Tuesday, July 31, 2007
The above picture is of a large tractor pulling two scrapers. They fill one basket with 10 tons of dirt, then the second with 10 tons, paying close attention to the mechanisms and when they are full – drive to the fill area and drop and compress the loads by running over the materials. The equipment represent a major investment and they spend considerable time on upkeep and maintenance. I found there to be many similarities between farming and industry –- except deadlines were maybe even more important to the farmer.
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
We never had a deadline for finishing, it has always been work at a pace that makes the most sense for the golf course and economically – this has had a huge impact on the overall quality of the project and I’ll be talking in detail about the philosophical ramifications – it is rare to have an appropriate amount of time.
Monday, July 23, 2007
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
I was on site today and the finish work that was completed recently is outstanding. It has the crew all very excited about the course - they won't stop hitting balls around the maintenance area. I didn't think to take a picture of them today - they were grinning from ear to ear. I'll get one for the blog next next time.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Monday, July 16, 2007
In all seriousness, it is fantastic having an experienced superintendent – the end user – setting up the infrastructure in an efficient manner – the way it will (and wants to) be used. There are so many details that make so much sense.
Tomorrow I'll have a great picture of the next step.
Friday, July 13, 2007
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
I then compile the new measurements – recording during construction requires many individual days of measurement – to the image you see above.
There are a few more heads still out there, but thankfully not many.
Monday, July 9, 2007
In the picture shown above I am recording where the irrigation was installed. That is a swing joint for a valve in head rotor and a quick coupler near the 15th green. As I am often on site it is much easier to record while the trenches are visible. Any future superintendent will have a very accurate survey of the heads and basins, including all the drainage and irrigation pipe locations – that is rare from my experiences. Often a survey is taken after the course is completed and put together with field notes.
We are presently transferring the data to a hand held computer to help run the irrigation system from the field.
Sunday, July 8, 2007
I thought the course was mostly excellent – and somewhat over-whelming. I would have loved to see what man-power it took to build all those bunkers. The most memorable vision was climbing over the northern man-made dunes and getting a look a the native farm land – it is quite flat. There was still quite a bit of remnant construction work that was helpful to see.
This picture was taken in front of the 7th green - it was cold and windy. Pete's dog looked like it was having fun.
Thursday, July 5, 2007
As our local 4th of July parade was rained out yesterday, my family and I got to an early showing of Ratatouille. It was very good. My favorite part was the write up by Anton Ego (pictured above) a very dour critic. Written in his final review was what he thought to be the most important role of the critic – To identify what is new and different and yet still outstanding – as it would be to different for the mainstream to understand or appreciate.
Couple his thoughts with the initial quote by Gladwell and one might better understand why golf is somewhat bland in this modern age, and why a critic can be so important.
Here is some of Anton's review:
"In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgment. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read. But the bitter truth we critics must face is that, in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is more meaningful than our criticism designating it so. But there are times when a critic truly risks something, and that is in the discovery and defense of the new."
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
The one that is always present is the wind – creates plenty of strategy and interest – playability and irrigation are the greatest design considerations as a result of the wind.
We are also fortunate to have quite a bit of sand on site. The stockpile pictured above is our fairway plating sand. Some areas have great sandy loam soil conditions ideal for golf turf, others could use a little help – which is the reason for the sand. That is not a mini-excavator.