Sunday, August 27, 2017

Irrigation Upgrade Week 2

Must have been a sign for the week ..
A big turnout of volunteers this week to help with trenching and back-fill and a some fantastic weather made for a smoother week with a great  number of tasks accomplished.

 My thanks to the many volunteers who have come along, not only for the irrigation but for the greens mowing and bunker raking on competition days. To many to name individually,  know the staff and the club appreciate your efforts immensely. On that note if you do plan to turn up, we would appreciate advanced notice rather than just rocking up, we need to organise tasks prior to the day so all can be organised, it does make it more difficult allocating work on the spot when trying to work ourselves.

We finished holes 11, 13 and 14 including flushing the irrigation lines and sprinkler install and have started down 15, Staff have pre-joined a number of fittings over the weekend to reduce time in the field for install so I am hoping to have 15 16 and 10 completed this coming week as a minimum. Meanwhile the contractors only have the 18th mainline to install and then will be installing the Greens sprinklers and wiring the fwy decoders. They hope to be complete by Friday !!!!.

We also had some interested passerby's, either looking for the water from the rain last week or waiting patiently for our new system 

Or looking for our new water feature on 14
 Little did they realise it was only temporary as a result of mainline flushing 

Our own smaller lines didnt quite flood as much 
 All the same it felt good seeing the water come through...

Finally I have been receiving some questions about the sprinklers and the differences between the stage 1 and stage 2 sprinklers, I will talk about that in an upcoming post soon.
Till then
Happy Hooking !!!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Irrigation Upgrade Week 1 Install

It wasn't the smooth start we were hoping for this week, first we had some Trencher machine issues to overcome and then the heavens opened on Friday dumping 40mm in 4 hours, a look at the radar showed a line of heavy rain heading straight for Capel ! 

We were planning to have the 11th hole Fairway banks and Tees completed which included trenching, pipe install, flush and sprinklers as well as backfill by Friday but despite the valiant efforts of staff and volunteers and a huge thank you to all that did, with the delays and rain we only managed to trench all the necessary banks. As a result the 11th hole remains closed this weekend. 

My thanks to Ben (2ic) for giving up his own time this weekend in an effort to help me get some piping installed and catch up on loss time ready for Monday. 

Total Eden have done very well, with mainline completed on Holes 11 12 and 13,  Micheal has been an asset very willing to assist and advise accommodating our requests. 

Some other pics from the week 


Hopefully we have a better run of it next week and thank you to all who have put their hands up to help not only with the Retic install but the couse maintenance side as well.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Irony

With most pipes and fittings delivered, compound set up and 3 holes marked out for install, tomorrow (Wednesday 16th) mainline trenching and install will commence on the 11th hole. This hole WILL be closed for play. 
Once the line is in and solenoid valves in place lateral pipe and sprinkler install will follow, likely to be  Thursday.

The irony of installing irrigation when the 5th looked like this -

Friday, August 11, 2017

Back To the Blog !!!

Evening folks 
With the major works of the stage 2 Irrigation Upgrade set to commence on the back 9 next week I thought it was time to fire up this old chestnut to provide information updates and be the main source of my communication to members on the progress of this much needed and anticipated upgrade to our present manual irrigation system. 
Total Eden will be onsite Monday 14th to commence preliminary works, and proposed mark out of lines and sprinklers. Full install will  not commence till Tuesday afternoon / Wednesday Morning when Main lines and laterals (laterals being installed by staff and volunteers) will commence on the 11th followed by the 10th. 
Of course disruption will be significant during the works and we appreciate your understanding as always.  You will need to keep informed of hole closures and other temporary play conditions by the clubs notice board and facebook page prior to playing.
My thanks in advance to members who have volunteered for various tasks. 

It seems very apt  this final week before the irrigation install we have received 70mm and with significant rainfall expected over this weekend. B.O.M have issued a severe weather warning with 3 strong cold fronts expected over the next 3 days, the worst of which is expected Sunday. For those of you out and about please stay safe. 
Image result for heavy rain pictures
Should weather conditions ease and play proceeds for the 4's championships and Saturday competitions, some normal course set up maintenance may be effected by the immediate previous weather conditions.   Greens mowing will depend on wet conditions as will Bunker raking. General debris can be expected through the course, just some interruptions to be expected. 

Today we completed the 2nd stage of at risk dangerous tree removal, The second tee red gum and limbs from 10 and 15 were removed.  

I look forward to providing you with updates as we progress the Irrigation upgrade, hopefully with more pictures than me babbling on, once I rectify some issues with uploading pictures to the site. 

Happy Hooking