Friday, June 18, 2021

6/18 BRP

BRP – 6/18/21

Been a busy 2 weeks again. The full train is finally starting to get going. All steps of construction have been implemented. Hole 4 is ready for capillary concrete on 6/18 and sod and completion on 6/22. Holes 5&6 are shaped, and drainage is being installed. Capillary concrete, sand, and sod will be complete on those holes by late next week. #7 & #3,2,17 is being shaped. From there we hope to go to 1,8,9,18, and then 10-16. We hope to begin completing 2-3 holes a week starting June 21st till significant completion on Sept. 3rd. We will be sodding roughly 30,000-35,000 ft of sod next week, and that trend will continue for the next 10 weeks.

Lots of dirt, pipe, wires, drain tile, concrete, sand, and sod moving around.

G&G continues to cut back oleanders from the cart paths, we are currently cutting back along the 13th. G&G also continues in-house landscaping of the deserts. Apart from a couple construction areas, 80 % of the front nine has been planted. We will begin landscaping on the week of June 21 on the 18th tee area.  G&G began installing the fans this week in anticipation of the humidity /monsoon. In addition, G&G is combining the blue and white tee on #5. Between the BRP and our in-house projects, there is a lot of big things happening. 

Plate packing floor of bunker #4

Rerouting irrigation lines around new fairway bunker #4

The backside of #6 green. Bunker and trees removed. Approach cut will be added to combine 7 black, blue, and white tees to 6 approach with expanded overseed.

Sodding removed fairway bunker on 1st bunker on right.

Sodding complete. Fairway will move to the right where the old bunker was.

Bunker behind #7 being filled in and graded.

Exit drain lines being run from bunkers

Amount of soil being cut and lowered behind #7 Green. All irrigation has to be cut and lowered as well.

#7 with the bunker on right fairway bunker removed about 50 yards short of the green. Approach and overseed line will be moved up the hill to the right to create a much bigger approach. 

Desert vegetation installed with contrasting walk path on #3

#6 Front right green bunker completed shaping

#4 front green bunker completed shaping

#4 with 2nd right fairway bunker removed and sodded and new fairway bunker on the left.

Drainage being marked out inside bunker

Drainage being marked out inside bunker

Interior Drainage being laid out

Interior drainage completed inside the bunker and ready for capillary concrete

#5 Green shaping completed. Left and back bunker removed. Front right bunker reshaped.

Back of #6 green with removed bunker

#7 Right fairway bunkers being rough shaped

#6 new fairway bunker on the right. 

New green tee being added on #7 

The collateral damage of digging - cut through 64 wires coming out of satellite clock. All is repaired and good to go.

#5 Blue and white tee being combined. Ready for sod. These tees will also be mowed into the back of #4 at approach height. This will be additional overseeding

Opened up an old green sump prior to the 2016 GRP to use for a bunker drain. Discovered the greens sump was not a sump but only a 3-foot tall venting pipe with nowhere for the water to go. Thus the old drain was backing up water into the green before the GRP in 2016. Unfortunately, this will not even work to drain the new bunker.

Fan post on #14 being reinstalled for summer.

#7 Green front left bunker being shaped with completed grading in the back.

New fairway bunker on #2 rough shaped

Capilary Concrete being poured into transport truck

Capilary concrete being placed into #4 Green Bunker

Spreading capilary concrete. Black pipe and flags are depth markers for liner

Capilary concrete trouled and rolled

Friday, June 4, 2021

BRP 6/4

BRP - 6/4/21

Progress over weeks 2 & 3 moved faster than expected. We began performing some of the demolition work on the back 9 before closing. We appreciate the membership's patience and understanding allowing us to keep moving even as the back 9 remained open.

We moved through demolition on the front significantly faster than expected. We have now removed all greens side bunker sand #1-18. All drainage is removed from all bunkers. Demolition of the back 9 should be complete next week.

Our golf course architect Andy Staples has been making several visits per week to ensure the work is being performed per his design. Andy also helps to track progress and budget on a weekly basis. So far there are 4 changes to the scope of work. The sub air valves for greens #3, #5, and #6 will have to be moved and lowered to accommodate the changes to the bunkers and elevation changes in the greenside mounding. This work has been completed already.

Some additional land surveying also had to be performed to effectively utilize the GPS system. The GPS allows us to make sure bunkers are being placed properly, track quantities of disruption and the size of bunkers. This hand-held system has a small computer with the bunker renovation plans installed to make sure everything is being put in the proper place.

Our bunker shaper, Derek has arrived on property to start forming all the new and re-designed bunkers. Many of the new bunkers will start to take shape on holes #4-7 this week and next week.

Once the shaping takes place the drainage and liner work will begin. We expect to begin installing liner and drainage the week of 6/7.

Next week, the sod will begin to be laid on several bunkers that are being eliminated on 4 & 7.

You may have noticed the large piles of sand in the parking lot. We have begun receiving the new sand for the bunkers. So far about 200 tons have arrived. 300 more tons will be arriving next week. An additional 1000 tons of tons of sand will be needed to complete the project. Most of the sand will be stored in the parking lot at the club. Some of the sand is being stored in the G&G yard.

G&G continues the in-house landscape project. We have completed #5 & #6. The tee area retention of #5, left side of #5 along with the oleander & fairway, behind the green and the left side of #6 along the cart path has all received additional vegetation. Currently, we are working on the desert area of the #3 tee.

G&G is also working on some of the oleanders that are encroaching over the cart paths. We will be cutting back some areas significantly now to give them the next several months to green up before re-opening the course.


First 75 tons of new bunker sand

Finished vegetation on #5 Tee
Oleanders being trimmed back from cart path on #5 tee

#7 bunker 50 yard short right of green removed and graded

 #7 right of the green, removed curbing along cart path by a removed bunker, creating more access for exiting the fairway by the greens.

2nd right fairway bunker #4 removed and graded, ready for sod.

Build up of bunker sand on turf nose of #1 greenside bunker

#4 - 1st fairway bunker on left taking shape

Seth "Deuce" - Taking measurements with GPS rod

Derek "D" (shaper),  Andy (golf course architect),  Ben "Mittens"(Andy's Intern)

Friday, May 14, 2021

BRP - 5/10 - 5/14

BRP – 5/14/21

Busy first week of the BRP. There has been a lot more destruction than building at this point. We began the work on #4,5,6,7. Landscapes Unlimited is stripping sod, pulling, and piling sand out of the bunkers. The sand in the fairways will be blended with the soil used to shape the new bunkers. The sand in the greenside bunkers will be piled to the side and re-purposed to top-dress the fairways. The areas being disrupted will appear to be very large, and much bigger than expected. Please do not be alarmed, the bunkers are not going to be that large. It is necessary to prep the areas around the new bunkers 2x,3x and 4x times larger than the actual bunker to make sure the surrounding areas tie in and transition properly.

The G&G department aerified the greens on May 10 & May 11. We used the small ¼ in quad tines or a 3 tine by 5 tine blocks of tines. This type of tine provides for minimal disruption to play but also displaces more surface area than a larger 1/2 or 5/8 single row of tine. We used approximately 75 tons of sand to top-dress the greens. To put it in perspective, 75 tons is the equivalent of 3 long dump trucks.

G&G department has also sprayed out the ryegrass from this past winter. The product used targets only the ryegrass and allows the Bermuda additional room to take over. The product will take about 6-8 weeks to fully remove the ryegrass providing a subtle transition. Transition is looking very promising at this point.

In addition, the G&G department has begun an in-house landscaping project. Our goal is to landscape many of the empty desert areas between the tees and fairways and/or any areas to the side or behind the holes. We will be planting about 18 acres of plants throughout the entire golf course. We will be using drought and heat-tolerant plants. All plants will be irrigated with drip for establishment purposes. Over the next couple of years as the plants mature and establish the irrigation will be weaned off and eventually turned off. The selected plants will be maintenance-friendly. In addition, we will use the plants to form a designated walk path from tee to tee and the fairways. We will also be adding a contrasting granite to create the path. The landscape is intended to help frame the entire hole as you view it from the tee and to also accent our new bunkers.

As the project progresses, we hope to arrange a guided tour (with cocktails) for the membership to view the progress. This is still in the works and there will be more details to follow.

For safety reasons, we respectfully ask that all members and homeowners refrain from walking, biking, jogging, etc…..on the golf course at all from 6 AM to 6 PM EVERYDAY

Start of the BRP pulling sand down off faces 
Start of BRP Sod cutting and pulling down sand

Roto tilling up organic matter

Exposed drain lines in #4 fairway bunker

Roto tilling up grass and organic matter

Jose digging in new plants

New walk path through desert #1 tee

Hector brush in topdress sand

Andy Staples - Golf Course Architect - Marking out BRP