Monday, November 23, 2015

Week 18 Recap

As you all know we got a lot of rain at the start of the week and it virtually shut down the project until Thursday. LUI was able to get out and work on Thursday and Friday. I am happy to say that all of the tees are built. We have to sod some of them yet and once this 6" of snow melts off they will finish that phase of the project. They were able to get 1 bunker completed on Thursday and we still have the bunkers to complete on #2 and #3 fairways. I am not sure we will get to these or not.

With all of the rain and snow the concrete portion of the project is virtually shut down. Hopefully once the snow melts we will get some drying weather to finish the concrete path work on #17 and #18.

The plan is to still drain the lake on #2 and fill the corner of the lake in. This can be done in the winter weather so I am sure getting it filled it will happen yet this year.

It has been a good project this fall and a tremendous amount of work has been completed. We needed a few less rainy days or a few more drier weeks at the end. The good part is that if we don't make it 100% done this fall, it will not take them too long to finish in the spring.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Week 17 Recap

We started out the week laying bluegrass sod as fast as it could be delivered to the site. With the forecasted rain in the middle of week, the LUI crew had a lot of areas prepped for sod and they worked very hard to get it all covered up before the rain event. This is photo of the area around #6 green.

A photo of #17 bunkers before the sodding and then a photo of the area after the rain. You can imagine what the area would have looked like if the sod had not been installed.

We were able to get back into action on Thursday even though many areas were muddy. This week the main focus is to get all of the irrigation heads installed and to finish up the tee tops and getting a bluegrass sod ring around the bentgrass tees. At this time we will be finishing up the tees on #6 today and then on Sunday we will move over to #3 which is the last tee to be completed. If there is no rain on Monday morning these tees should be completed by noon on Monday.

#17 Tees

Irrigation is tying up all loose ends across the project and then that crew will be staying on site to help install drainage pipe in some key areas.

The concrete crew moved in yesterday and we poured some small areas on #18 and #1 tees. They framed up all of the new cart path on #18 by the tees and that area will be poured today. We asked a concrete company to open for us on Sunday and they will be delivering concrete to us tomorrow. We will be installing the concrete from #6 green to #7 tees. Then a small area on #4 tees will also be completed. Getting the concrete in before the bad weather hits is a big part in getting this project completed. If there is no rain on Monday morning we will be installing concrete on the last part of #18 by the south range tees. Then all we will have left to install is #17 tees and #6 tees.

We were able to complete the bunkers on #7 fairway this week and Danny moved over to shape the bunkers on #4. I will be sending photos to the architect this morning for his approval on these bunkers and then we will move him to #3 bunkers and then finish on #2 fairway bunkers. After #4 there are only 5 bunkers left to build and finish.

We are nearing the end of the project for this year. Mother Nature will control what we get done and if we finish totally. We are very close and just need to good, dry days and it will be completed. If not it will not take long in the spring to finish the sodding aspect of the project. Check back with us next week to see how we fared.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Week 16 Recap

Hard to believe we have completed 16 weeks of work on this Phase of the golf course renovation project. The previous 2 years we were completed in 14 weeks of work. However as many of you have seen, this year’s project is bigger and it has a lot more components to it.

We had another great week of work. All of the tees have now been rough shaped and the major bulldozer work is completed. We still will be using the bull dozers but now it is for little jobs that will not require huge amounts of dirt/soil being moved. This may not seem like a big deal but it means we are working our way towards the end instead of opening up new parts to this project. Here is a look at the #7 green site

As I previously had mentioned all of LUI’s teams are working in harmony and they are moving across the SW 9 finishing off different parts to the project. Each project we have sodded 2 of the 4 tees on each hole and then seeded the other tees. This year has been no different. We sodded the bentgrass on #1, #2, #4, #5 and #18 tees this past week.

The new tees on #7 have been completed and will be ready for seed/sod this next week. Drainage will be completed behind #6 green today and then this entire area will be sodded on Tuesday of next week along with the rest of the area on #18 tees.
The concrete crew is scheduled to be back in here on Monday and they will stay on site until they are completed with the concrete installation.

The bunker crew finished the bunkers on #17 green, they will move to #6 green today and then on to #7 fairway bunkers the first part of the week. Daniel is rough shaping the bunkers on #4 fairway then he will move to #3 fairway and then finish on #2 fairway.

#1 Green side bunker

Rain is our worst enemy right now, it takes a very long time to dry out if we get a big rain event. We dodged the storm system on Wednesday and we were blessed that we could keep working.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Week 15 Recap

This past Monday started off with a bang. It was a beautiful dry day and Justin Stensland and his crew laid 5 semi loads of sod on #5 to finish off all of the sodding on that hole. The bull dozers were hard at work shaping tee complexes and everyone else was building bunkers and finish grading for sod. Our maintenance team worked with LUI moving excess dirt out of the way. We filled in the greenside bunker on #3 green and the fairway bunker on #7 so the new bunker will be above the grade of the fairway.

Here is a photo of #5, the sodding is almost completed.

Then came the rain on Monday night, Tuesday morning. This time of year with a low sun angle and few hours of daylight it just takes a lot longer to dry the soil where we can get back out to work. On Wednesday and Thursday crews were back out draining the bunkers on #1 fairway and #1 green. #17 tee complex, #4 tee complex and #2 tee complex are all rough in and ready for the tee crews to come in and start their work on building the internal parts of the new tees. The bunker building crews have most of the drainage on #1 finished and ready for liner and sand. Danny was busy shaping bunkers on #6 green and #17 green. As of Friday night he has them ready, we just have to make an adjustment to one bunker on #17 green. He will then move to fairway bunkers on #7 fairway.

With the rain Friday night there will be no construction work this morning. The bright spot is the forecast of some 70 degree weather all next week. I know we have a semi load of bentgrass sod scheduled for delivery on Wednesday to sod the new tees.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Week 14 Update

I am writing my weekly blog update one day early because of some light rain we are experiencing in the area. I am thankful that most of the heavy rain has gone North of us. So far today we have gotten .2”. The turf really needed some precipitation but it has slowed down the earth work and the sod laying for today.

Again we had some very dry weather for the first 4 days of this week. On Monday all of the sodding was completed on the 1st tee area. We still have to install bentgrass sod on some tee tops but that will happen when we have some more tees built and then we can ship in a large order of bentgrass sod.

#5 tee area was finish graded and this was going to be our main focus of bluegrass installation this morning. Looks like we will have to wait until tomorrow to finish off this area.

LUI has their people staged out all over the project. One team is still installing drainage, there is a group doing bunker work, a group doing tee work, bull dozers are rough shaping tees and cart paths. Installation of all of the large main lines is completed and this group will now focus on installing sprinkler heads around tees and bunkers. Cart path people are scheduled to be here in a week or so to finish up the cart paths.

On Thursday we had a visit from Mr. Bill Kubly the owner and founder of Landscapes Unlimited. It was really nice that he took the time out of his busy schedule to come here and check out the progress of our project. He is a very interesting man and he really knows the golf business and his business.

Overall progress is really being made when we have dry weather. If we can avoid the big rains we should have it completed on schedule.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Fore The Golfer: Frost Delays and Turfgrass Health

This is a great video that talks about frost and how it can damage the turf. Please take the time to watch it. Thank you.