Something that we already knew, but became even more obvious during ""The Storms of 2022 - 2023", was the need for surface drainage or what is commonly referred to as French Drains in our new Hybrid Bermuda Fairways. We plan to get started on this installation process next week as we simultaneously wrap-up storm cleanup. We will be updating our progress both through this GBGC Course Update as well as the Golf Shop's Daily E-Mail's.
As I mentioned last week, we are repairing damaged cart paths on Monday 1/30/23 as well as processing large tree that toppled on the right hand side of the driving range. After that, depending on where we are with storm cleanup, we will get started on this surface drainage. We have allot of work to do throughout the course, but our initial priorities are on fairways #4, #12 & the front of #18, not necessarily in that order.
The below images represent the worst areas we plan to address first. We will be shifting tee markers forward to various locations in the fairways on the holes we are working on so the work can remain productive, and keep members away from the construction zone. The work on #12 alone is extensive as you will see below. We dont want to get anyone hurt, and we need to stay productive not having to stop every time a golfing group approaches. There will be plenty of signage that will designate these temporary forward teeing areas, and we will complete sections that we started early in the week by the weekend so course will play at normal distance's on Saturdays & Sundays.
An overhead drone image taken of #12 during one of our more mild rain events of early January. Great illustration of the difference's between #13, a right to left sloping fairway, and #12, drainage that moves from Green to Tee.
|Surface drainage is not complicated. Its a ditch with pipe and gravel for the most part. Its just a load of work as we need to relocate all of the soil from the ditches and haul in rock to replace it.|
This is a closeup of the very beginning of #4 fairway. We installed some drainage in this area back in November, but it wasn't enough. Green lines depict previously installed drainage and blue & yellow depict additional necessary drainage.
Shade is another issue with this particular portion of fairway. Standing water and shade are a bad combo for any turf or plant, but for dormant Hybrid Bermuda in January, this combo can be lethal.
Selective tree trimming will help allot.
This is the beginning of #18 fairway during storm waters. The watershed from the back of the range , #18 ladies tee and the cart path all head this way. A new surface drain is a must.
Storm Cleanup Continues
Our efforts on storm cleanup have been going well the past few weeks have been going well. As mentioned above we still need to process a large tree the toppled on the right-hand side of the Driving Range as well as a few stumps to remove, but the down trees that impacted golf play have been processed.
Enrique removed the stump of the toppled tree on #4 and is now smoothing the area getting it ready for some sod.
The large tree on the right- hand side of the Driving Range that we will process on Monday 1/30/23.