4th of July fireworks show. You anxiously wait until the time is right, then you get a few ooohs and ahhhs as it progresses, and then at the end it seems 90% of the show happens. Well, we are at the 80% mark in the show and the climactic end is setting up.
|14 inch main line tie in|
The main line to the new pump station has been tied into the existing system.
|National Well Drillers setting up|
On Monday our well drillers set up. They are anticipating 2 10 hour days to get a test hole to 1,000 feet.
|Pump station pad in the early stages of construction|
By the end of this week our pond liner installation will begin. Our haul out of material from the pond to the practice area will be complete, and the practice short game area will be rough graded.
The big finale is not here yet, but just like the 4th of July, expect that at the very end things will happen quickly with lots of oohs and aahs.
Monday, March 30, 2015
The development of the new water infrastructure has been going well. After 3 weeks of work the pond excavation is nearly complete, the wet well nearly set, and the final product can be visualized. When complete the 11th hole is going to be spectacular.
|Pond excavation and wet well site|
The spoils from the pond excavation are going to the practice area. 6,500 yards of the 9,000 total volume has been transported and the new shape is coming into view.
|Fill material being put into place on the back of the practice area|
The piping from the old well to the new pond is 95% complete. The most difficult part of the pipe route was the canyon next to the clubhouse. Some ingenuity and hdpe pipe proved to be a successful combination.
|8 inch hdpe pipe along the canyon edge|
Milestones left in the project include the pump station installation beginning on April 15th. The new well drilling scheduled to start April 13th. PG&E electric hook ups to begin April 1st.
I lost my companion Meggie since my last post. We had 10 of the best years a dog and owner could have shared. The time we spent together bonded us in a very unique way that I am so grateful for.
My board service to GCSAA also began in the last few weeks. I look forward to giving my time to the association and the profession that I am so proud to be a part of.
I look forward to things getting back to being a little more predictable and manageable in the next few weeks, and being more consistent in my postings.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
The course has taken the rain very well with bunker was outs being the biggest problem. We have repaired lots of drainage lines which has helped tremendously to limit flooding and wash outs.
|8 inch drain line found in #1 rough line|
|Eucalyptus tree blow over behind #10 green|
|One of the 15 fish relocated to #14|
|The pond devoid of water Thursday prior to the storm|
|The same pond on Sunday after 3 inches of rain|
Thursday, January 22, 2015
There has been no rain since mid December and no sign of its return. That spells trouble for the entire state this summer, not just the golf course. In our situation we will have switched over to our well water by May. That is not to say we will not be conserving water, however we will be in a better position to water the course in 2015. Removal of high water use turf and replacing with wood chips or native grasses are key to our success in reducing our water use.
|Mulched areas added around trees will help conserve water|
The investments that La Rinconada is making now for a long term water source are critical. If you are on the fence about that last statement you need to go no further than 20 miles down the road to Pasatiempo to see what happens when your water supply is cut off. In fairness, they are recovering extremely well, but the summer of 2014 is one they never want to repeat.
|New native grass plantings in the parking lot|
In the next month look for more work that ensures La Rinconada is sustainable during times of drought. Pond excavation, native grasses and mulch are a key component of our strategy.