|Sand Trap on 8 this past March|
Last winter we again saw a huge volume of groundwater coming out from beneath the wall behind 8 green. The groundwater around 8 green has been crazy the past few years. Incredibly high volumes of water have been popping up here and there as fast as we can install drainage pipe.
Anyways the water that was coming out from the wall was flowing out onto the green and into the large sand trap on the right of the green. We have since installed a catch basin behind the green to prevent any surface run-off from flowing onto the green. Either way the way the trap was designed cause all the sand to wash down to the front and into the rough. The quality of the sand was also at a point where we were looking at a total sand replacement in this trap.
|First day working with the backhoe|
|Fill has been added and the traps are starting to take shape!|
In April we were working on a few subsurface drainage projects so I used the waste material from the ditches for fill on this project. We also used some of the left over fill from the previous irrigation system upgrades that were done 2 years ago.
|A view looking towards the tees from the back of the traps.|
Once the traps were roughly shaped we sodded the ground so that we could bring this area into play as soon as possible. As we had used up most of our good sod I was forced to use a less than ideal area from our nursery. The sod we used was full of clover and weeds and I wasn't sure how it would turn out. I used it anyway just to cover the ground to hold the soil together for the time being. It turns out that after a season of good maintenance almost all of the clover and weeds have been choked out from the turf and as always we don't use any herbicides at Pender Harbour!
|Bunker Board Installation|
We lined the trap edges with 4" strips of plywood to keep the edges intact and allow the sod to really knit in and stabilize. I had a number of complaints over the season mostly from the visual impact and also from the fact that it might damage a club if it was struck. For this reason I placed the traps as GUR. I really wanted to start the edges off right to prevent future troubles.
We recently removed the bunker boards and gave the traps a finishing edge. I think you will agree with me when I say that they look fantastic!
|New traps on hole 8 in November|
The crew has really enjoyed the increased area for turning and overall feel safer on this green. The traps also save us a lot of time each week in maintenance. The sod has knitted great, looks good and healthy and I also think that the overall appearance of the area has improved. The only real cost for this project was a portion of a load of sand and a sheet of plywood. Everything else was done with recycled materials on site. I hope that this improvement will reduce maintenance cost and increase the safety of this area of the course. This is just another thing that we have done to try and increase the sustainability of our club!
Thank you everyone for your patience while we worked on this project.