I am happy to say the end is in sight. It has been a long 12 months of construction at Islington, and I want everyone to know the last three green surrounds will be sodded today. Machinery began to arrive on May 27, and on May 30 the 3rd hole was started. Exactly eight weeks later–one week ahead of schedule–the greens rebuild is complete. Now they will focus on finishing the new practice facility so we can seed at the end of next week. The crew has begun to backtrack, finishing any little items that may have been missed, and as planned the construction company should be offsite by August 1.
The grow-in has gone very well. As of today we have 14 of the 17 greens seeded, and 8 of the 14 are in different stages of mowing. The first three have each received the first two tons of topdressing sand, and by next week sand will be applied to five more. The grow-in process consists of numerous fertilizer, water, and weekly applications of dry bagged sand topdressing. Overall the greens that have germinated look great and I am happy with the stage they are at.
On the course we have begun sodding areas in the fairways with wear from winter damage that had a difficult time recovering. This week we will sod areas on #8, and next week we will tackle #11. The roughs have filled in nicely, and we will continue seeding and soiling these areas for re-establishment. The haul roads from the construction will be rototilled and then sodded in the next few weeks, and around the middle of August we will hydroseed the piles of fill by the pond and #18.
Ian McQueen, Course Superintendent