All areas of the golf course were already seeded and planted. The tasks accomplished during this month are lamination, shaping and refining of hole 13th. The drainage of the nursery and hole 14th was also completed. The irrigation of the nursery, the holes 13th, 14th and the green of hole 12th was likewise carried out. Finally, we seeded tees and the landing area of hole 15th, of all areas of holes 13th and 14th and the nursery.
Therefore, all works included in the project are finished on the reporting date with the exception of the last phases of the bunkers, which are always carried out on the last weeks previous to the opening. The grow-in works will take place during the coming months, which will allow.
All holes are immerse in the consolidation or grow-in phase. This process is required for the ripening of the plant and in order to obtain a surface that directly withstands the weight and impact of pedestrian and/or vehicle traffic.
The main tasks In August and September are construction of bunkers, cleaning and restitution of streams, fixing of French drains and settling up of chopped wood inside the out-rough areas. An intensive grow-in programme is also taking place, consisting of lowering the height of the mowing grass, fertilization, levelling, rolling, application of plant protection treatments, gravelling of grass, outlining, etc.
The works were not disrupted, as there was no rain from July until mid September.
3. EARTH MOVEMENTS
This chapter is completed.
The cart path connecting the green 12th and the maintenance building area was completely demolished in July; therefore this chapter is finished.
3.2. AFFECTED SERVICES
A number of service intersection works were done at the tee area of the hole 13th in July. They were needed for removing the drainage water of most areas of the holes 13th and 14th and dump it into the stream.
The bottoms and slopes of the streams started to be cleaned and restored in this period. The process consists of cleaning the bottom of the stream and restoring the revetment using stones from the bottoms, slopes and protrusions. The stream must be kept clean and coated in order to help keep it cleaner between cleanings in the future and also to protect it from the erosions caused by the stream load over its slopes during the winter months.
The execution of the drainage works finished in July after completing the holes 13th, 14th and the nursery.
The works on the mouth of the drainage-outlet, at the lower spot of the hole 13th started at the end of this month, this being the second drainage place for the rest of the holes 13th and 14th that will prevent flooding from occurring every year in this area.
The execution of French drains in some of the fairways and rough areas where an excess of water accumulation was detected commenced in September. Part of the French drains was made while the work was carried out in the sections prone to waterlogging. It will take some grow-in months keeping up with the watering regime to find out the areas where some more drainage is required.
The remaining installation works of the irrigation on the green of hole 12th, the tee of the hole 14th, the total surface of the hole 13th and the nursery were completed this month. Therefore, the irrigation system was finished in July.
The new network connection of the reservoir to the proper tanks, with all the valves and necessary interconnections, i.e. the pipe supplying water to the maintenance buildings for washing the machinery, also concluded this month.
The lamination of the green of the hole 12th was finished this month and the holes 12th, 13th and 14th were seeded. Therefore, all the greens included in the project are finished and in a satisfactory settling process.
The lamination and sowing of the tees of the holes 13th, 14th and 15th was finished in July; therefore all the tees included in the project are completed. The germination of all the tees is satisfactory and they are now in a settling process.
3.7. BUGGY PATHS
The buggy paths of the holes 13th and 14th and of the new access to the maintenance buildings continued to be carried out this month.
3.8 FAIRWAY AND ROUGHS
The application of fertilizers and amendments, and the further plantation of certified Bermuda grass “celebration” by means of rooted cuttings took place in July. All the areas included in the project have been planted this month.
It should be noted that some mulch was used during the plantation in the entire surface of the roughs and fairways of the last holes, taking advantage of its extra moisture retention. It will accelerate the settling process on these holes, as they were planted later than scheduled.
This chapter is already completed.
The lamination with topsoil of all the bunkers included in the project is finished. The bunker of the 12th green next to the pond received a special waterproofing, as the height requested by the designer was very similar to that of the water layer inside the pond. A physical barrier has been created under the bed of the bunker preventing water from infiltrating by capillarity, and keeping the bunker and the sand as dry as possible.
The construction process of bunkers that commenced in August consists of 4 stages: excavation and moulding of the base, installation of drainage, Sandmat liner, and spreading of bunker sand.
Sixty per cent of the work was completed by September 15th 2015, with 24 bunkers finished and 17 outstanding, the back nine having a total of 41 bunkers. This chapter is foreseen to be finished during the first week of October.
An intensive agronomic programme continues to be carried out in August and September to obtain a playing surface that enables the course opening with some guarantees. A great number of operations requiring extra and manual work are needed to implement this programme. Given that the sowed surfaces only consolidate after some weeks, a great many operations cannot be carried out using the normal maintenance machinery, which is very productive; therefore some must be done manually until the area withstands the traffic of the machinery.
6. WORK PROGRESS ANALYSIS
The chart in this chapter shows the evolution of the different construction works included in this project. It shows the progress of the different works grouped in chapters and compared with the schedule initially foreseen. It shows also the percentage of work already performed at any given certification date and the delay or advancement attached to them. Likewise, it is possible to identify other works started ahead of schedule representing an advance on what was planned.
The chart below shows the amount of work executed by the 15th of September.