Due to inclement weather, aerification is postponed until Tuesday or Wednesday of this week. The date will be determined by the weather and possible snow accumulations which are being predicted.
Today the Bluegrass GCM Staff completed the short-term repair of the pond leak in the irrigation pond. To the recap a previous post: The pond liner has been postponed until the Fall of this year and this fix completed today is not long-term, but it has the potential to stop or at least drastically reduce the leak in the short-term for a minimum cost. We will be using a product called Bentonite. This product is a clay material that is designed to swell and expand when water is present, potentially clogging the leak.
8,000 lbs of Bentonite Applied in the Suspected Leak Area
Bentonite was applied at a heavy rate in the area suspected to leak and spread evenly across the floor. The second step was to incorporate the material thoroughly into the sub-grade of the floor about 6″ deep.
Tillers Incorporating Bentonite
Last of the process was to compact the sub-floor and vibrate the Bentonite into the any small cracks and pores.
Tamper Compacting Pond Floor
Overall the process went smooth and we feel good about our efforts to slow and possibly stop the leak. Late this afternoon we fired up the transfer pumps to begin to filling the pond. By Wednesday, this week, we should be close to having the water level back to normal and be able to test if the leak was stopped or slowed. Currently the pond leaks about 8″ of water a day and any reduction of this amount would be a victory for our efforts.
Water Flowing From the Transfer Station
Each year Bluegrass begins a renewal process with Audubon to continue our environment stewardship and improve the natural habitat of our wildlife. This year is a continuation of last years. Last year we created two duck houses in #10 pond for water fowl to have a safe home. This year we are raising 4 ducklings to release into the duck houses later in the year. Currently the ducks have taken shelter in the shop and at several member’s homes for a weekend sleep over. This has been a great learning experience and rewarding feeling knowing we are helping the environment.
Ducks in the Bath Tub
Starting last week the GCM Staff began the make over of the clubhouse landscaping by removing all the plant material in the front left of the club. This renovation is Phase 1 of an overall Master Landscaping Plan we developed for the club. The original plants were overgrown and outdated so to achieve the look desired for the club we started over. The new landscape will offer a lot of summer color including Hydrangeas, Carpet Roses, Knock-Out Roses and an annual flower bed. Our new landscaping has been updated as far as maintenance as well. The entire system has been revamped and installed with water saving irrigation heads, drip irrigation on the plant material, and a computerized operating system. Our GCM staff will complete installing the mulch this week and begin to install the soil medium for the annual bed soon. The last remaining step will be to install a new landscape lighting system to accent the plants and clubhouse during the night hours.
Below are a few pictures of the process:
The renovation of the irrigation pond on #16 has been rescheduled for the fall of 2013. Over the next couple weeks we have a proposed fix that is not long-term, but it has the potential to stop or at least drastically reduce the leak in the short-term for a minimum cost. We will be using a product called bentonite. This product is a clay material that is designed to swell and expand when water is present, potentially clogging the leak. The Bentonite will be spread across the pond sides and tilled into pond clay to mix.
We have moved in this direction after some additional research we found with a different type of liner that offers a lifetime guarantee. The original rubber liner is also a great choice and could be lifetime as well, but factory warranty is only 25 years. This new sprayable liner will require less equipment and damage to the course to prep the pond. We will keep you updated as we progress and research the new liner from other clubs in the area that have renovated in this same fashion.
The Bluegrass GCM Staff would like to thank Member Chris Maynord and Assistant Golf Professional David Tucker for their time and sweat last week after the tornado hit the club. Both these individuals donated their day in effort to help us remove debris from the course and make the entrance accessible for other members to enjoy dinner that night. It was a long, cold and rainy day and we appreciate your time.