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How To step-by-step Build a Golf Hole


Building a hole is an extensive and exhausting endeavor. Building 18 of them? It can be done, working six days a week, 10 hours a day, with a 40-man crew, from March into October— provided the rain stays away. Thankfully Mother Nature has


cooperated, meaning the freshly grassed course will have a full six months to mature. When Poppy Hills opens in April, the sand capped course will play fi rm and fast year-round, with new strategic features taking advantage of those conditions.


Hydroseeding is a process where a tank sprays a ryegrass/fescue blended seed on the sand capped turf.


The drain rock that goes underneath a bunker is part of the Better Billy Bunker Solution.


+ Get Everything Clear Topographical maps are double- checked with the natural fl ow of the land. Then possible playing areas are considered. “In many cases, we widened cor-


+ The Course Closes Poppy Hills hosts its last public rounds on March 11. Roundup is sprayed on the course to kill old turf and eradicate weeds.


ridors,” says Bruce Charlton, president and chief design offi cer for Robert Trent Jones II. “We looked at areas where trees


were in decline, and we said, ‘Can we get some more space for golfers?’ That’s kind of the next step—get everything clear.”


Here is the timeline for how a hole is built:


+ Evaluate Existing Contours, Plan New Shaping The main design philosophy for the renovation is to return as many holes as possible to their natural elevations, both for drainage and strategic purpos- es. This requires removing dirt from some areas of the course (the created mounding from the original layout) and adding it to others (extra earth was moved to the driving range, making it play much fl atter).


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