St. Charles Country Club, IL XGD Installation

 In Classic Golf Architecture, Golf Course Capital Improvements, Greens Drainage, Soil Gas Exchange, Tom Bendelow

This past October, Keith Kirsch and crew recently completed the second of three phases of our greens drainage installation at St. Charles CC just northwest of Chicagoland. I got to know superintendent Chuck Barber from an XGD Field Day over at Briarwood CC a few years back, and Chuck has been viewing our operations since then as well as our XGD fairway installations at Butler National GC too.

The following picture was snapped just a few days after our XGD crew completed this green:

As you can see, all of our installations will seamlessly knit in and be invisible to the naked eye in a matter of 2-3 weeks after the installation. Once an XGD crew finishes an average sized green in 2 days or less, we hand it back over to the club for a roll and a mow, and then they usually open it for play immediately thereafter, while our crew moves on to the next green. This is important so that everyone is aware that there is no hole closure during an XGD installation, however there may be a temporary green while we have one of your greens “under the knife”.

Also, many clubs elect to proceed just like St. Charles did, opting to complete the process over a 2-4 year timeframe so funds can be allocated every year for this capital expenditure.

St. Charles CC opened in 1924 as a Tom Bendelow design. Recently, they retained local architect Michael Benkusky to begin a bunker project that XGD hopes to be a part of as well. It is our bread and butter, sympathetically restoring classic old golf clubs to their original design, without the expense and golf play disruption associated with a total rebuild.

In conclusion, XGD treasures their relationship with clubs like St. Charles, so please reach out to us if we might do the same for your facility, and stop by booth # 3286 at GIS14 this week to say hello and begin a discussion to see if XGD might fit in to your clubs future plans.

Regards, Poor Old Dirt & Grass Farmer

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