As the cold weather continues, the maintenance staff at Kinloch has begun the process of reconditioning some of the play supplies used on the course during the season. It is important to maintain these play supplies, as they are continuously exposed to the elements, as well as heavy use on a daily basis from the golfers. During the month of January, we will be restoring all of the wooden benches and trashcans, as well as repairing all of the bunker rakes. These item have seen quite a bit of use this year, and we hope to continue to use them for many years to come.
The first task we are undertaking is the stripping and staining of all wooden benches and trashcans. During past years, the wood was cleaned and a new coat of stain was applied. This provided a clean look throughout the year as well as added an additional layer of weather protection. This process, however, has caused a buildup on the wood's surface over the years. To counteract this, we begin by pressure washing the surface, followed by a thorough sanding. After the majority of the old stain is removed, a fresh coat of UV protection stain is applied. Once dry, the benches and trashcans will be placed back on the golf course, providing another year of use.
The final look of the benches is is a much lighter red color, which will look great on all the tee boxes.
The second assignment of the Kinloch maintenance staff for January is the repair of all bunker rakes. Three years ago, all fiberglass bunker rake handles were wrapped in a fade resistant plastic. While this plastic has protected the existing handles from damage resulting from sun exposure, the heat has caused the wrapping to shrink and expose the fiberglass handle. The rakes are brought back into the maintenance shop and disassembled. The exposed edge is then removed using a hacksaw. Once completed, the rake is cleaned, reassembled, and a fresh application of glue is applied to ensure the handle remains in place for the coming season. Shown below is a before and after picture of the rake head. Notice how in the before picture you can see the lighter green of the fiberglass handle, while in the after picture, the green plastic coating is sitting flush with the rake head.