With the heavy rains that pounded the course this past summer those areas often stood wet and did not drain for long periods of time. To find some answers, we hired a hydro-blasting firm to inspect the drain lines between the eleventh and fourteenth fairways.
I suspected tree roots overtime had grown into and plugged drain lines, what I didn't expect to find was the irrigation main installed in 1994 cut the drain line compromising its ability to function. I was always led to believe this drain line was several feet under ground.
|Note the flow of water pouring from the pipe on left.|
The irrigation contractor poured washed stone around the pipe to allow some drainage but in wet years this make shift repair wasn't enough.
|Removing the old tree root plugged drain tile.|
|New tile buried under a bed of washed stone. What you didn't get to see was the small river flowing downstream before the drain tile and gravel was added.|
|Water "free flowing" as a result of our repair.|