Saturday, February 25, 2012

Irrigation Update 7

Hello everyone.   Yesterday was miserable with cooler temperatures and cold showers, but was not bad enough to stop progress.  The Irrigation crew was here working behind 18tee, 2 green, heading over to 6 green.  This is one of the bigger pipes (10 inch) that we have on the property.  There are many joints and add a few rocks for good measure  and it seems like progress has slowed down.  In reality they are moving along at a very good pace.   Tony, the foreman on the job, is pleased with the way everything is progressing. 

Our staff has continued to work by 13 tee, and 12 green. The new cart path is roughed out. We just need to fine grade and get ready for seed and sod. Greg, our mechanic, has been working on trailers. they were in serious need of some tender loving care. Because it has been so nice out. we have not had a chance to do a lot of our normal winter painting. This coming week, the pro-shop opens and we expect carts to be used.  The entire course will be ready (except for one hole closed for the irrigation install) We will have to put out stakes, cups and flag poles that have not been painted. It is still very early. It will take more than a few weeks to get the course to the standards we have come to expect. bunkers for example will not be raked until the end of March. We will keep an eye on the weather and if it looks like an early spring we may bring back some of the staff to get a jump on the course maintenance.

larger pipe being "electric fused"

work behind 11 green 

Heading toward 6

base for new path by 13 tee

Trailers getting a face lift

we are way behind in painting 

Saturday, February 18, 2012


Another great week with good weather.  Yesterday, about twenty people enjoyed the sun and played a few holes.  I knew we would be getting some play so I thought we would roll the greens just to help smooth them out.   They still are pretty bumpy because of the late season aerification.  The rolling did help a little.  You can see by the pictures that we have also been busy working around 12 green and 13 tee.  This week we removed the steps on 13 tee and shifted the cart path to the right hand side. 

The irrigation system install is moving along.  They started working behind 11 and 13 greens. This pipe is larger with more connections. Working with larger pipe just takes more time, so the progress seems to have slowed down but believe me they are working just as hard. 

At this stage I am anticipating an early spring.  The pro-shop opens in less than two weeks. If this weather continues there is no reason not to open up the entire course with carts.  Lets cross our fingers for an early spring. 
before picture with steps

Steps removed and ready for sod.  This slope is not too steep, so it is very accessible for walkers. 

Stump holes filled with good soil, ready for sod. 

Owel rolling greens for the weekend. 

Just an example of the size of pipe and connections needed behind 11 green. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2012


I thought I would take a moment to recap the master plan.   

  • New Irrigation System:   So far so good.  The weather has been fantastic and has allowed us to get as far as we currently are.  The contract was signed on December 17.  Because of the Holidays and the vast amount of materials and equipment that are needed to install the new system the “shovel” in the ground happened on January 26th.  Since then they have been installing the main lines.  These are the larger pipes that run parallel with the fairways and will carry the larger volumes of water needed to irrigate the course.  They started at the shop because they needed to install the necessary wires needed to communicate with the sprinkler heads.  To date they have the main lines done on holes, 15, 14, 18, 10 and are working on 11 today.  The plan then is to install the main lines on holes 12, and 13.  When the main lines are completed they will install the individual sprinkler heads on holes 11, 12, and 13.  Those holes will then be finished.  After that they will start installing main lines again on holes 1, and 9.  When they get a section of main lines installed they will start installing the sprinkler heads again.  This process will continue until the entire course is finished. The main reason for this is so that we can operate our old system while they install the new one.  When a section of the course is finished they can shut off the old and turn on the new.  The following is a time line that we hope to follow. Obviously weather and rocks will either make or break this schedule so keep your fingers crossed that Mother Nature stays good to us and the rocks remain small!!!!! 
  • Holes:  11, 12, 13, completed by March - April
  • Holes:   10, 18, 2, 1, 9, completed April - May
  • Holes:  8, 7, 6, 5, completed by May - June
  • Holes:  4, 3, 17, 16, 15, completed June - July 
  • Finished by August 1st.   

  • Pumps, Pump house and Pond:  We are just beginning the stages of testing the levels of silt in our pond to determine the best way to insure the proper amount of water that we need to irrigate the course.   More updates are sure to follow.   
  • Cart paths:   Because this is the last phase of the master plan we don’t expect much of the work to start before this fall.  We may be able to do some work this spring but at this time I am not sure what that will be.   We are currently developing scope of work, and bidding documents so that we can accept proposals from contractors. 

Sorry for being so long winded.  This is a huge project that will benefit the club for many years .  Please do not hesitate to call me if you have any questions.  Thanks 

    Friday, February 10, 2012

    Smooth sailing....Almost

    While the weather has been fantastic we have hit a few hiccups along the way.  What's a few rock's amongst friends?  I did tell the contractor that this is Rockland Country Club for a reason!!!!!   Rocks of this size do slow down progress  they need to be dug out or moved out of the way.   It is also amazing how much we have underground.  The old system with wires and pipes, drainage pipes and culverts, power and telephone wires, Well and Septic lines Just to name a few.  Our old system needs to remain functional right up to the time we switch to the new one.  Old pipes and wires need to remain intact.  We will end up operating two systems at once, when we get into the season.  It is vital that all components of the old system be avoided or fixed.  

    Rocks on #2

    Old wires, and pipe that have to be kept intact

    This bad boy was by 18 tee

    He is glad it's finally out of the way

    Pile of rocks hit on number 10 

    Tuesday, February 7, 2012

    Construction Update:

    • The great weather has helped us get a great push on our projects.  Leibold our Irrigation contractor continues to make steady progress.  This week they started by ten tee and went behind 18 green and down the fairway towards the tee.   They will loop around the second fairway then come back and start on ten toward eleven.   The progress has been great!!!!   

    • We have been busy clearing the brush away from twelve green and thirteen tee.   As mentioned previously this will improve sunlight and air movement to those areas.    We also are making steady progress on our equipment.  All mowers need to be sharpened and adjusted. 
    Working on 18 moving back toward the tee

    Back filling the ditch on 18

    Owel and Ted tree clearing behind 12 green and 13 tee


      Wednesday, February 1, 2012

      Irrigation update 6

      Can you believe this weather.  60 degrees February 1st.  I  hope you have been able to get some fresh air and swing the club a few times.  A  few people have been enjoying the course.  We may have to change cups soon!!!! The weather has helped move the irrigation along.  They are almost done with 14.  When finished,  they will start by 18 green and work toward the tee.  We will continue to keep you posted.  

      Our staff has also enjoyed the weather.  We are working on clearing behind the twelfth green and around the thirteenth tee to add more sunlight and improve air movement.  We will build a temporary cart path. to the right of the tee and eliminate the steps on the left.  Walkers will just have to walk up a slight incline to get to the tee.  People riding will actually be able to get a little closer and won't have to climb any steps.    It seems most of the players were using that route anyway. 

      Sod put back on trenches.  Trying to be as neat and clean as possible. 

      Working  on the right of 14 installing the main line.