Recycled Cart Path Panels
The decorative concrete cart paths, with color tinting mixed into the concrete while in transit to the club, are now 20-plus years old. They have stood up quite well except for a few panels. When the panels were replaced, the old panels were “stone chiseled” into the desired shape and transported by backhoe to their new home for golfers walking when crossing the drainage wash areas. They have been in place for approximately five years. There were drainpipes placed underneath them that were already in inventory, they look great and are very functional. The entire process took four hours. Plans call for adding them on two additional wash area crossings in the future. This idea was conceived by foreman Francisco Udave under the guidance of superintendent Jason Bazuin at the Seven Canyons Golf Club in Sedona, Arizona. Tom Weiskopf and Phil Smith are the original and restoration architects.
Large Backhoe Stabilizer Pads
To eliminate any damage to the Latitude 36 Bermudagrass turf, the two OEM stabilizer pads on the 1997 John Deere 310D Turbo 4x4 Loader/Backhoe were replaced with large, functional 33-inch by 33-inch metal pads approximately ½-inch thick acquired from a local metal company. Six nuts, bolts and lock washers hold them firmly in place. The idea was conceived in 2007 when concrete cart path panels were being removed so the turf remained undamaged. The estimated cost was $200 to $300 each and it took about an hour to install. Superintendent Chris Jordan and equipment manager Jose Salhuana at the Boca Rio Golf Club in Boca Raton, Florida, come up with many good ideas. Jim Nagle is the renovation architect.