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Golf Course Improvement Plan

Suggested changes to improve agronomic and strategic characteristics of The Stowe Country Club
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Josh Nicholls

on 6 June 2012

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Hole #1 Fairways and Playing Corridors:

Resurface cart path.

Rebuild fairway bunker to add drainage. Green and Surrounds:

•Rebuild Green- Existing green has insufficient drainage and lacks consistent playability. It also has too much pitch on some areas for today’s green speeds. Needs to be rebuilt to USGA specifications.

•Rebuild Bunker- Bunker has no drainage and often fills with water. Teeing Grounds:

Rebuild Tee- Tee is too small, not level and is built in 3 tiers. You lose a tremendous amount of teeing ground with a tiered tee. This was not an issue 30-40 years ago because of the lower number of rounds per week. Tee needs to be stripped, leveled and re-grown. Material from the higher points of the tee can be spread to the lower points giving you a level and substantially bigger tee. Hole #2 Resurface cart path Hole #3 Fairways/Playing Corridors:

Resurface & extende paths for full coverage.

Continued tree work. Greends/Surrounds:

•Rebuild Green- One of the wettest greens on the golf course. Should be rebuilt to USGA specs. I would recommend rebuilding with the same two tier design.

•Rebuild Bunkers- Bunkers have no drainage and often fill with water. Cart path needs patching in spots.

No major changes at this time. Green drains well because it was built with a higher sand content. Bunkers have nice sand and drain well. Hole #4 Hole #5 Green and Surrounds:
Trees should be thinned out behind the green to allow more sunlight and air flow. The green has shallow roots because of the lack of sun and air.

Rebuild Bunkers- Bunkers have no drainage and often fill with water. Teeing Grounds:

Rebuild Tees- Tees are ample size but are not level and are bumpy. They should be stripped, leveled and reseeded. Fairway/Playing Corridors:

This is a wet hole that should have a cart path from tee to green.

There is existing drainage in the fairway about 30-75 yards from the green that is working but do not know to what percent. This will need to be replaced in the future but do not know when. Drainage in applications like this does not last forever. Usually after years of being buried the drain tile and stone becomes contaminated with clay, silt or other debris.

Continue tree maintenance. Hole #6 Teeing Grounds:

Rebuild Tees- Ladies tee is too small and is not level. Men’s tee is not wide enough. It should be stripped and lowered about one foot to gain width and length.

Existing stairs from the cart path up to the tee need replacing. The railroad ties are rotting and are not safe.

Trees to right of men’s tee should be pruned or removed. A lot of complaints about these trees being in the way when hitting a draw from the back tee. My opinion goes either way. I think if you are good enough to play the championship tees you need to be able to work around things. Hit the power fade. I would prune them before removal. Fairway/Playing Corridor:

• Cart path from tee to green. This is an extremely wet hole especially on the flat from 200 yards in to the green. This is a hole we look at to make the call if carts can or cannot go out.
• Flat part of the fairway puddles after a rain storm and becomes unplayable. Sod should be stripped, area refloated, add drainage, seed or sod. In Part of doing this, the creek would get excavated to allow increased water flow.
• Wooden bridge needs replacement on right side of fairway. It should be replaced with a plastic culvert which would never have to be replaced.
• Continue tree maintenance. Hole #7 Teeing Ground:

Rebuild Tee- Tee is adequate size but is uneven. Should be stripped, leveled and seeded. Fairway/Playing Corridor:

The fairway is very wet from the creek to the 100 yard marker. After the slightest shower this part of the fairway becomes saturated and unplayable. Drain tile should be installed to dry this area. It can be day lighted into the creek.

Resurface cart path from tee to the creek.

Continue tree maintenance. Green and Surrounds:

Rebuild Green- Green was constructed with heavy soils which do not drain. Green is pitched too much for today’s green speeds. Should be rebuilt to USGA specs. Hole #8 Teeing Ground:

Rebuild Tees- Tee is uneven. It is also tiered, which as I said before you lose a lot of teeing ground when you have a tiered tee. Should be stripped, back tier material taken out and blended with the rest of the tee, leveled and seeded.
Cart path area and turn around spot need to be bigger. A catch basin needs to be installed in this area to eliminate the huge puddle that forms after a rain storm. Green and Surrounds:

Rebuild Green- Green is very wet with no drainage. Pitched too much for today’s green speeds. Rebuild to USGA specs.

Rebuild Bunkers- The worst bunkers on the course. They are always wet because of the lack of drainage. These 5 bunkers need total restoration, reshaping, drainage, and new sand. Hole #9 Fairway/Playing Corridor:

Cart path from tee to green. Extremely wet hole. Area from the pond to the top of the hill can be wet and slippery. Top of the hill is like a bowl and often collects water.

Drainage should be installed from the top of the hill to the green. This would collect water from the bowl shape on the hill and also runoff from # 1. This project should be done with the drainage project on # 18. Piping from # 9 would have to be piped across 18 and day lighted into the culvert near the road. Catch basins and curtain drains should be installed on 18 while the 9th hole is being done.

Continue tree maintenance. Green and Surrounds:

Rebuild Bunker-Bunker has no drainage and pools with water. This should be done with the fairway drainage. If this is done without the fairway drainage the water would be piped out of the bunker towards the 10th and 18th fairway, which does not need more water because it doesn’t drain well to begin with.

Rebuild Green- Green has no drainage and is one of our wettest on the course. Becomes very soft when wet. Poor playability. Drainage piping could be connected to the fairway drainage also. Same as the bunker.

Cart path around the green, near 10th tee and putting green should be doubled in width to accommodate carts going in both directions. This would help with cart staging on tournament days. Teeing Grounds:

All three tees should be stripped and leveled. They should be expanded as much as space would allow.

As said with hole #9 the cart path in this area should be widened to accommodate carts coming in both directions. Hole #10 Fairway/Playing Corridor:

Catch basins in the fairway could be installed when doing the 9/18 drainage project.

Continue tree maintenance. Green and Surrounds:

Rebuild Bunkers- Bunkers do hold water at times. Not high priority. Hole #11 Teeing Grounds:

Rebuild Tees- Tees are not level and should be stripped leveled and seeded. Fairways/Playing Corridor:

Tree’s on both sides of the fairway need to be limbed up to enhance views, and playability. This would also make it safer for the maintenance staff.

Fairway is big and wide open. The right side could be a place for a new fairway bunker. There was a bunker there at one time on the far right. Green and Surrounds:

Rebuild green- The green drains very well but is pitched too much from back to front for today’s green speeds. Hole 12 Fairway/Playing Corridors:

Cart path from tee to green.
Drainage ditch needs to be dredged.
Continue tree maintenance. Green and Surrounds:

Rebuild Green- Green has no drainage and minimal surface drainage. Should be rebuilt to USGA specs.

Add bunkers around the green if a reconstruction is done. There are no bunkers there now. If this was done the green and bunkers would have to be elevated a bit to allow for subsurface drainage.

If a cart path is not put in from tee to green a path should be installed from the 12th green to the 13th tee regardless. Teeing Ground:
Current spruce trees are experiencing a blight and need to be removed. Fairway/Playing Corridor

Drainage needs to be installed along with culvert replacement at the bottom of the hill around 120 yards from the green. This is a very wet area where we do not mow the fairway anymore because of the damage it causes. It can also be deemed an unplayable area after a rain storm. Fairway/Playing Corridors Cont.:

Stream needs to be cleaned out on the left hand side to allow for better flow and drainage. Hole #18 Teeing Grounds:

Railroad ties should be replaced or removed from edge of the cart path. They are rotting and unattractive.

Bridges in front of the tees should be replaced with permanent culverts instead of wood. Bridge in front of the red tee will need to be done by 2012.

Prune trees near tees. Fairway/Playing Corridor:

Add fairway and rough drainage like what was talked about on hole nine. This is a flat fairway and collects a lot of water and runoff from one, nine, ten and the clubhouse area. It should be collected and piped to the culvert near the road. While adding catch basins in the fairway, these areas will be stripped, reshaped and sodded. This would allow for better runoff and a smoother fairway.

Install cart path from tee to green. Extremely wet hole after rain. This is another hole we gauge cart usage on.

Remove dying trees and continue tree maintenance.

Rebuild bunker with adequate drainage. Green and Surrounds:

Rebuild Green- Green has no drainage and holds a lot of water. Very soft and bumpy, one of the worst putting surfaces on the course. Should be built to USGA specs.

Rebuild Bunkers- Insufficient drainage. These bunkers can hold water for days. Hole #13 Teeing Grounds:

Rebuild Ladies Tee- Tee is inadequate in size. Should be at least doubled. Fairway/Playing Corridor:

Culvert that runs across the fairway at 75 yards should be replaced. Frost is pushing it up out of the ground. This can be a hazard if it erodes material around the pipe leaving sink holes. This is the case right now under the driveway and cart path near the maintenance shop. Green and Surrounds:

Rebuild Green- Insufficient surface and sub-surface drainage. Should be rebuilt to USGA specs.

Rebuild Bunkers- Bunkers sometimes hold water for days after a rain storm. Hole #14 Teeing Grounds:

Path needs patching

No major changes at this time. Fairway/Playing Corridor:

Resurface cart path.

Rebuild Bunkers- Add drainage and replace contaminated sand.

Continue tree maintenance. Green and Surrounds:

Rebuild Bunkers- Insufficient drainage. Hole #15 Teeing grounds:

Rebuild Tee- Tee has two tiers and is too small for a par three. Not sure how it should be done because of the big White Pine trees left of the tee. These trees are not ours. Fairway/Playing Corridor:

Cart path from tee to green.

Continue tree maintenance. Green and Surrounds:

Rebuild Bunkers- Insufficient drainage.

Add top soil to the right of the right bunker and seed. This is a thin area that needs attention.

Replace the double culvert behind the green. The culvert has a hole or has been separated. During heavy rains it creates a sink hole on the center right of the cart path.

Continue tree maintenance behind the green. Three long white pine stumps about thirty feet long need to be removed. Hole #16 Teeing grounds:

Bridge leading to the tee will need to be replaced within a few years. Possibly replace with a culvert instead of wood. Fairway /Playing Corridor:

Trees in front of the fairway bunker should be removed. They serve no purpose and make for an unfair bunker shot.
Cart path could be added from tee to green.
Continue tree maintenance. Green and Surrounds:

Rebuild Green and Bunkers- The green complex should be reconstructed with the proper drainage. This green is original and dates back to the 50's. it was not rebuilt in the sixties. The soil is heavier clay than the rest of the greens.

Trees behind the green should be removed and add mounding in their place. This would help with a backdrop for depth perception. Hole #17 Teeing Grounds:

Rebuild Tees- White and red tee are uneven and tiered. Remove tiers, level and seed.
Black tee is small and could be enlarged, but is not high priority. Fairway/Playing Corridor:

Continue tree maintenance. Green and Surrounds:

Rebuild Bunker- Insufficient drainage.

Replace old cracked, heaved asphalt cart path from green to the eighteenth tee.

Add topsoil and seed to right of the green to fill in thin areas.

Stream behind the green should be cleaned out down to the road near the eighteenth tee.
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