COURSE UPDATE

Thunderstorms occurring between the dates of July 8-10 dumped excessive precipitation on the property.  The July 10th storm precipitation amounts were in excess of 2.5 inches alone.  With soils already saturated, this storm created flooding conditions and hence wreaked havoc throughout the golf course.  The usual routine with heavy downpours washed out bunkers and minor debris cleanup on stream banks. 
  • Bridges washed out and moved from their original locations on hole #2, #10, #11 and #18.
  • #10 fairway bunker was compromised with a soil slide.  The nose of the bunker washed from the side of the hill requiring extensive handword and sod installation.
Predominately all mulch beds were washed out, particularly the bed located by the #10 green and #11 tee.  This bed had to be completely renovated.
  • Cart path buckling on holes #10 and #11, requiring asphalt installation.
A large sinkhole, approximately 15w' x 20l' x 6' deep occurred in the right rough on hole #18.  Large 8" stone was acquired and packed into the area and then topped with fine material to stabilize the area.
  • Numerous bunkers had the sand completely washed from their defined basins requiring silt and mud to be removed prior to new sand installation.
  • Silt contamination in the rough in front of #2 and #18 green.
  • Organic contamination floating in the irrigation lake requiring physical removal from the breast of the dam.
  • Silt deposited in the irrigation lake compromising water holding capacity and physical water quality.
The last bullet point is troubling as the water that is used from this lake is already compromised through sodium, bicarbonate and chloride concentrations exceeding threshold levels.  As previously documented in the newsletter, great expense and effort has been put forth to rectify these issues.  Installed water quality injection systems and a floating intake still were not able to overcome the onslaught of silt that has been deposited in the lake.  Even the fountain was removed as the depth of the water is too shallow for its operation.

As a result, an additional expenditure occurred to enable the water to be used for irrigation.A filtration system has been installed to capture the silt prior to it being pumped onto the golf course.  As of this writing, a full irrigation program has not been utilized.  However, I am confident that is a viable solution.

Of course, all of this occurred as preparations for the Mylan Classic were in full swing.  The entire staff in my department is to be commended for their hard work and dedication in not only recognizing the paramount importance of minimizing playability impact on members and guest but keeping the focus of planning for a PGA Tour event.  It is truly a privilege and a pleasure to be associated with a committed staff.

A recap of the Mylan Classic will be included in the next newsletter.  In the meantime, if I can answer any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
   
Alan Easter,
Grounds Superintendent