Persimmon Update - Dave's Construction Diary
Dave’s Construction Diary
Commentary from Dave Dube’ on Persimmon’s Greens and Bunker Renovation Project
Big week ahead!
Week ending June 12, 2015
A big week on Persimmon.
We began the sign off procedure on the bunkers. We inspected and noted areas on the bunkers where the elastomeric compound was not properly covering the gravel to be repaired before we add sand. I’m happy to say, there have been only very minor corrections necessary.
We continued the destruction phase on more greens while at the same time we are well into construction on others. Prior to new greens mix being added to the greens, we go through one last “destruction” process by using equipment to “rip” the soil an additional 3 or more inches down. This process exposes root growth from trees lying near to the greens so they can be cut out prior to beginning the reconstruction of the green’s surface. You might be surprised to learn that with desert trees, their feeder roots extend our up to four times the reach of the canopy, seeking water near the surface. I’ve included a picture of what these feeder roots look like next to a green.
We also have started the aerification of Persimmon’s fairways. We will do multiple aerifications this summer to break up soil compaction, bring oxygen to the root structure of the plan and improve water penetration through the root zone. This year we are using 5/8 hollow tine core aerifiers. Once the cores are pulled, they will be gathered up, chopped up and mixed with sand before being put back down to improve the soil profile. We expect Persimmon’s fairways to recover nicely and be in excellent playing condition by our fall reopening date. I have included a photo of the aerifier and one of what #1 fairway looked like during the process.
We have been working with Greg Nash on the greens to make sure contours stay consistent with the design. He’s been a great help and I think is enjoying overseeing the transition on “his course” as we move toward the completion stage when we add sand to the bunkers and “grass” the greens.
Next week, more of the same. Two and a half weeks to meeting our goal for entering the completion phase on July 1. We look to be on target for meeting that goal and we will post another update next week.