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I know this is hard to answer, but just a ball park if possible...How much does it cost to sand cap fairways?I just played Federica and was impressed with how firm the bermuda fairways were, my friend told me that is because they were sand capped.I am guessing that more courses in the south do not sand cap because of cost, but now I am curious on how much does it cost?
Looked it up, Dye brought in 13,000 truckloads or 286,000 tons of sand from neighboring farms.
When did the process of sand capping fairways originate?
The costs to truck it generally were about $1.65 a ton to truck it ten miles in 2000 with gas prices about $1.60 per gallon. So I'm guessing today it would be over $4.00 given the cost of diesel. When we did it at Twisted Dune moved it on the site so it was a fraction of the cost. It would be interesting to see what Kohler paid to do it in Michigan at Whistling Straits.
Quote from: Tim Martin on May 05, 2022, 09:26:52 AMWhen did the process of sand capping fairways originate?I can't say for certain, but when Hugh Alison built Burning Tree in 1924, the fairways were built 'according to the standard putting green formula', which is to say that 27 acres were built up using eight thousand tons of sand. That's the earliest I've heard of.
Quote from: Adam Lawrence on May 05, 2022, 09:31:50 AMQuote from: Tim Martin on May 05, 2022, 09:26:52 AMWhen did the process of sand capping fairways originate?I can't say for certain, but when Hugh Alison built Burning Tree in 1924, the fairways were built 'according to the standard putting green formula', which is to say that 27 acres were built up using eight thousand tons of sand. That's the earliest I've heard of.Adam-Thanks for the reply. I didnít even consider that the practice was in use going that far back.
Can sand capping be limited to poor, low drainage sections of a course? My regular haunt has four or five "spots," (encompassing maybe 3-4 total acres) but otherwise drains and plays well...can such areas be addressed in this way?Does it have to be an all or nothing proposition?
Unless you're intent on ripping up your fairways, this may be a cheaper option, can be spread out over time, and allows the course to remain open.I recall an interview with Matt Shaffer (it's on youtube) where he spoke about what they did at Merion in the years before the US Open.They topdressed the hell out of the fairways. If I recall correctly: ...it was regular light topdressings. He did not core fairways as he did not want to bring up the weed seed or poa. The line that sticks out from the interview is "we basically buried the stuff" (weed and poa).In the interview he reveals how many tons of sand they were applying per year. I can't recall the number. Friends who are supers tell me, once you start down the road of topdressing fairways, you have to continue. It makes no sense to make a couple applications, and then stop. And, a huge application of sand to your fairways wasn't recommended either. Light and constant was the way to go.Would like to hear from others on this.One other funny bit (likely from another interview) with Matt Shaffer is what he did to the greens to get them rock hard. A consultant (USGA?) swung by and asked him what he was applying to the greens. He replied, "oh minerals". One of his staff working in the vicinity started chuckling. He was basically dusting the greens with concrete dust. The consultant said... OK... but once the event is over, you have to break this stuff up immediately. I suggest you find and watch the video to ensure my recollection is accurate.