Duininck Golf Staying Busy in the Midwest

The Club at Indian Creek, a rolling and wooded 27-hole complex in Elkhorn, Okla., near Omaha, brought in Lohmann Golf Design to refurbish its Red Feather nine as part of the second phase of its renovation program. The scope of the project, which began as a bunker renovation, expanded when it was determined that significant amounts of poa annua had crept into the layout's 20-year-old greens. Existing green surfaces were hot-gassed with methyl bromide and re-grassed with T-1 bent.

"Several of the excessively contoured greens at Indian Creek were regraded for better playability," said Todd Quitno, Lohmann's senior project architect. In addition, greenside irrigation and fairway drainage were both improved. Bunkers on the Red Feather nine were rebuilt and in some cases moved to more strategic positions on the course.

All received new drainage and protective liners to stabilize the sand and minimize future erosion and contamination. In addition, half the fairways on the Red Feather nine were re-graded and re-contoured. After several tees were repositioned and cart paths repaired, the construction crew re-grassed all nine fairways to a consistent stand of Ryegrass. The Red Feather nine is slated to reopen in June 2012.

Jim Nedro, Indian Creek's superintendent, said what impressed him most about Duininck Golf was the firm's organizational skills and professionalism. "Duininck's crews got here a couple of weeks ahead of the start date, which gave them the ability to hit the ground running when work began in mid-July," he stated. "There was a lot of symmetry in the way we do things and the way they prepare for a job. It created an element of harmony in the field."

Course owner Bill Gottsch said the club had a "very good experience" with Duininck Golf during Phase II of its renovation program.

At Fargo Country Club, the landmark club in Fargo, N.D., that originated in 1898, Duininck Golf worked with golf course architects Hurdzan/Fry to revise the bunker scheme on the layout's front nine.

Aaron Porter, Fargo CC's superintendent, said the club wanted to give more character to the bunkers on the front nine, which were built in the 1960s, and match them more closely to those on the original back nine. "The back nine is more classical, with smaller greens and more pronounced mounding around the putting surfaces," he said. "We also needed to position the bunkers more strategically, tie them into the greens, install new drainage, sod their faces and add new sand."

"Duininck Golf was great to work with," said Mike Reek, Fargo CC's general manager. "Thanks to their experience and attention to detail, the construction team quickly picked up on Hurdzan/Fry's vision for the bunkers. I also appreciated Duininck Golf's sense of cooperation-the team was able to do its work without disturbing member play."

Added Porter, "Duininck Golf always puts the right-sized crew in the field for a particular job. They're a very dedicated team, and they're all about pleasing the customer. They have the ability to suggest changes in the field and make the product better."

In 2009, Duininck Golf raised Fargo CC's first and second holes to safeguard them from flooding. That same year, the family-owned construction company provided relief assistance to flood-prone Fargo as the waters of the Red River rose to record levels. The company dispatched 14 trucks and 28 drivers to work around the clock to build emergency dikes and flood levees along the banks of the swollen river. Duininck's crew joined area volunteers and National Guard troops to pile sandbags and build sand-filled container walls along the river.

At Devils Lake Town & Country Club, a private facility in North Dakota 90 miles west of Grand Forks, Duininck Golf was brought in to construct four new holes in fall 2011. According to city assessor Gary Martinson, Devils Lake, a closed-basin lake, has risen 30 feet over the past 18 years. As part of a reclamation project initiated by the Army Corps of Engineers to safeguard area towns from flooding, four holes and numerous club buildings were removed to make way for a protective embankment.

The club was given 20 acres by the town of Devils Lake as part of a land acquisition on which to build the new holes and replace its clubhouse and maintenance buildings. The course design work was done by Mychal Gorden, an Arizona-based architect and land planner. "Duininck Golf has been great," said Martinson. "They did a wonderful job last November, and we're looking forward to seeing them in the spring."

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