Monday, October 1, 2012

Project this Week - #16 Green

This week we will be installing drain tile in #16 green, reworking the bunkers around the green (reducing the size mostly),adding more fairway in the front and adding run-off area to the left.  After that work is complete, we will also re-sod the rough around the green.  We hope to have the green drainage done by Thursday and the work around the green by early next week.  The green will be closed while drainage work is progressing (pin will be placed in the fairway).  Sorry for the inconvenience.  This is the final year of the 3 year program to add drainage to all the greens.  When we are finished, we will have added nearly 2.5 miles of drain tile and moved over 1,000 tons of material out of the greens and put 1,000 tons of material back into the greens - all by hand!  The greens that we drained the first year (1,3,5,8,10 and 13) demonstrated how much better they preform with proper drainage.

Next week we will begin work on drainage for #7 and #2 green and also reworking of the front of #2 green.  After that we only have #9 green drainage and some rework to complete before winter sets in!

Trenching of the drain lines - rocks and clay are very common component of the push-up greens.  Plywood is used to protect the green surface.  This is a very labor intensive project.

It is important to keep the sod organized so that it goes back in the exact same spot and the exact same way so that the trench lines are not visible in years to come.

The soil (mix) that is put back into the greens comes from Wisconsin, 25 tons at a time.  We will use between 50 and 100 tons of material per green.  The material handler helps in transporting the mix from the shop to the course.

Details, details details.  Replacing the sod has to be spot-on!  The greens are cut less than 1/8", and the sod must match perfectly otherwise the mowers can scalp the sod.  Our challenge comes when the trencher hits rocks kicking it off line and disrupting the sides of the narrow trench.  Removal of rocks can also cause voids that are hard to fill and compact.