Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Paving done.....What's next !!!!

Paving is done.  What’s next?   While the paving certainly could be viewed as the “hard part” I think the tie in’s in some cases can prove to be quite difficult.  The tie-ins refer to the sodding or seeding around the new cart paths and the addition of top soil to where old paths were removed.  It can be quite a challenge to remove a path and make it look like it was never there.  One example of this is  number three.   Owel and Tony are moving the Yardage Rock, Ball washer and plant material from the right side (where the path was) to the left. (where the new path is)

The contractor can work until the ground freezes.  The problem is when the ground is frozen the supplier can not harvest the sod.  Some other “extra areas” that need to be finished include the tee on four.  Smoothing the hill on three (while they remove the old path), and enlarging the fairway on 17.   Today they put the finishing touches on the putting green.  (We had a few small rough areas that needed to be sodded.) The putting green is completely finished.  Now we only have to wait until the sod knits and for that we need some nice spring time temperatures.   

I want to wish everyone a Happy Holiday season and a Healthy and Happy New Year. 
The End of paving,  just outside the maintenance shop. 

we are taking rough sod from 17.  Notice the yellow line on the left side,  that is where we are enlarging the fairway. 
Double click the picture to view in larger scale. 

Sod from 17 was placed in front of the 8th. green. 

The grass in front of the green will now be maintained at rough height. 

The machine is where the old path was!!!  Can you guess what hole?   Answer is below.

Owel and Tony are moving the plants from the bed on the right side of three to the left of three. 

We applied a fungicide for winter disease,  they are finishing some sodding around the back. The project is now complete. 

If you guessed the back of 13 green you are right !!!!!

Thursday, December 13, 2012


The end is in sight and just in time, the paving plant is shutting down next week.   The only areas left to pave are 15, 16 tee and the road to the compost or dump area.  17 came out great.  That was the only path that I thought we would have trouble fitting in but it looks great. 

We had some "free" extra sod from the putting green so the staff is taking advantage.  We made a new chipping area to the right of the 18th green.  We are in the process of installing some rough sod around the 8th green between the green and the pond.  If you make it over the water you will be in the rough instead of the native area.  Next, we want to enlarge and level the ladies tee on eleven.  To be honest that tee is an embarrassment and really needs to be fixed!!!!

Touching up the half way house path. 

The new path on 17 looks great.  It is less visible than the old one. 

Paving the path for 15.  (this path connects the maintenance shop to the course) 
Ted, Owel and Tony removing sod on 18 and installing extra sod from the P.G.
Finished collar area on 18 green.  Came out great. 

Friday, December 7, 2012


The start of the cart path on 18. 
To paraphrase Yogi Berra, It seems like the time is slipping by and old man winter is knocking on our door. The putting green expansion is 99% complete. We only need to sod some rough areas around the perimeter. The green came out great and I can't wait till next year when we get a chance to hit a few putts. In the mean time we will cover the new sod with a cover that will protect it from the winter and also keep people from walking across it. The pictures below tell the story.  

To update the cart path work. Today they are paving around the half way house and tomorrow they will finish #3 and continue down 17. We are running out of time. We still need to finish 16 and all of 15 and build a new road to our dump or compost area. I have my fingers crossed that the weather stays a little warmer for just a couple of more weeks so we can finish the paving. Once completed they will start adding soil around the edges and either sod or seed.

Preparing the green for sod. 

laying the sod on the green.  They walk on the ply-wood to keep the soil smooth.

Sod on new putting green.

view from behind the first tee.