Drain tile that looks as if it was given a second chance in life heartens Ted Bishop.
The facility in which he serves as general manager and superintendent, The Legends Golf Club in Franklin, Ind., currently is in the process of a bunker renovation project. Doing the job, much of it in-house, is key to the operation.
For a public facility, often it comes down to digging deep and figuring it out on your own how to carry out a job when funds are anything but unlimited. That is exactly what Bishop, former president of the PGA of America, and his staff are doing. With a key assist from contractor Keith Lynch’s JetVac, the bunker project at The Legends is rolling.
“I would say it (JetVac) saved at least a month of hand digging (based on 90 bunkers), and it did a much better job because the power-washing attachment was able to clean the old drain tile after the pea gravel was removed (it also helped check for blockages). The tile was installed 25 years ago. It looked brand-new after this process,” says Bishop, seven-year GCSAA member, who added that many of his drainage issues were a result of having too much sand over the drain tile.
Bishop says that it was Lynch’s idea to use the JetVac. “It’s very important because the drainage will no doubt function better, plus it should expedite getting the project done well before Memorial Day, and hopefully by late April, which is better for golfers and us,” he says, noting, “I’d never seen this (JetVac) done anywhere else. Incredible process.”