Sunday, August 31, 2014

Dye's Valley Infrastructure Renovation Update - Greens Construction and Grow In

Over the last 7 months Dye's Valley has undergone a major infrastructure renovation that replaced the entire irrigation system, installed a new pump station, rebuilt all greens and resurfaced all fairways and tees.  The course officially opens to the public on September 23rd but not before hosting the 2014 Web.com Tour Championship.  With the Championship beginning in just 14 days we wanted to recap some of the work that has been completed this summer.

Greens Construction and Grow In
 Demolition of the greens began on March 3rd when the course closed.  
Sub Grade
Gravel Layer
Installed Greens Mix 
 Sprigging began on May 28th and was completed by June 15th. 
Sprigging greens.
 Slicing in greens sprigs.
 Sprigs after 14 days. 
 First mow after 21 days.
 Green after 6 weeks.
Green on August 31st. 

Dye's Valley Infrastructure Renovation Update - Fairway Regrassing

Over the last 7 months Dye's Valley has undergone a major infrastructure renovation that replaced the entire irrigation system, installed a new pump station, rebuilt all greens and resurfaced all fairways and tees.  The course officially opens to the public on September 23rd but not before hosting the 2014 Web.com Tour Championship.  With the Championship beginning in just 14 days we wanted to recap some of the work that has been completed this summer. 


Fairway Regrassing
 1st step was apply herbicide to the fairways.

 2nd step was to cultivate the surface with aerators and verti-cutters.

 3rd step was to clear all plant material using a street sweeper. 

 Fairway sprigging machine. 

 Fairway sprigging machine. 

 Fairway sprigs.

Sprigs sliced into fairway.

Sprigs beginning to establish.

After several mows.

August 31st

Dye's Valley Infrastructure Renovation Update - Infrastructure Renovation

Over the last 7 months Dye's Valley has undergone a major infrastructure renovation that replaced the entire irrigation system, installed a new pump station, rebuilt all greens and resurfaced all fairways and tees.  The course officially opens to the public on September 23rd but not before hosting the 2014 Web.com Tour Championship.  With the Championship beginning in just 14 days we wanted to recap some of the work that has been completed this summer. 

Infrastructure Renovation

New wet well installation. 

 New intake pipe.

Pump station installation. 

 New pump station

 HDPE pipe.

 HDPE pipe welding.

 HDPE pipe.


 HDPE pipe installation.

Lateral installation. 

Lateral installation.

New irrigation running.

Friday, August 29, 2014

2014 Junior PLAYERS

TPC Sawgrass is currently hosting the 8th Annual Junior PLAYERS.  The Junior PLAYERS an AJGA invitational event.  The participants are some of the best international junior golfers.  Past participants have included Jordan Spieth, Morgan Hoffman and Bobby Wyatt.

It has been truly awesome to see some of these junior golfers develop and play in THE PLAYERS.

Here is a video clip from last year's event.




Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Stadium Irrigation Repairs

As luck would have it, irrigation problems always occur in the middle of the summer when golf courses are in the middle of a heat wave.

The Stadium experienced a 8" main line failure last week.  To make the situation even more challenging, it was identified that the two valves needed to isolate the main line were failing too.  Unfortunately, one of the valves was the main line valve at the pump station which meant the pump station had to be shut down.

Because it was extremely hot and dry, we needed to complete all of the repairs simultaneously and quickly.  We enlisted the help of MacCurrach Golf to complete the repairs.


Original 8" Main Line Located 

Preparing for Installation
Valve Installed

New Stadium Irrigation Intake Screen

A couple of weeks ago, the Stadium began experiencing issues with water supply to the pump station wet well.  Essentially, the flow of water coming into the pump station did not equal the flow going out.  This caused the pump station to low wet well fault.  We assumed that the intake screen was clogged; thus, we called in a local diver to inspect the screen.  Upon inspection, we found that the original barrel screen mesh was very small and the pipe decreased in diameter at the connection of the barrel screen to the intake pipe.  The intake pipe is a 24" pipe and the diameter of the attachment point was only 10".  This meant that the intake pipe was never functioning properly to match the flow demand of the pump station.  Having the restriction point also meant the there was decreased flow and increased velocity.

Why did it work for the last 16 years?

The irrigation supply lake for the Stadium is very small and not very deep.  Because of the size limitations, the water always has a considerable amount of turbulence as the lake draws down and then fills back up (especially in the summer).  Increased turbulence means that there are always addition screen clogging particles floating in the lake. Over time, the lake became more shallow, and the intake screen became closer to the bottom of the lake.  What was once 2' of clearance between the screen and the bottom of the lake, was now only 6"! Combine the lack of clearance, increased water velocity due to the 10" attachment point and the aforementioned problem with turbulence in the water, the system was most likely stirring up the bottom and causing sediment to clog the intake screen.

We called in Logan Diving and Salvage to dredge the bottom around the intake pipe and to remove and replace the screen.  They specialize in underwater construction.  This was just a day at the office for these guys.



Old Screen Coming Out of Irrigation Pond

Old Screen

Inside Old Screen (showing attachment point restriction)

New Screen with Pipe Extension Prior to Installation