October 5, 2011

I am guessing that I am not the only person that has been thinking about the drainage problems on the 1st and 18th fairways lately.  I thought I would take a minute to update you on the larger scale plans that we have been working on to resolve the issues that have plagued these areas for years.

I have meetings scheduled with the Green Committee and Golf Long Range Committee chairmen this week to discuss a number of issues related to the problems.  The issues are as complex as they are severe, and there will be a lot of red tape to cut through before the first shovel hits the soil. 

The first meeting is with the BSC group out of Glastonbury, a firm hired by the club to look at the problems and develop a solution that would improve the accessibility, playability, and appearance of the opening and finishing holes of the golf course.  I am convinced that we are working with the right people, and that we will come up with at plan that resolves the issues, improves the health and quality of the wetlands, and provides the membership with a product that exceeds their expectations.

The second meeting is with the superintendent at Rhode Island Country Club.  They recently completed a similar project and we are going to tour the facility and learn more about the challenges they faced, the solution they developed, and what impact it has had on the golf course and the membership. 

We need your support and patience more than ever.  In the coming weeks and months we will be working on finalizing a plan and securing the necessary permits and funding to ensure we can break ground as soon as possible.  We cannot afford to rush any step in this process because we will only have one chance to make the project a complete success.  If you, or someone you know has any questions about this issue, please pass them along to me, in writing if possible, so that we can ensure that everyone is kept well informed and educated on this very sensitive and important matter. 
During my research I came across videos that depict one component of the problem.  This company installs drains on a very precise grade.  The machine cuts the trench, installs the pipe, and back fills all in one step.  Check out these short YouTube videos of the process.