Allister MacKenzie

“A golf course should be made interesting and a good test of golf by the tilt of the greens and the character of the undulations.”

Monday, June 16, 2014

View From Above

We are now 6 weeks into drought restrictions at Pasatiempo Golf Club.  This continues to be a huge learning experience for the staff at Pasatiempo and we continue to modify our approach to irrigation.  Recently we significantly reduced the amount of water in the roughs and reallocated it to the fairways.  Our goal is to maintain the existing turf in the fairways and fill in some of our weaker areas in the landing zones. 

Hopefully many of you had an opportunity to watch the United State Open Championship this past weekend.  The conditions at Pinehurst show the playability of the golf course does not always correspond to the aesthetics.  There seems to be a shift in golf course conditioning and restoration.  The Championship at Pinehurst may be the beginning of a much needed change in our perception of what a well maintained golf course really is.  Next year we will most likely see similar conditions when Chambers Bay plays host to the 115th U.S. Open Championship.  

Last month we started documenting the golf course from above with a drone.  Below are pictures from today showing the current state of the golf course.  

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

3D Digital Terrain Modeling

This week we are very excited to have Scott Pool, GreenScan 3D DBA Terra Shapers LLC, onsite developing a 3D digital terrain model of the greens and bunkers.  Our goal is to preserve the work completed during the restoration and to not repeat the difficult task of using old black and white photos for future restoration.

The accuracy of the 3D as-built model will be +/- .01 feet or 1/8".  The data will include the following,

1.     3D Digital Terrain Model (DTM) of each putting surface and surrounds in AutoCAD  DWG format.

2.     Color Slope Analysis map of putting surfaces at .1’ contour interval plotted to 1”=10’ scale

3.     Color Contour Map and Satellite Image .5' contour interval for green complex area surrounds and fairway bunkers.

I would like to thank Dean Gump for proposing this project last year.  The hard work of Tom Doak, Jim Urbina, Dean Gump, the board of directors and many others will now be preserved forever.  

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Recycled Water Retrofits

Water security at Pasatiempo Golf Club is vital for our long term sustainability.  Our current drought restrictions are having a significant impact on the visual vistas we all enjoy.  Part of our long term water plan is to secure recycled water from Scotts Valley.  We are set to submit a plan to the California State Department of Health for approval to receive recycled water within the next month.  Once the plan is approved we will host an onsite inspection of the property.

Our staff has been working on retrofits to the domestic water supply that will prevent any possible cross connection issues with recycled water.  This week we installed a new back-flow device that will protect the Hollins House domestic water supply from the surrounding landscape.  Several additional retrofits will need to be completed before our final site inspection.  

A detailed update of our water plan will be discussed during our annual meeting this Friday.  Please join us for this important meeting regarding the current state of the club and future water security.