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It is my intention to give the readers a better understanding of what we do to maintain The Farms Country Club's 18 hole championship golf course and grounds.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Clearing Clogged Drain Line Hole #17

There is always something interesting to do in the "off-season".
We had a clogged drain line that was causing water to back up in a catch basin on hole #17 (near #15 tee). Heavy rains and a very high groundwater table was causing water to overflow and run across the fairway. Besides the obvious concern, the cold temperatures have been causing the water to freeze on the fairway which is very detrimental.
The pipe has now been cleared and water is flowing underground again. The ice should melt in the next few days when we receive the predicted rain and warmer temperatures.

Maintenance staff pumping and cleaning the catch basin a week before the cold weather
Backed up water flowing across #17 fairway freezing and building up
A-1 Quality Rooter was hired to clear the line
High pressure water jet being sent up the clogged drain line

Clog cleared and backed up water flowing heavily 

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Eliminating First Two Fairway Bunkers Hole #10

During the 2018 season we received the approval from the Green & Grounds Committee, the Golf Committee and the Board of Governors to eliminate the first two fairway bunkers on hole number ten. They are a constant maintenance problem and require pumping after almost every rain event.
Filling them in will save man hours and improve playability.
Rough grade has been completed. We will add some screened topsoil and seed the area in the Spring.
The following pictures show our progress.
Started by exposing the drain lines to make sure we would not compromise outlet piping that drains the rest of the hole
Adding stone and sand above drains to prevent soil from getting into drain lines
Added a catch basin between 2nd & 3rd bunkers to catch surface water
Dumping fill
Spreading and compacting fill
Rain briefly slowed progress
Fill & rough grade completed