Four inches of rain in two hour’s time drowned the resort in rock, mud and silt on August 25, and the water ruined two of its three pump stations, damaged irrigation lines, ruined one of the facility’s two large practice areas and washed out the road to the clubhouse. The resort has worked to reopen its three Pete Dye golf courses, with one already open and the others scheduled for November 1 and January 1.
After sustaining major flood damage August 25, the Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort has worked diligently to reopen its three Pete Dye golf courses, the Golf Channel reported.
Snow Mountain welcomed tee times again October 1, a testament to the hard work of the staff. Sun Mountain will open November 1 with the Wolf scheduled to reopen no later than January 1, the Golf Channel reported.
“We’ve learned a lot from this,” General Manager Chad Gunier said. “We had an opportunity to improve some drainage. Snow Mountain has been packed since it opened, and we’re getting great feedback (from customers).”
A flash flood caused by four inches of rain in two hour’s time drowned Paiute in rock, mud and silt carried down from desert stripped of vegetation by a major forest fire. The water ruined two of the course’s three pump stations, damaged irrigation lines, ruined one of the facility’s two large practice areas and washed out the road to the clubhouse, the Golf Channel reported.
One hole on the property was buried under four feet of debris, Gunier said.
“We were fortunate not to lose any greens,” he added, noting the island green on the Wolf was undergoing heavy maintenance, the Golf Channel reported.
The decision was made early on to leave Dye’s designs intact. That meant repairs without heavy equipment. “Once you bring bulldozers in, everything changes,” Gunier said.
During the cleanup, damaged sod was hand-cut and removed. The sandy base was re-graded before new sod was laid. The new sod on the Sun Mountain course will have had three weeks of grow-in before any public play. Five acres of new sod was planted on the Wolf on October 14, the Golf Channel reported.
“Our biggest focus over these six weeks is to improve turf while we are in the growing season,” Gunier said, adding that 95 percent of Paiute’s bunkers have been redone. “Whatever is not planted (soon) will not grow. We are focused heavily to get playing conditions to what people expect, so they will not be impacting next year at all.”
Paiute will be ready by The Duel in the Desert, a Golf Channel Am Tour event scheduled for Super Bowl weekend, January 30-February 1, 2014, the Golf Channel reported.
“Everybody will be playing on something that is better than ever,” Gunier said.
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