In late April, work began on the demolition of the railroad tie retaining wall, and reconstruction using stone around the first pond on 18 Hawk. Over the years the ground behind the wall had started to slough. This caused safety issues for golfers, and an unpleasing appearance.
|Sloughed and uneven wall|
|One of a few sloughed and dangerous areas|
After pulling the existing wall out and stripping the work area of sod it was discovered that most of the the area around the pond had been backfilled with sand during original construction. This explained why the area had sloughed so badly and why so much material had 'disappeared' over the years. This caused an unforeseen issue, whereas the sand had to be removed and replaced with clay fill in order for the new wall to be constructed properly. Approximately 500 cubic yards of fill was brought in.
|Pulling ties, often one at a time|
|Sand backfill that almost reached the Fairway needed to be removed|
|Hauling in fill, and removing sand|
|Fill in and bench for stonework set|
|Setting the base course|
|Eyeing up the line|
|Halfway through base course|
Once the first course had been placed, the real challenge began. This wall took on the properties of a puzzle, trying to fit this rock here and that rock there. It took many long days to get the right pieces into place and at times a lot of head scratching.
|Final grading and loam before sodding|
After a few setbacks and unpredictable but typical Priddis Greens weather events (snow) the pond was completed on the 23rd of May almost a month after breaking ground. Thanks to Construction Foreman Ross Moore, Intern Ethan Bailey and an outside contractor from Goodwin Golf. The result of their hours of hard work is a visually stunning wall that members will be able to enjoy for years to come!