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FRENCH DRAIN FOR A GOLF COURSE
course architects and many superintendents hate French Drains,
but sometimes they are the only solution short of a bottomless
capital budget. Done properly they can work well. The illustration
below included about 600 feet of this type of drainage. They
dug the trench with a 24 inch backhoe following a surveyed route
with only a few inches of fall. Although the recommended fall
rate for a French Drain is 1/4 inch per foot, as long as gravity
is on your side, it will have some effect.
Pictures below show a French drain pattern to alleviate a continually
wet approach fronting a green at a Florida Golf Course. The
area was not properly drained during construction - but that's
another story and why you hire a guy like me early in the project. The area was carefully surveyed to find the maximum fall from
the approach area to the lowest nearby swale along which the
French drain was plotted. Three separate tributaries fed the
main line, all 24 inches wide. Two tributaries cut through the
crotches of the three mounds shown in the upper background of
Pic #2. The layers below the surface included shell on the bottom,
black corrugated polyethylene 6" perforated pipe, and shell
to the surface. The scar will either disappear as the Bermuda
grass will cover it over within a few months, or for quick results,
they will sod it over. Results proved excellent after the first
heavy rain, and irrigation runoff disappears almost immediately.
No more sponginess underfoot.
job was done entirely in-house in about three days at a cost
of less than $1,200.00 including labor.
the old-timers can run the ball on. Heh! Heh!
"I was there, arm waiving, as we drained a problem approach
in (2000). Hate them or love them, with a French Drain we solved
an eight-year-old mushy ground problem in front of a short par-3
green. Balls falling straight down were continually plugging
and golfers hated it. With nightly irrigation, the spot never
dried up and algae buildup resulted in barren, black ground
without a blade of grass. Today the area is beautiful!" Mike Kahn, Golfmak, Inc.
Ends at a 'T'. Shell was chosen because it doesn't affect the
mower blades as might stone.
#2: Had to go under the cart path
to build a French Drain.
slope you'll need (recommended) is 1/4 inch fall per foot.
equipment. (a net source: http://www.buysurveysupplies.com).
In my opinion, if your golf course is more than 10-years old,
you should own surveyor's equipment.
Corrugated polyethylene 6" perforated pipe. (a net source: http://www.cpp-pipe.com/smooprod.htm)
with 18" or 24" bucket
survey the fall route from the problem area to the nearest swale.
You may have to meander a little.
the beginning point of the drain dig a trench about 10 to12
inches deep and about 12 to 24 inches wide depending on the
volume of water you need to move. (If the fairway slopes upward
you'll need to dig deeper as you move away from the starting
point to maintain a downward slope.)
pour in about 2 inches of aggregate. Lay the pipe over the aggregate.
the perforations, or holes turned downward.
in another 2 to 4 inches of aggregate to cover the pipe.
fill with soil (about 2 inches).
View of 24 inch wide French drain just completed.
Front of green. Scar will disappear!
the Bermuda grass areas, with about 2 inches of topsoil, the
aggregate will disappear during Florida's grow-like-mad summer
months. By September you'll barely notice the drain is there.
NO: They're not out-of-bounds stakes.
They're my white Canadian legs!
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