Noyac Golf Club, NY XGD Fairway Drainage/Course Restoration Project

 In Classic Golf Architecture, Fairway Drainage, Flushing Salts, Golf Course Capital Improvements, Golf Drainage, Golf Infrastructure Improvements, William Mitchell

XGD Senior Operations Manager Matt Magarian recently began another phase of restoration with our busiest client to date, Noyac Golf Club in Sag Harbor, NY right in the Hamptons area. However, this facility is quite different from the links layouts that predominate the landscape out in the area. Noyac GC is more of a true parkland layout, carved out of the oak forest in 1963 by golf architect William Mitchell. Due to the more stagnant forest air, it has caused considerable agronomic challenges to grow turf grass. GCS Brian Goleski reached out to us many years ago to begin his greens drainage program which has migrated to his poa trivialis fairways.

Matt Magarian is starting Phase II of the fairway drainage project, including, but not limited to, large diameter pipe installations up to 24′, down to several miles of 2″ XGD fairway pipe. Our sister company TDIGolf, recently also began a tee/bunker restoration project working with architect Ross Forbes of which Matt is on site managing as well. Discussions are already underway to complete the final phase of the full course piping infrastructure upgrade complete by the calendar year 2014. Below is a shot of the eleventh fairway this past midsummer:

Fairway spacing varied by the degree of soil and surface moisture, as well as high concern for high traffic areas. In landing areas for instance, our spacing was 6′, while slopy areas, or fairway beginnings were more likely to be 8-10′ spacing. While the trees in the pictures might seem claustrophobic, the club has been on a long tree removal program for several years already to try and recreate the linksy feel of other local clubs.

The above picture illustrates the approach area at the eleventh hole which was outfitted with a 6′ spacing all the way up to and through the green to match the soil moisture control on the greens/approaches and fairways. This site visit had me coming through the area in midsummer after a few weeks of high heat, humidity and thundershowers which put the XGD System to the ultimate test and the club could not be happier.

We appreciate and treasure our business relationship with Noyac GC, and hundreds of others. Please give us a call if we might come out to review some of your facilities drainage or renovation plans with you and get you some budget numbers to chew on.

Happy American Thanksgiving, Poor Old Dirt & Grass Farmer

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