Golf Course Management

MAR 2015

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58 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 03.15 When my general manager approached me with the idea of building an ice rink for the members back in in 2011, I wasn't thrilled. I had helped construct an ice rink at a previous club, and it had been a losing battle, requiring a whole lot of man-hours to build and maintain, and attracting almost no use by the members. At the time, we were trying to add value to our membership by offering winter activities such as platform tennis and Nordic skiing in addition to ice skating. I decided to view the project as an opportunity to help contribute to the club's growth and attract new members. We chose to construct the rink on the Har-Tru tennis courts. We could use the court lights for the ice rink and tap into the nearby tennis center for water. The tennis center could also double as a warming house for the members. For the frst three years, we constructed the rink out of 6-inch ADS N-12 solid drainage pipe. We made a 150-by-55-foot rectangle out of the pipe and were able to buy a piece of 6-mm-thick white plastic for a liner. The plastic was placed over the pipe rectangle, so that we had roughly 4 feet of overlap all the way around. We then cut 6-inch single-wall fexible pipe in half and placed it over the top of the 6-inch pipe used for the frame, sandwiching the liner between both pipes. Plywood was laid around the outside of the pipe to hold down the overlapping liner and to provide a place for skaters to step off the ice. We flled the rink slowly, letting a thin layer of ice form before adding more water. The biggest challenge was the 1 percent slope in the courts, meant to allow for surface drainage during tennis season. One side of the rink would have a solid 3-inch ice layer, but the ice on the other side might be only 1 inch thick. Even when we flled to the top of the 6-inch pipe on the low side, the high side was barely thick enough. In Concord, located just west of Boston, it is rare to have prolonged periods of be - low-freezing temperatures. It was a constant struggle to get the rink smooth, especially Purchased plywood boards surround Nashawtuc CC's new hockey rink. Triangular brackets hold the boards in place. Photos by Greg Cormier

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