9.28.17 

Good evening,

Thank you for all of your support with the project and mess that has been created over the past 3 weeks. Everything is moving perfect and right on track.

#11 is nearly complete with only a few small items left to address. You may have noticed that the bunker sand has been added to bunkers but only in piles for now, as time allows the guys from TDI will get back in to distribute sand and compact it in. The more compaction on the sand the better so hopefully we have a day soon where we can begin spreading the sand.

#12 is nearing completion as well as #13. Kevin was in yesterday and today to give guidance and approval on work that has been completed. It has been a treat working with Kevin Hargrave, TDI, Mike Kuhn, and Leibold alike. The team that has been assembled for the back nine is one of the best around and the work shows it!

I will update with pictures as sod finishes to tie it all together. If you have not been out to see it, please feel free to reach out and we will help get you up close to the action.

On a final note, the hillside clearing on 5/10 is about a third of the way done. Who would have ever imagined the view we have now when walking the 10th fairway! As you play the renovation routing, stop on 8 tee and take a peak!

Stay tuned for pictures!

Sincerely,

– J.R. Lynn, GCS

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9.15.17

Some beautiful weather has allowed the contractors to make great progress today on phase two. While we are still mainly focused on putting the finishing touches on #11 it has taken off very well. Today TDI is installing drainage and cutting in the edges of he new bunkers. By the end of the day they should have drainage installed on the greenside and left fairway bunker with hopes of installing drainage on the right fairway bunkers tomorrow.

Leibold irrigation is right on the heels of TDI with re-installing irrigation. While this project does not upgrade or improve the irrigation system it is nice to have some of the best on site putting it all back together. 

All sod that has been moved around looks to be very healthy and has already started to root in anywhere it has been laid, this will allow us to begin working on the conditioning of the turf in no time. The new fairway expansion areas are also growing in very well, we will likely put the second cut on them early next week.

Below, I have included a few pictures of the work today and yesterday. Enjoy!

– J.R. Lynn, GCS

9.14.17 – Project Update

Kevin Hargrave has been on site since late Tuesday evening. He has been making some small changes to the initial design of 11 but ultimately has approved some of the bunkers. TDI will be able to begin draining the new bunkers this week and the liner and sand will follow shortly after.

Speaking of sand, have you seen how much is in the parking lot?!? TDI will continue to stage material near the pool parking lot, thank you for avoiding use of the back gate. We have seen very few issues with traffic control around the club grounds.

Below you will see some pictures of the rough shape of the new features on 11 and 12.

Pictured above, 2 new fairway bunkers on the right of 11 fairway.

Below, Javier and Jose are installing the new drain exit on the single left fairway bunker @11


Kevin looks over the new left greenside bunker at 11 as Jairo puts the topsoil on.

I will update with more pictures later.

Thank you for your support.

– J.R. Lynn, GCS

9.7.17 – Project Update

TDI has had a few good days to begin painting the picture on #11. Juan has put a rough shape to the new left side fairway bunker and is starting on the two new bunkers on the right. He and the crew will continue working on these fairway bunkers for the day and will be installing drainage soon. We have found working drains in the area and should have no problem draining the bunkers. 

Jairo and his crew have started stripping sod around 11 green and approach. They will begin building up the left side of the approach to support a new greenside bunker as well as block the river from entering through the low. The support for the bunker will act as a secondary levy to keep water back and new drainage in the area will help water to clear quicker after a storm.

The irrigation crews have started cutting and capping all of the disturbance areas to help keep the shapers moving. They will continue to remove irrigation from these areas this week and will be working directly behind TDI next week on repairing the lines and irrigating the new features. 

We have seen some very interesting things already and just a few days in! When stripping some sod from the cleanup pass around 11 green we found more evidence of our poor water quality. A large area on the right side has a very muddy layer on the top of the sand. Most of the time when you see a black layer in a soil profile it means that it is anaerobic, in this scenario that does not seem to be the issue. The areas where our layer has been noticed are all in areas that need additional water through the dry times. As we get away from our normal dry spots, the distinct layer diminishes.

We have also been able to repair some of the drains on 11 fairway. We have found that many of the drain risers are simply just a 4″ pipe sitting on top of the old clay tile. The riser pipes are not connected to the existing drain line which explains why the surface drains fill up completely with water and are slow to clear. We have started to dig the old drains up and making a true connection. We hope to clear any and all non working surface drains that we can find.

Check out the pictures below to see some of the progress.

9.4.17 – Happy Labor Day

Happy Labor Day! Hope you are able to enjoy some time with your family on this beautiful holiday. Weather should be great all day so if you weren’t able to enjoy a round of golf this morning hopefully you’re able to squeeze a few holes in this afternoon as it is the last day that the entire 18 holes are open.

Tomorrow we start the back nine renovation. We will try our best to minimize any disturbance to golf on the front. There will be a few changes this year as compared to last, one of the main changes is the contractors staging area. They will be located near the maintenance facility rather than in front of the clubhouse. This should help minimize the disturbance at the front entrance aswell as keep a bit more separation from contractors. Unfortunately, to help keep everything safe, we are closing the back entrance (fairway blvd) until the completion of the project. We will allow access out of back gate following dinner, but encourage traffic to use broad street when possible.


This means today is the last day to avoid the back nine seeded areas, but please continue to do so! Yesterday we pushed the limits a bit and allowed carts out on soft conditions and had some small damage in our seeded fairway expansions. It is imperitive at this time to keep out of these areas as the new seedlings are very sensitive and easily damaged. As seen in the photo above. 
New growth looks great, we are making great progress and I think we will be looking at mowing late into this week or early next week.

There has been some question as to what’s happening with greens currently. The easiest explanation is our poor quality irrigation water is catching up with us. This is a symptom that has been seen on our greens in years past and is nothing to worry much about. You may notice a scummy smell on the course and that smell is coming from just below the green surface. Greens are still rolling smooth and true, just have an aesthetic problem at the moment.


Why are we seeing it now?!

My best explanation is because of the weather pattern we have experienced this summer. June was dry, but the wet July (over 10″ of rain) helped to erase some of the irrigation we had to apply. For the month of August we received a little under 1″ of rain and relied heavily on irrigation to help get us through the drier conditions. 

As we know from soil and water tests, we have a poor water source. By pumping our irrigation water directly from Big Walnut Creek onto the course we are also pumping anything in that water onto the course. Within the water we have some suspended solids (silt) as well as bicarbonates and sulfates. All of these factors are contributing to the look and smell we are experiencing today. 

As the month of August progressed we had areas on greens that would dry out quicker than the rest. This is why we would apply water early in the morning via hose to focus specifically on those areas. The black spots today are showing up in all of the same problem areas we had to apply additional water. As I looked deeper into the profile I found something very interesting, pictured below.


The first picture shows an area where work was done to 2 green last fall. As you can see the clean sand below is very evident and the older contaminated sand that was cut with the sod is much heavier and muddier looking. The second picture shows an area on 4 green that was not worked on but still shows a distinct line. The feeling of the top .25″ is very slimy and wet. This is a product of the silt being applied to greens while watering. The silt particles are much smaller than the sand and are able to fill the pores between sand particles. The bicarbonates will form a bond with any available nutrients and ultimately make them unavailable for the plant. We have been attacking this exact problem all year with products to help break the buildup down and flush it through the profile.

Aerification will help get rid of this look but before we make any drastic decisions and shoot from the hip we are going to see how Mother Nature will help. Yesterday morning greens flared up with the algae scum, as the sun shined and dried up the surface the look began to diminish. 

Thanks for reading, as always feel free to comment or email with any questions or concerns!

Sincerely,

– J.R. Lynn, GCS

9.2.17

Wet start to the holiday weekend but it should clear up in time to enjoy a beautiful Sunday and Monday! Next week looks to be a roller coaster of weather but hopefully the trend doesn’t stick with us long. Last night we received 1.5″ of rain and it has been a pretty constant drizzle since my arrival. 

The condition of greens this morning was far too soft to mow, and we had hoped it cleared up in time to still get them cut. Unfortunately the weather did not clear. Without a doubt we will mow them tomorrow, weather should be much better and greens should have time to firm up prior to mowing. 

If we decided to push the limits and mow when greens weren’t ready we run the risk of scalping because the mower will sink in more and cut lower than desired. When turf is scalped or put under additional stress during unfavorable times we are more susceptible to injury from encironmental conditions and disease.

While our greens were built to USGA standards some 20+ years ago, they do not react the same during rain as new greens would. 

Why?!?
One of the main reasons our greens get softer and stay softer is due to the quality of water we apply during dry times via irrigation. Our water is very high in bicarbonates, sulfates, and suspended solids (silt). When it comes to the composition of our greens and the USGA specifications they were built to, the amount of silt in our water is freightening. As the small silt particles accumulate in our sand based greens they clog up the pore space which results in slower infiltration. One way to battle this problem is with ongoing aerfication to remove some of the contaminated material and replace with clean sand (completed in spring and fall). Another beneficial practice, that we should incorporate more often, is venting of greens with needle tines. This will help with gas exchange as well as breaking through the silty layer that is forming to allow better infiltration.

CCC has always fought this battle and will continue to do so. Bad weather just stresses the importance of our cultural practices and standing on guard when conditions are unfavorable. We never want to sacrifice the experience at the club. Bear with us when greens are slower; they aren’t dying and we haven’t stopped trying. We have the course health and playability in mind with every decision we make. 

Sincerely,

J.R. Lynn, GCS