Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Dye's Valley Infrastructure Renovation: Irrigation Mainline Installation

In January, work began on Phase I of replacing the existing hydraulic irrigation system on Dye's Valley and converting it to an electric system.  Phase I includes installing HDPE irrigation mainline, slow-close isolation valves for future lateral lines, new power supply and new irrigation heads around the greens complexes.  Phase II will involve installing lateral irrigation lines and new irrigation heads on the rest of the golf course at a later date.
The control wires and power supply are laid along the mainline route.
Machine used to fuse the HDPE pipe together.
Slow-close isolation valves are installed for every lateral line.
New control boxes are installed on every hole.
Irrigation pipe is bored underneath lakes and road crossings.
New HDPE mainline is connected to the old PVC mainline to run the current irrigation system.
Mainline valves and bored pipe are tied into the system.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Shane Coates; 26 Years of Service

On Friday, April 4th, the TPC Sawgrass Agronomy department recognized the last day of Assistant Equipment Manager, Shane Coates.  Shane has been a part of the Agronomy Team for the past 26 years and has recently been presented with the opportunity to further his career by taking a new job.  During Shane's tenure at Sawgrass he worked on the Player's Stadium course, Dye's Valley course, and has been Assistant Equipment Manager to Mark Stanford.  On behalf of the Agronomy Department, we want to thank Shane for his many years of service, congratulate him on his new job, and wish him the best of luck on his future endeavors.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Dye's Valley - "No-Till" Fairway Conversion Step 2

Step 1 of the "No-Till" Fairway Conversion on Dye's Valley was making 2 applications of herbicides at 14 day intervals.  This week Step 2 was completed when all the fairways were verti-cut, brushed and blown in an effort to removed the undesirable plant material.  The final steps of this conversion will include aerating, top dressing and then sprigging the fairways with Celebration bermudagrass.  
 The tractor drawn verti-cutter was set at -.500". 
 The verti-cutter is used to remove as much plant material as possible while leaving the soil in place. 
Behind the verti-cutter a team of blowers remove all of the loose plant material.  
Behind the blowers a street sweeper is used to turn over all of the soil and expose more plant material that can then be removed.  
 More blowing is required after the sweeper.
 This is the end product of the verti-cutter, blowers and sweeper.  We will repeat this step multiple times to continue removing plant material.  

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

PLAYERS Stadium Course Integrated Pest Management

With temperatures in northeast Florida rising, mole cricket activity is increasing. These mole crickets feed on the root systems of many warm season grasses which can eventually create dead patches of turf. The agronomy staff at TPC Sawgrass is taking curative steps to ensure turfgrass quality by applying granule insecticides to our rough. The granule insecticide Topchoice (Fipronil) is applied by an Anderson's rotary spreader and then watered in.
 Intern Austin Davis applying Topchoice to Tee Complexes.
Tawny Mole Cricket (Scapteriscus vicinus)

Monday, March 24, 2014

New Seats Provide a Better Spectator Experience

With THE PLAYERS only 40 days away, the excitement throughout the golf community is starting to rise and so are the infrastructures that play as a host for all of the spectators. The tents and bleachers were started a few weeks early because of some changes in the layout of all spectating areas. Stadium bleachers have been the main seating provided for people enjoying the tournament for the past few years, and now some changes are being made which will involve more seating opportunities to fit not only a larger crowd in certain areas but also to ensure every spectator is offered an equal amount of space. The new seating arrangements have been upgraded to individual seats, which will offer more fans the opportunity to enjoy the best view at their favorite spots. New bleachers are now available behind 9 and 16 greens this year.
Seats are arranged for a more enjoyable view (#8)
The "seat" bleachers behind #1 tee. 
New spectator area behind #9 green
The best seat in the house #17

Dye's Valley - Pump Station Installation

One of the upgrades to the infrastructure of Dye's Valley is a new pump station.  The existing pump station was over 20 years old and was not able to meet the demands of the golf course.  The steps taken to install the new station included building a new wet well, installing a new intake pipe and pouring a new concrete pad to house the station.  

 After digging a large hole, a prefabricated wet well was installed.
 The 11' well was installed in 2 pieces. 
 The hole is left for the intake pipe.
 A 30" HDPE intake pipe was installed with a screen.
A Link-Seal sleeve was used to seal the intake pipe with the wet well.   
The installed Link-Seal.
A new concrete pad was poured around the wet well. 
The new station was set in place using a large crane. 

We are very excited about this upgrade.  

Friday, March 21, 2014

Landscape Prunes Tropical Plants On Property

The Landscape Operations Team has been progressing through the Players Stadium Course and Resort areas the  past several weeks pruning back cold damaged plants, primarily Variegated Ginger (Alpinia zerumbet ‘Variegata’)  and Hawaiian Ti Plants (Cordyline fruticosa) . One of the many challenges we face each spring is pruning of our tropical plants on property. Although they provide a contrast in color and texture from our native species,  they have a hard time withstanding the harsh temperatures during the winter months. It is because of this that we have to take a few weeks out of the year to detail all of our course beds.  Our team’s main goal is to cut back all of the dead plant parts to allow plants such as the Ginger and Hawaiian Ti to flush out new growth for the year. When our team has completed the pruning process the plants will provide a fresh and rejuvenated look to enhance our landscape for the tournament and ongoing year. We expect to be finished with this process within the next 10 days.