Maintaining and making improvements to a golf course requires focus, a functional plan, a budget and a certain degree of environmental expertise. While day to day routine golf course maintenance is a very demanding job, the planning and execution of long range course improvement projects often pose the greatest challenge to the management of a successful course.
These major improvement projects may include improvements to drainage and irrigation systems, brook crossings, the prevention of invasive species and pond restoration - just to name a few.
Your club may want to dredge ponds on your course to increase the irrigation storage capacity or to control unsightly weed or algae growth. With dredging, sediment samples can be collected and analyzed to determine whether they have beneficial reuse properties.
Another consideration for improvement and added efficiency to your course is incorporating geotextile tubes into the layout of the course. Geotextile tubes function as dewatering devices to remove water from sediment that has gathered in ponds and lakes so that the remaining dry sediment can be moved off site dry or graded onsite. One of the many benefits of geotextile tubing is preserving the size and quality of your course's lake or pond, as over time sediment buildup can cause these areas to shrink in size.
Geotextile tubing also preserves the quality of your water, preventing it from deteriorating from sediment caused by rainfall or high winds. Sediment can cause serious irrigation issues - clogging up sprinklers and decreasing the quantity of water in high-usage months.
By the time the quantity of sediment has reached the point of causing deterioration to your course's lakes and ponds, the only solution may be to drain the entire body of water and begin from scratch. Hydraulic dredging of your golf course pond and lake prevents such drastic measures from being necessary.
The hydraulic dredge floats on the surface of the water and pumps the sediment material through a temporary pipeline to a location off site, usually several thousand feet away. The hydraulic dredge acts as a giant vacuum cleaner in the water, precisely removing sediment buildup and preserving the quality and aesthetics of your lake or pond.
For more information on the benefits and cost savings dredging can help you realize, contact C&M Dredging today.