Renovation Update July 2022

Renovation Upate July 27, 2022
Last week I talked about sprigging and how it will give you the best end product. Unfortunately, that doesn’t come without challenges, and weeds are always a big challenge. One of the best weed preventers is a healthy stand of grass. When we sprig, we only start with small tuffs of grass with a lot of bare dirt for weeds to grow. This is a normal process with sprigging and once the grass is established we will begin applying herbicides that will prevent future weed seed germination. For now, we will treat the different weeds and grasses with the correct post-emergent chemicals.

We will be adding plugs to some areas that have not filled in on their own. These plugs are taken from healthy turf areas and placed in bare spots. They will then spread out covering the area with strong vigorous grass.

Finally, we only have a few acres left to Hydro-sprig on holes 11,12, and 17. We hope to be completely finished by the end of the week. We will also be bringing in crates of sprigs over the next couple of weeks that the golf course maintenance team will install in areas that require some extra attention.

The construction crews are going back and making sure everything is right before they leave in the next few weeks. The light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter and October will be here before you know it.

We look forward to welcoming you to the course soon. Please feel free to reach out by email at eullrich@valenciagolfclub.com at any time with any comments, questions, or concerns.

Sincerely,
Eric Ullrich

Renovation Update June 2022

Sprigs have been laid in front of 6 back to 2 tee,18 green, and 10 tee out to the middle of the fairway.

Bunker shaping is complete on all 18 holes

Mulch is going down all throughout the Back nine.

Tee complexes are finished 1-10, 13-16

We have continued to line the bunkers with a liner called Sand Guard by Porous Pave. See their website for more info on the liner. It is a great material that let’s water through but keeps dirt contamination out. The crews have also installed sod around the edges and on the faces where it would be difficult to grow in sprigs.

The sand is the same as The Valley Club at Montecito uses, but we added 25% limestone to brighten it up a touch since the normal material is fairly brown. It stays on the slopes extremely well and doesn’t leave “Fried Egg” lies.

We look forward to welcoming you to the course soon. Please feel free to reach out by email at eullrich@valenciagolfclub.com at any time with any comments, questions, or concerns.
Sincerely,
Eric Ullrich

Renovation Update May 2022

  • Sprigs have been laid from the middle of 6 through 9 green.
  • Bunker shaping is complete on the front nine and the shapers are moving on to 18 and then back to 13/14.
  • We have started to line the bunkers with a liner called Sand Guard by Porous Pave. See their website for more info on the liner.  It is a great material that let’s water through but keeps dirt contamination out.  The crews have also installed sod around the edges and on the faces where it would be difficult to grow in sprigs.
  • The sand is the same as The Valley Club at Montecito uses, but we added 25% limestone to brighten it up a touch since the normal material is fairly brown. It stays on the slopes extremely well and doesn’t leave “Fried Egg” lies.
  • Mulch is going down all throughout the front nine.
  • Tee complexes are being finished on the front 9.

 

We look forward to welcoming you to the course soon.  Please feel free to reach out by email at eullrich@valenciagolfclub.com at any time with any comments, questions, or concerns.

Sincerely,

Eric Ullrich

Renovation Update April 2022

We have now been under construction at VCC for eighteen working days, and much has been accomplished, and we are off to a good start. Eric Ullrich will still provide his informative and weekly Turf Talk, but I wanted to update everyone on the design and construction progress to date.

The Arcis Construction Team only has three specialty contractors on-site; a Tree Company, a Concrete Company, and a Lake Construction/Dredging Company. So most everyone you may have seen on-site is an Arcis Team Member. We all work long hours and most generally seven days a week to meet our schedule and construct a fantastic golf course.

As most of you know, we started with the quadrant of holes six through nine, which provides an excellent contained area to finish off and sprig as soon as possible. As we finish our construction works on holes #6-9, we will progress from hole #5 to the #2 tee complex. As you can tell, we are working our way out of the three distinct canyons that VCC occupies. It’s imperative that once we install the bunker sand, sod around the bunkers, mulch, and sprig the remaining turf areas, we don’t have construction equipment returning to any areas. Several days ago, we moved shaping operations and the bulldozer across the road to start rough shaping.

I will go through the holes sequentially and provide brief bullet points on what work has been done in each area.

Hole #1:
• Killing grass


Hole #2:
• Our engineers now confirm that we cannot cut or fill within 20′ of the existing sewer. Some of you may have seen the manholes over the years. As a result, we cannot shift the tee complex as much as we had hoped. Therefore, we have had to spend extra funds to cut and prune a few more trees.
• Fill material has been placed for the fairway bunkers
• 75% of the greenside bunkers have been rough-shaped and are ready for drainage.

Hole #3:
• Excavation and rough shaping of the new tee complex have started.
• Greenside bunkers have been rough-shaped and are ready for drainage.
• The existing weir was not repairable, and we could not determine if any repair of the weir would prevent further leaking. The giant pine tree adjacent to the weir was the reason for the leak, as the roots had compromised the integrity of the weir structure. Therefore, we removed 90% of the weir and are building a natural stone waterfall in its place. This will allow us to hold the upper lake’s water level and provide an attractive waterfall feature. Please remember, it will not be a massive waterfall, as we had to keep the two lakes in the exact location and at the same elevation.

Hole #4:
• Construction of the tee complex has started, and tees are being roughed-shaped.
• Fill material has been placed at the landing area for the new bunkers. We have a meeting on Monday to determine how to avoid the sewer line that runs below the fairway.
• The greenside bunker has been completed and is ready for drainage

Hole #5:
• We have been hauling fill material to the tee complex and, more specifically, to the new back tee. This is a significant fill and will take several days and many dump trucks of dirt to complete.
• The fairway bunkering has been completed, and after Jason’s visit on 4/25 and adjustments made, the bunkers will be ready for drainage.
• Greenside bunkers are completed and ready for drainage.

Hole #6:
• The tee complex is roughed in and ready for new irrigation
• New bunkering in the fairway is completed, and drainage will be installed on 4/23
• A significant amount of mulch has been installed
• Greenside bunkering is completed, and drainage will be installed on 4/23
• Lake edges have been reshaped
• Slope clearing and under brushing are completed

Hole #7:
• The tee complex is roughed in, and irrigation installation has started.
• Greenside bunkering is completed, and drainage will be installed on 4/23
• Cart path panels were removed for drainage and irrigation sleeves.
• The hillside behind the green complex has been cleaned and prepped for new mulch.
• Lake edges have been reshaped
• Slope clearing and under brushing are completed

Hole #8:
• The tee complex is roughed in, and irrigation trenching is completed
• CMU block wall and footing have been removed, and natural boulders will be utilized in specific areas.
• Fairway bunkering is completed, and drainage will be installed on 4/23
• Lake edges have been reshaped
• Slope clearing and under brushing are completed

Hole #9:
• The tee complex is roughed in, and irrigation is completed.
• Slope clearing and under brushing are completed
• New cart path routing is completed, and concrete is scheduled for 4/27
• Fairway bunkering is completed, and drainage will be installed on 4/23. Bunker Linker and sod are planned for 4/25-4/27
• Lake edges have been reshaped
• Nearly 90% of the mulch has been installed
• Greenside cart path is cut in, and concrete is scheduled for 4/27
• Greenside bunkers are completed and ready for liner and sod, which is planned for 4/25-4/27
• Sand will be installed in the greenside bunkers on 4/27 and 28
• Slope clearing and under brushing are completed

Hole #10-14:
• Killing grass

Hole #15:
• Killing grass
• Natural rock is installed around lake edges.
• Dredging of the lake is scheduled for 4/25. It will take approximately five days to complete the dredging operations.

Hole #16:
• Investigation of the bridge determined several areas of termite and rotting wood damage, and the bridge’s integrity was compromised. We tried to salvage the bridge, but it was determined the areas of decay and termite damage were too significant to repair. We have removed the bridge and completed pouring the new concrete footings for the bridge. We are building a low-profile bridge that will now allow unobstructed views of the lake as you come up #15 fairway and from #17 tee and fairway.
• Natural rock is installed around lake edges and as proposed in our photo sims presented at the town hall.

Hole #17 – 18:
• Killing grass


I look forward to providing another construction update in the coming weeks.

All the best,

Ed E. Easley
Arcis Golf
Sr. VP. Construction
Dir. Of Agronomy