The recent nice weather trend has allowed us to button up the tee top of the new back tee on #13.
We brought in sand after staking off the perimeter of the tee to form the tee top.
Following the arrival of sand, we used a plate tamper to compact the top to depth of 3 inches.
Once the entire tee was filled, we used a board and laser level to ensure a level tee surface.
Finally, sod was placed to form the new tee.
The new tee will add about 25 yards to the #13 hole and will be the permanent home for the black tees. The blue tees will venture back and forth from the front of the new back tee and the existing tee to provide parity with course setup. I wasn't anticipating finishing the tee till March, so the warmer temperatures have us ahead of schedule and I'd anticipate the new tee being in use for Willie McKay.
During the past two Springs we have completed the first two phases of a cart path project to resurface and install new cart paths throughout the entire property. I touched on these phases in the blog over the past two Springs as phase 1 in 2015 addressed #8 green/#9 tee and phase 2 was completed last spring on #1 green, all of #2 and #3 and #4 tee. I'm thrilled to announce that we have received approval to complete the remainder of the golf course this spring. Work will begin towards the middle to end of March on the excavation of the new paths in anticipation of the asphalt plants opening the first of April. We are looking at a 6-8 week process depending on weather, with the goal of completion prior to Willie McKay. Below you will see a hole by hole outline of the project on the remaining paths using Google earth. On each outline, you will see lines indicating the paths. The red lines are the existing paths that are being re-surfaced and the yellow lines indicate newly constructed paths.
Tying into the existing path, a new path will be constructed to send traffic up the hill along the right wood-line. This is a similar direction that has been used following rain events and was used during the seeding project of the fairway this past August. One of the key areas addressed to get carts out quicker following rain events.
The existing path on #4 fwy/green and all of #5 will be resurfaced.
# 6 will see all of its existing paths re-surfaced and with two newly constructed sections. The first will be an extension from the lower blue/white tee to service the red tee. The second section will be a new path that will connect the path by the upper white tee to the entry point of the path by the green. This path will run the entire left side of the hole on the native line to reduce daily traffic wear along with providing a "cart path only" option following rain events.
#7 will have it's existing path re-surfaced by the tee. A new extension will be created to service the red tees and the upper section of the path on the tee (by the H20 fountain) will be connected to the entry point of the path above the fairway bunkers. Again, this path will hug the native line on the left side to reduce daily traffic wear (especially at fwy bunkers) and improve patterns following rain events.
#8 will be resurfaced starting at the red tee continuing across the land bridge to the "y" before the fairway.
The entire existing path on #10 will be re-surfaced with some changes and additions. A new path will be created for the bottom tee with an entry in-between the oak and satellites. The path will be reduced at #11 tee (as indicated with yellow turn connecting two sections of red) in preparations for the expansion of #10 green in the near future as a part of the Master Plan. The existing turn at #11 is feared to be in play with the expansion of the back left corner of #10 green. That section of old path will be removed, backfilled and seeded to rough. Finally, an extension will be given to the exit of #11 tee to get traffic past the dip between the tee and fairway.
The entire existing path of #11 green and all of #12 will be re-surfaced. The gravel section to the right of #11 green will be paved along with a little additional path before the start of the existing gravel. A path with a turnaround will also be provided to replace the gravel path servicing the upper tees of #12.
You can see by the picture how the new path of #13 will tie into #14 tee. The existing path of the tee complex will be re-surfaced. A new path with a turnaround will be created to service the back tee.
A new section will be installed prior to the entry of the existing path by #14 green, this section will hug the base of the hill. The stretch of path to the lower tee will be resurfaced on #15. And the gravel path to the upper tee will be paved.
I had the privilege of being a guest speaker at a Penn State Turf Club meeting recently. There I gave a presentation on my journey to becoming a Superintendent, the history and description of Longue Vue, touched on our operation and included slides on all that we have accomplished in 4 short years. My 15 minute presentation turned into an hour and half discussion on the future/state of the industry, tips towards advancement and the biggest challenges I've faced. The opportunity was rewarding and will hopefully start a relationship with the university as field trip plans are already in discussion for next Fall.
In closing, let's hope this weather trend continues as it is shaping up to be a busy and exciting Spring. Till then, we look forward to seeing you on the course!