The brunt of the work on the golf hole took shape this past week with the tee surface laser-leveled and the process of removing the old bunker sand commenced.
Since we were not renovating the bunkers (re-shaping, installing drainage and erosion control), the process of removing the old sand is very labor intensive. Above, our staff shoveled all the sand to the center of the bunker for the purpose of not damaging the erosion matting on the bunker floor.
The sand is piled in the middle of the bunker and then removed. We have “staged” the old sand on the sixth hole to re-use in a few bunkers on the course.
Sand was delivered at the end of the week and will be installed into the greenside bunkers this coming week.
Friday morning, our staff finalized preparations on and around the tee, followed by the installation of the bentgrass sod on the tee and tall fescue surrounds.
Below, our team begins the intricate process of laying the bentgrass sod. If you click the picture, you will notice a yellow string line between the plywood and first row of sod to ensure we are laying the sod in a straight line.
While the tee surface is sodded, the rough edge is laid at the rear of the tee. Again, if you click the picture, you will see the string line to delineate the left side of the teeing ground.
The sodding of bentgrass is a complex operation. All work must be performed with the use of plywood. As the sod is laid, we can not have anyone walk upon the ground due to the tenderness of the sod. Below are team members (left to right): Foreman – Gaudencio Rodriguez, Assistant Trainee – Luis Martinez, Will Holland and William Alvarez.
Below, the before picture.
Below, renovation complete.
The tee surface was enlarge by only two feet on the left and right sides. However, with level ground, USABLE space has increased by two-thirds!
The old tee forced all play down the center as the left and right sides had up to 4.5% pitch in opposite angles, negating the possibility of setting tee markers in these locations.
Until the tee is ready for use (late April), please refrain from stepping onto the newly sodded area. For the short-term, we will build a temporary tee using a Turf Hound practice mat near the location depicted above.