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Tennis walkway this week and getting ready for a "hot" weekend

 Posted 2/17/2017
 


We have had a few cold and blustery mornings which has given us a chance to finish up some inside work.  All 240 bunker rakes are inspected, repaired, cleaned, shined and a coat of polyurethane is put on the handles.  The rakes have been placed back out on the Course.  A predetermined number of rakes per bunker is indicated in our "bunker rake book" which we use to periodically check inventory throughout the year.


Our paint booth is still pretty full but items are starting to get finished up here at the end of the week.  The 150 poles, benches and ballwashers are finished being painted.  The range bag stands and poles for the SGA are also complete.  The hole signs will be the final item painted and we hope to have them back out by the end of next week.


The tee markers are on their 2nd set of spar varnish and they probably need one more application.  We are not in any hurry to get these back out on the Course as we have put too much time in them for the skunks to start chewing them up already.  We will probably put the new markers out after aeration sometime in mid to late March.  


In preparation for the weekend we did put a mowing on the greens Wednesday.  We got about a 1/4 bucket of grass off them which is just fine.  Please keep fixing your ballmarks this weekend.  It will take a few more weeks for the soil temperatures to really come up and allow the bentgrass to start moving again.


We also got the fairways blown off and gave them a haircut.  This was the first mowing with our new fairway mower.  We replaced two triplexes with this 5 reel unit.  We will now use two 100" wide mowers instead 1 100" and two 60" mowers.  From what we see so far we may be finishing in shorter time with two people than we had previously with three.


On to the project of the week as winter tries to run out on us.  The old gravel tennis walkway has always been an eyesore.  In addition, after a heavy rain the gravel loved to wash down on to courts 6 and 7 and cause Juan a day of cleanup during tennis lessons.  We always hesitated installing a permanent walkway because our irrigation pipe and wiring is all directly underneath here.  A paver install was a good solution.


First we stripped the old gravel off and hauled it back to the shop to spread out in a few wet parking areas.  Then we kept digging about 8 inches down from the top of the existing bricks that border the tennis courts.


We had to manually chip away the extra mortar on the edges of the bricks and also shave down the top of the concrete on each fence post.  When I say shave, I mean slice it with the cutoff saw and start chiseling and hammering with the sledge.  That's 240 feet of mortar slamming and 24 fence post footers that needed to be adjusted for the new pavers.  In 30 degree weather and 25 mph winds, we were plenty warm.


With the soil and concrete out of our way we put down 3" layer of road base CR6 stone and compacted it.


The final layer is a concrete sand that is floated out and compacted.  You can see how we tied the two courts together.  The slope between the old and new courts was never ideal but a massive amount of soil would have been needed to raise the new courts up another 6 inches.  With the new pavers in between we won't have to worry about any gravel wash or flooding.


The path behind courts 1-4 will be six feet wide.  The sand compacts nicely and is ready for the bricks.


The pavers are installed brick by brick.  We are looking at about 1400 square feet of area to be covered which equates to over 4000 bricks being put in place by hand.  We hope to be pretty close to finishing by the end of the day today.  This is a man power operation and doing the project in house makes it financially feasible.  We will have some finished product pictures next week, enjoy the weekend!

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Getting things done in MD & FL, with similar weather

 Posted 2/9/2017
 


The wall on 12 got finished up last Friday.  Over 60 railroad ties were replaced throughout the wall.  The top section in the picture was completely rebuilt by Felix and the crew.  We used as many existing deadmen as possible and also installed a few new ones.  The wall was backfilled up on the top and we will sod up against it in the coming weeks.


The big project for the week was installing new irrigation on the right of 11.  Over the past few years we have spent a fair amount of time handwatering the rough here right of 11.  The soil isn't great and the way the fairway is shaped, it needs a lot less water than the rough does.  The 20 new heads will throw water out from the first cut and water only the rough.  Our first step is to strip up 3 rows of sod to make room for the trencher and soil spoils.


The guys started close to the satellite box at the end of the fairway and got moving.  We actually used our own trencher this time.  We were able to get it tuned back up a few weeks ago with a new starter/generator, a few new hydraulic lines and brand new cutting teeth.  The new teeth went through most of the soil very smoothly and left a clean bottom in the trench.


Out of 500 feet of trench, the last 100 got pretty rough with rock.


In addition to the 20 new heads we also installed a new quick coupler hose attachment.  It is positioned in a big gap that was present from the existing system.  Now we will be able to cover all areas of the fairway and rough with hoses as needed in the summer.  You can see Lucky resting his arms from using a key piece of machinery for the project, the jumping jack tamper.


They dodged some rain and used the nice temperatures to get this buttoned up in just two days.  The rock of course was left out and tossed into the stream to help support the banks.  Once finished up the guys kept digging holes for more quick coupler replacements through the back nine.  All of our old couplers have now been replaced and we have about 8 more left to install in new positions.  Thankfully some cooler temperatures dropped in later in the week forcing back inside so we can get our painting started and hopefully finished up quickly.


A little further south we were busy networking and exploring other properties before the education conference and trade show got started.  We found some nicely installed bocce ball courts at the Ritz.  These took up a fair amount of (flat) space and no one on our crew is excited about adding more har-tru surfaces to our list of maintenance.  We will keep these courts lower on the project possibility list.


My favorite part of the annual conference remains the trade show.  So many of our products you really have to put your hands on to see and the best part is, everyone is always looking to cut a deal at the show.


I had looked at this spray hawk for few years but up until this year no one had picked up distribution in the US.  Finally this year it was available so we picked it up for a sale price.


We also came across a new ball picker.  The vendors were taken aback somewhat when I told them we can barely get a year out of our range balls.  This picker is a completely different design on the drums than what we have currently.  They are a softer plastic than won't scratch and rub the covers off our balls.  The baskets are also larger and easier to work with.  We worked a great deal on this picker and placed the order.  If we can get even two solid years out of a new set of balls this picker will pay for itself quickly.


This is a mini asphalt paver.  I have had the bad idea of just trying to repave our own cartpaths for a while now.  It was nice to get some pricing on these small machines and I also had the guy tell me how to operate it....just in case.


Among the fun of touring the trade show, seeing your friends and making new ones, we had a number of important meetings centered around improving ourselves and our industry.  Our final meeting on Thursday was the launch of the Best Management Practices template by the GCSAA.  Maryland has been involved with this template from the start and will be the first state to use it in order to produce specific BMPs for the state.  The BMPs are very in depth and focus on ways to improve water quality and continue to promote environmental stewardship.  We are excited to get our BMP project finished up and start on distribution and validation this year.









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No, our list never ends

 Posted 2/2/2017
 


We are going to end up with about 50 replaced steps this winter.  With the old mat pulled up it is easy to see which ties need to be replaced.  Each railroad tie is cut to size and installed in its new home.  Hopefully most of these will last another 20 years.


As soon as a set of stairs is refurbished the mat crew is behind them nailing the new mat into place.  Our custom cut boards for the bridges are being picked up this week and most likely get installed next week so we can get closer to finishing up the mat installation.


The wall on 12 has been in bad shape for years.  We have procrastinated repairing it because it is a bear of a job.  All the rotted railroad ties have been pulled out and we will be able to match up this new section with the existing section of wall that is still in ok shape.  Most of these deadmen are salvageable so the new section of wall will be connected back to them.  Unfortunately, no railroad tie is really the same height and width.  As each tie goes in it has to be adjusted and cut according to match up and jive with where the deadmen are.

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