Don’t Rile Mother Nature

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Last week’s precipitation events at Toronto GC were certainly a little extreme. Finally, after months of above average rainfall, the first two weeks of the project were dry and seasonal. Later last week a return to the wet weather pattern occurred. Our installation staff was affected slightly as the trenched(native) dirt is returned to the trench as backfill, and as a result of the recent downpours was borderline too moist for proper XGD compaction techniques.

While TDIGolf recently returned the original sod to the newly constructed eleventh green., and completed the sodding around the new green crafted only using shovel power, with techniques employed trying to mimic the original construction in the early 1900’s. The same will take place as well at the fifteenth green, and both will be retro-fitted with the XGD System that is being installed on all the greens at Toronto. This restoration is nicely underway and all parties are pleased with the early showings. Saying you are going to restore an old golf club using labour intensively, and actually pulling it off will prove challenging throughout the project, but will be rewarding for all involved at the successful conclusion of the project.

Stay tuned as I enlighten everyone in the near future on some more new restoration techniques TDI/XGD will be employing at another Toronto area restoration with Rees Jones at Lambton GC. Another TDI/XGD combination project will be getting underway in a month in Kennebunkport,ME at Cape Arundel GC. This club is a favorite of both the Bush’s and Clinton’s in the summertime. Scope of work includes XGD on several greens/fairways and major drainage/irrigation improvements along with restored bunkers and tees in the Walter Travis style overseen by Bruce Hepner from Renaissance Golf.

Cheers for now, Poor Old Dirt & Grass Farmer

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