Golf Course Construction Update 8/9/09

Weather has continued to be unkind the past two weeks.  Two ferocious thunderstorms this past week both stopped work for most of the week, and caused wash outs that must be repaired this coming week.  It now appears unlikely that we will have sufficient grow in time to get the back 9 open this year, so we are throwing all resources into the front 9, and are also focusing on the practice facilities.

As can be seen from the photos accompanying this update, sod was laid this past week around the large putting/chipping green, following the completion of  its drainage, shaping and prepping.  The smaller warm up putting green has been shaped, and it’s construction will soon be completed, with sod to follow.

Good progress has been made on holes 10 through 12 the past weeks, with shaping, bunker work and sodding of features well advanced.  Shaping of holes 13 and 14 is nearly complete, and extensive work has been done on holes 17 and 18.  Shaping of holes 15 and 16 will now get priority attention.

Active weed control, insect control,  fertilization and mowing programs are in full swing on the front nine.  During the next few weeks some areas that are not growing in well, or which have proven erosion prone, will be sodded,  in prepartion for fall play.

We finally are hitting some hot, dry days at Carolina Colours, which should be great for grass growing.  Nothing could be better for our bermuda fairways and tees than a stretch of hot days and warm nights.

Ken M. Kirkman, Carolina Colours Developer