Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Course update

In the past couple of weeks we have been working on more and more bunkers. Since my last post, we have filled in #7 and #8 bunkers with sand and #6 will be filled in tomorrow. We will begin working on #9 next and are hoping to have tile and sand installed by Wednesday. We will be working on #2, #3, #5 and #18 in the next couple of weeks and will have all the green side bunkers done.  We will be working on the fairway bunkers throughout the season because of all the additional drainage we are adding to the green side bunkers, which is taking more time than we anticipated. Below is a picture of the drainage pattern in #7 green side bunkers. As mentioned above, we have had to add a lot of additional drainage, in some cases close to 75% more.

In addition, the greens have completely healed from aeration. There still is a little sand on the greens here and there, but with these cooler temperatures that is to be expected as the grass isn't growing that fast. Some of you may have noticed that the greens feel firmer and are receiving shots well without leaving large ball marks. The reason for this is due to the amount of sand we put on the greens during aeration. The amount of sand we added was critical to making sure all the holes from aeration were filled. Below is a good picture showing the holes created by the aerator and how they have been filled with the sand.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Bunker renovation and course update.

The bunker renovation project is moving along. Since my the last post we have filled several bunkers with sand and we continue to move forward. We purchased the sand from Ruby Specialty Sands based in Port Huron MI. We have had to do several additional things in order to make this renovation successful like adding additional drain lines and increasing the size of the bunkers in order to get to the existing drainage. With bunkers shrinking in size over time we have found that a lot of the drain tile is under the grass and old sand. This week we are hoping to get several more bunkers ready. We have currently filled the green side bunkers on holes #1, #4, #10, #11, #12, #13, #14, #15, #16 and #17 in with sand. The greens side bunkers on hole #2 are going to be turned into grass bunkers and we hope to have those sodded by next weekend. E and M Golf construction was brought in to help us with hole #13 as those particular bunkers had several drainage issues. E and M is going to continue helping us with holes 6, 7 and 8. Below are some pictures of this work.

Also, we have aerated all of the greens. The aeration process is something that nobody likes even the grounds staff. However, I am happy to report that we are done pulling cores on greens. Last fall we used a 5/8" solid tine and we found that this type of aeration has many additional benefits compared to core aeration. With proven research and soil samples to support this type of aeration we have found that healing is much quicker than core aeration, and you do not need an army of employees to clean up all the cores. The one thing we have noticed with this type of aeration is a lot more sand is required to fill the holes and getting the holes filled is extremely important. I have also added some photos of this type of aeration, the last two photos are what the greens look like a couple of days later.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Bunker renovation update

The bunker renovation project has begun, unfortunately the untimely rains have made this type of work challenging. This weekend we have continued our efforts and have accomplished quite a bit. The green side bunkers on #10, #11, #12 and #14, #15 and #16 are ready for drainage and sand can be installed. This week we hope to have the rest of the green side bunkers on the back side done to the point where new drainage can be installed and we would like to have our first delivery of sand on property. Here are a few pictures of the project.

Right hand bunker on 14 ready for tile and sand
Temporary trench dug to divert water away from bunker
Old drain trenches cleaned out ready for new drainage

#12 bunker ready for drainage

10 right side bunker old drain tile removed

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Bunker Renovation update

Metamora Golf and Country Club  is going to perform a two phase bunker renovation project starting this April and we hope to have this first phase completed in May. The reason for the two phases is a complete renovation can take a while to complete especially when doing it ourselves and not contracting the work out. We want to make the bunkers better now and give us the time to complete phase two later. Right now our bunkers need a quick fix to make them better. This first phase will consist of removing all the current sand and contaminates from the bunkers and repair any drainage that is bad. After this process is completed new sand will be added to all the bunkers. Below are some pictures of bad drainage that must be repaired during this phase. When this phase is completed the bunkers will perform very well  and will give us the needed time to complete phase 2.

The second phase will begin at a later date and this will consist of a complete renovation which will require a lot more time on each bunker. This phase will include some minor reshaping, a better drainage system and a sod lining system to reduce sand contamination during rain events. This type of renovation was performed on the green side bunkers of holes #1 and #4. This phase is explained in greater detail in the bunkers label.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Course Update

With the roller coaster of a winter and the rise of temperatures the past couple of weeks I have been able to spend a lot of time out on the course. As of right now all of the playing surfaces look really good. There is a lot of debris, some from the ongoing winter, but a lot from trees we have taken down. Our efforts right now will be picking up this debris.

Trees removed on 10 to provide better playing surfaces
Downed cottonwoods behind 12 green

Dormant bentgrass in 12 fairway
Dormant bent with some poa greening up