We hope everyone had a wonderful Derby weekend! As most of you know, we have a lot of projects happening on the golf course. First and foremost, we are in the middle of the irrigation system construction project. The mainline from the pumphouse on #7 has been installed all the way to #4 rough. Every irrigation head is on a loop coming off of the mainline. Hole #6 has all irrigation material in the ground and will have the final (of many) grades done today. Then all dirt areas will be hydroseeded with either bentgrass or bluegrass, depending on the area. With a raised fertility rate and a growth regulator encouraging lateral growth, these areas should excel.
Hole #5 has the greens loop installed also and the plan is to start the fairway loop today. So far, we have already installed 6,000 feet of communication wire. The downfall of installing any irrigation system this time of year is changes in the weather. In the beginning, we had too much rain. Now we are having to haul water in a cart to water areas that currently don’t have irrigation. Our staff is doing everything possible to keep conditions favorable during construction.
An ongoing sediment problem on Hole #10 has been corrected. For years, topsoil has washed off of the mountain, ending up in our creeks and ponds. Over time, sediment, sticks, and leafs have clogged the culvert under #10 cartpath causing it to crack and settle. Our great friend Burton Edwards has built a boulder head wall to solve that problem. Not only is water flowing correctly now, but the cartpath is much wider.
Trying to do construction and still be able to play golf is a challenge, but we are doing everything that we possibly can to keep any interruptions to a minimum. Once again, thank you for your patience.
Logan Nesbitt, Golf Course Superintendent