Unbelievably we find ourselves at the end of August already and counting our lucky stars on how great the weather has been this summer! While we would have loved to see all of you playing these two great courses in this incredible weather, we will gladly take the alternative of knowing that our Restoration team has had great conditions to keep working hard on completing Mt. Kidd and Mt. Lorette!
So here is an update as to where we are at by the end of August!
- Sodding – At the time of writing this blog we have 28 holes sodded (All of Lorette and 1-8, 12, & 13 on the Mt. Kidd course). The team has also prepped the area around the Tournament center so it will be ready for sod here this week as well!
2. Irrigation – TC Irrigation continues to flourish in these dry conditions. It is a bit of a double edged sword as the dry weather is great to be able to fuse pipe, get their work done, and not lose days to wet conditions, however, the dry dusty conditions can wreak havoc for them when the wind picks up (which can be most days). They have made great progress in August by finishing off the front nine of Kidd, putting in main line on the back nine of Kidd, and finishing the irrigation on 11, 12, & 13 Kidd, the tournament center and the practice green between the Clubhouse and Pro Shop. Thanks to their team for all of their hard work in sometimes very difficult windy and dry conditions! It is so very much appreciated by all of us!
3. Shaping and Final preparation – Same thing with the weather with our contractors from Goodwin Golf. We haven’t lost many days due to wet weather and that has been very good for finishing and shaping, however, without some moisture the dry and dusty environment can make it a bit of a challenge to do the work they need to do, especially with shaping. Having said that they have flourished through this challenge as they have all others they have come up against during this project. None of us are complaining about the weather!! We will take it FOR SURE! Our contractors have been busy working on the Front 9 of Kidd in the Month of August and now well on their way through the back 9. As mentioned before all holes but #9 on the front of Kidd are sodded and they have been busy on the back nine doing the finishing work on 12 and 13 Kidd while getting 9, 10, and 11 ready for the finish shaping process. Their large focus over the past couple of weeks has been around the Tournament Center area where a beautiful new practice green has been created for all to enjoy when we re-open. Thanks for all of your hard work!!
4. Grow in Team
Kan-Alta Golf Management’s “grow-in” team has been doing an incredible job of taking the keys from our contractors when the hole has been sodded and nurturing the hole to health once everything is sodded and seeded. Ensuring that the new sod is heavily watered, rolled, and nurtured to allow for optimal growth is one of their key responsibilities. Other jobs include:
- Cleaning out bunker sand and taking out weeping tile once the grass has rooted in around bunkers to get them ready for play.
- Compacting sand in bunkers
- Regular cutting of all greens, tees, and fairways,
- Consistently rolling all greens,
- Verti-cutting all greens,
- pruning trees,
- top dressing all surfaces and spreading out sand,
- rolling greens,
- fixing animal damage in all areas,
- aerating and top dressing greens,
- hand pulling weeds like unscented chamomile,
- flymo cutting areas that are too wet for heavy mowers,
- overseeding fescue areas,
- and much, much, much more.
We are very proud of all of their hard work and can’t thank them enough for their attention to detail and passion for what they are doing!!
That’s it for now! You are up to speed with what we have accomplished to date! The only thing more spectacular than the area that we get to work in are the people helping to bring this place back and the effort and passion for which they are working. To each and every person on our crew we say THANK YOU!!!
We look forward to seeing all of you in Spring of 2018 when we re-open!