This may be a somewhat lighthearted answer to this question, however, when we stick a shovel in the ground of the golf course, we are quickly reminded of what much of the property used to be--a quarry. Often times, we find that we're growing turf on something that many people would refer to as dirt, not soil. The picture below of an old clay pit on site shows the very sandy material on top of an incredibly impermeable clay.
|The natural stratification of soils can easily be seen in the old quarry.|
With over one million cubic yards of material moved during the original construction of the golf course, what's beneath the surface often resembles a marble cake, as these two different soils were used as fill material.
These days, what's under the ground may not be seen very often, but this fall's construction brought the issue back to the forefront of our thoughts. Once again, you can clearly see why some areas never seem to dry out, and others are always droughty.
|Drain line crossing #1 fairway.|
|Bunker drainage on #16.|
|"Moon pottery" from #1 on the left and "Martian coffee grounds" from #16 on the right.|