Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Bunker Update:

The weather last weekend was georgeous!!!!  I hope you all had a chance to play a few holes.  Last Wednesday’s rains did set us back a few days but we have made steady progress since.  #11 has been cored out, drainage installed, Sod added and the liner is now in place.   Liners are being installed in number 5 today as well as sodding the fairway expansion.  Tomorrow we plan on starting the drainage by the pot bunkers near the fifth green.   

We are working on preparing the course for winter.  Snow mold fungicides applications, removing rakes and benches for painting and a final topdressing on greens will all be done shortly.   I am afraid that my winter coveralls will soon become the standard uniform.  Till then I will enjoy the some what warmer days. 


working on #11 bunker

# 11 with sod and liner installed. 

Installing liner in 5 and preparing for fairway sod. 

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

THE SEASON IS WINDING DOWN

It is the time of year that the seasonal staff gets laid off.  The leafs (or most of them) have been picked up and the grass has stopped growing.  I want to say a big thanks and job well done.  This has been a interesting year.  Snow in October, Tropical Storms, Hurricanes and even an earthquake for good measure.  I hope to see everyone back next spring.

We are still busy with our bunker projects.  The recent rains have slowed down progress but we are still moving forward.  We just got the sod down on 5 before the sky's opened up again.  We will start work on 11 next week.  No real updates regarding the irrigation system,  The appraisers were here and seem to be ahead of schedule.  There have been some other issues that have popped up.  Hopefully we can still get approvals by the middle of next month.  

I want to say thanks to the staff for a job well done this year. 

Sod was just installed yesterday on number 5

we covered the hill with plastic because of the heavy rains expected,

Thursday, November 17, 2011

LAST NIGHTS RAIN DAMPENS CONSTRUCTION

Last night we received over one inch of rain.  That has put a delay on the construction projects.  We will give them one day to dry out and start up again tomorrow.  Hopefully we will dodge the showers they are predicting today.  Check out the pictures,  as you can see things are starting to shape up.    On the irrigation front we have met with the appraiser's.  They are scheduled to submit their report to the bank later this month so hopefully we are still on for a  mid -December approval.  It will take at least three weeks for the irrigation company to mobilize and get materials, so the "shovel" in the ground will not take place until January.  There is a lot that can get done at that time, it just depends on how Mother Nature treats us. 

Thanks

Matt


Here, we are saving some fwy. sod

John Harvey marking sand lines

Say good-bye to the tulip tree on five. 

there is always something.  here the main irrigation line runs right through the middle of the new bunker. 

The bunker is shaped and drainage is being installed. 

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Irrigation and construction update:

The current irrigation system has been put on hold because the bank has requested an appraisal of the property.  We are hoping to have that completed by Mid-December.   If we get the go ahead in December it will take 3 to 4 weeks to get equipment and supplies here.  Depending on the weather we will do as much as possible this winter - spring  and hopefully finish up in the fall.  I will keep you posted as things develop.  Obtaining pond permits and moving forward with cart paths have also been delayed.

The construction on holes 11 and 5 are really moving along and starting to take shape.  Things literally change by the hour.  We are playing number 5 from the 150 marker to allow the construction company the ability to work with out worrying about being hit with golf balls.  There has been a small change in the plans.  We are going to re-work the right hand green bunker instead of working the back left bunker.  This will keep the area of disturbance to a minimum and the right hand bunker holds water as well.  I will keep you posted as things develop.

Our major focus has been and will continue to be picking up leaves to keep the course as playable as possible. 

number 11 roughly shaped in. 

work starting on number 5 fairway 

a view of number 11 from the tee 

Thursday, November 3, 2011

PLAY IT AS IT LIES !!!

We are awaiting an official ruling from the U.S.G.A. to see if snow is an immovable obstruction. All kidding aside, most of the snow has melted and we are busy keeping the golf course clean. The leafs are really starting to fall. We have started moving on our capital projects. Today we are hauling fill from our dump to 18. We are constructing a new bunker and mounding in that location. We are re-working the fairway bunkers on the right side of five and adding two more bunkers by the green. We are going to remove the large tulip tree  but we might wait till the ground is frozen so that the large trucks can access the area with out doing any damage. If you want to get a better picture of what  is  proposed there are some plans posted on the Audubon Board, in the ladies locker room and the 19th. hole.


Thanks




CASUAL WATER?

Fill being trucked to the right of 18. 

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Winter Storm Update:

All things considered, the course came through in pretty good shape. We lost a few trees, but nothing of consequence. (the trees you want to fall down never do) We are waiting for the snow to melt so we can start the clean up process. It just goes to show you that mother nature holds all the cards.




And Its only October!!!!