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Mission Valley Golf & Country Club is currently undergoing a substantial renovation to all facets of the golf course including:
  • 70 acres of turf to be replaced with TifTuf grass, a hybrid Bermuda, this will include all tees, fairways and roughs
  • Reconstruction of all bunkers with liners and new G-angle sand
  • Greens will be returned to original size and shape and sprigged with TifEagle grass
  • Tees will be leveled and new forward tees added
  • Renovation of practice area including new putting and chipping greens built to USGA specifications
  • Improved drainage in low lying areas of the course
In the beginning...  
The first "spray out" of the course occurred on March 22. The impact on the turf was much faster than expected or had witnessed before. This was likely due to the stress the turf was under from traffic, lack of natural rain and low humidity. The greens were sprayed later and began to show the effects in early April. A total of three applications were made. The goal was to kill the existing turf and more importantly any existing weeds to minimize contamination of the new turf when it is planted.

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May 2018

The much-anticipated golf course renovation has begun! Leibold Construction began staging equipment and supplies two weeks prior to the April 23 commencement date. Tree removal began even earlier, the week of April 8. Leibold began at the back corner of the property on holes 4, 5, 14, and 15 before working closer to the Clubhouse. The process is impressive! Multiple skilled workers, performing various tasks simultaneously in the same general area. A six day work week is the norm. Progress has been swift and the change in appearance of the golf course is noticeable in several areas. The fifth hole is a perfect example. The fifth fairway has already been reshaped to improve drainage and soil quality. Subtle changes in elevation, only inches, make a noticeable difference to the viewer. Two large trees in the right rough have been removed to aid future turf health and have been replaced by a fairway bunker. The visual impact from the tee is dramatic. This process is being repeated on several other holes.

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Hole #5, view from the tee, grass stripped, soil piled

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Hole #5, piles of soil to be new #1 & 2 tees

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Hole #7, green surround sod being cut, green edge hand stripped to design location

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Chipping green before and after stripping

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Hole #5, grinding fairway 
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 Hole #5, soil from bury pit piled to distribute on fairway, to modify slope, improve drainage and soil quality
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 Drainage swale/ditch between #1 green & #2 tee cleaned and grades adjusted
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  Laser leveling the 16th tee
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 Stripping putting green before adjusting green's mix depth

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"It's a jungle out there!" Brush Hog at work #9
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Tour participants surveying #5 from the tee
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RotaDairon and rolling the #16th fairway
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New irrigation #1 tee
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Limbing tree at 15th tee
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#11 Greenside bunker rough shaped and drainage in
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Fairway bunker #12 dogleg before and after removal
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Newly positioned cart path #11
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Prepping cart path #12 tee complex
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New cart path #9 looking back from green
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New cleared view of #6 green from end of lake on left side. YES REALLY!!
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50 years of golf balls to left of #6
June 2018
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Soil amendment "Command" being applied
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18th green with "Command"
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Final bunker shaping
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Fabric liner being secured
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 Drain trenches visible
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Spreading gravel for Better Billy Bunker application
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Applying Better Billy Bunker polymer to gravel
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Doug standing next to a pile of G-Angle sand for the bunkers
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Filling bunker with G-Angle sand
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4th tee complex, tee edges sodded
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Sod delivery
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View across sprigged 13th green, sod delivery for lake bank
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View of 13th green, surround sodded and green sprigged
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5th tee complex with surround sodded and sprigged
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Sandscape material piled for distribution
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#11, Doug explaining Better Billy Bunker construction
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Members taking a close look at the new sprigs on #14 green
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Viewing the progress from right side of 13th fairway 
July 2018
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Remote controlled stump grinder
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 Doug with TifEagle sprigs which come from Georgia!
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 TifEagle sprigs being spread by hand on the green

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 "Cutting in" the TifEagle sprigs

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 Doug and Dave viewing the progress on # 3

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TifTuff fairway sprigs being gathered to load

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 Machine spreading and cutting in fairway sprigs

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 Newly sprigged fairway area

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Bunkers on # 9 & # 18, sodded and ready for Better Billy Bunker polymer and G-Angle sand

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 Edge being set for sodding on # 1 green

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New back tees on #16, view from # 14

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 # 13 green looking to # 14 tees, sprigs and sod growing well

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 # 13 green looking down sprigged fairway

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 # 11, green and fairway sprigged

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Tees on # 18 ready for sprigging 

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       Work on the chipping green included: drainage trenches and pipes, 4" of gravel, 12" of green mix, surround sod and hand sprigging

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Practice bunker is complete

August 2018

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New sandscape area

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 Tour participants viewing grass coverage on # 3 green

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 Dogleg at # 12 - new sandscape area

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# 5 tees and fairway   

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Practice facilities, surrounds sodded and greens sprigged  

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Establishing the fringe on # 2 green       

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Green and fairway on # 11, tees sprigged

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Tees on # 5, July 5th, August 15th

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Top dressing # 3 green 

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# 13, first fairway mow establishing rough line


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# 3 green and bunker

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4th tee complex, two months growth!

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Tree canopy has been raised so you can see the 6th green from the tees

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Bunker maintenance # 11, after 13" of rain in a week, still looking good!!

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Tees on # 18, notice left over rain in drainage swale

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Putting green May - September

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Rolling the green on # 2

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 Planting Bahia grass between # 2 and # 8


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 4th tour - participants viewing # 2 green

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# 14 tees

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