Thursday, October 17, 2019

2019 Club Championship Course Setup

We will be doing something a little different this year with course setup for the  Club Championship starting tomorrow Friday 10/18/19 through the weekend and wanted to address those differences here to help with potential confusion.

All flags will be yellow starting tomorrow, Friday 10/18/19 and holes will be positioned
according to the pin sheets below.

We will be playing preferred lies in the fairways as there is still seed germinating in some areas and we can't completely turn off the irrigation. Additionally we will be painting hazards as usual and double cutting and rolling greens which is customary as well. The big difference is we will be using yellow flags on the pins throughout the course all three days.  Since not everyone playing  over the next three days will be competing in the Club Championship we wanted to give you a heads up and post the pin sheets here. Below are the pin sheets that will be handed out to both competitors and non competitors throughout the weekend.

Good Luck To All Competitors

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Fall Aeration & Project Update #25

Last Monday September 23 was the Autumnal Equinox signifying the beginning of fall in the northern hemisphere. For those who are interested check out this cool video from National Geographic depicting these celestial movements as only  National Geographic can. 

This is the date that we have always circled on our maintenance calendar as "The Day" that everything turns around from our customary summer setbacks with our cool season turf. Welcome weather relief is still the case as the vast majority of playing surfaces at Granite Bay are still cool season turf. However the first phase of our turf conversion from cool season to warm season hybrid bermuda which began in 2019 with green surrounds and #17 fairway have us a little torn. We need the cool nights and short days to recover and germinate ryegrass seed for the cool season surfaces but also welcome continued warm weather that will help further establishment our new warm season hybrid bermuda sod. 

#12 surround contrasted with the ryegrass rough. Color and texture are different as coll season turf is 
beginning to accelerate in growth and the new hybrid bermuda is slowing down.

Cool season recovery is under way and in a very short period of time all imperfections will be filled in with perennial ryegrass. Lots of seed has been seeded into the playing surfaces, covered with sand and compost and fertilized and is germinating as we speak. But again on the other hand the new warm season turf in the surrounds and #17 fairway have slowed down. 

7 week old hybrid bermuda sod around #10 green. Not completely even and now that the weather
has changed it is questionable whether it will completely even out before winter as its growth

has slowed down with the advent of fall. 

We need to remember the conversion to warm season turf takes time. It has to be established in the summer months because that is when it is actively growing. We put down the first batch of sod only 8 weeks ago and shortly afterwards started to experience an cooler then normal fall in late September. We have plans to mitigate color as the new Santa Anna creeps into dormancy but the hybrid bermuda will slow down to a crawl as far as growth is concerned. The texture inconsistencies we currently experiencing primarily in the surrounds will be a temporary condition that we will have to work through this fall and upcoming winter. Next year, after its first full year of establishment  these inconsistencies will be a thing of the past.

Upcoming Tee Over Seeding & PG Aeration

We still have tee over seeding to get done and will be working on this starting next Monday. We will get the driving range tee aerated and overseeded so it will be closed for four weeks  until Jones Cup weekend. Additionally we still have to aerify the upper practice green and Tilleys. We are going to do something different to the PG's rather then traditional core aeration which will be virtually unobtrusive yet very effective. The process is called  Dryject and is one of may new aeration strategies that we will be looking at for the future particularly with a potential re-surfacing of our putting surfaces in 2020. Dryject utilizes high pressure water to inject sand deeply into the putting surface. After a quick brushing and rolling the surface will perform as if nothing were done and the injection holes evident in the pictures above will recover within days. Look for some GBGC pictures and an update following Mondays procedure. Below are a few more internet pictures.

Friday, September 13, 2019

The Project at GBGC Update #24

We are just at six weeks since the conclusion of sodding #17 fairway and the fairway itself is ready for golf activities but the surrounding rough  was pretty worked over during the construction process and until recently was not ready for golf. We decided to remedy the most  damaged and trafficked part of the holes rough with sod this week so we can open the hole and you can start playing 18 holes of golf.

#17 fairway on Friday 9/13/19. 

Therefore this coming Tuesday 9/17/19 we are going to open #17 with prefered lies and cart path only, only seven weeks after the first phase of sod was installed. We are playing preferred lies throughout the course anyway because of ongoing aeration and overseeding and the need to keep these areas wet for seed germination. Cart path only on the hole is prudent because the new sod adjacent to the cart path will only be a few days old on opening day and the rough on the left hand side of the fairway still needs some growing time.

New sod installed along the cart path on Friday 9/13/19

We still have some work to do such as adding new yardage markers that have not yet arrived, adding sand to the bunkers and continuing sand topdressing of the surface. Remember all of the hybrid bermuda turf we installed just weeks ago is still very immature and does not resemble a seasoned hybrid bermuda playing surface yet and likely won't until next year. However it is ready for golf activities and we don't want to inconvenience our members any longer although there will be no exceptions on  cart path only. We need to keep carts off of the hole for awhile and I don't have an estimate when that will change.

#17 Fairway close up.

Friday, September 6, 2019

2019 Fall Aeration Update

Putting surface aeration went well on Tuesday 9/3/19 and the greens should recover fairly quickly with near perfect weather and a not as aggressive process this time around. We had some mechanical difficulties on Thursday 9/15/19 that stalled us on fairway aeration but we are making up some lost ground this morning Friday 9/6/19 before any large wave of golfers.

Next week schedule is below. Our goal is to finish fairway aeration, first wave of seeding and topdressing of remaining fairways, as well as getting surrounds aerated and fertilized. We should be able to accomplish this with a front 9 and back 9 alternating closure until 2:30 PM on just Tuesday and Wednesday.  We are looking forward to fall and the cooler weather, shorter days and the cool season turf rejuvenation it brings.

  • Monday 9/9/19 - Topdressing FW's                 Course Closed
  • Tuesday 9/10/19 - Surrounds Aeration            Front 9 Closed till 2:30 PM
  • Wednesday 9/11/19 - Surrounds Aeration        Back 9 Closed till 2:30 PM

Enrique aerifying #12 fairway this morning

#12 after a application of topdressing sand


Granite Bay has always needed to recover from summer losses of our cool season turf and 2019 is no exception. We typically go through 10 tons of  perennial ryegrass seed at a cost of over $20,000. In order for that investment, and more importantly course conditions to recover, this seed  needs to remain wet during the first two weeks on the ground so it can germinate and establish. Because of that necessity the golf course will be purposely wet over the next couple weeks so much so that we might have to call for cart path only for a few days. 

Two tons of perennial ryegrass seed in the maintenance yard awaiting the seeders. This seed, and more will be distributed onto the course over the next couple of weeks.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

2019 Fall Aeration

There will be no rest for the weary as we have our fall aeration pre scheduled  date's rapidly arriving next week. Despite lots of rumblings of what we are doing to the course in 2020 we still have a fall and winter season of 2019 to get through and aeration is essential to having healthy playing surfaces during this time. Not to mention aeration's role in recovery from yet another summer. Below is a schedule on what we have planned and the associated golf course closures.

  • Tuesday 9/3/19 - Putting Surface Aeration     Course Closed
  • Wednesday 9/4/19 - Front 9 FW Aeration       Front 9 Closed till 2:00 PM
  • Thursday 9/5/19 - Back 9 FW Aeration           Back 9 Closed till 2:00 PM
  • Monday 9/9/19 - Topdressing FW's                 Course Closed
  • Tuesday 9/10/19 - Surrounds Aeration            Front 9 Closed till 2:00 PM
  • Wednesday 9/11/19 - Surrounds Aeration        Back 9 Closed till 2:00 PM
  • Thursday 9/12/19 - TBD                                   TBD

For anyone interested, click here and scroll down a bit to see a step by step process of how we aerify the putting surfaces.

Thanks for your support 

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

The Project at GBGC Update #22

No drop zones in the surrounds any longer, just four weeks after the first sod was laid and in the cases of #'s 2, 4 & 8 only 10 days and #'s 13,14 & 16 only 7 days. The sod itself has already rooted down but is uneven and not an ideal playing surface yet. We have already started mowing most of the surrounds and adding topdressing so it won't be long before it is smooth and playable. In the meantime bump you ball (preferred lies) and avoid the newly sodded steep bunker faces if you could please.

#17 fairway has been mowed several times, rolled a couple & topdressed once since sod installation only four weeks ago today. Additionally we have made a first pass seeding of the rough that was dried down to facilitate construction traffic. No time frame on opening #17 yet as we still have to lower the cut in the fairway, continue to topdress and roll to get it smooth, install yardage markers and new bunker sand just to name a few things on our punch list. A clue to when we will be close to opening is when you see the rough start to fill in and green up. 

Newly sodded steep bunker fingers should be avoided  for  just a little bit longer please.

Enrique topdressing #17 fairway on Monday 8/26/19 just under four weeks after installation.

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.

Friday, August 9, 2019

The Project at GBGC Update #14

The sod installation crew finished installing sod on #17 this AM and completed installing sod around #18 green surround as well. It will be harder to predict timing installation around the greens as pace depends on many factors first and foremost being the amount of detail and irregular areas particularly associated with our bunkers. So the hole closure information we send to the golf shop will be more of a moving target then when predicting the stripping process.

Additionally we are going to play  the newly sodded areas around the surrounds and bunkers as GUR for a short period of time while the sod roots into the soil so we ask players to play from the drop zone in front of the green. Its alright to walk on the sod, but walk gingerly to retrieve your ball. Bunkers in newly sodded areas will remain GUR as well to protect the new sod on the slopes of the bunkers. Please do not try to exit the bunkers after retrieving you ball from any steep face or the front of the bunker. Below is the information sent to the golf shop this AM for email distribution along with some pictures of yesterdays progress.

Holes #'s 17& #9 closed  early. #'s 17 & #1 will be closed  after sod install finishes #9. Newly sodded surrounds including bunkers are GUR. Use drop area in front of green.

No delay 
Carts scatter
Summer rules

We are fine tuning bunker edges and restoring back down to original configuration prior to new sod.
Please take caution walking on the new tender sod when retrieving golf balls.
Bunkers and new sod around the greens are GUR until further notice.

New sod around green on #18.

Installing around upper bunker on #18

Intricate areas make for allot of handwork when installing sod on #18.