As many of you know, this past winter we attempted to temporarily repair the leaks in the irrigation pond with Bentonite. Unfortunately our efforts were unsuccessful to completely stop the leak. Our efforts did slow the leak down from previously losing 8″ of water a day to now losing 4″ of water a day. Since the attempted repair, we have continually checked the banks of the pond looking for any other visual leaks we can repair. I am glad to say we have found 4 more leaks in other areas of the pond and they have now stopped leaking.
Just this last week we repaired a major leak that was pulling a large amount of water out of the pond. This area was in the back corner of the pond behind #14 green. Below you can see the picture of the leak pulling a funnel of water out of the pond roughly 3′ under the water’s surface.
Irrigation Pond Leak
We had a very unusual surprise this past week on the #7 green, a sink hole.
#7 Green Sink Hole
During the investigation of the sink hole we discovered an old terra cotta clay drain line under the subsurface of the current green. With all the recent rains occurring this year, water has been slowly finding its way into the clay pipe and removing the green’s sand mix While aerifing, the weight of the aerifier collapsed this area and gave us visual evidence of the problem.
Red Arrow Pointing to Clay Drain Line
Our staff was able to clog the clay pipe and apply concrete over the opening to stop the problem from happening again. The repaired area of the green was resodded and leveled out and the seams of the sod will heal in over the next couple of weeks.
The Driving Range Tee is fully open for the golf season on the turf until fall overseeding. Soon the bermuda grass will be aggressively growing and to help ensure a quick and smooth recovery from divots removed, our staff fills each divot with sand. This year we have added a new step to the process of filling divots. Each day on the turf there are two sand divot stations behind the hitting area for members to assist in filling divots, just as on the par 3 tees on the course. When you are finished practicing, please use these sand stations to fill your divots and provide a smooth surface for the next member to practice. Having a smooth sanded divot provides a protected area for the bermuda grass to regenerate. Thanks for your help in assisting a speeding recovery on the driving range tee.
Driving Tee Hitting Area
Sand Divot Station
The first 2013 Divot Night is just around the corner. Make plans to bring the family (including dogs) and enjoy the outside weather helping improve the golf course and promote golf course etiguette. We will be kicking off the night in front of the Golf Shop Monday May 13th at 5:30 pm. Come enjoy the fun and refreshments.
Our winter annuals have begun to come to life as the weather warms. The pansies are blooming and the tulips are reaching for the skies. Soon the summer annuals will be arriving in early May and begin their life cycle until the fall. Below are a few pictures of the front annuals.
Flag Pole Annuals
Front Door Annuals
Front Door Pots
New Front Door Landscaping
Putting Green Flower Bed
The recent rains earlier have made apparent some drainage issues on the course. The GCM Staff have corrected these problems and water is following in the right direction. The first issue was the 12″ drainage pipe running across #3 fairway. This problem was from the abundant amounts of water flowing through the pipe and caused the pipe to raise to the surface of turf and allow water to escape from the pipe.
#3 Drainage Pipe Pushed Out of Ground
We were able to regrade the area under the pipe and reenforce the pipe with ground anchors and cable along with fastening the pipe together with screws.
#3 Drainage Pipe Anchored in the Ground
We also found to the right of #7 tee a set of drainage pipes not tied into any piping to allow water to exit the property. This problem had caused a spring and wet area to the right of #8 fairway. This set of drainage pipes were removed and installed into a larger drainage system to handle the amount of water produced and is following into the nearby creek. The recent rains and snow have proved the new drainage system is working and this area is drier than ever before.
#8 Fairway Drainage System
Trunk Line to #7 Creek From #8 Drainage
Early spring aerification is behind us and the next aerification is scheduled for early May. Each aerification performed is a necessary cultural practice to remove organic matter and provide open channels for water to pass through and gases to be exchanged. Every aerification timing has a specific purpose as well, the early aerification is a chance to wake the greens up from the winter, the early summer aerification is mainly to remove organic material, and the fall aerification is also for organic material removal and summer stress recovery.
This early spring aerification was a chore with delays from snow and cold weather, but currently we are about two weeks from performing the procedure an about 75-90% healed in. As the weather continues to build we will soon be back to normal and in full swing.