Tuesday, August 2, 2011

We Survived July!

Okay, maybe the title of this blog is a bit dramatic, but let's face it, July was a tough month.  It was down right hot; we were in the grips of a 4 week drought at the start of the month, and finished it with a tonne of rain.  We pretty much had it all....well, except for that dreaded white stuff......

Now that we have had a few days to dry out, the course is getting back into shape.  We have certainly had our work cut out for us with catching up once again with mowing schedules, and bunker maintenance.  Having gone 5 days without mowing fairways, solely due to the amount of rain we saw, has certainly caused some clippings to be left behind.  Not to worry though, a few days in a row of dry mowing, and we'll have them back to normal.

I wanted to give you a quick update as to the progress that we are making with our drainage issue on #7.  As I mentioned in last week's update, it has been tough to find the time for our very small crew to attack this issue, but I am happy to report that we are making significant progress.  In tracking down the issues of this problem, we did uncover some very mind-boggling puzzles in the ground.  We've found previous fixes with duct tape, we've found lines that were crushed, and we have found that the final 90 feet of this drain line, is elevated 3 inches higher than the rest of the line......clearly all issues affecting the draining of this area.  Now, at the end of the day, the swamp that has existed on 7, will always be a struggle to get the water to disappear.  Quite simply put, this is some of the thickest clay around.  This is why you will see, when we are all said and done with this area, there will be quite a few drainage catch basins and inlets attached directly to the main line.  Here is a quick shot showing the main drainage line having been crushed by some irrigation control wires which were tugged through the ground:

And this is what it looked like when we removed it out of the ground.....................

I think it goes without saying, water might not travel freely through this pipe.....

Anyway, work will continue (albeit slowly), over the next week or so, and hopefully we can finish up with this mess.

Thank you to all of you who have tracked one of the turf team members down over the past few weeks, for your words of encouragement.  You have no idea during these the dog days of summer, how far a simple pat on the back, or a thumbs up will go when the humidex starts reaching the 40's.  Your appreciation of their efforts are greatly appreciated.

As always, if you have any questions, feel free to contact me at jamie.downton@sawmill-creek.com


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