Friday, January 25, 2013

Course Update 1/25/13

Good Afternoon,

I apologize for the long lapse in updates. We have been very busy over the last several weeks working to accomplish several of our winter goals. Check out the list and pictures below to see what we have been working on:
  • Wildflower establishment - 8 areas planted (I will describe in detail next week)
  • North bunker liner removal - Greenside bunkers completed, Fairways in progress
  • Adding sand to bunkers - North and South
  • Tree trimming and removal
  • Shop cleanup - 50% done, see pictures below
  • Other small projects - native grass maintenance, cart paths, brush clearing
  • Irrigation repairs
  • Teaching tee
Establishing Wildflowers
We decided to experiment in several small areas on both courses with planting wildflowers. The flowers are a combination of bluebonnets, phlox, poppy, and paintbrush. If successful, we should see a nice crop in mid to late spring. Areas planted this year include holes 13, 14, and 17 on the North, and holes 6,7,13 and 14 on the South.
Mike McCarty planting seeds on #13 South

Bunker Liner Removal
One of our big goals this year has been to eliminate the problems caused by the bunker liners on the North Course. We began this process in late 2011 and successfully completed the greenside bunkers on holes 1 through 12 last year. We have now finished all of the greenside bunkers and have started work on several of the fairways.

Several crew members removing liner on #2 North
Shop Cleanup

 We have been working diligently to make clean up our shop yard. It has been our goal to make it a safer, cleaner, and more efficient place to work. We still have a lot of work to do but so far we have recycled over 200 tires and 300 pesticide containers, filled a 30yd dumpster with trash, and salvaged several tons of metal. Check out the before and after pictures below:

Driving Range Teaching Tee
 The work on the driving range teaching tee is now complete. We were able to establish winter grass seed that will provide good coverage and reduce erosion over the next few months. We have plans to spring the tee with bermuda grass in late spring.