Monday, December 22, 2014

Bridge work started on hole #6.

With Monday being the only forecasted non-rainy day, work was started on the bridge. The old matting, deck boards, and sub-boards with hardware will be removed.
Replacement wood will be used in it's place with new wood fencing also installed.
Please remember, the bridge will be completely closed to all traffic (carts & walking) until project is completed. 

Friday, December 19, 2014

Due to soft conditions and new sod, holes 6,7,8 and 9 will be closed temporarily.

      With the large amounts of soil moved and all the new sod in place holes 6,7,8 and 9 will be close temporarily. This will give the new sod in these areas time to root and the soil time to settle. Also, there will be temporary pin on the 10th hole to keep traffic off the sod at the green and approach.
     We have made every attempt to maintain a balance of keeping the holes open and allowing the turf to heal in but we have noticed many areas with footprint depressions. These areas of depressions will be very difficult to repair in the spring and that would put me in a state of depression.
     Once the turf is rooted  the areas will be topdressed with sand and rolled to start the road to turf smoothness.
     Come spring everyone will notice the improvements done on these holes and will be in agreement that the work was an asset to the golf course.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Bridge at #6 to be closed for repair!

We will be doing repairs to the bridge at the 6th tee. This work will include all new decking boards and new fencing. When completed it will look very nice and will compliment all the other improvements done to the golf course.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Only at Whitemarsh!

This time of year we usually winterize the irrigation system. This work has to be done every year to prevent the underground pipes from freezing and breaking. We would reserve a large industrial compressor for a mild day (above 50 degrees) so it would not be too uncomfortable when we are out there getting wet by the mist. The goal is to move all the water in the pipes and sprinklers out by using lower pressure, high volume air. This process takes a full day and a half but it could save many days of digging and replacing pipe and sprinklers. I guess the weather prediction today was the day and we spent all day getting all the water out of the irrigation pipes and as you can see in the picture mist is being blown out of the sprinkler head. A warmer day makes it less of a headache but the procedure is now done. 

Friday, December 5, 2014

Trying to work between the weather.

The wet weather over the last week has caused some headaches with the project work on the eighth hole. We would get a full day of rain which would halt all activities, followed by a couple days of cloudy weather that does not dry anything out. Unfortunately with (25) four foot wide rolls of sod sitting on the ground we have to pull the trigger. The forecast for tomorrow is rain so today is the day..... We use thick plastic boards for the tractor to prevent rutting along with a lot of muscle from the staff.