Installation of New Irrigation Continues

The installation of the new irrigation system is taking shape with work coming along at a brisk pace.  Leibold Irrigation is doing a great job and ahead of schedule. Being ahead of schedule is a good thing from the perspective of staying on the completion schedule with allowing for any weather delays down the road.

Main line installation was complete August 18 and it is on to pulling pipe laterals to green, tee and fairway sprinklers. This is the point when one golf hole per day is closed.  No golf holes are be closed Fridays – Sundays.

 The 17th hole which is one of the bigger challenges was completed on August 26 and it is on to the 16th hole.  The plan is to work the back nine and then move to the front nine. Weather can effect working and soil conditions more on the back nine so the thought is to get those done first.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through this large project. 

Rod Johnson, CGCS

Golf Course Superintendent  


Installation of New Irrigation System Begins

Work on the installation of the new irrigation system has started in earnest.  Construction and installation of main line pipe began the week of July 20th    as scheduled.   Main line pipes are being installed between golf holes with an occasional fairway crossover as required. This phase is to have minimal disruption of play.  Sod is removed from an area to be trenched and pipe buried. Trenches are restored and sod put back.

Main line work will continue into September with an eye on beginning lateral pipe installation right after Labor Day. During this phase when lateral pipes and sprinklers are being installed one golf hole per day will be closed to play. Daily advisories will be posted at the golf shop and as much as possible advance notice will be posted on Fore Tees.

When lateral pipe and sprinkler installation is complete on a golf hole it will reopen for play. Lateral pipe will be pulled underground with little surface disruption.  It is expected that within a couple of days of installation there will be no visual signs of construction.

The project timeline is to have the new system completely installed by mid to late November with minimal disruption and inconvenience to golf. This is an aggressive schedule but with a quality contractor and some decent weather we should see timely completion.

Liebold Irrigation of Dubuque, Iowa is the selected contractor. They have a well - earned reputation as one of the best in the business. Liebold Irrigation is a division of Liebold Construction that did the great job on our bunker renovation last fall.

Liebold has a crew of 12 experienced installers working at Pine Hills on the project. That crew is managed directly by Dave Lindsay project manager who has been installing irrigation systems for more than 30 years. Please be aware and careful in the areas they are working.

Rod Johnson, CGCS

Golf Course Superintendent  


Installation of New Irrigation System Set to Begin

In March at the Annual Membership meeting presentations were made regarding the installation of a new irrigation system at Pine Hills and what to expect. As a review and for those not in attendance the timeline and highlights are:

The installation of the new irrigation system is to start soon. Liebold Irrigation of Dubuque, Iowa is the selected contractor. They have a well - earned reputation as one of the best in the business. Liebold Irrigation is a division of Liebold Construction that did the great job on our bunker renovation last fall.

Liebold will begin their initial layout, take delivery of supplies and the mobilization of equipment the week of July 6th.  

Actual construction and installation of main line pipe is to set to begin the week of July 20th.   Main line pipes will be installed between golf holes. This phase is to have minimal disruption of play.  Sod is removed from an area to be trenched and pipe buried. Trenches are restored and sod put back at the end of each work day.

Main line work will continue into September with an eye on beginning lateral pipe installation right after Labor Day. During this phase when lateral pipes and sprinklers are being installed one golf hole per day will be closed to play. Daily advisories will be posted at the golf shop and as much as possible advance notice will be posted on Fore Tees.

When lateral pipe and sprinkler installation is complete on a golf hole it will reopen for play. Lateral pipe will be pulled underground with little surface disruption.  It is expected that within a couple of days of installation there will be no visual signs of construction.

The project timeline is to have the new system completely installed by mid to late November with minimal disruption and inconvenience to golf. This is an aggressive schedule but with a quality contractor and some decent weather we should see timely completion.

FAQ’s:

How old is the existing irrigation system? Most of the existing pipe was installed as part of what was then called a “hose less system” installed some time prior to 1962. Sprinkler heads controlled electrically were installed in 1968. Some of those sprinkler heads are still in use and others added over the years. Presently the system is controlled by a DOS based software program installed in 1991.

What are the advantages to a new system? The new system will have individual sprinkler control allowing water to be put accurately where it is needed. New sprinkler heads that are properly spaced will be more efficient. Areas will be watered and not overwatered. The new control system will review and give feedback as to what was scheduled to irrigate and what actually did irrigate. The control system will manage flow throughout the pipe system for maximum efficiency.  It will also troubleshoot and give feedback as to underground electrical system problems.   In summary water can be put out where it is needed -  when it is needed  - in the most energy efficient way.

Rod Johnson, CGCS

Golf Course Superintendent  

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