Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Lakes Course Renovation Update

We are well into the first Phase of renovation on the Lakes Course.
Here’s what’s up… Big equipment means Big changes
Ø  Cart Path tear out and removal
Ø  Irrigation trenching and new piping ready for install
Ø  Tee complex leveling and reshaping
Ø  Heavy equipment moving between projects

We’ll have fresh flyover footage for you each month, so you too can join us in following this awesome transformation!  What’s next you ask?  Stay tuned to the blog, subscribe to our monthly newsletter and check us out on Instagram and Facebook for more perspectives.  The next Phase will encompass installation of lateral irrigation lines and heads, routing new cart paths, and continued ‘dirt work’ (as we call it). 

We sincerely appreciate your continued support and your patience as the #LakesCourseRenovation takes shape! 

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Press Release: Lakes Renovation

Indian Creek Golf Club Anticipates Summer 2019 Completion for Course Renovations

Carrollton, Texas – Thanks to a May 2018 bond election, the City of Carrollton Parks & Recreation Department was awarded $22 million earmarked for facilities and parks. Of this, Indian Creek Golf Club was approved $4 million to update the 80-acre Lakes Course.

Golfers can look forward to a grand scale makeover to include new cart paths, a modern irrigation system, leveled and smoothed out tees and fairways plus brand new greens. This renovation will result in a more sustainable maintenance program and will dramatically enhance the recreational experience and enjoyment for all golfers who visit the Lakes Course at Indian Creek Golf Club.

Work for Phase I began Friday, December 14 and will continue through March 2019, with much of the focus on the deconstruction of tees, greens, cart paths and the existing irrigation system.  The second part of Phase I will continue with grading and shaping tees and fairways, installing mainline irrigation, as well as constructing 7’ concrete cart paths.  The project also includes greens reconstruction per United States Golf Association (USGA) specifications to uphold healthy sustainable turf conditions; in addition, this will restore the intended design and shape of each green complex as mowing patterns and time lends to deterioration of original features.

Phase II is scheduled to begin in March 2019 and will primarily involve finish work. A hole-by-hole systems check will prompt the reseeding effort for all renovated turf areas. As a final step, after reseeding is completed, Indian Creek’s maintenance team will manage the grow-in process.

For more information on these exciting improvements, visit indiancreekgolfclub.com.

Pictured: Lakes Course #13 tee box being prepped for design and reshaping.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Lakes Course Renovation

Our Lakes course renovation has begun!  The course is now closed for play and will undergo the following major improvements...
  • New Cart Path
  • Irrigation system completely updated
  • New green complexes constructed to USGA specifications. Read more here
  • Fairways and tee boxes leveled
  • Re-grassing efforts in many areas that still need recovery post flood
The Lakes Course is being prepped for Phase 1: starting with tree and cart path removal (back 9 first).
Stripped down...All course supplies including flags, 150 posts, irrigation boxes are now removed so heavy equipment can move in.
After 30+ years the Lakes course greens no longer have an identifiable gravel layer; likely due to deterioration then exacerbated by extreme weather, so the benefits of reconstruction will not only make for sustainable conditions but the new TifEagle Bermudagrass putting surface will make a premium surface for golfers to enjoy.
We know all are looking forward to the vast improvements and we will keep you updated on progress through all social media channels.  Stay tuned!

Friday, October 19, 2018

Record Breaking Precipitation

The last 72 hours we received an additional 2.5” of rain, accumulation of another .75” is expected in the next 24 hours bringing totals for the month of October to record levels.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Drought or Drenched

It has been a rainy start to fall 2018, record-setting, in fact.
We are continuing to work through these weather set-backs as best as we can, but our cycle this season has been drought or drenched, a real challenge for managing turf. 
As many locals know our rain gauges overfloweth as fall has come in like an angry elephant!

Indian Creek Golf Club opened in 1985, nineteen of those years had above-average annual rainfall, with the past 4 consecutive years adding to that number.  Last month’s 12+ inches is only rivaled by the great flood spurred by 16” of unwelcome rain in May 2015.

Hole 12 with normal rainfall

                                                        Hole 12 after 12" of rain

Friday, July 13, 2018

Hail, Mother Nature!

On June 6, 2018 an epic hail storm ripped through DFW and the City of Carrollton was not spared, including our beloved Indian Creek golf course.

Emergency Aerification was necessary so the course closed the next day, as the greens were not playable as is, all 37 greens were aerified to help heave the turf and begin the process of ‘dent removal’.  Aerification is normally planned weeks or months in advance to prepare equipment and staff for a 2-day process, in this case Superintendent Kenny Baker and his crew sprung into action after arriving at dawn to see an ugly sight.

After the sun had risen the damage became clearer, so making the greens playable for a tournament in two days became the top priority!  With a full weekend tee sheet it was a sunup to sundown job for three days to top dress and roll all 37 green complexes so they could be played. 

 This is how far we’ve come in the past 30 days to recover from the wrath of that late spring Texas storm!

Pretty amazing progress, but hard fought…our maintenance and cart staff began working to repair each and every hail dent by hand in order to fully heal the smooth surface our golfers are accustomed to.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Eight Days a Week...

At Indian Creek, we manage 84 bunkers and 37 greens across 36 holes.  With a staff of 9, they cover a lot of ground before the first tee times… and now that the days are getting longer, we are starting tee times at 6:36AM and will go to 6AM on weekends (starting May 19th), as we know the main goal will be to beat the heat!

Unlike private owned clubs, public courses do not close on Mondays to perform large maintenance tasks to help repair and recover from high traffic.  So how do public courses manage the same task load with daily play?  Like anything in life, priorities must be laid out. We focus our ‘before sunrise’ efforts on cutting fresh cups, setting tee markers and mowing greens/tee boxes before the first tee time begins.  In addition, we check for overnight damage or other abnormal conditions.  Our maintenance practices are modified in a way that allows most work, including special projects to be accomplished between the hours of 5AM and 2PM. Inevitably, golfers eventually do catch up to daily mowing, watering, bunker grooming, and fertilizing which can cause distraction… if only we could add an 8th day to the week.