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.”

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Water Project Update


After a long winter we are finally seeing significant progress around the storage tank.  Building foundations are being poured today and underground utilities are underway.  Above is an updated time-lapse of the tank site.

Scott Hoyt attended the Regional Water Control Board meeting in San Luis Obispo last week and received our recycled water permit.  The permit to produce and distribute recycled water on property marks a significant milestone for this project and Pasatiempo.  

Last week the City of Scotts Valley completed the diversion structure at the intersection of Graham Hill and Sims Road.  The structure was needed to divert recycled water to our property.  The city can now start construction of the new pipeline on Sims Road.  The existing 6" pipe will be replaced with a 12" pipe from the intersection at Graham Hill Road to our property.  The larger pipe is needed in order for us to receive the amount of water agreed to in the contract.

Please don't hesitate to contact Scott or myself with any questions.


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Rainfall Update




I started a blog post last week about our near record rainfall season.  As I revisit it this week our crew is hand watering greens after 4+ days of 70 degree weather.  Predicting weather is a failed cause but I do hope we receive more rainfall this season.  It's not because I want to break all the records or keep carts on the paths.  I want a little more rain to make all the rain we received seem worth it.  It doesn't really matter how much rain we get during the winter.  It only matters when we get it.  If we spread 30" evenly over 6 months it will conserve more water than 100" over 3 months.  Sure,  it helps replenish aquifers which is extremely important for many of our potable and agricultural needs within the county but, once the atmospheric river turns off it doesn't take long for us to be right back into irrigating.  I would hate to see us pay a potable water bill over the next 60 days that increased almost 40% last October after 60" of rainfall.

So now back to our near record season.  The chart below shows this year compared to the 5 wettest years in Santa Cruz since 1948.  As you can see we are a few inches from a record season.





Just a reminder we will be closed for aeration April 10th-13th.  Limited practice facilities will be open during aeration.  Ken will send out a schedule as we get closer.  Thank you for the positive comments about the golf course and as always if you have any questions or concerns please contact me or stop by my office.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Winter Course Conditions


The bulk of the pineapple express, atmospheric river or whatever else you want to call it is coming to an end.  We faired well compared to several courses in the area.  We received 5" of rain with very little damage.  A medium sized pine tree fell along the ditch on #14 and a few small slides are visible along the barrancas.  The bunkers should be back to normal by this weekend.  Overall I feel like we dodged a bullet the past 48 hours.  

To be honest, I had no expectations going into winter this year.  Coming off a fairly wet El Nino  (42") I was hoping for an average year of rainfall (30") spread out evenly October-April.  Some of this had to do with the fact that as much as we needed the rain to replenish our water supply I selfishly wanted the winter to be mild so we could finish our water project on time.  So far, it seems both are working in our favor.  

The water project is still on time after picking up a few weeks during the construction of the tank.  Our master schedule shows us back filling around the tank January 15th-February 1st.  All we need is a 10 day stretch of no rain this month to complete.  

We are also on pace for a very wet year.  Our total rainfall since October 1st is 30" with a few more inches predicted over the next 48 hours.  If we continue with average rainfall amounts over the next 90 days we could easily eclipse the 40" mark.  

Since 1948 Annual Rainfall Totals
  • 40"- 50"  10 times (last year being one of them)
  • 50"- 60"  2 times 
  • > 60"       1 (1997-1998)
Loch Lomond reservoir is over the spillway and the rivers and streams are at capacity.  

You might think with all the rainfall the course would be almost unplayable.  This couldn't be further from the truth.  The significant investments in cart paths, drainage, bunkers, and top dressing are providing playable conditions throughout the winter.  As I type this post we are mowing greens.  The weekend looks clear and should make for a great round of golf.