Master Plan: #1

After the completion of the fairway bunker renovation on the tenth hole, our staff turned their focus to the fairway bunker complex on the first hole.

It was a total team effort and Assistant Golf Course Superintendent, Charlie Lonergan, was charged with the role of project lead and shaper.

During the demolition process, we found there was no define edge or “lip” to the bunker, as seen here to the rear of Dave Ward, Assistant Golf Course Superintendent. Behind Dave is about a four-foot cut in the ground, filled with sand to make an edge. 

Drainage for both bunkers were trenched across the first fairway. During the process, we cut through drains that were installed previously and not working in a positive direction of flow. The new drains have been a great addition as subsequent rain events have allowed for carts to traverse the fairway in less than a day, as opposed to keeping the area roped off for a series of days. 

In the picture above, we have completed the drainage across the fairway. To the back left, rear and right of the bunker complex, we have dug the main line for the irrigation as the new bunkers were brought out into the fairway, necessitating us to abandon the old irrigation main line.

Above, from top to bottom, are team members Dario Valerio, Evan DiDonato and Jesus Ortiz-Aponte installing the re-routed irrigation line.

Above, the before and below, the after, with golden-brown fine fescue surrounding the bunkers and championship tee for #17.Below is the conceptual vision, drawn by Andrew Green, Golf Course Architect.



Salt Burn & Rust in the Lines

On Tuesday of this week, our staff solid tined the greens to allow for oxygen exchange in the subsurface soil. In addition, we applied some potash to encourage root growth and enhance our bentgrass greens to ward off stress they will experience with higher temperatures in the coming weeks.

Unfortunately, we had some tip burn to several of the greens on the course, the worst being #14. The other greens affected are 1, 3, 4, 5, 12 and 15. The burn is a result of the salt on the fertilizer prills not sufficiently receiving irrigation after the application of potash. The picture below is the main culprit and evidence of a looming issue for the irrigation system. 

Above is an internal component to a sprinkler called a foot valve. The black objects in the center of the foot valve is rust. Small amount of rust will not allow the sprinkler to operate efficiently. In other instances, rust build-up can lead to a sprinkler not functioning at all. 

Aesthetically, the greens affected by the salt burn are blighted, but they will grow out of the tip burn, on some of the greens in a matter of days, while it may take a week for the most severe case on #14.