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Bunker renovation on 18 North…

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We began renovating the bunkers on the green surround of 18 North on Tuesday.  This project is very labor intensive but very satisfying when it is complete.  We began by pushing all of the old sand into piles and excavating the existing material.  The current material is contaminated by rocks, small stones, and silt.  The existing bunkers do not have drainage or liners.  This prevents the sand from staying free and clear of contaminating materials.  Please refer to a past post that will explain the current bunker situation.  https://stowacresturf.com/2010/04/20/whats-wrong-with-the-sand-traps/

Once the existing material is excavated, we will dig small drainage trenches in the base and line with gravel.  This will allow for settling water.  After trenches are dug, we will spray the entire bunker cavity with a polyethylene material called “Klingstone”.  For more information on this product please visit their website, http://www.klingstone.com/.  This product will help protect the new sand from contamination.  We are about 50% done with the project and hope to be finished by the end of tomorrow.  Here are some pictures of the project in progress.

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Author: Jason VanBuskirk

I am the Golf Course Superintendent at Stow Acres Country Club located in Stow, MA. I am entering my sixth season as the course Superintendent. My staff and I are very excited to begin this season as we are continuing to make changes to this wonderful facility. I graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 2006 with a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Horticulture and Turfgrass Management. Before Stow Acres, I did an internship at one of the country's top 100 courses, The Stanwich Club located in Greenwich, CT. I worked as an Assistant Superintendent at Oakley Country Club located in Watertown, MA and Stow Acres Country Club South Course before becoming the Superintendent at Stow Acres CC. I am married to my soul mate and we have two incredible kids! My course counterpart, Kingston, loves riding shotgun in the cart. In my downtime I enjoy writing for and managing www.iturfapps.com. Hope you enjoy the blog!

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