Tenth Hole Improvements

The February warmth allowed our team to begin improvements to this golf hole, per the Golf Course Master Plan of 2016. We began by installing a forward tee in the fairway. When the Plan was created, a major component was to improve the golf course for players of all abilities. On every hole, a new proposed teeing ground can be placed in the rough or within the fairway. Here on #10, our staff built a “flat deck tee,” as indicated by the letter E in the second-to-last picture of this post.

The purpose of these teeing grounds, are to add enjoyment for golfers of all ages, while not adding extra maintenance and expenses for the grounds operations.

Sod was cut, stripped and laid-out on a tarp to be replaced back in it’s originally position on the fairway, as see below with two of our staff personnel, Hector Bonilla and Jesus Aponte (left to right).

Soil was brought in to level the area on the fairway. The tee deck measures approximately 15 by 15 feet. The area of disturbance was more than double the measurement to blend the new teeing ground into the fairway and allow our large riding mowers to maintain the tee surface. 

Above, on the left operating the tractor is Charlie Lonergan (Lead Assistant Golf Course Superintendent) and Dave Ward (Assistant Golf Course Superintendent). With the February thaw, care was taken to limit our traffic and area of disturbance as depicted in the picture below with a plywood “road.”

On February 20th, conditions were not suitable for playing golf, but it was certainly a great day to begin the renovation of the fairway bunker on this hole.. 

Demolition of the bunker included incorporating whatever sand was left with the soil subsurface, seen below. 

 This “in-house” renovation has allowed our staff to gain valuable golf course construction experience. Dave Ward, seen below on the mini-excavator, has shaped the entire bunker complex on this project. Also pictured here, left to right, are team members Christian Lopez, Hector Bonilla and Gaudencio Rodriguez. 

It has been a total team effort as seen in the picture below. While Dave is shaping, Charlie has help facilitate the project on the mini-excavator. Jesus, pictured on the left, is ensuring we have a six inch bunker lip. Gaudencio and Christian are operating a plate tamp to flatten and compact the bunker floor, while Hector rakes ahead of the plate tamp process.

 The picture below helps you identify the new features of this bunker. Dave is standing at the far end of the bunker. The bunker has been pushed down the hole as far as the surrounding topography will allow, creating a carry from the Back Tees (blue colored tees) of 220 yards.

In the picture above on the left, architect Andrew Green has flagged and painted lines to widen the width of bunker. 

Before the drainage system is installed, the entire floor needs to be compacted, seen above.

We were making great progress after the nor’easter hit the area on March 2nd and hoping to finish the drainage install of erosion matting, pipe and pea gravel. But once again, Mother Nature had us change our plans. 

  On the evening of March 6th, we used our ice/ snow tarp to cover and protect the bunker complex, with the notion of whatever the second nor’easter produced, our staff could get back to working on this project as soon as possible. The storm dumped almost ten inches of snow on the golf course and we hope during the week of March 12th our team can get back to this project. 

Above is the Golf Course Master Plan of the tenth hole by architect Andrew Green. The bunker renovation is deemed as a “sympathetic restoration” to the original Dick Wilson design, seen below in the 1965 aerial. We are incorporating design elements of Wilson, while updating the bunker for today’s golf game.

 

Welcome Back!

Dave Ward has returned to the team after graduating from
the Rutgers University Professional Turf Management Program.
He will be an Assistant Golf Course Superintendent and we are
excited he will begin his management career with the Club!

You may recall Dave was an intern with our staff last season.
With several great improvement projects slated for this year and beyond,
Dave states he will be able to “gain valuable field experience that will
benefit his trek in becoming a golf course superintendent.” 

Dave was awarded two scholarships while as an intern for the Club.
He received $1,000 awards from the Philadelphia Association of Golf Course Superintendents (PAGCS) and Rutgers University Turfgrass Alumni.

Perhaps last season or this winter, you may have seen Dave’s Bernese Mountain Dog running aside his golf cart. Cesar was awarded the month of December, 2017, for the Dog Days of Golf 2018 Calendar. Dogs are selected by representatives of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) and LebanonTurf. Attendees at the Golf Industry Show, held this past February in San Antonio, can vote for their favorite pooch. The winning owner “will receive a $500 prize and $3,000 for his or her GCSAA-affiliated chapter. A $2,000 charitable donation will also be made by GCSAA and LebanonTurf in honor of the winner.”

Although Cesar did not come out on top this year, what matters most is that he is a pretty cool pooch with a great personality!