Friday, March 22, 2013

Added maintenance when you expand green surfaces.

Grounds staff throwing sand topdressing over the new greens height & collar sod at the 2nd hole. This topdressing will allow the newer sod to blend in better with the present green surface.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

You MUST look at this picture!

The bird you see flying is an American Eagle that has a nest in a tree right of the 6th hole at Whitemarsh.  This is the nearest we could get to this majestic eagle. In the 25 years I have been at the club this is a first. This is still a great picture with all the shadows . Photo credit to Asst. Supt Jim Dennisson

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Sand installed in two of three bunkers at #11 green

Before the wet weekend we were able to install sand in two of the three bunkers at the 11th green. As of today we have not smoothed or tamped the sand, but it was still playable.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

If you have never seen how a sand bunker is built, this picture is for you.

This is what a finished bunker looks like right before sand installation. Drainage trenches are dug out 12" deep and a 4" pipe with holes in it are placed then backfilled with rice gravel. Outside the bunker solid pipe is run to a location for the drain water to exit. The white material you see on the banks is a special fabric that is stapled down to the soil. This will prevent washouts and soil from mixing with the sand. Bunkers can last from 15 to 50 years before they need to be rebuilt again depending on the style and location.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Had to put this one up! Installing sand during a snow storm on Friday.White sand is still not as white as snow.

Installing bunker sand in a new bunker at #17. Just imagine the look on my guys faces when I told them that we are hauling sand the snow!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Sod installed and sand placed in the bunkers at #12 right before this weeks storm.


It was all hands on deck this week as we tried to sod around the bunkers at #12 green and install sand before Wednesdays storm. Hopefully the snow fall amounts will be small so we may get out on the golf course again by the weekend.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

View of the new bunkers in front of #11 green.

The old bunkers have been demolished and the new ones are roughed out at this point of time. At the green complex we have reduced the number of bunkers from 4 to 3. Work will  also be done to level the front of the green for addition pin placements.