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.”
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.
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.