Pro-Turf International Beats The Clock With Bunkers Renovation At Superstition Springs GC
Superstition Springs Golf Club is not unlike the majority of golf courses around the country when it comes to budgeting for golf course maintenance and upgrades. The majority of the money goes to keeping the greens, fairways and tee boxes in tip-top condition.
Bunkers generally go overlooked. But eventually the time comes when refurbishing is a must. And for Superstition Springs, that time came this past summer.
FORE Golf Management called on Pro Turf International, Inc., to refurbish over 60 bunkers on Superstition Springs, located near Phoenix. The challenge was the clock. They had to complete the project during overseeding.
|“Our time frame was very short,” said Kip Wolfe, principal of PTI. “We double sized the crew and equipment in order to complete the project by the time prep and overseeding of the course was completed. Mike MacDonald (golf course superintendent) and his staff were great to work with, helping us move to areas where we could be efficient with our equipment but allow him to proceed with his overseed schedule and watering.”
MacDonald appreciated the extra effort.
“They were phenomenal to work with,” he said. “They really went above and beyond. We were a little delayed in starting and were right up against the wire going into overseed. They really busted it to get it done for me on time.”
PTI faced another challenge. Over the years the amount of sand had built up from general maintenance. There was too much sand in most of the bunkers.
“They shelled them all out and brought them back to the original contours,” said MacDonald. “They cleaned out all the original drainage. Some of the sand was badly contaminated. But since the work was completed we have had no drainage issues.”
The overall project received similar raves from General Manager Seth Tucker.
“Pro Turf did a great job; they were awesome,” said Tucker. “The customers love it, and the bunkers look great.”
This was another in a series of renovation projects completed in the Phoenix area by Pro Turf International for FORE Golf.