This project has gone full circle for the lead shaper Jimmy. Started at the driving range tee and the 11th hole back in April and the finishing touches as far as shaping is taking place over the next couple of days. The shaping throughout the golf course from greens complexes to fairway and rough features all have a little bit of Jimmy in them. Monday will mark the end of Jimmy's time at NLCC but the changes he has made will be enjoyed by the membership for years to come. The renovation team had a little bon voyage dinner last evening, Cheers Jimmy!
Left to right...Thad Layton w/wife Stephanie, Duke, Paul, Jimmy w/wife Julie
Left to right...Joe, Tad King and Thad Layton
My wonderful wife Beth who tollorates the long hours away from home.
Four more greens were grassed today, 4,7,8 & 16. The sod was placed around these greens earlier in the week. This means 14 of the 20 greens have been grassed. The other 6 greens are in different stages of being built. Sod has been placed around the tee complexes on 3,4,5 with 6,15,16 to follow next week. The tops of these tees are also on the schedule to be sprigged as well. All involved in this project are working extremely hard to complete the project as quickly as possible.
The pace continues to stay steady. Grassing on the first 6 holes is complete and beginning to green up. Sodding around the next 4 greens began today with 3 & 5 done. In the morning #4 fairway will be sprigged and sodding will continue around the 6th and 15th greens. Mowing of areas sodded earlier has already begun. Greens will be rolled in the morning and mowing will begin on Monday. It is looking more and more like a golf course daily. I am having a hard time remembering what the old golf course looked like. For those who are still here you will see a lot water being put on the holes that are grassed. I know this may seem extreme but it is extremely important to keep the sprigs wet until rooting has begun. At which time watering will slow down allowing the holes to dry up and we can start doing little things on these holes, like fixing areas that have washed out with the heavy rainfall. We will get there and it will be great. Looking forward to seeing people playing the course again.
The first 6 greens were sprigged on Thursday the 13th of July. Yet another milestone in the project. Again, pace is picking up. Current plan is to sod around and sprig the next 4 greens by the end of next week. Contractors working extremely hard to get the greens sprigged by the end of July. This is going to be a hard task but doing everything to make that happen.
Work throughout the golf course continues at a rapid pace. On Tuesday we met a milestone....tee, fairway and rough sprigging has begun. At the end of the day today 3 holes 12, 13 & 14 have been completely grassed with the exception of the greens. The greens on the first 6 holes...1, 2, 9, 12, 13 & 14 will be sprigged on Thursday, yet another milestone in the project. While the greens are being sprigged the sodding contractor will begin putting sod down around #1 tee complex and waste bunker. The sprigging on hole 1 is scheduled to take place Friday with the 2nd hole likely to follow on Saturday. If all goes well 5 holes will be completely grassed by the end of day Saturday. Greens continue to be built along with bunkers and fairway shaping. Drainage basins are being added on almost every hole to help with the drainage. The irrigation contractor has begun the work on the next 6 greens. Asphalt was installed today on holes 3 with 4 and 16 to follow over the next couple of days. Mowing around the greens will likely begin next week after the tif-eagle sprigs have had a chance to root growth. It is getting to look more and more like a golf course again daily.