Thursday, January 26, 2012

Irrigation Update 5

The shovel is in the ground!!! They started at the maintenance facility installing communication wires. Then went toward 16 tee, 15 green installing the main pipe. Today, they are moving toward 14 green. From there they will go up 14, then behind 13 and 11 greens and up 18 to the club house. They will start by installing the mains through out the course. Then will go back and put in the actual sprinkler heads.

Starting at the shop

Moving up toward 14 green. 

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Irrigation Update 4

It is snowing right now but the forecast is for some warmer weather arriving on Monday.  The snow is not stopping  Shawn and Josh who are here today fusing some fittings together.  This week was spent accepting more materials, cutting sod and stacking on pallets and fusing more pipe together.  I took a short film while they were fusing a 4 inch pipe  to better describe the process.  "Steven Spielberg I am not"  but you will get the idea.  It takes more time than I realized especially on the larger pipe and it makes a lot of sense to spend time getting the pipe ready to be installed.

Ira Wicks our tree company  was also here this week cutting down trees around the twelfth green and thirtieth tee to improve air movement and increase sun light. The added light is much needed especially on the twelfth green.    

Josh and Shawn working in the shop fusing fittings


They are just harvesting the sod where the irrigation trenches will be dug. 

Removing trees for more sun light on twelve green. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Update Irrigation 3

Work is progressing.  More deliveries of pipe and welding pipes together kept everyone busy today.   The rain has not helped but I am not going to complain about the weather.   We are waiting for the final few deliveries of materials  to arrive.  Most if not all the materials need to be on site before work can progress out on to the course.  This is so the crew is not running back and forth unloading  trucks.  They plan on cutting sod tomorrow from the main lines.   The sod will be placed on pallets and moved out of the way so the trench can be dug.  If the ground freezes to hard to cut the sod we will continue trenching but will have to harvest sod from another area on the course to put back over the trenches.  This will insure that the sod match's our existing roughs. Significant snow cover will certainly slow us down.  So let's hope this weather holds out.  Just as an FYI:  It takes roughly 35 to 40 weeks to install a new irrigation system.  That will put us well into the golfing season.  We are hoping to keep working until the system is fully installed.  We would finish up some time this summer.   That is unless we stop during the summer and come back this fall.  We will make that decision in May.   We are off to a good start but have a long way to go.  

Pipe now extends well down the 16th fairway. 

welding the pipe.  

welding pipe on 14 fairway. 

Friday, January 13, 2012


Our contractor Leibold Irrigation has been receiving parts and supplies at a frantic pace.   One of the most important parts of any irrigation system is the pipe.  If a pipe leaks it affects the entire system not to mention the damage it can do.  We are using a newer type of pipe called HDPE (High Density Polyethylene).  It is relatively new to golf courses, but it is actually quite popular in other industries.  It has been used for gas pipe lines for many years.  We are using it because it is considerably stronger.  In the past the cost of HDPE  pipe was much higher than the common PVC pipe that is widely used.  For some reason PVC costs have sky rocketed but HDPE has stayed relatively stable so the difference in cost has become negligible.  

There is a major difference in installation.   You don't glue HDPE.  You "weld" it together.  That also makes it stronger.  There is a special machine that heats or semi-melts both ends of the pipe then pushes the ends together.  Once cooled the weld is stronger than a convention glued connection.   When they start welding pipes together I will snap a picture to show you more.  

Just one of the many deliveries of parts

This is Tony, the construction Foreman in his office trailer

Our first delivery of pipe.  

Tony unloading the pipe with there forklift truck 

Tuesday, January 10, 2012


The past few days have been spent mobilizing.  Trailers are now in place to accept the large quantities of materials.  Over 1400 Irrigation heads with all sorts of connectors and "thing a ma jigs" to go with the "what ja ma call its" are starting to arrive.  All kidding aside, it is a massive project.  To give you another idea Tony said the parts list was over 20 pages long.  We are still on schedule to start the main line installation the beginning of next week.  So far Mother Nature has been very good to us. 

Setting up trailers to recieve parts

There "office" trailer" 

Wednesday, January 4, 2012


Happy New Year everyone.  I hope you had as good a holiday as I did.  I was able to spend time with friends, family and recharge my batteries. 

  • We have officially started the irrigation system.  The contractor, engineer and architect were all here this morning getting started.  The contractor will spend the rest of this week and next mobilizing. This means  they are starting to bring in their trailers and materials.  The "shovel" should go in the ground around the 16th.  They will start to install the main lines.  These are the pipes that run parallel to the fairways and are considerably larger than the laterals which are the pipes that feed the sprinkler heads.   The goal is to work our way up to the clubhouse and finish that area  first.  When the season begins they will be away from the more congested clubhouse area.  With good weather we are hoping to have the main lines installed on holes 15, 14, and 18 by the end of the month. 

  • We will be meeting to discuss cart paths and pond projects in the next few weeks.  I may be optimistic but  I am hoping to be able to start some of the path work this spring. 

  • The Greens and Grounds staff is busy with our normal winter activities.  Sharpening and servicing our fleet of mowers, painting ball washers, garbage cans, and benches.  Splitting wood and trimming trees is all but a few of the winter projects we do every year.  The golf course has been set up for winter play. Holes 12 -17 are closed. This is because the frosts and snows don't melt from these holes as fast as the rest of the course. Please play from the mats on the tees. We keep the pins in the greens unless there is frost or if we feel that they may become too soft during the day. (thaw out) Please realize that the course is still checked everyday. 

  • Finally, thanks for logging on.  I will continue to post information and update our progress as we move forward.  Feel free to give me a shout if you have any further questions.



Brian and John Looking over the plans

Mapping our main lines and valve boxes

Marking valve box locations