Friday, July 4, 2008

Seeing is Believing

Several days ago I had the opportunity to visit two golf courses back in New Jersey that are currently going through an irrigation renovation. The purpose of the trip was to see the quality of the work being done by one of the contractors we are currently considering for the irrigation renovation here at the club.

Tanto Irrigation is the name of the contractor we are currently looking at and they have a resume with that includes work on twenty four of the top 100 golf courses in America.

A project of the scale that we are hoping to undertake requires a highly skilled contractor that is capable of working on an extremely difficult site with a short time frame to do it. I was truly amazed at how seamless the process can be, even though a completely new system is being installed while the old system is still active while the course open for play. The installation takes place in a sequence where the entire mainline is installed first on all of the holes and then coming back and pulling in the laterals that supply the individual heads.

Anytime there is construction on the golf course some disruption occurs, but without the irrigation system being replaced the level of disruption from breaks will only increase. On Tuesday alone we had a total of five irrigation breaks, one mainline and four laterals. Just another day at the office.
Excavating For Mainline
Wire Racks
Wire Bundles
Backfilling and Compacting Trench
Final Grading and Sod Laying
Clean Up Of Debris
Rolling Sod
Watering Sod

These pictures were taken at Echo Lake CC.