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Author(s):Stuller, Craig
Author Affiliation:Superintendent, Mount Massive Golf Club, Leadville, Colorado
Title:Massive undertaking: At America's highest-elevation golf course, no project is routine
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Source:Golf Course Management. Vol. 69, No. 5, May 2001, p. 100-104, 106, 108, 110, 114, 118.
# of Pages:10
Publishing Information:Lawrence, KS: Golf Course Superintendents Association of America
Keywords:TIC Keywords: Course profile; Irrigation systems; Irrigation system design; Irrigation installation; Problem-solving; Irrigation costs; Vandalism; Golf courses in tourism
Facility Names:Mount Massive Golf Club, in Leadville, Colorado
Abstract/Contents:Profiles Mount Massive Golf Club in Leadville, Colorado, stating that "set in the open spaces of the Arkansas River Valley near the river's headwaters, ringed by the tallest mountains in the state, surrounded by ranchland and forest, it has a truly spectacular setting." Describes an irrigation system installation at Mount Massive Golf Club, focusing on securing financing for the installation. States that "we forged ahead, setting Aug. 1, 2000, as the deadline for having all plans in place, which would allow us to close the course following Labor Day to begin construction and still have two months of working weather. Anything that couldn't be completed could be done in spring. Bids were in by early April, ranging from $370,000 to $440,000. LRDG [Larry Rodgers Design Group] and I preferred one contractor and were pleased that they offered the low bid." Discusses surprises encountered during the installation, including deciding not to close the golf course during the installation until October 31 instead of August 1 and an unexpected arrival of a shipment of piping. States that "at times, the course looked like a trench warfare training ground. The native rough had been ravaged and pillaged. The piles of rock and dirt on the sub-alpine tundra stood out like acne on a prom-bound teen-ager." Describes the process of plowing in laterals for the irrigation system, stating "many irrigation contractors are hesitant to plow pipe in the mountains. The alternative is trenching across the fairways every 60 feet and around tees and greens, which is fine for new construction, but is a slow, costly and destructive process on an existing course." Discusses setbacks in the installation, stating "on the night of Oct. 2, catastrophe came. A fire, clearly arson, gutted the clubhouse. Our project ran into delays because the plow blade kept snapping welds, late frost meant late starts and construction crew members were taking time off." Also states that "as we were in the midst of building the new system, we decided to improve supply and delivery by expanding the irrigation pond and building a new pump station."
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Stuller, C. 2001. Massive undertaking: At America's highest-elevation golf course, no project is routine. Golf Course Manage. 69(5):p. 100-104, 106, 108, 110, 114, 118.
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