Course Blog

#13 Tee Renovation – April 14, 2014

We have broken ground on another tee expansion project.  Many of you have seen our progress already.  We’re excited about this renovation for two reasons.  First, the larger surface area will spread out the distribution of daily foot and mower traffic.  Concentrated traffic puts stress on turfgrass which can result in thin turfstands with poor recovery time for divots.  The other reason to be excited about the project is more tee placements.  Having more locations to move the tee markers makes for a variety of ways to play the hole.  We hope you enjoy the new tee box and we will keep you informed when it is ready for play.

The white posts mark the new outline of the pro tee.

The white posts mark the new outline of the pro tee.

The new view of what will be the left side of the pro tee.

The new view of what will be the left side of the pro tee.

The leveling was all done by hand and we couldn't be more impressed with our staff's skills.

The leveling was all done by hand and we couldn’t be more impressed with our staff’s skills.

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Paisa begins marking the tee for irrigation heads while the others finalize the dirt work.

Paisa begins marking the tee for irrigation heads while the others finalize the dirt work.

Aerifying Greens – March 25, 2014

The staff just completed the greens aerification for the spring.  Since the weather cooperated this time, the whole process went quite smoothly and as always the crew worked very hard.  We understand the greens are not the most enjoyable surface to putt on for the next few weeks and we thank you for your patience.  It’s difficult to say when the holes will heal due to our unpredictable weather lately.  Please know we will provide the greens with all the help they need for a rapid recovery.  Continuing this practice each spring and fall allows us to push our greens to the daily championship playing conditions Flint Hills National is known for nationwide!

Jhovan aerifies the green while the rest of the crew collects the plugs.

Jhovan aerifies the green while the rest of the crew collects the plugs.

Tino pushes plugs into piles at the edge of each green where it will be picked up and hauled off site.

Tino pushes plugs into piles at the edge of each green where it will be picked up and hauled off site.

The crew blowing all debris off before we begin topdressing.

The crew blowing all debris off before we begin topdressing.

Ernesto drags in the fertilizer and sand to complete the entire process.

Ernesto drags in the fertilizer and sand to complete the entire process.

Spring Fever – March 13, 2014

Our crew is so thrilled to be working in the warmer weather and excited to see familiar faces playing golf again.  Many of you have already witnessed the staff’s relentless efforts renovating holes 17 & 18.   This project took months of planning, preparation, communication, and hard physical labor.  There is still much to be done but the earth shaping is finally finished.  This next week will consist of laying over 6000 square yards of sod.  We know you can’t wait to play the new design and we can’t wait to open it.  The next time you see the staff working on the course, be sure to take a moment and thank them for all their hard work.  They take a great deal of pride in all their responsibilities and projects here at Flint Hills National.

Removing zoysia sod to create new layout for #17 approach.

Removing zoysia sod to create the new shape of #17 approach.

 

Your new layout of 17.

The finished product of the new layout on 17.

New back tee for 18.

New back tee for 18.

Jose watering all the new fescue and zoysia sod around the new tee complex.

Jose watering all the new fescue and zoysia sod around the new tees.

The staff hand troweled the edges of our new bunker on 18.  You can still see the freshly packed mud.

The staff hand troweled the edges of our new bunker on 18. You can still see the freshly packed mud.

Sand liner is installed to prevent soil from mixing with our white sand bunkers.

Sand liner is installed to prevent soil from mixing with our white sand bunkers.

The sand is hauled into the bunker then redistributed by hand.  Crew members then take accurate depth measurements to insure uniformity for players.

The sand is hauled into the bunker then redistributed by hand. Crew members then take accurate depth measurements to insure uniformity for players.

Another finished product of our crew's hard work.

The final product of the crew’s hard work.

Winter Storm – February 4, 2014

Before the wind began moving snow, we accumulated 6 3/4″.   All night the snow shifted across the course leaving some areas with less than 2″ while others have blown into drifts over 12″.  Please enjoy photos of the course we all know so well…but in a different color palette.

Dower Lodge from #10 Tee

Dower Lodge from #10 Tee

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#14

Clubhouse and #18 Green

Clubhouse and #18 Green

#18 Renovations – January 22, 2014

This past week, we were fortunate to receive sunny, warm days by winter standards.  The crew did an excellent job staying focused to accomplish as much work as possible before the cold returned.  Most recently our efforts have been concentrated on irrigation renovation for Hole 18.

We are more than halfway finished with the renovation now.  The FHN Team is working diligently to locate existing wires and pipes needed to connect our upgrades to the system.  What does all this mean to you, the golfer?  Once finished, the renovation will provide firm landing areas for tee shots which equate to longer drives while maintaining a dense, green rough.

 

Irrigation wires located for splicing on new upgrades.

Irrigation wires located for splicing on new upgrades.

Before:  Trench made, holes dug for irrigation heads, pipe installed.

Before: Trench made, holes dug for irrigation heads, pipe installed.

After:  Baltazar and Miguel replace dirt and sod to hide all our work.  (Not an easy task)

After: Baltazar and Miguel replace dirt and sod to hide all our work. (Not an easy task)

It takes several employees to clear a trench for the new irrigation line.

It takes several employees to clear a trench for the new irrigation line.