Saddle Creek GC renovates sand traps

Friday, May 27, 2011

Saddle Creek Golf Course is getting a facelift during the month of May, as renovation work has recently begun on a number of the sand traps on the course. This comes on the heels of the installation of a new Toro irrigation system and the formation of a Saddle Creek Advisory Board.

Green Tee Golf Incorporated, which is owned by Earl Sanders, has been hired to overhaul the drainage system in the bunkers. Based out of Paducah, Ky., Green Tee Golf Incorporated is an independent contractor that helps renovate golf courses throughout the Southeast and most recently has done work at Legends Golf Club in Franklin.

Mr. Sanders plans to install the state of the art Billy Bunker System in Saddle Creek's sand traps and is one of only a handful of contractors that are allowed to use this system since they must be licensed to do so. The Billy Bunker has a rock and pipe drainage system that is coated with a spray on polymer which protects the system indefinitely.

Saddle Creek also plans to upgrade the quality of the sand in their bunkers and will fill the renovated bunkers with a specially tested sand from Bulk Aggregate Supply in Atlanta.

The new sand will allow water to pass through more quickly, which will prevent it from packing down after heavy rains.

Work on the sand traps will be done in two phases. During Phase One, most of the green-side bunkers on Saddle Creek Golf course will be renovated while a number of the tee surfaces will be rebuilt and brought back into play as well. Green Tee Golf will also try to address some of the drainage issues at Saddle Creek and will attempt to redirect water from critical areas on the course where flooding occurs after heavy rains.

In Phase Two, the remaining bunkers on the course will be renovated next year and will have new drainage systems and sand installed.

Recruited from a broad range of the course's clientele, the seven-member Advisory Board's role is to provide Saddle Creek management and ownership with advice, guidance, suggestions, criticism, and general information on topics that concern the course in a better effort to serve the needs of its customers. The Saddle Creek Advisory plans to meet once a month and held their first meeting on May 5.