Saturday, November 30, 2013

The "mean 18" today!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

New bunkers at #18 passes first test!

Tuesday night into Wednesday morning the golf course recieved over 3 inches of rain. The course started to flood around 8:30am but it is now receding. The water you see is the designed holding area for excess runoff. When the creek level lowers to the point that the backflow prevention opens up this water will be allowed to drain through a series of pipes from 8" to 36" diameter. The bunkers on 18 have been rebuilt and raised anywhere from 12" to 18" to keep this type of water out of the bunkers.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving! 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

After 4 years, this is the final green to have drainage installed.

The 2nd hole at Whitemarsh Valley is the last green to have drainage installed on these push up greens. Golf Preservations Inc. have done a fantastic job during the installation. In the past, right after a heavy rain we would close the course due to saturated conditions. Over the last 3 years we have been able to open up the course sooner and also cut greens earlier with this drainage in place. Now, we will still have some puddles on the fairways but the course would be open for play without causing damage to the greens.
Drainage being installed today at hole #2. The green will be closed today but may open tomorrow.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Tree removals next to #6 tee

This is the view from the back tees on the 6th hole. The Maple trees to the left have been growing into the launching area of this tee. The trees have also created a shade issue with the men's tee. We have noticed over the last few years that the tee would be in full shade until almost noon every morning. This lack of am sunlight has caused that tee to struggle during the late summer and early fall months.
You can now see that the teeing area has plenty of room for golfers to maneuver their tee shots from the back tee. Even though there is some shade from the last remaining Maple to the left of the 6th tee, it is just a fraction of the original amount.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

New irrigation being installed at the 3rd green.

This picture shows the beginning of the new irrigation pipe, wire and sprinklers being installed around the 3rd green and approach. All of the old system had to be hand dug out and removed before new materials installed. The old system was installed in 1985 with some of the original Toro 655 head still in use.