|#1 green and fairway|
After my staff removed all of the existing turfgrass, the contractor constructed the tees. I then approved the size and elevation the new tees. Following approval, the tees were laser leveled to a 1% front to back slope. My staff provided the final smoothing, a pre-plant fertilization and then re-grassed all of the areas where tees were removed or added. After the turfgrass was rooted, my staff began smoothing the surface with topdressing and a vibratory roller.
Greg Muirhead, Senior Vice President at Rees Jones, Inc., has since visited Olde Florida and provided his final approval of the project.
|Using a laser transit to set the elevation of the new forward/ super senior tee on #16|
|Removing the old forward tee on #14|
|Laser leveling the new forward/senior/super senior tee on #14|
|The new middle tee and forward/senior/super senior tee on #10 ready for grass|
|Grassing the new forward/super senior tee on #9|
|Rolling the new forward/senior/super senior tee on #1|
My staff has also been creating the new tee markers that will be used to distinguish the five marked sets of tees. The championship tees will remain in place and will be noted on the scorecard, but they will not have a tee marker.
To create the tee markers, wood of a similar diameter was cut with a band saw into pieces 1 1/2" thick. The pieces were then sanded with a belt sander and "branded" with a custom made electric branding tool. Roman numerals one through five were used. Spikes were added to the bottom of each marker and the final step is the application of a wood sealer.
|1 1/2" thick pieces of wood|
|Smoothing the surface of a tee marker|
|Branding a tee marker|
|The final product|
We have also made terrific progress on the driving range in the last few weeks. Grassing is now 75% complete. After the final shaping was approved by Rees Jones and his Senior Vice President Greg Muirhead, my staff applied a combination of pre-plant fertilizers and a pre-emergent herbicide.
|Pre-plant fertilizer being applied|
|Rolled sod arriving from SMR Farms|
|Rolled sod being installed on the north range tee|
|Machine planting sprigs on the landing area of the driving range|
|Hand planting sprigs on the new south tee|
|Irrigating sprigs on the driving range|
|Connecting signal wires from the individual irrigation heads on the new driving range to a field satellite|
|Providing the final float on the east chipping green prior to grassing|
|Pre-plant fertilizer being applied to the east chipping green|
|Hand sprigging the west chipping green|
|Slicing in the sprigs on the east chipping green|