Meet Tripp Davis:
It is both an honor and a privilege to have been selected to serve as the consulting golf course architect for Cedar Ridge Country Club. It is truly one of the great golf courses of Oklahoma and my objective is to work with Mike Wooten, David Bryan and the Membership to be a steward for those things that make it special, while working to enhance the playing quality in every way we can. Our first step will be to prepare a Master Plan, which will provide guidance in the years to come with everything that is done to the course.
Since most of you don't know me, I grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and made my way to Oklahoma on a golf scholarship to OU. While at OU I was fortunate to be an All-American and play on the 1989 National Championship Team. I finished my Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture at OU in 1994 to pursue my childhood dream of being a golf course architect. I have since developed a focus working on historic golf courses around the country, while I have also done a few new courses, mostly recently in Mexico and China. I still live in Norman with my wife Jenny and two daughters Mary, who is 18, and Maggie, who is 16.
I look forward to getting to know as many of you as possible in the years to come, and being a part of helping to make Cedar Ridge an even greater golf course.
BUNKER RENOVATION PROJECT- GOLF COURSE CONCLUSION
On Tuesday, October 11th, the final spraying of the polymer on the course will take place after a couple of rain delays. The bunkers on #11, #12 and #13 should have sand in them by early next week and then the golf course bunker renovation is essentially completed save a few items on a punch list to tidy up. The new sod is growing in nicely and quickly. You may still improve your lie if your ball comes to rest in a seam. As for the bunkers, we will continue to “unplug” any ball that imbeds in the up slopes. As far as raking goes, we still need to use the flat side of the rake as much as possible. If you need to use the teeth to fill in deep footprints, finish up with the flat side. The goal is to maintain a uniform depth of sand throughout the bunker.
The short game area renovation project is underway. The new greens should be ready for seed in the next week to 10 days. The three different kinds of bent grass chosen by Mike Wooten to be utilized are Declaration, T1 and 007. Most of us will not be able to tell the difference between them, but their tolerance characteristics to our Oklahoma summers are what we will be looking for.
Now that the main body of work is soon behind us, it’s time to “Put the Polish” to the golf course. The Green Committee will be tasked with coming up with a list of projects to really make the course shine. We would appreciate any help from the membership. If you have an idea that may improve the aesthetics of the course, give them to David Bryan in the Pro Shop. He will forward them on to be vetted by the Green Committee.
Cedar Ridge Golf Course should look spectacular by next Ridge Run! As always, thank you for your patience and understanding during this project.
BUNKER RENOVATION PROJECT WEEK THIRTEEN/FOURTEEN
Week thirteen of the bunker renovation project will see the completion of the installation of sand in all bunkers ready for it. The sodding on #14, along with the edging, drainage and prep work on #15 and #16 will also be completed. # 17 has been shaped and ready for edging. The fairway bunkers on #12 will also have been shaped. Both bunkers will be moved further down the fairway away from the tee, opening up the landing area while challenging the longer hitters. The greenside bunkers on #13 are also scheduled to be shaped. The back right bunker will be removed and replaced with an extended collar. A new bunker will be created front left of the green to give more depth perception off the tee.Next week holes #15 and #16 will be sodded. Holes #17, #12 and hopefully #13 will have the bunkers edged and drainage installed, along with the soil prepped for sodding. Gravel will be installed in all bunkers completed. The polymer will be sprayed on Thursday and Friday, and sand installation will commence the next week.The project is winding down. Shaping on the golf course should be done by the 26th of September, weather permitting. The rest of the work on the course looks to be completed by the first week of October. The best news is that to date we are still right on budget, with plenty of sand and sod still available!As always, thank you for your patience and understanding during this project.
BUNKER RENOVATION PROJECT WEEK TEN
Last week all the bunkers on #9 were completed and ready for gravel. The greenside bunkers on #18 were also completed and ready for gravel.This week should see the fairway bunkers on #18 and #10 completed, as well as the greenside bunkers on #10.
Prep work on #17 green complex was scheduled for this week, but due to the Club Championship concluding this weekend, it was decided to leave the green area undisturbed until next week. Sand has been taken out of the bunkers already, so they will be played as ground under repair.Replacing #17 on the schedule for this week will be prep work on the fairway bunkers on #11 and #14. On #11, the first fairway bunker will be removed and the second one reshaped and moved slightly towards the tee. On #14 the fairway bunker on the left will be moved a few yards into the fairway and about 10 yards further from the tee. A new bunker will be added on the right side near the 240 yard marker, providing a challenge for the player attempting to reach the green in two shots.To date the project has been right on budget. Everything is looking good for the homestretch as we near conclusion. We have an ample supply of sand on hand and the sod farms are still plentiful. Just need some cooperation from the weather and we will be finished before you know it.As always, thank you for your patience and understanding during this project.
BUNKER RENOVATION PROJECT-WEEK TEN
Last week all the bunkers on #9 were completed and ready for gravel. The greenside bunkers on #18 were also completed and ready for gravel.
This week should see the fairway bunkers on #18 and #10 completed, as well as the greenside bunkers on #10. Prep work on #17 green complex was scheduled for this week, but due to the Club Championship concluding this weekend, it was decided to leave the green area undisturbed until next week. Sand has been taken out of the bunkers already, so they will be played as ground under repair.
Replacing #17 on the schedule for this week will be prep work on the fairway bunkers on #11 and #14. On #11, the first fairway bunker will be removed and the second one reshaped and moved slightly towards the tee. On #14 the fairway bunker on the left will be moved a few yards into the fairway and about 10 yards further from the tee. A new bunker will be added on the right side near the 240 yard marker, providing a challenge for the player attempting to reach the green in two shots.
To date the project has been right on budget. Everything is looking good for the homestretch as we near conclusion. We have an ample supply of sand on hand and the sod farms are still plentiful. Just need some cooperation from the weather and we will be finished before you know it.
As always, thank you for your patience and understanding during this project.
Your Green Committee
BUNKER RENOVATION PROJECT-WEEK NINE
Last week the fairway and bunkers on #8 were shaped, cut and sodded, as well as the bunkers on #9. All the bunkers on these holes are now gravel ready. Prep work was started on #18 greenside bunkers. This week the greenside and fairway bunkers on #18 should be shaped and prep work should be completed on #10. Some of the shaping should also be completed. Drainage will be installed in the #18 bunkers and edges cut and sod laid. Per the Master Plan, the left fairway bunker on #10 will be moved a few yards into the fairway and towards the green. A new bunker will be installed further down the fairway on the right hand side, with the tee side edge starting at about the 130 yard marker from the green. It will add visual character to the right side of the fairway and provide definition off the tee. It will also give the longer hitters something to consider when teeing off. Gravel will start to be installed in the completed bunkers, beginning with #6. The polymer is now scheduled to be sprayed September 2-3, which is right after the conclusion of the club championship. If the weather cooperates, we should have eight holes ready to go. Along with relearning to rake the bunkers with the flat side of the rake, we need to be cognizant of where we enter and exit the bunkers. The steep slopes are not the place for either. There are 2-3 low areas in each bunker that can be used to enter and exit. The grounds crew will start putting the rakes in these areas. Go to these areas, grab the rake, hit your ball, rake yourself out and leave the rake where you found it. Yes, it may cause you to walk a bit further and have to rake a longer trail of footprints, but we need to preserve the integrity of the sand depth on the slopes to keep balls from plugging there.
BUNKER RENOVATION PROJECT WEEK EIGHT
Last week all of the bunkers on #7 were edged, drained, sodded, and are ready for gravel. #8 was edged, drained and mostly sodded, with the left greenside bunker left to be edged, drained and sodded. The fairway on #8 is shaped, mostly grassed and the new cart path is in. This week the bunkers on #9 are being done, with Tripp making a little change to plan with the left fairway bunkers, moving the first bunker on the left closer to the green and making it a little smaller, making the second left bunker a little smaller, and adding a little bunker to the left. The “complex” of bunkers will be “visually striking”, while there will be more room down the left short of the first bunker. The company that sprays the polymer on the gravel is now scheduled to return on August 24th instead of the 22nd. We still expect #’s 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 18 to be done. Remember to start using the flat side of the rake when raking the bunkers. This will help with getting sand compacted and help keep the sand depths in the bottom a little more consistent during the time they are getting more compacted. When raking new sand with the “teeth” side of the rake, the tendency is to pull sand and that leads to inconsistent sand depths. This will also dry out the sand and it slows down the compaction process. Tripp suggests when using the flat side of the rake to pull the rake instead of pushing it. On new sod that has rooted in, play it from where it lies unless it is in a seam. Then you may move it a grip length. The pro shop will keep us posted on which hole to play the new sod as ground under repair. PLEASE DO NOT DRIVE ONTO THE NEW SOD FOR THE REST OF THE SEASON!
Keep using the cat walks around the greens that are undergoing prep work and shaping.As always, thank you for your understanding and patience during this project.Your Green Committee
BUNKER RENOVATION PROJECT WEEK SEVEN
Last week all the bunkers on #6 had drainage installed, edges cut and sod was laid around the bunkers and green. The bunkers are now gravel ready. The bunkers on # 7 were shaped, and the earthwork on # 8’s fairway was started.This week the bunkers on # 7 will be completed, sodded and ready for gravel. The cart path tear out on # 8 will be finished along with the reshaping of the landing area in the fairway. When completed, the fairway on the right will be lowered a few feet and moved about 8-10 yards farther to the right, the left side of the fairway will raise a few feet and the margin of the hazard will be well defined. A bunker on the left side of the fairway will be created around the 150 yard marker. The proposed second fairway bunker further up the right side is no longer being considered. There will be an additional greenside bunker front left of the green to help frame the left side and give more interest to front left hole locations. This week we will play #8 as a short par three until the earthwork is finished. Prep work should also begin on #9 this week.The renovation schedule will deviate a bit after #9 is shaped. #18 and #10 will be addressed first, getting everything on the clubhouse side of the creek completed. We will then go in order from #17 back to #11. This allows the construction crew to finish closest to the maintenance compound. The company that sprays the polymer on the gravel is scheduled to return on August 22. Holes completed by then include #’s 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 18. Sand will start being installed about two days after.Remember to start using the flat side of the rake when raking the bunkers. On new sod that has rooted in, play it from where it lies unless it is in a seam. Then you may move it a grip length. The pro shop will keep us posted on which hole to play the new sod as ground under repair. PLEASE DO NOT DRIVE ONTO THE NEW SOD FOR THE REST OF THE SEASON!Keep using the cat walks around the greens that are undergoing prep work and shaping.As always, thank you for your understanding and patience during this project.
Your Green Committee
BUNKER RENOVATION PROJECT WEEK SIX
Last week all the bunkers on #’s 4 & 5 had drainage installed, were edged and sodded. Gravel was laid in all bunkers from #1 through #5, and the polymer that binds the gravel was sprayed on Friday. The prep work on the greenside bunkers on #6 was also completed, and work was started on #7.This week the bunkers on # 6 will be completed and the edges cut. On #7, the first fairway bunker on the right will be removed, and the second one will have the carry extended from the tee while being moved more into the fairway, and the front of it will be expanded towards the tee. The greenside bunkers will also be shaped.Sand will be installed in the bunkers on #’s 1-3 this week. The sand will initially go in at a depth of 5 inches throughout each bunker. It will take two weeks or more of settling before we begin the process of working the bunkers to get the desired depths of two inches on the faces and seven inches in the bottom. Your ball will now be in play in these bunkers, but if it is plugged you may unplug it and place it. If it plugs on the face, let it roll down the slope. We will continue this policy until further notice. Remember, when raking use the round side (no teeth) of the rake.Next week #8 will start having its fairway reworked in the landing area. Play will be from the regular tees to a temporary green about two hundred yards down the fairway. This should last less than a week and will hopefully be opened back up by the weekend.Please remember to use the plywood catwalks when walking to the greens that have disturbed areas. As always, thank you for your understanding and patience during this project.Your Green Committee
July 19 Update- BUNKER RENOVATION PROJECT Week Five
The severe weather on Thursday was an unfortunate set back, resulting in the golf course being completely closed on Friday. The Jones Plan crew has been playing catch-up on all the minor damage…repairing erosion and sod, cleaning out the drain lines, etc.The shaping work has begun again on hole #5 greenside (fairway bunker off the tee was filled and shaped), with sod stripping and prep happening ahead on hole 6. The goal is to have the shaping on number six completed by the end of this week. The sodding and bunker edging has been completed and approved on hole 3. Bunker edging has been completed on 4, and sodding is in progress. The drain lines from the fairway bunkers on #4 have been trenched and completed across four fairway.The two inch layer of gravel liners for the bunkers began yesterday (see picture of #1 fairway bunker). The gravel process will run through Wednesday, with the Polymer Spray over the top of the gravel beginning on Friday morning, and finishing up holes one through five by Saturday.We received our first load of Premier White Sand (crushed Quartz) this morning, with four more loads coming this afternoon (see picture). This sand is being trucked from Arkansas Decorative Stone Co. in Sheridan, AR. The first bunker is scheduled to be filled with sand next Monday morning.Again, please look for and use any plywood walkways around the greens under construction. If you need to go into an disturbed area to retrieve your ball, please knock any dirt and mud off of your shoes before stepping on the green. The greens are under enough stress now with the heat and humidity. We all need to do our part in keeping them healthy. As always, thank you for your understanding and patience during this project.Your Green Committee
July 12 Update- BUNKER RENOVATION PROJECT Week Four
Last week the Zoysia was placed on the edges of the bunkers on #2. The green side bunker on #3 has been edged. The fairway and greenside bunkers on #4 have been shaped, and the left fairway bunkers on #4 and #8 have been filled in and are ready for sod. The bunkers on #5 have been stripped of sod and prepped for shaping.This week the greenside bunker on #3 will have the Zoysia placed on its ‘edges. The bunkers on #4 will have drainage installed and will be edged. Shaping of the bunkers on #5 is scheduled to be completed by Wednesday, with edging to start on Friday. Greenside bunkers on #6 will start to be prepped on Wednesday, with shaping to commence on Thursday.Tripp has decided not to replace the fairway bunker in the first landing area on #5 with another one further down the fairway. After careful consideration he determined that a bunker in that area is not necessary since balls hit there will already be in jeopardy because of the tree line that prohibits direct shots towards the green.Gravel installation in the prepared bunkers will begin Monday or Tuesday of next week. The polymer that binds the gravel is currently scheduled for Wednesday, July 20th. We expect #’s 1-4 to be ready, and hopefully some of the bunkers on #5. These holes will have to be closed for a couple of days so that the polymer has the time to cure properly. Sand installation will follow.The construction crew, Mike and Tripp are aware that some of the Zoysia around the bunker edges are showing some stress. Once the liner is installed, heavy watering can be done and will hopefully remedy the situation. If not it will be replaced.Again please look for and use the plywood walkways around the greens under construction. If you need to go into a disturbed area to retrieve your ball, please knock the dirt and mud off of your shoes before stepping on the green. The greens are under enough stress now with the heat and humidity. We all need to do our part in keeping them healthy.As always, thank you for your understanding and patience during this project.Your Green Committee
July 6 Update- BUNKER RENOVATION PROJECT Week Three
Last week #1 was sodded and completed with the exception of the gravel and sand in the bunkers. This hole should give you a good picture of what to expect for the rest of the course.Also completed last week was the cutting of the bunker edges on #2, along with the drainage in the bunkers and additional drainage in front of the green where it was continually wet. Sod has been laid everywhere on #2 except for the Zoysia around the bunker edges, scheduled for this week. Greenside bunkers on #3 were shaped and are ready for edging. This area has also been sodded, with a chipping area replacing the back bunkers, and is waiting for the Zosyia around the edges. The right fairway bunkers on #4 were shaped and are ready for drainage and edging.This week the left fairway bunkers on both #4 and #8 should be filled in, shaped and sodded. The greenside bunkers on #4 should be shaped and ready for drainage and edging. Prep work will begin on #5 with sod removal around the existing bunkers.Gravel, polymer spraying and sand installation is scheduled for the week of July 18th. All bunkers that have had edges cut, drainage installed and Zoysia laid around the edges will be done. With good weather, and some good luck, we may have five to six holes ready to go. The pro shop will keep you posted daily during that week of the playability of each hole.On holes that have construction on the greenside bunkers, there will be a plywood walkway over the dirt to the green. Please utilize them to help keep the amount of dirt and mud tracked onto the green to a minimum. Mike Wooten and his crew are doing everything possible to keep the course in excellent playing conditions, and it’s our responsibility to help them any way possible.Again, thank you for your understanding and patience during this project.Your Green Committee
June 29 update: Week Two
Last week the bunkers on # 1-3 and the fairway bunkers on #4 were stripped of sod and material and hauled off to the bury pit. The bunker on the left side of #1 fairway was filled in, reshaped and sodded with Astro Bermuda. Drain lines were installed in the bunkers on #1, and the bunker edges were then cut in. Also completed was the sodding of the collar areas on #1 and #2 greens with Latitude 36 Bermuda.
This week the bunker edging will continue at the green on #2 and #3, along with installing the drain lines. The back greenside bunkers on #3 will be removed and replaced with chipping areas. Also being removed will be the small pot bunkers on the creek side of the green. Soil prepping will continue on #4 thru the green while the left fairway bunker will be filled in, reshaped and sodded over with Astro. The first fairway bunker on the right will be made a little longer, and the second fairway bunker on the right will be replaced by a new bunker that will be further from the tee and a bit more into the fairway. At the same time the fairway bunker on #8 will be prepped for removal.
The next group of holes that will see soil prepping is #5, #6 and #7. Tree removal on #8 will begin this week so that it will be ready in a couple of weeks for the earth work to begin. It will play as a par three while the tree removal is in progress.
The gravel that makes up the Better Billy Bunker liner will be installed after the Zoysia grass has been sodded around the edges and has had a chance to root in. This takes about 5 days and will minimize soil contamination from rain and irrigation. The polymer that binds the gravel will be sprayed the week of July 18th on all bunkers that have gravel in them. The sand will then be added.Again, thank you for your patience during this project.Your Green Committee
June 22 Update- BUNKER RENOVATION PROJECT -WEEK ONE
The bunker renovation project started on Monday, June 20th with work on hole number one. The left fairway bunker will be removed while the right fairway bunker will be moved further from the tee and more into the fairway. At the green the left front bunker will be enlarged and reshaped. The back left bunker will be removed. The right side of the fairway nearest the lake will be laid back in order to get a better view of the lake from out in the fairway. The fairway will also be widened here.
You will noticed a few different types of grass being utilized. Around the edges of the new bunkers will be Zoysia grass. This grass is superior in handling sand splash and grows slowly, keeping maintenance to a minimum. The new tee boxes, chipping areas and collars around the greens will have Latitude 36 Bermuda grass. It has a finer blade and can be mown much tighter while maintaining its density. The rest of the disturbed areas will be replaced with Astro Bermuda, which is the grass currently growing on the rest of the course.
Something else you will notice will be bury pits around the golf course. These pits will be necessary eyesores to dispose of the excess grass and dirt that are byproducts of the renovation process. They will be in areas that are not in play, and when full will be shaped and sodded over.
Progress may be slow at the start while the construction crew and shaper try to “find their rhythm”. Once they get established the pace should pick up considerably. Every attempt to not close the hole under construction will be made. If the amount of play slows the work too much, we may be forced to close that hole for a few days. This situation may be especially prevalent when work is being down on greenside bunkers, so please be conscious of it and take every measure to play through quickly.
Keep in mind that like any renovation or remodel project, things will get ugly before they become beautiful. The end product will be well worth it. Also remember that Mike Wooten and his crew will be doing everything possible to keep the rest of the course vibrant and in great shape. Don’t hesitate to thank those guys when you see them.
June 14, 2016- Golf Course Renovation starts June 20th
Construction for the bunker renovation project will commence on Monday, June 20th. Hopefully the weather will cooperate and it will be completed by mid-September. In the meantime, here is what to expect.
Construction will be limited to three holes at a time, starting with holes 1-3. The first step will be the removal of the existing sand in the bunkers on the holes under construction. This will be done by Mike Wooten’s crew. Jason Gold with Tripp Davis and Associates will follow on the shaping machine and is responsible for shaping all the new bunkers. Jones Plan is the construction company and they will be edging the bunkers and laying the gravel that makes up the Better Billy Bunker liner. When all the bunkers on the holes under construction are shaped, edged and graveled, the polymer that holds the gravel in place will be sprayed and then Mike’s crew will install the new sand.
The sand will consist of a 70/30 blend of white Arkansas crushed (angular) sand and clean Arkansas River sand (rounded). This mixture will maintain the white color while keeping compaction at a minimum. Unfortunately due to the rainy spring, the sand quarry is back logged and cannot deliver the sand until July 15th. This means that about 6 holes will be waiting on sand.The new bunkers will have no angles between 10% and 50%. The faces will all be greater than 50%, and the bottoms will be less than 10%. Ultimately, and hopefully, this will lead to no plugged lies in the faces of the bunkers. When the sand is put into the bunkers, it will be introduced in a uniform depth of five inches throughout. It will then be hand worked to get the desired depths of two inches on the faces and seven inches in the bottoms.
It may take up to a full season to get the bunkers to the desired playability. In the meantime, if your ball does get plugged in the faces, please remove it and let it roll down to the bottom. It has been highly recommended that we not play plugged lies in the faces while the sand is settling because it will interrupt the consistency of the sand depth. It has also been highly recommended that we use the flat side of the rake to repair our footprints, so we all will have to relearn how to rake the bunkers.
After all the work is done on the course, the short game area renovation will start. There will be three practice greens instead of two, and each one will have a different type of grass seed. Along with being a practice area, this will serve as a “nursery lab” so that when the time comes to replace the greens, we will know what grass type works the best.The construction crews know that we will be playing around them. If your ball lands in a bunker that is graveled but no sand, it is okay to walk in and get your ball. All disturbed areas will be played as ground under repair, including newly sodded chipping areas. There may be times when a hole may be closed for a day or two, or temporarily shortened to a par three. During construction we will try to keep the membership updated on what is happening on a weekly basis. Your patience during this time is extremely important and greatly appreciated.
Mark Marra- September 16, 2015
Tripp Davis made a playing visit to CRCC on Friday, September 4th. This was the first of many such visits he will be taking over the coming months as he gathers thoughts and ideas on his Master Plan for the Club. He will be playing with diverse groups, including ladies, seniors, duffers and bombers, to get a perspective of what the entire membership is looking for from their golf course.
Tripp is going to try to have the bunker and tree removal part of the plan completed in time for the annual meeting November 12th. Hopefully we will be able to present it then.
His process for removing trees is to prioritize those to be removed on each hole, then take out the ones with top priority first. After these top tier trees are removed, we will see how it looks and feels before removing those with secondary and third level priority. The main reason for tree removal is to open up the golf course and allow the golfer to actually see the course rather than just the next tree. Plus it makes it much easier to grow grass.
We will keep this column active throughout the renovation process to keep the membership informed of the progress.
The Green Committee and the Board of Directors will also be able to provide you with updates, along with Cleve Stubblefield, David Bryan and Mike Wooten.For more information on Tripp Davis, go to his web site at tdagolf.net.Mark MarraGreen Committee Chairman