Indian Hill Club Greens Drainage Project

 In Classic Golf Architecture, Donald Ross, Golf Course Capital Improvements, Golf Drainage, Golf Infrastructure Improvements, Greens Drainage

Keith Kirsch and crew recently completed a single green project at a little bit of a sleeper club on Chicago’s north shore called The Indian Hill Club, in Winnetka, IL. Keith worked closely with course superintendent Dave Schlagetter, who has a great golf maintenance blog as well, to complete the project on time and on budget. The club had built a berm around the left side and in back of the third green to provide some more putting privacy from the single lane road between the thirteenth green and the maintenance facility. However, the berm exasperated the drainage problems on this original Donald Ross property, and the club was looking for a remedy to the turf problems after heavy rains, which is where XGD comes in to alleviate both the high gravitational groundwater in the greens subsoil, and to cut off the surface water entering the green from the berm. As you can see below Keith has sent us in some great panoramic shots of his XGD team, with a green “under the knife”?

This picture illustrates the layout team ensuring we have a mainline or lateral intercepting the surface water runoff from the left side berm.

This picture from behind the putting surface exhibits the mainline/interceptor location designed to cutoff the surface and groundwater before it gets to the greens cavity.

Another shot of the work in progress.

And one last shot above of the delicate tamping process we employ at XGD to ensure the green is completely playable once we leave the site.
A special thanks to the club for choosing XGD Systems to remedy their greens drainage issues. Now, if the Chicagoland area ever gets any substantial rain in the near future, Dave will monitor soil moisture conditions on his previously worst green to evaluate if XGD might be able to enhance some other greens on his property.

Regards, Poor Old Dirt & Grass Farmer

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