Monday, December 30, 2019

The irrigation Contractors have started installing the lateral lines and installing the new irrigation heads.  The lateral lines are HDPE Piping. all the connections are fused together by heating and compressing the joints onto couplers or pipe ends.  This process is basically seamless

One of the lateral lines being plowed into the ground around 18 inches.  The lateral lines do not need to be trenched wish saves time, money and less seems from sod reestablishment. 

Here is a section of 8 inch HDPE pipe getting fused together at the road crossings at #1

Here is two sections of HDPE piping getting fused together in preparation to install at the bridge crossings

The first head being installed at hole #3

The irrigation contractors are doing a very neat job with the installation.

Here is the only disruptions that is left after the plow has pulled in the lateral lines.  A heavy 
asphalt roller is used to smooth these areas out. 

Thursday, October 17, 2019

We have been planning an irrigation renovation to the course for around 4 years now.  We hired on Paul Roche from Golf Water Irrigation. Paul is an irrigation consultant that has helped us prolong the life of the old system we had for a few extra years so we could plan for the new renovation.  
Paul has helped us with bid meeting, design of the new irrigation, competitive bidding with contractors along with answering a lot of question about the process, timing, cost and installation along, with helping us find the best contractor to do the work.  We have hired Nutt Irrigation from Tennessee. They are a national irrigation contractor doing work through out the United States. We are happy to have them during our install. I have downloaded some picture of the mainline getting installed. Our system is a hybrid between PVC mainlines and HDPE laterals

Here is one of the trenchers creating a ditch for the 8 inch mainline.  Plywood is laid down 
so the machine does very little damage and the dirt stays on the plywood.  This makes it easier to put back into the trench and allows for a cleaner job.

8 inch mainline being installed

The mainline on #6 getting ready to be installed 

The mainline in this picture has been installed, the trench has been compacted and sod laid back 
over the pipe.

Here is one of the storage bins for the irrigation heads 

Some of the 8 inch main lines 

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Dual drop seeders is the way we over-seed fairways here at the Foundry.  150 lbs/ two directions. 
We will perform another light coating of 50 lbs per acre in about a month.  This will give us a chance to re apply to any thin or missed areas and give a little more to some of the areas that fade out through the early germination. 

The staff has gone through all the bunkers to highlight any low or too much sand. The second process is the shift the 
sand from the deep to the low areas.  Extra sand has also been brought in to refill low areas or contaminated areas  
The small workman vehicles work great for these task. The areas able to get close enough to drop the sand so the staff 
can shift it into the proper place.

Staff applying soil amendments to the soil for strong and health putting greens
Thanks to our hard working staff the golf course is in excellent condition and we area very proud of it. It is always a boost to the staff when a member comes out of their way to say "thank you" for your hard work. It can never be said too much!

Greens aeration went well! First we had an outside contractor come in to perform a deep tine aeration to the depth of 10 inches.  This process helps to allow for an overall better profile for the bent-grass roots to grow deeper. This also helps to allow for the bent-grass to perform better under the daily stress that comes with pushing bent-grass to play firm and fast. 

After the deep tine process was performed we came behind with a 3/8 inch solid tine at a depth of 5 inches.  This is a tighter spacing which allow for a dense root system.  This help to achieve a overall health for the plant and enhance root generation. 

Friday, June 7, 2019

Greens and Tees

Along with aeration to the teeing surface we also go back and incorporate an aggressive verticutting and sand topdressing.  Verticutting is a process which allows us to remove excess thatch (spongy feel) on the teeing surface.  Once the verticutting is completed there will be many liner slits cut down into the canopy, that can be backfield with straight sand.  This will help to firm the surface up along with creating a better growing media for the Bermuda grass 

The Picture showing the amount of thatch that is pulled up from the teeing area.  This will be picked up and discarded.

Showing the sand topdressing be applied to the teeing area.  This will be dragged into the slits after drying.

We used a .250 solid tine of a 3 inch spacing on the putting greens earlier this week.  This is done to create air channels to help with better water penetration and root growth.  You will notice the sand topdressing was applied before the solid tine aeration.  This was done to eliminate tire tracks from the topdressing machine since aeration makes the surface of the putting green soft.  

Here is a close up picture of what it looks like after the aerators have gone over the greens.  After a few hours a drag brush is used to incorporate sand into the canopy and some will even get into the small holes.

Aeration to Collars and Tee

Aeration to Bermuda grass collars and approaches. We perform this task to help Alivate compaction, help with drainage and thatch control.

Aeration performed on all tee surfaces

Aseil picking up the plugs with a team of staff members.  

Here is a picture of the slicing tunes used in the fairways and rough areas. This procedure will help slice the Bermuda runners and help the Bermuda spread.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Member Guest Weekend

The staff has done and excellent job this spring with the tasks to get the course ready for the spring golf season. Here are some picture from this past weekends member guest the help share their hard work and dedication.