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.