Golf Course Management

OCT 2017

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58 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 10.17 The story of Davenport CC's renovation touches on the challenges of tackling large- scale projects while striving to lose as little of the golf season as possible. while eliminating the need for the frequent dollar spot fungicide applications that tor - ment Midwest superintendents during sum- mer. The project also called for the removal of hundreds of large trees throughout the 140- acre property, along with underbrush that had encroached on the playing corridors over the years. Both actions would help open up the course to its incredible natural views. All hands on deck For a seven-week period beginning July 28, 2014 — the day after the course was closed for the renovation — we had nearly 150 workers on-site daily, putting in 12- to 16-hour shifts. DCC had selected Davey Tree to handle the tree removal, and we negotiated a plan to have the company's seven best crews from throughout the Midwest at the club for six days to work like crazy. The crews arrived in the Quad Cities two days prior to the start of the project to ensure we could start promptly at 6 a.m. on July 28. The crew foremen were organized and prepared. DCC staff had iden - tified the trees that needed to be taken out, and were able to lead Davey Tree crews right onto the course without regard for driving re - strictions, as tree work was the first step in our fast-paced plan of action. Davey Tree employees were instructed to simply cut as quickly as possible, and DCC staff would clean underbrush areas to a fin - ish grade later, after snow had hit the ground in November. Wood chips from the extracted trees were used to help clean forest lines around the course, and large logs were either buried or donated to a sawmill museum for educational demonstrations. We needed the course to be clear of debris immediately to keep from slowing down the renovation crews. Landscapes Unlimited had been chosen for the course construction based on the avail - ability of workers, as well as on my past ex- perience working with the company. Roberto San Juan and Dana Grode led our project, and all personnel again got into town before they were scheduled to be on the course. Roberto was on-site two weeks ahead of time to assist with the staging of materials and equipment. We'd created haul roads on the course about 45 days before the project commenced, so that semis could bring in products and dozers dur - ing July, while the course was still open for play. In total, 1,100 semis of supplies were de - livered, all prior to the July 28 start date. (The look in members' eyes as semis drove through the middle of the golf course was priceless!) Renovations to greens, tees and bunkers were marked out with turf paint while tree work was happening so that we could also take advantage of those six days for rebuild prep. Bunker sand was removed and used for tee capping, greens mix was hauled to each site, and earth-working began on reconstructed holes. Gasoline and diesel fuel were delivered to two different holding sites daily, with two employees tasked solely with delivering fuel to equipment, which eliminated on-course traffic and downtime on construction work. DCC is in the heart of John Deere country, and seeing so much green equipment was amazing. In all, we had four dozers, 16 excavators, 14 tractors, six dump wagons and three full dump trucks, along with numerous Gator utility vehicles buzzing around every day. Introducing improvements, keeping pace DCC's greens were scanned by Scott Pool of GreenScan 3D so that Landscapes Unlim - ited could restore the surfaces to their origi- nal design as closely as possible. We created new pin locations by basically stretching the greens, which gave us the opportunity to re - store shape and contours by simply making the greens bigger. Greens went from 90,000 square feet to 130,000 square feet. We began seeding as we completed holes on the outer pe - rimeter of the course, and we worked toward a Fourth of July festivities last summer brought DCC members out to enjoy the refurbished property and watch the sunset among the towering trees.

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