Mother Nature has definitely been the most delineating issue for the grounds maintenance department at Kemper Lakes. Golf courses have had a difficult time recovering from this past winter. Luckily for us, our major issues have been getting bluegrass sod (finishing up last year’s projects) and completing the practice facility bunker. Currently, soil temperatures are about 45 degrees; once they climb to 55, the grass will really start to fill in and we will be working hard to keep up with the growth.
Below are the steps involved in reconstructing the bunker for the practice facility:
Step 1- Remove all existing sand in the bunker
Step 2- Sod cut all of the bluegrass sod and remove the accumulated sand on the bunker face.
Step 3- Cut the bunker edge and prep for sod
Step 4- Add drainage
The wet weather has prevented us from finishing the liner and adding sand to the bunker. With drier weather we should be able finish the bunker in a couple of days.
Sod availability has been our biggest issue to finish the rest of the sod work throughout the golf course.
The bunker will be ready for play when the bluegrass sod has established - approximately 2-3 weeks.