Finished!  That’s a word we all have been waiting for since Laurel Ridge Country Club’s irrigation project began four months ago!  I am very happy to report that all of the new irrigation system has been installed and the pipe, wire and heads are all working properly.  The irrigation contractor will now go back through the entire property and do what is called a “final walk through”. During this process, they will fill low areas, level heads, adjust valve boxes, clean weeping heads, fix asphalt, level dirt and do a total cleaning once again.  This step is very important because we want to make sure everything is as it should be, although we are also anxious to get the contractors off the golf course.

All of the sod work on the greens is complete.  Our golf course has a total of about 130,000 square feet of greens, and we have sodded about 7,000 square feet of area that was lost during the period with no irrigation water.  Already, these areas have started to root and will be eased into the normal mowing height of 0.130″.  There are some small areas that we will be aerifying, seeding, and topdressing shortly. These areas were not quite large enough to warrant sodding but they do need seed to help them recover.

In the next week, we will be sand capping and sodding #3 tee box.  This will be the final sod area for the new construction.  The sod for the new tees has been coming from #5 fairway.  During a visit earlier this year, golf course designer, Bob Cupp suggested that a dirt berm be installed to force the dog leg left on hole #5.  We will be landscaping and mulching this berm shortly.  Afterwards, the crew will grow all the bentgrass back in and have a wonderful nursery.

This update was written with a glad heart because I know this club and its members are really going to benefit from the construction process.  Look for more updates next week.

Logan H. Nesbitt, Golf Course Superintendent