About the Project
The Western Washington Company was awarded the bid for this project, but their first day on site they realized they did not have the equipment, personnel or golf course experience to complete the work. Because of Apex’s long history of golf course grassing and hydroseeding experience, owner John Larson was immediately called and asked if he would take over the contract. Apex flew a private plane to the project that afternoon, negotiated the contract, and had a team on site in three days.
Pierce County Public Works
Solution / Service Type
- Golf course construction
The project site was all sand, which required trucks to be pulled everywhere by D-6 Cats. The job also required Apex to pull hundreds of feet of hose to ensure the finished contoured surfaces would not be damaged. Continuous quality control was also required to achieve accurate seed and mulch application rates in the sandy soil.
How We Solved It
Apex provided a skilled workforce that was willing to work long hours and follow strict application rates to produce consistent grass. Equipment was maintained daily so work could continue uninterrupted. Apex also had the skillset to hydroseed all of the greens on the project, ensuring that all 265 acres were finished on time.
“We want to take this opportunity to thank you and your firm for being involved with the Chambers Bay Golf Course project. In June, 2007 the course was open for play and has been a tremendous success. Recently, Chambers Bay was named 2007 development of the year (Dailey Fee Category) by Golf, Inc. Among other awards it has received: Ranked by Golfweek as Best New Course Opened in 2007, #1 Best new course for 2007 by Travel & Leisure Golf Magazine, and Voted the best New Course in 2007 by Golf Magazine.
“As you can see, Chambers Bay has had an unprecedented impact in the golf course market. The course has also been nominated for several other awards that will be announced shortly. Heritage Links is proud to have been part of this highly visible masterpiece designed by Robert Trent Jones II.
“Again, we want to thank you for your dedication throughout the construction process and the high quality put forth. This was a job very well done and we look forward to working with you again in the near future.”
—Jon P. O’Donnell, Heritage Links Division President
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