It's no surprise that the golf course looks a little different when a pipeline is being built directly through it. We have watched the various changes from April until now and it still kind of shocks us that there is a golf course somewhere under all that construction! Keep reading below to get a peek into some of the temporary changes happening around the course. Hover over or click on the images for more detail on when and where the photos were taken.
Our 5th hole is usually a little breath of relief after the long and tight par 5 hole #4. But these days it is playing a little more challenging!
The pipeline route crosses from in front of hole 14 green and cuts directly across the width of hole 5 in front of the red tees. The pipe is fed underground to the other side of 96th avenue where it exits our property. This hole will clearly be getting a brand new fairway including drainage, irrigation, sand, soil, and turf. But it also looks like we will be getting a new red tee deck since it is currently buried under the dirt pile in the images below!
If you were playing today you would need to hit a solid tee shot just past the 150 pin to make it over this hazard!
Our 8th hole is technically not being touched with the pipeline footprint but it has sure seen some stuff this summer! Here is a taste of the views from hole 8 looking south towards the green.
This is probably the hole that has seen the most obvious construction since the pipeline runs down the majority of this long par 4. We are not going to sugarcoat it... it looks pretty bad. But the good thing is that it's mainly just dirt that has been moved around so this area will be an easy repair in the grand scheme of things! Before we reopen, this hole will (obviously) receive an entire new fairway with all the bells and whistles bringing it back to perfection!
Our signature 13th hole has a very different view these days... pumping a drive off the elevated tee deck almost seems like a distant memory! Click through the images below to see the changes from different viewpoints around the hole. You might not be able to tell from the photos but a road has been built over the cart path near the tee decks and it is actually sitting almost flush with the elevated tee decks! If you recall, you used to have to climb stairs to reach these tee decks!
The good news is that this entire hole will get a substantial refresh before we reopen (clearly!). The tee decks will be completely rebuilt and the entire fairway will be brand new including drainage, irrigation, soil, sand, turf and even new cart paths!
If you were swinging today, you would want to aim about 10 yards past those 3 green bins in the last photo but not too far or you'll hit the excavator ;)
The 15th hole might have gotten just a tad easier! Along the left side of the hole, trees were removed from the fairway side of the cart path making your landing area just a bit wider and a little more forgiving. While the pipeline is technically tunnelling underneath this section of the golf course, there is a lot of action on top of the turf as you can see. We will fully replace this fairway with all new irrigation, drainage, soil and sod.
The bunker that you can see in the images below is also being renovated as a part of our bunker project. All of the sand was removed, cleaned and will be stored until just before the course reopens to keep it in pristine condition!