|Seed starting to germinate. Look closely at the new chipping green. You can see lime green bentgrass seedlings starting to grow!|
|The chipping green 1 week later!|
The projects are moving along at a decent pace despite being delayed by a week because of rain. The areas around the chipping green and practice tee have been shaped, drainage connected, and irrigation has been installed for the entire project area. The chipping green, approaches, range tee, and surrounds have all been seeded . The chipping green was seeded with S1 bentgrass, the approaches with declaration bentgrass, and the practice tee was seeded with a combination of both. All surrounds were seeded or sodded with turf type tall fescue. Also, a starter fertilizer, and a fungicide for damping-off disease were put down. Futtera matting has been placed over the rough areas surrounding the practice tee to hold the seed and soil in place until the turf becomes rooted enough to hold on to the hillside.
Now the process of watering has begun. During the beginning part of the grow-in the shallow rooted seedlings will need light and frequent irrigation. As the turf matures, watering will change to deeper and less frequent. The maturation process of the seeded areas will be ongoing. Optimistically, we will be able to mow the turf a couple of times before winter sets in. A deep root system and a thick canopy will be needed before the green can begin to be prepped for constant golfer traffic. This process will take many months, and is very weather dependent, but hopefully by late spring it should be ready for play. On the other hand, the sod must be watered heavily, daily so it does not dry out. Once the roots grow in the the existing soil we can cut back on watering.
Next up will be to continue to lay sod around the entire chipping green complex and start shaping, adding drainage, and seeding the target greens and driving range floor. The putting green has been seeded and we will be working on the surrounds in the next couple of weeks.
|A wet construction area after a week of rainfall|
|12" catch basin installed in front of chipping green area|
|Russ Macke digging drainage lines for the new practice tee. The mound of dirt to the left is the old practice tee topsoil that was reused for the existing tee.|
|Leibold irrigation company installing the irrigation lines|
|Assistant Michael Westendorf dimpling in the S1 bentgass on new chipping green|
|Futtera matting installed to help with erosion on steep banks|
|Brush cleared out of old wooded area next to #5 tee. Much better view now from 4 green and 5 tee. Maybe a park bench and grill for this beautiful new site?|
|View of chipping green after sod installed and matting placed around tee|
|Putting green enlargement cavity|
The next project is already on deck. Golf Preservations will be here to fix the slope on #13 green and install drainage on #4 and #8 greens on October 25th. The right side of #13 green will be raised up around 6" and new drain tile installed. This should help with drainage for the low turf area, and allow putting to occur on the front right portion of the green. Hopefully, this improves the playability of this problem green.
Currently, #4 and #8 are the worst draining greens. There are many benefits to having a better drainage system installed, some of them are as follows:
- increase turf quality
- increase green speeds
- create firmer conditions
- decrease compaction
- increase root depths
- allows greens to be opened up quicker after a rain storm
- decreases disease presence.
|Topdressing #1 green after greens aeaification. 6 cu/ft /1,000 sqft of sand was used to fill in aeration holes|
|Aerating #9 green|
|Aeration plugs on #12 tee|
|Clutch replacement on Pro Gator utility vehicle|