Friday, August 22, 2014
Pacific Underground Construction is currently installing a University Lake Water Main across the parking lot at the Driving Range. This line will expand the University's Lake Water (non-potable) Service for landscape use in campus residences.
Driving Range parking is being shifted while the work occurs, so please allow extra time to get back and forth from parking areas. Signage and/or flagmen will direct cars and pedestrians during the period. Since this is an active construction site, please use caution in the area!
Work is scheduled to be completed by the end of August.
Thursday, August 7, 2014
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The tree removal has begun for the PG&E Gas Line Replacement project near #8 tee. Trees are being removed to facilitate a new pipe for Line #109 which runs the entire Peninsula. The new 24" steel pipe will be bored beneath Alpine Road surfacing in a receiving pit in front of the Red tee on #8. From there it will be trenched through the cart path toward the creek, eventually connecting to the pipe in the creek that was re-coated a few years ago.
The tree work is expected to take a little over a week, the entire project is hoped to be completed by early October. Please respect the safety barriers, and use caution in the area.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Monday, July 21, 2014
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Many of you have heard the screeching calls of a pair of Golden Eagles
that have been soaring above the front nine recently. I finally got close enough to snap a couple photos of one of them above the 9th fairway. For more info on this top predator, follow the link below:
Monday, July 7, 2014
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Shown here is an area on the perimeter of the course (#2) where irrigation has been cut off. This is being done to save water to help with the ongoing 3-year drought. The University is primarily pumping ground water for irrigation this summer, since surface runoff was negligible this past winter.
Problems in these areas include turf mortality, weed encroachment and golf cart damage. Later on, when rain returns, these areas are likely to become wet and muddy. Unfortunately, the turf is very slow to recover in the short, cool days of fall/winter. So watch for effects of this drought to linger well into next season.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
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Two Red-tailed hawks were spotted this morning near #7 Green. One is flying, one is standing on the turf having his breakfast (a Field Mouse.) Hawk sightings have been a bit less numerous this year due to the ultra-dry conditions in the native areas.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Driving Range Before
Driving Range After
The Stanford Golf Course, Driving Range, and Siebel Varsity Golf Training Complex use non-potable, non-drinking water for irrigation of turf and landscape. The water comes from creeks flowing onto the campus lands, as well as ground water from wells.
In the face of the drought, we've been asked to conserve water wherever possible. At this point we've cut perimeter irrigation in many non-essential areas. So far we've been able to completely turn off 36 large (120' diameter) sprinklers on the Driving Range and Holes #1 - #5. We've also converted six sprinklers from full-circles to part-circles, cutting their water use in half.
With these reductions, we will net a savings of 58,320 gallons per week and a projected savings of 933,120 gallons (2.78 acre/ft.) over the June-Sept. irrigation season.
We are continuing to look for other areas where we can reduce consumption, and will implement them throughout the summer.