February 12, 2012

Yardage Tags

With the system installation completed, we have continued to fine tune the irrigation system and put some of the the finishing touches on the project. One of those finishing touches are yardage tags on each of the sprinkler head in and just off the fairway. Heads are marked starting at 50 yards all the way out to 250 yards. Front, middle and back yardages are listed.

September 14, 2011

Project Update 091411

Site of final mainline connection show on previous post
The majority of the project is complete. Although there remains some mapping and record work to do, the installation has all been completed. The very small punch list that remained has been taken care of, the equipment removed from the site and the staging area cleaned up. We believe that we can speak for all who observed the progress of this project over the past 5 months when we say that it was the cleanest and best organized installation we have seen. As you can imagine this detailed approach also carried through to the workmanship of the installation resulting in a first class product. The team from Nutt Irrigation did a fantastic job and our thanks go out to them for all their hard work. Thanks also goes to Simmons Irrigation, Rain Bird and AS Altum & Associates. The success of this project is a result of the team effort put forth by all involved.

August 31, 2011

Permanent System Connection

Today the connection between the new irrigation system and the pump station was completed. The photo to the left show the existing mainline located in the center of number one fairway. Flow comes from the bottom of the photo and the "T" sends water in both directions in a loop around the course. We were all very surprised to find that there was no concrete poured as a thrust block which is intended to prevent movement of the pipe. Often, anywhere from five to ten yards of concrete is poured to stabilize the joint and prevent failure. In this case only a series of cinder blocks were used. Although this did make our work easier, it was concerning that this is the approach that was used on one of the most crucial fittings on the entire system.

After the "T" was cut out we noticed how poorly that the mainline lined up going into the fitting as shown on the right. Note the different angles of each pipe. This severe angle created a higher risk of failure. Based on all the factors, we believe it was nothing more than luck that kept this joint from failing and causing a potentially catastrophic situation.

With the final connection made, the old system is no longer pressurized and officially abandoned. The last of the installation on the course should be completed on number one this week and the driving range done by the end of next week bring the project to an end. The entire project team is looking forward to completion.

August 29, 2011

Wet Well Inspection

We had a diver come out and do a visual inspection of our wet well and irrigation pumps. We did this inspection to make sure we are not pumping trash or debris through the system that could possibly damage the pumps or other system components. The inspection showed the wet well and pump screens are in very good condition.

August 19, 2011

Lake Fill Valves

We are installing lake fill values to select ponds on the golf course. These values will  allow us to control the pond levels throughout the golf course.The fresh water being pumped into the ponds will also help to protect the fisheries by providing much needed oxygen during the summer months.