Just wanted to drop a note on some recent XGD happenings. @KeithKirsch is now on twitter as he travels the midwest in search of needy greenpads.He has been charged with wrapping up the final internal subsurface greens drainage installs at Elyria CC, southwest of Cleveland. His picture illustrates the final cleanup of their sixth green:
If you look closely you may see the systematic XGD pattern in the front three laterals giving way to a herringbone drainage pattern on the back half of this putting surface. Pretty much the theme of all the layouts at this club where most all of the greens have been originally designed by William S. Flynn with very strong shoulders on both sides of the green.
XGD Supervisor David Welsh has been on the east coast and is presently at “The Pebble Beach of the East”, which is New Seabury Country Club in Mashpee, MA on Cape Cod. XGD Systems has a long history with this 36 hole resort and superintendent Scott Nickerson, who has mentored a who’s who of superintendents in the New England area. The ocean course is spectacular and was designed by William Mitchell and opened for play in 1962.
XGD has completed greens and fairway drainage here in the past and this mobilization includes some additional XGD fairway drainage and the installation of XGD drainage in to several bunkers. This work scope includes removal of 4″ of old bunker sand and the trenching of our 2″ XGD pipe on our traditional 6′ spacing and backfilled with new bunker sand to eliminate the extra layering inherent with traditional peastone backfill. This process virtually eliminates the old problem of wet sand in bunkers, as the water may be gone, but the excess moisture in the sand is not.
Finally, a little shameless self promotion as I recently penned an article for the Golf Course Trades magazine. Feel free to clink on the link and take a peek.
Cheers, Poor Old Dirt & Grass Farmer