Thursday, July 24, 2014

Congratulations to Berni Reiter 2014 LOTOS Polish Open Champion

Three rounds at -10 makes Bernie Reiter the 2014 LOTOS Polish Open Champion by 3 strokes.


Scores can be seen here:

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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Sand Valley Lands Polish Open

It doesn't get any bigger than hosting the National Open.

When designing and building Sand Valley, this wasn't something I thought of or considered. You usually expect these tournaments to go to major population centers, not a town of 12,000.

The only job, like all projects, was to protect the investor by leading construction daily, seeking every opportunity to communicate and refine the project in real-time. It's as Kai Hulkkonen stated, published in Rescuing Sand Valley, Paul Daley's book Golf Architecture a Worldwide Perspective Vol. 5:

Specifically, he clearly sees how daily involvement by the architect is a tremendous driving force, especially in an emerging golf nation and continent where golf course builders are a scarcity. He believes an architect leading construction daily provides “something really valuable for product quality” because continual assessment and improvement of strategic value and the creation of special details makes “stuff look just stunning, yet does not cost all that much to build; details just not possible on a turn key project”. 

How much time was dedicated to designing and constructing Sand Valley?
Here it is... Sand Valley by the Numbers:

·   Total Schedule: 483 days. This includes Saturdays and Sundays.

·   Number days I worked: 457 (days missed were due to bad weather)

·   Number of hours worked/day on average: 11 hours (as documented in my Daily Design/Construction Diary)

·   Total Hours: 5000+

It is the rarest of commitments in the history of golf course architecture... it is typical of my services to my clients, and what they rightly deserve.

Polish Open sponsored by LOTOS update:

The winning score was -9 by Florian Fritsch. Congratulations!

Special mention must be given to the sponsor LOTOS for putting on a first rate event, and club president Marek Majewski for helping bring the tournament to Sand valley.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Final Touches on Sand Valley's New Hell Bunker



A rainy November 8, 2010, the new "Hell" bunker is completed.


After. The soil pile to the left will be spread about in the coming days.

Hell Bunker in its ancient unraked form. Notice the left is lower than the right; ours is reversed.

Hell Bunker in 1950.

Today, Hell Bunker is a barely recognizable from its original form.

Today I was up a little earlier, 05:00... and on the course setting the grass clumps in place an hour later under the lights of a utility vehicle. Not long after it stared raining again, as I was trying to get some shots to document the conversion.

I think it looks pretty good, and adds another dimension to the hole... entering the player's mind on the tee shot. One thing is certain... nobody will be losing their balls here anymore.

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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Final Day of heavy lifting at the New Dune Bunker

The bunker is completed, the grass clumps placed about the bunker and atop the sand. Tomorrow I'll set them in the sand and make any needed adjustments.

I had no idea exactly how this bunker would turn out, but it looks a little like a version of Hell bunker at St. Andrews Old, but in reverse. It wasn't planned that way, like everything else at Sand Valley, it simply evolved.

We cut slabs of sod from the bank of the 7th fairway extension and used them for the back of the bunker and one small section of bunker face and drove sand until noon. Then I let the guys go, figuring I'd tie-in the back of the bunker to the fairway before calling it quits too. Just as I was going to tie-in the outer banks, the bunker rake died, so I took some pieces of sod stockpiled during the first days and placed them about the bunker.

Later I joined some members for a few holes and got to look at the bunker with fresher eyes, and thought the grass clump placement looked pretty good. Tomorrow I'd set them in place.

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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Sand, Sand and Rain

Where we started from in the morning. A layer of new sand can be seen in the distance.

Where we got to before it was too dark to continue. This photo was taken the next morning.

Today we continued driving in the sand. Unfortunately the dumpers couldn't get close to the bunker, even though the fairway is 1.2 meters of pure sand, so the loader had to make 200 to 250 meter runs.

We drove all day, and once it got dark at 16:30 called it a quits... as I couldn't see where to spread the sand. We got most of it installed and it's starting to look like a bunker.

Getting sand up the 3 to 4 meter bunker face was fun...

Thanks Guys... great job.

Tony Ristola
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Friday, November 5, 2010

More heavy lifting on the Dune Bunker

Sketches to Tomek, the excavator operator on how to tie the bunker into the Hillock.

Tomek working on the area illustrated. This is the last bit of scraping before sand is driven in.

Today we finished the scraping out of the bunker, and in the evening began driving in sand.

Funny, but at 18:20 the loader died again, and well, it seems the battery was weak and with so much electronics in the system, the lights sapped the battery's energy and we were all left in the dark for a second night.

So it wasn't the soccer game after all! :)

Tony Ristola
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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Grunt Work at the Redesigned Dune Bunker

The bunker as it looked after Day 1; Day 2 just underway.

Today was a day of heavy lifting. We're using a loader to drive material out, luckily the soil is going a short distance for the extension of the start of the 7th fairway.

It was a miserable day, pissing down pretty much the whole time, but lucky for us it never turned into a heavy rain. Strange though, at 18:00 the loader died on us... just in time for the EUFA Cup soccer game. Guys!?

Scraping out the bunker at night.

Tony Ristola
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