Monday, August 29, 2016

Phase 4, Week 2 Renovation Report Update

It was a very busy week for LUI and their staff working on the final phase. Rain hampered their efforts a little but they prevailed and things are well underway.

We started the week off with a moving of a domestic water line that feeds the golf course maintenance facility and the house on the golf course. This water line would have been directly under the new #8 green. We did not want that line under the green so we dug a new trench around the new 8 green site and moved the water line. We also installed a conduit for any future use. All of this work was done by the DMGCC maintenance team.

In this photo our 2 superintendents Nate Tegtmeier and Tim Sims work on installing the new domestic line and conduit around #8 green site.

Our team also had the responsibility to move our Rainbird weather station. We rely on this weather station to give us daily data on the weather here at the club. We could not leave it in the old site because the new 8th hole also had a bearing on where it could be. We had to plow new wires in to the new site, construct a new concrete pad then move the weather station to the new site. Once it was moved all of the wiring had to be reconnected and it is working well now.

One group of LUI's staff was tasked with the moving of soil at the new 9th green location. Several thousand cubic yards of soil need to be moved from the west side of #9 lake to the east side where we are filling in the right side of this pond. A new tile line had to be installed across the site to remove some ground water that had be accumulating back by the old 9 tees. A tremendous amount of soil was moved this past week and hopefully by the end of this week that end of the lake will be filled in and they will have a ledge cut in for us to build our new wall in front of the new 9th green site.

These next few photos show some of the work happening on the new #9 lake site.

LUI's team is split up now. One group of staff is installing all of the new drainage lines. As you know this part of the golf course is extremely flat and if it rains we have a lot of cart restrictions on these holes. The new drainage lines on this 9 holes will have a dramatic effect on that drainage and it will aid us in drying out the golf course much quicker.

Danny one of the shapers from LUI is back on site doing his magic. This is the 3rd year that I have had the pleasure to work with Danny and experience his expertise. He is doing all of the shaping on the new 8th green site. Golf course architect Tim Liddy was on site Friday night and Saturday morning to work with Danny on the new green on #8. We should have this green shaped and ready to roll by mid week. LUT still has a lot of soil to move in this area but it will not be long and they will have it out of the way.

This is a photo of that new green site on #8.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Phase 4, Week 1 Renovation Report Update

Hard to believe that we have finally made it to the last and final phase of the 4 year project. It has been some very long hours and a lot of hard work by our staff to get to this point. We have learned a lot along the way that will serve many of these guys well into their turf careers.

The first week always seems to go slow because you are trying to start out and get going. Many little things need to be accomplished before you can put a shovel in the ground. Lots of locating of current infrastructure, setting up boundary fencing and put up erosion control fencing to name a few.

Wright Outdoor Solutions came in on Monday and started to remove some of the trees that are in the way of the new designs. They are about 1/2 completed with their work. The big silver maple trees behind #14 green were a nice backdrop to that green, however every one of them was hollow in the middle and they were a hazard to anyone that was around them. Here is a photo of one of them after it had been dropped. Silver maples grow quickly and when they become that size alot of them are hollow in the middle of them and very rotten.

Once set up and ready to go Al and his Landscapes Unlimited crew got started on removing all of the railroad ties on the old #9 pond. It took me and my fellow golf course crew members about 3 months to build that wall back in 1984. Took them 2 days to remove it. Very bitter sweet for me. Once the ties were removed they wasted no time in starting to save topsoil and start pushing dirt around to make the new #9 green. Here are a few photos of the new area. Very difficult to see future golf course items right now.

In this photo you are on the former 9th green looking back at 9 tees.

This is the former 8 green site. Take care of it one day, a week later trucks are parked on it and a dozer is pushing in the back of it into the former lake.

The former 8th green is now gone and will be the future site of the new 9th fairway. Next LUI will start expanding the lake to the west to garner enough soil to complete the filling in of the lake.

The bull dozer will start on the new 8th green this upcoming Monday. Unfortunately for us the domestic water line that comes from the club house to service the maintenance shop and the house is directly under the new 8th green. We have dug a new ditch to relocate the water line and we will be turning off the water and moving it today. Once that is done the shaping of the new par 3 can start and Mr. Liddy will be in town next weekend to survey our progress so far.

Here is the home for the new water line.

Please check back each week for future updates. Thank you and please remember to obey the No Sight Seeing Signs. They are there for a reason. We will be scheduling tours later in the construction season.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Final Construction Update for Spring 2016

This past Saturday, May 7,2016 Landscapes Unlimited finished the Phase 3 renovation project. We did a walk through of the golf course last week and identified some areas that needed attention. LUI's staff worked all week on those small areas and on Saturday they finished them. I have to say that we are very pleased with their efforts and their diligence in completing this project. It has been a long time in the making, we started this phase on July 20,2015. I believe that when you have the chance to get out and play the golf course, you too will agree that they did a great job and I think it will provide you with a golf course that you will enjoy for many years to come.

A big tip of the hat to job site superintendent, Al VanMeeteren. Al is a true professional and he was great to work with throughout the entire project. Al will be back here in the late summer to help us with Phase 4, the last of the construction!

Thank you for coming to this blog page to follow along with all of the construction updates the past 10 months.

I will leave this post with the new look of #4 green from the area where we hope you hit your drives. Thank you!!!

2016 Bird Watch Open

Each year we try to host some bird watching experts out to the club for what used to be called the Bird Watch Open. We feel it is still a lot of merit in hosting a local event to see what species of winged friends might be at your golf course. The one thing that was very encouraging was the larger number of bluebirds that were seen this year. We do believe our efforts with nesting boxes has really helped over the past few years.

This years participants were

Ben Taylor
Sharon Stiwell
Dick Stilwell
Jane Clark
Diane Dentlinger

The following birds were seen on the golf course this past Saturday Morning, May 7, 2016 and the number that they saw. We thank them for their passion and their efforts to come out and do a bird count here at Des Moines Golf.

Canada Goose 13
Mallard 5
Green Heron 1
Turkey Vulture 1
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Franklin's Gull 43
Mourning Dove 16
Chimney Swift 1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Least Flycatcher 3
Eastern Phoebe 6
Eastern Kingbird 9
Blue-headed Vireo 1
Warbling Vireo 3
Philadelphia Vireo 1
Blue Jay 38
American Crow 5
Tree Swallow 4
Barn Swallow 26
Black-capped Chickadee 5
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
House Wren 4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 6
Eastern Bluebird 9
Swainson's Thrush 7
American Robin 130
Gray Catbird 1
European Starling 10
Cedar Waxwing 35
Black-and-white Warbler 3
Tennessee Warbler 4
Orange-crowned Warbler 1
Nashville Warbler 5
Yellow Warbler 5
Palm Warbler 3
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 9
Chipping Sparrow 37
Lark Sparrow 2
White-crowned Sparrow 3
Harris's Sparrow 8
White-throated Sparrow 12
Song Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 9
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 6
Red-winged Blackbird 27
Eastern Meadowlark 5
Common Grackle 14
Brown-headed Cowbird 16
Baltimore Oriole 13
House Finch 3
American Goldfinch 9
House Sparrow 3

Thursday, May 5, 2016

The evolution of #2 South

During the construction I have taken 4 videos of the last half of #2 South. We are going to open the hole soon and I stitched the videos together so you can see the evolution of the hole. Forgive my amateur video work but I believe you will understand it once you see it all.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Taking down ourTennis Dome

Each year we team up with the clubhouse maintenance staff to put up or take down the Yeadon Tennis Dome. I did a time lapse video this morning of us taking it down. It comes in 3 different sections. This video shows us through the first section. About 40 guys 4 hours to do it. Record time and effort by our team this morning. They did a great job.