Friday, August 23, 2019

The Project at GBGC Update #21


Executing the type turf conversion / renovation work we have recently done around most of our greens surrounds while remaining open to play has some inherent confusion for all involved. It's not ideal to do this kind of work while open but not ideal as well to inconvenience Members who want to play their course. We have coexisted well over the last 24 days and I want to thank you and assure you now  that all of the sod is down on the ground that:

  • You can't hurt this turf, that's one reason we are switching to it.
  • It won't be long before its  playable.
  • We still have some work to do to get it playable.



Starting today, Friday 8/23/19 we have opened the surround holes that were sodded early in the process albeit just two weeks ago as well as re-established Drop Areas for the holes where sod was installed within a week. 

  • Open Holes With Preferred Lies In the New Sod - #'s 1,9,10,11,12,15 &18.
  • Closed Holes With Drop Area - #'s 2,8,13,14,16

Newly sod on bunker finger #15. This sod was installed  only 11 days ago and is solidly rooted into  the soil.
That being said we want to protect the sod on these steep slopes from damage so we are asking members
 to keep off these areas until fully established.

Even holes that are open have GUR or Keep Off designations on the steep bunker fingers that are most susceptible to sod dislodging. We anticipate all holes with the exception of #17 being open with preferred lies in the new surround sod next weekend for Mini Mac. More updates to come on process and progress to get all of our new turf completely playable. 

Thanks for you patience. 


#17 Fairway on Friday 8/23/19  only 15 days after completing sod installation. We are already only watering it every other night and have mowed it three times. We still have big punch list of things to do to get this
hole open again to golf play. More to come on that.
Another image of #15 sod only installed 11 days ago. We are now playing preferred lies so bump your ball and give 
yourself plenty of relief from sod lines. 












Wednesday, August 21, 2019

The Project at GBGC Update #20

We're Done !

At least with covering the dirt & getting the sod installed. Other then some little areas that might need replacement, the preparation and sod installation part of the "The Project at GBGC" phase 2019 is done. Sod installation on #16 was the last part and was completed today as well as some fine fescue in the shady area on the right hand side of #18. 

Fine fescue installed right hand side #18 in under the shade of the large live oak.
Freshly installed Santa Anna Hybrid Bermuda on the last green surround bank on Wednesday 8/21/19.

We started the construction part of the project on September 30th, 23 days ago and the sod installation started 7 days later on August 6th, just 16 days ago. There was only two days in that 16 day period that we did not have sod being installed. 

We now need to shift our efforts into purley golf course maintenance and get caught up. In addition to maintenance we need to culture and grow in all of the newly installed sod and get it playable as quickly as possible. We'll continue to provide updates on progress and processes to achieve this end goal rapidly as well as getting #17 up and playable as soon as possible. 

Last bit of sod left over after sod installation was completed today 8/21/19 being laid down in our nursery area.

I anticipate taking down some drop areas around surrounds this week. The obvious ones  were sodded early in the sod installation process such as #'s 18, 9 & 1 as well as #'s 11, 12 & 15. The rest, #'s 2, 4, & 8 as well as #'s 10, 13, 14 & 16 should follow a week behind just in time for Mini Mac barring any setbacks.


SOD SEAMS – Through the Greensod seams (not the sod itself) are deemed to be ground under repair, and relief is available under Rule 16.1b if the ball lies in or touches a sod seam or the sod seam interferes with the area of intended swing. All seams within the sodded area are considered the same seam.

Drop area soon to come down on #12 green. Members can still get relief from sod seams under rule 16.1b

Thank you for your patience as we plowed through this first phase of turf renewal and conversion at Granite Bay. We'll continue to update interested members on progress as I mentioned above.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

The Project at GBGC Update #19

On Monday 8/19/19 contractor installed sod on #8 and #14. We have a little left to sod on #14  today, Monday 8/20/19 and will complete #13 as well. That will leave us only #16 to finish and perhaps a little bit of #13 on Wednesday 8/21/19 as well as some fine fescue on the right hand side of #18 in the shade.  Below is the information we sent to the golf shop for the AM e-mail as well as some pictures from yesterdays progress.

Hole # 17 Closed. #13 closed for re-sodding.
#'s 13,16,  are stripped and have a drop area in front of the green. #'s 1,2,4,8,9,10,11,12,18 have been re-sodded and are GUR. Please use Drop area's.

No delay.
Carts scatter.
Summer rules.

#8 newly sodded Monday 8/19/19

#14 freshly sodded Monday 8/19/19

Packing sand into bunker faces following recovery after sodding.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

The Project at GBGC Update #18

Contractor will be installing sod on #2 this morning and #4 in the afternoon today Saturday 8/17/19. Holes will be closed through our watering process as well, as it is critical that the new sod get thoroughly irrigated after installation. All areas will be GUR until further notice. Only #17 will be closed on Sunday 8/18/19.
This will leave #'s 8, 13, 14 & 16 to finish the 2019 phase of our turf conversion. We will complete these on Monday and Tuesday and maybe a little bit on Wednesday. Below is the update data we sent the golf shop for their morning Email blast and a few pictures from yesterdays progress.

Hole # 17 Closed. #2 closed AM & #4 Closed PM for re-sodding.
#'s 4,8,13,14,16,  are stripped and have a drop area in front of the green. #'s 1,9,10,11,12,18 have been re-sodded and are GUR. Please use Drop area's.

No delay.
Carts scatter.
Summer rules.


Moon going down




Sun coming up. Saturday 8/17/19


Fresh sod installed yesterday Friday 7/16/19 on #10

This section of sod installed on #11 on Monday 8/12/19.

Miguel and Enrique fixing  / restoring the section between the greenside bunkers  on #14.

Mr Peabody asked us how do we know when we have gotten down to the original grade around the bunkers?
One big clue is when your rake starts getting tugged by old sod netting and sod staples you know your to
original grade.


Thursday, August 15, 2019

The Project at GBGC Update #17


Sodding continued yesterday as the installation crew completed #15 as well as half of #10. Sodding contractor will return Friday 8/16/19 to complete #10 and get most of #2. Saturday 8/17/19 they'll finish #'s 2 & 4. That will leave us #8 on the front nine and #'s 13, 14 & 16 on the back nine to finish next week. We are closing #14 today to do some bunker edge work as well as #17. Below is what we sent to the golf shop for this mornings e-mail blast as well as some pictures of yesterdays progress.


Hole # 17 Closed & #14 closed till 1:30 PM.
#'s 2,4,8,13,14,16,  are stripped and have a drop area in front of the green. #'s 1,9,1/2 # 10,11,12,18 have been re-sodded and are GUR. Please use Drop area's.

No delay.
Carts scatter.
Summer rules.


#15 re-sodded


Left hand side of #10 completed



Right hand side of #10 to be sodded on Friday 8/16/19

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

The Project at GBGC Update #16

New sod installation was completed yesterday on #'s 12 & #11 along with getting started around the left hand bunkers on #15. The contractor will finish #15 today and almost finish #10. Below is what we sent to the golf shop for the morning e-mail blast explaining the daily hole closures as well as a few pictures from yesterdays progress.


Hole # 17 closed. #15 closed AM  for sodding. #10 closed PM  for sodding.
#'s 4,8,13,14,15,16,  are stripped and have a drop area in front of the green. #'s 1,9,11,12,18 have been re-sodded and are GUR. Please use Drop area's.

No delay.
Carts scatter.
Summer rules.




New Santa Anna around #12 green


Rolling #17 fairway yesterday



Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The Project at GBGC Update #15

I think it goes without saying that ideally the kind of work we are doing on the golf course currently would best be done when we are closed. Thanks to everyone who has had to endure various hole closures, bare dirt & new sod in our green surrounds the past couple of weeks. We hope to be bringing the sodding portion of this project to a close by the beginning of next week which will at least have all of the bare dirt covered. There will still be some culturing to get the new hybrid playable, but at least the ground will be covered. 

Current schedule is to be sodding hole #'s 12,11,15,2,4 & 8 sodded by the end of the week. We will  be installing sod on Saturday 8/17/19 so there will be an additional hole closed, most likely #8, on that day.

Below are some progress pictures and the message we sent to the golf shop for the AM e-mail this morning, Tuesday 8/13/19.

Hole # 17 closed. #12 & #11 Closed AM.  #15 Closed PM 
#'s 4,8,10,11,13,14,15,16,  are stripped and have a drop area in front of the green. #'s 1,9,12,18 have been re-sodded and are GUR. Please use Drop area's.

No delay.
Carts scatter.
Summer rules.


A better batch of sod installed on #12 surround  Monday 8/12/19.


Restored bunker edge of front right hand green side bunker on #12. 


Restored bunker edges and freshly sodded surround #18 green. This batch of sod was younger and more tender.


Same bunker as above picture with freshly sodded Santa Anna Hybrid Bermuda. The hybrid bermuda will root down
and fill in rapidly but in the short term we need to stay off and play the entire newly sodded area as GUR.


Back edge of the right hand green side bunker on #11.There is always something that comes up with construction
 and in our case on the 2019 phase of  our turf conversion it is restoration of our bunker edges to their original shape. This is an example of how far down the original grade is on many areas of our sand traps. This supplemental sprinkler was added  after original  installation and likely raised multiple times as the turf around it raised as sand gravitated and shifted downward distorting original bunker edges.

Santa Anna sod installed on Tuesday 8/6/19 rooting down two days later on Thursday 8/8/19.