Sunday, November 10, 2013

Week 12 Update

Week 12 Update

I have to be honest when I say that back in August I did not expect to be here working on Sunday in November giving you an update on Week 12. What started out as a very slow start to the project is now rapidly accelerating towards the finish line. We have found a dry window and Jeff Ricketts has Landscape’s crew racing as fast as they can go and still doing a great job with the end product.

First off I can now say that irrigation is 100% done and out of here. Victor Ramirez and staff did a great job. They have gone back over the project and made minor repairs to all his areas of disruption. Things are working well and they look very good. The last key for Victor is mapping. He will have his GPS unit out the next couple of days to make a final map of everything he did. He will merge that data with his field notes and in a few months we will have a very detailed and organized map of everything that Victor and his staff installed.

As I mentioned that Jeff and his staff are on the move. Today we have 3-4 semi loads of sod being delivered. I will be moving that sod to the appropriate locations and tomorrow all of that new turf will get put in place and watered in. It will look vastly different tomorrow night having some big areas covered up. Jeff and his crew have been building bunkers and doing some small sod work around the bunkers. It is very tough in some areas because it is not 100% dry but they are moving forward. In some cases it just takes more time to get it done correctly. If we have a dry week I am sure that most of the bunker work will be close to being in the rear view mirror. Next week’s update will tell the tale for sure.

Here are some photos of some of the new bunkers on Holes 2, 4 and 5.

Today we also have the Lansdscapes Unlimited concrete crew driving in from Lincoln, Ne. They will be forming the paths for the new bridge on #1 and #18. They will also form the new path behind #3 green and then except for a few patches the concrete will be close to being done for this session.

I would be remiss if I didn’t take the time to say that one of the huge reasons for the success of this project is because of the hard work by our maintenance staff here at DMGCC. Our 2 golf course superintendents Nate Tegtmeier and Corey Goedken and their staff's have done a remarkable job in keeping 27 holes very playable for our membership. They have also done many things on the NW 9 project that has helped with the success of the project. Their hard work and their dedication to the club is 1st class and they deserve some recognition here.

Lastly I had a special moment this week that took me away from the club for a few hours. My daughter and her husband are the proud parents of their first child. Our first grandchild. Tynlie Grace was born on November 8th and she is doing well. She will be home later today so I am sure you know where I will be later tonight. Can’t wait to get a golf club in her hands!