My experience with golf course construction is extensive and includes projects both large and small. Whether the budget requires in-house staff or supervised contractors, I know how to bring the job to successful completion on time and within monetary goals. Some of my projects are included below to view.
KIRTLAND GREEN EXPANSIONS
The reason for the green expansion project was to reclaim green space that had become unusable. With the introduction of the triplex mower, greens have become smaller and more round. This project returned greens to their original design and size. The green expansions were in conjunction with fairway reshaping and bunker reconstruction, returning the course to original design.
CHARTIERS XGD GREENS DRAINAGE
This project was done to improve the overall drainage of the push up/soil greens. The greens would stay wet which increases disease pressure, reduces playability after heavy rains. Now that the project is complete, water is able to be better managed, greens are firmer and play better after rain. The greens can take up to 5 inches in an hour.
CHARTIERS DRIVING RANGE TEE
The Range tees at Chartiers Country Club were installed in the 90’s and since then the topdressing of the tees to repair the divots has created a mound in the middle of all three, reducing the available teeing space. This goal of this project was to strip the surface and re-level with a 1% grade to promote surface drainage and increase the teeing space. Previous the tees were Bent grass but were re-seeded with rye grass for fast repair due to the increased use of the practice facility. This was a project completed entirely with in-house staff.
NEW SOUTH WALES SOD WALL BUNKER CONSTRUCTION
The sod wall (re-vetted) bunkers at New South Wales Golf Club were all redone over 2-3 years prior to the 2009 Australian Open Championship. The reason for the reconstruction was that the walls were falling apart due to the strong winds on the coastal course, irrigation water damage and to have new bunkers for the championship. The sod was taken from an existing fairway which was sodded before the championship. Each Bunker took around 5 days to complete from start to finish.
CHARTIERS GREEN & TEE SURROUND RESODDING
The green surround project was the second project I supervised at Chartiers. The green surrounds have many varieties of unwanted grasses, so it was time to strip the surrounds and re-sod with Kentucky Blue grass. The new surrounds provide better playability and definition with all 18 completed over 3 years. The last time the green surrounds were sodded was in the early 90’s and during this time poor maintenance practices have caused them to thin out and unwanted varieties have crept in. The tee surrounds project has started and will continue over the coming years. Fine Fescue is used as a high grass substitute to reduce maintenance cost and give a links look to the tee complex.