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Christmas Party – December 12, 2014

Our Christmas party is always a big hit with all the employees at the club. Great food was consumed by all and great stories were shared from 2014. Thanks to everyone for stopping by to enjoy.  Hope to see everyone again next year!

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Update: #5 Fairway Bunker Facelift – November 26, 2014

The crew has completed the newly shaped fairway bunker just before Thanksgiving.  It took many hours of hard work and team effort but we all enjoyed doing it.  The Grounds Team at Flint Hills National takes great pride in the small details on the golf course which is why we continue to be nationally ranked every year.

Bryan poses with his excavator.  His skills played a key role in the dirt shaping for the new bunker design.

Bryan poses with his excavator. His skills played a key role in the dirt shaping for the new bunker design.

The staff is proud of their work. Pictured L to R: Ken, Trevor, Lizandro, Ernesto, Jared, and Paisa.

The staff is proud of their work. Pictured L to R: Ken, Trevor, Lizandro, Ernesto, Jared, and Paisa.

Before:  Notice how the white sand is not visible from the tee.

Before: Notice how the white sand is not visible from the tee just beyond the fairway.

After:  Now the sand can be seen from all tee boxes making this bunker no longer a hidden hazard.

After: Now the sand can be seen from all tee boxes making this bunker no longer a hidden hazard.

#5 Fairway Bunker Facelift – November 17, 2014

With the new professional tee construction, Hole 5 is stretching further and further. From the new back tee, the right side fairway trap is becoming less visible to players. Decisions have been approved to raise the lip of the bunker a few feet improving the bunker’s visibility from all tee boxes. Boards were staked into place to begin a clearly defined bunker lip.  Existing sand was shoveled back from the outer edges by hand to prevent soil contamination during the project.

Brian speeding up the process with his excavator

Bryan speeds up the process with his excavator skills

The staff has battled blistering cold weather this past week in order to stay on schedule with our list of winter projects. Many weekday mornings reached single digit temperatures turning the soil into ice blocks. Special heaters were brought out to make the soil more pliable for shaping.  You can see the heater in the image below.

Using a vibratory soil compactor to provide firm bunker face for players

Using a vibratory soil compactor to provide a firm bunker face for playability

Once the face is firmed up enough, new bunker liner material will be stapled in place to prevent soil from mixing into our white sand over time.  This liner also helps prevent native weeds from growing.

The newly defined edge to #5 right fairway bunker

The newly defined edge to #5 right fairway bunker

With the new bunker face flashed up, players will see a few feet of highly visible white sand from every angle.   Now everyone will be aware of the dangers lurking for a long, straight tee shot.

Native Area Renovation Update – October 27, 2014

The course already reflects results from our progress of cleaning up overgrown native boundaries.  We have heard many compliments from members and guests.  For those of you who have been unable to view it, below is a sneak peek of what you can expect next time you come out.

View from black tees on #4 before the project started.

View from black tees on #4 before the project started.

#4 after tree removal and native management practices.

#4 after tree pruning and native management practices.

 

This winter, our primary task will be to complete all the necessary work to help restore Flint Hills National closer to its original appearance the day it opened.  The tree lines and native grasses have overgrown their original boundaries and require some aggressive attention.  The views from tee to green will be opened back up to see key features of each hole as well as give players more space to enjoy a variety of shot strategies.  We will continue to provide great course conditions during our project but please excuse the added noise from our heavy equipment as we continue throughout the course.

Update: November 3, 2014

We’ve decided to install fescue sod in the line of play instead of re-grassing native areas.  Below is the latest view.  You can see the new sod line on the left edge of tree line.

 

#4 after new fescue sod replaces native grass

#4 after new fescue sod replaces native grass

Course Update – September 22, 2014

While our work load is very busy all year, August and September always seem to be more stressful and busy.   These past two months have been challenging trying to keep everything watered properly, set up daily course preparation, and completing our fall project list.  Our minor aerification went over very well last month and did not seem to disappoint anyone’s expectations for playing conditions.  As of last week, we completed the last of the bermudagrass eradication plan on 11 and 18.  The late summer drought forced us to seed thin areas of rough on the course.  Please bear with us as we water the rough heavier than usual to help establish the new seed.  Since it appears we will no longer have temperatures in the 90’s, we have resumed dusting the greens with sand on a regular schedule to stay on top of the fast and firm green conditions.  The leaves have begun to fall and the staff is doing a great job of removing leaves from playing surfaces.  Many of you have noticed our dirt work being done on 1, 5, and 16.  We will be installing new tee decks to add length and variety to our golf course.  These projects will continue on through the winter.  We hope everyone is enjoying this fantastic fall weather.  Fall golf doesn’t get much better than this!