Friday, November 15, 2013
In the midst of the driving range product we received our order of reflectivity tape for laser rangefinders from VinylGuard Golf. It was as simple as rolling on the reflectivity tape, sliding the shrink tubing over the tape, and applying heat with a heat gun. We have recently had customers that have asked for the prisms that attach to the flag sticks to aide their rangefinders and I am sure that this will meet those same expectations.
Posted by Brian Boyer at 2:06 PM
Friday, November 8, 2013
As we approach the end of the week, we are on schedule despite a small setback on day 3. Day's 2 and 3 were spent getting the rough grade done. With our tee only being 100ft from front to back, we set a slope of 8 inches. That is a little less than the 1% over 100ft that is recommended, but with all the drainage that is going in, it will be just fine.
While we were grading the tee, Scott Dickson of Parris Turf Equipment was on the range overseeding the proper (I really don't even know what the 'proper' means, but our DOG calls it that and he'll get a kick out me using that word). They own and sell what I think may be the best seeder on the market called the Amazone GNK 20. It's got reciprocating tines that create a chain like pattern which beats the pants off a typical seeder used on golf courses. What else that is great about this seeder is that it leaves little to no debris and you can't see any seed meaning it is getting in where it needs to get.
Day 4 marked the beginning of the drainage which started off well by digging out the existing main drain line. It was a different story when we got out to the lateral drain lines though. I'm pretty sure somebody is out there laughing about how they once built a driving range tee on top of 25,000 sq ft rock. We are lucky to get down to 18", but for this project, anything helps. Eight of the 18 lateral lines are now cut and we hope to have the rest cut by the end of Friday.
Monday, November 4, 2013
|4 in 1 bucket (top blade used to cut sod)|
After much anticipation, the maintenance staff at Cinnabar Hills has begun to re-level the range tee. Today is probably the most time consuming part of the whole project and that involves removing the sod from the existing tee. To cut the sod extremely quick, we used a 4 in 1 bucket on our Bocat with the blades open and just skimmed underneath the sod. It looked like Almaden Country Club and the pig damage they have been experiencing. The four foot width of the 4 in 1 bucket beats the 18" width of our ryan sod cutter.
With the sod removed, we will till the soil and begin the rough grade tomorrow. As soon as the rough grade is complete, the drainage will be installed and irrigation sprinklers will be set.
Not having done many projects this year, this is a lot of fun to end the year with. Stay tuned for updates and check the Cinnabar Hills Golf Club website for when the range will be closed and open.
Posted by Brian Boyer at 2:10 PM
Monday, October 21, 2013
As we approach the end of October, we will have completed aeration on all surfaces at Cinnabar Hills. October has got to be one the most anticipated months in my calendar. By this time of the year, we are all just trying to hang on for a couple of more weeks and there is nothing like aeration to past the time.
The month started out with doing both fairways and approaches. We pulled cores that were 5/8" in diameter and we then topdressed both fairways and approaches at a rate of 12 tons per acre. Partly filling the holes with sand has been part of the reason why deep watering has been so successful for us. Something different this year was that we purchased 25 tons of gypsum in pellet form and got that dragged into the holes as well. That will help flush out any salts we have now for when the rains come and also help with nutrient retention.
In the middle of the month, we were able to get in one more deep tine event on the greens. What is amazing with the SR-54s deep tine is that it leaves the greens faster after they have been punched than before. We actually get compliments after the deep tine event. I know that you would think that we always get compliments after any aeration considering the cost of aeration and the long term benefits, but golfers don't like aeration for some reason.
This week we will begin aerating the tees and to wrap up the month we will begin punching the rough. It really is a fun time of year and not just because we are putting holes in the ground. The planning that is involved is half the fun and when let's say your topdresser just happens to flip over, the improvising can be fun too!
Thursday, October 3, 2013
|Bentgrass after 1 of 3 applications|
After three applications, I am pretty sure the bentgrass is toast. It is really cool how the bentgrass turns stark white after the active ingredient begins to take effect. This is because the active stops photosynthesis. We will be reseeding in the next week with ryegrass. The experiment isn't so much as to whether the product works now, but what will happen next year after the ryegrass has established. If the bentgrass comes back quickly than I may as well spend less money on round up and fusilade.
Posted by Brian Boyer at 9:43 AM