Winter work continues with the select removal and/or pruning of specified high-risk trees within playable zones. These trees were identified as presenting unreasonable risk to persons and property as identified by the Club’s arborist Steve Mann. These recommendations are further supported by Dave Oatis the USGA consultant.
Declining Norway Maple to right of No. 1 green is in a high traffic area. In addition to being an unreasonable risk, this tree blocks a tremendous amount of morning light reducing carbohydrate production and delaying frost removal.
Unhealthy, structurally declining Willow beside No. 2 pond. Although the tree looked healthy on the surface, the vast majority on the inside has rotted away posing a significant risk.
Weak leaning Linden on the left side of No. 3 fairway with previously failed stem scar.
Feature Silver Maple right side of No. 6 green lowest limb with extensive decay removed to preserve the tree.
Lightning damaged Red Oak adjacent to No. 11 forward tee.
All tree removals and pruning will be carried out with an emphasis placed on golfer safety, agronomics, playability, traffic flow, desirable species, tree health, life expectancy and aesthetics.
The dredging and re-construction of the pond on hole #10 will commence during the winter of 2012/2013. The water has now been released and will be kept to a minimum over the coming weeks to facilitate the arrival of heavy
equipment late January.
The gabion stone baskets will be replaced with an armour stone retaining wall similar to the pond on hole #2. All sediment, sludge and aquatic weeds will be dredged and removed from the pond during the building process.
7 trailer loads (280,000 kg) of armour stone were received and delivered in December to expedite the construction process. This stone material was placed in a staging area near the tenth hole to reduce unnecessary construction traffic in January. An on-going construction picture blog will be posted during the pond restoration process this winter.
An ambitious bunker edging program has been underway this fall to redefine the shape and finish of the greenside bunkers. Sand is first pulled back from edge of bunker exposing a distinct ridge of soil.
This soil appears to be the remnants of soil filled burlap bags used in the 2000 bunker renovation process. Burlap bags are sometimes used in construction to define the shape and hold soil prior to sod installation.
The soil contamination is removed with hand tools.
A smooth, clearly defined bunker edge is created.
The newly defined edge allows for proper sand placement. Surface contaminants are removed and sand is distributed throughout the bunker. This process will continue during the fall, weather permitting, with the remainder of greenside bunkers receiving edging next spring.