When construction of the new driving range is complete, it will be grassed with Celebration bermudagrass. Therefore, to avoid contamination it was necessary to eradicate the mixture of bermudagrasses on the existing driving range. To accomplish this an application of RoundUp, a non-selective herbicide was applied on March 30th. It is impossible to eradicate bermudagrass with a single application. Therefore, after regrowth was evident, the range received a second application of herbicide on April 27th.
|Almost a month after the initial herbicide application|
regrowth was evident on the driving range.
|Removing Celebration bermudagrass from the east range tee|
for use on the golf course.
|Preparing an area to the left of #11 green for Celebration sod.|
|Area to the left of #11 green after installing Celebration sod|
from the east range tee.
In most areas of Southwest Florida soil is scarce, but limestone rock is abundant. When we constructed Olde Florida Golf Club in 1992 the entire sub-grade was constructed from limestone material that was excavated from the lakes we created. Approximately three feet of soil was then placed on top of the limestone sub-grade. This is how the existing range was constructed and the new range will be built.
|Turfgrass being removed around the west range tee.|
|Turfgrass being removed around west range tee.|
In the background a trackhoe is stockpiling good soil.
|Soil being removed from the top of the rock sub-grade on the existing range|
|Large boulders being crushed by a hydraulic hammer. These boulders are located|
under what will be the mounds that frame the west side of the new driving range.
|Limestone material being added under the area that will be the south tee|
|This pipe is located on the center of what will be the north range tee.|
As you can see by the elevation depicted on the pipe, as compared
to the area behind where the new tee will be located,
significant fill must be added to the entire area.