Fourth Hole Update

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.

BAck Bunker #4

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.

LEft Bunker #4

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.

Bunker #6New Sand

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.

Morning Prep

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.

Begin Sod

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.

Laying Rough

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.

Mid Day Sodding 2

Below, the before picture.

4 Tee Before B retouched 2

Below, renovation complete.

4 Tee After retouched

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.

Temp Tee

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.

Grounds Department Team Update

Mike Cocino1

This past December, we were happy to see one of our valued team members ascertain and accept a prestigious job offer. Second Assistant Golf Course Superintendent, Mike Cocino, accepted the First Assistant Superintendent position at the Seaview Hotel and Golf Club in Galloway, New Jersey.

The Golf Club is home to the Pines and Bay Courses, and has been the host site for the Shoprite LPGA Classic.

Mike has been charged with the day-to-day agronomic resposibilities of the Pines Course, a course that opened in 1929, designed by the famed architects William Flynn and Howard Toomey (Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, Philadelphia Country Club, Lehigh Country Club and Rolling Green Golf Club).

This is a great move for Mike to gain valuable management experience, as well as, tournament experience with the LPGA. We wish Mike the best of luck at his new club and know he will flourish in providing a high level of service to the golf club members and hotel guests.

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First Mow of the Season!

First Mow of the Season 1a

The warm weather brought about the first cultivation of the greens for the year. This mowing is about three weeks earlier than normal. The late fall temps, as well as, the warmer winter helped spawn this decision to begin our maintenance activities. We rolled the greens this past Tuesday, followed by the mowing yesterday and again this morning. Above, staff member William Alvarez, is on the third green yesterday morning.

First Mow of the Season 2a

Staff member Doug McGonigle is mowing the “clean-up passes” on the third green. We have also cut new hole locations on all greens and today we have begun the process of rehabbing the bunkers.

Fourth Hole Project

4 Tee Before B retouched 2

The fourth hole will get a “make-over” this spring. We have begun to prepare the teeing ground as we expand and re-level the tee surface. We expect the tee to be sodded to bentgrass by mid-March.

4 Tee retouched

In the next few weeks, we will remove all the sand in the green-side bunkers and replenish with an angular sand. Presently, sand in the green-side bunkers is a river bed or natural  sand that has rounded particles. This type of bunker sand tends to be softer, creating buried lies. The angular sand should play firmer, and the intent is to have easier bunker shots.

We hope this is the first step in a maintenance plan to re-level tees throughout the course, as well as, add sand to the bunkers. For the near future, please refrain from playing the teeing ground on the fourth hole.