Joe Jemsek has contributed to Turfhugger before. In his latest post Joe discusses renovation work at a Chicago area course where old peat bog construction caused for an unsteady ground.
When I was first asked to participate in the remodel of the 6th tees at Long Beach Country Club, I questioned why it had become such a priority to the club. But after my first inspection I quickly realized the tees had as much contour as the greens at the club. I also noticed that the tee were lined players left of the fairway directly into hazard.
|View from previous back tee|
|View of back tee after|
LBCC was built during the roaring twenties as a resort destination and today is beach front community for well heeled Southsiders from Chicago. The course plays from atop 50’ tall sand dunes, through mature hardwood forests and down into flat peat bogs just inches above the water table. Over the years features created in the peat bogs have settled creating difficult maintenance conditions. Only ten years previously they had completely rebuilt this tee complex and covered the tees with 6” of sand capping, but without a stable footing the tees began to settle, making tee areas uneven.
|Line represents 233 yd drive from white tee.|
My first suggestion to the club and Nick Sinnot of Serviscape, a golf course maintenance company that has beautifully maintained the course for over 25 years, was a full removal of all the peat in the teeing area. But after discovering the peat was nearly 5 feet deep and it would require over 2500 yds3 of excavation and replacement with clean fill, I knew a more cost effective solution needed to be devised.
|Stripping of tee surrounds|
|Spreading the clean fill on the fabric|
Joe Jemsek – Golf Course Designer