Welcome to the Capel Golf Club's Course Maintenance Dept. We hope to give an insight into maintenance activities, share up to date course news and course care tips for members, guests and visitors.
Players would have noticed a few "pot holes" down the 14th this week, this was for inspection purposes of the old pipe in this area. Water flow has been an issue for a number of years down 14 towards the tee and including the 15th green and tho we await the installation of the new system on the back 9, this could be a couple of summers away, with this in mind rectifying the problem is critical to allow for proper irrigation of this area and more importantly the 15th green.
After inspection of the pipes (see pics below) it was decided replacing the pipes rather than cleaning out was more cost effective option.
50mm pipe with Iron build up
50mm blocked pipe
We will be replacing the pipe from the main at the Fairway to the 14th tee and then adding a supply line to the 15th green. This work will be carried out next week. Future areas we are looking at doing in winter are 13th and 16th with similar problems.
The Cal Clear unit installed is designed to prevent this build up in future and there is evidence it is loosening the hard iron scale on the lesser blocked pipes. These pipes above have built up over a number of years prior to the installation of the Cal Clear.
Staff have just completed preps for the Capel Cup, the course is again in very good condition with the greens healthy and running true. The Pro-Am during the week was also successful with allot of positive feedback coming from them.
We have started sparingly using the new tee boxes, the retaining wall on the first tee is complete, the new path will be constructed when time permits Russell's staff to do so, excess spoil from path digging will be used to level the remainder of the inside wall towards the tee.
Over the next few weeks exploratory digging of the old retic lines on the back 9 will be undertaken to identify blocked or restricted water flow areas and remedial action taken. It was hoped the new retic for the back 9 would have been installed this year however with this not proceeding as originally planned, some pipping need replacing or air scouring depending on the severity of the pipe blockages to ensure irrigation of the back 9 next summer.
All players please note - Those using carts please observe the blue line on green approaches, carts should note be driven past these lines. Wear issues through winter is a major issue, the blue lines since implemention for winter 3 years ago have assisted in reducing wear on green approaches without the need for unsightly ropes or barriers so please take care driving carts in the wet and observe the blue lines for the benefit of the course and all players.