Fargo's Edgewood Golf Course: A flood of progressThe Edgewood Golf Course flood mitigation project now has starting and completion dates on paper. If all goes well, every tee and green will be above the 29-foot flood stage by April of 2011.
By: Jeff Kolpack, INFORUM
The Edgewood Golf Course flood mitigation project now has starting and completion dates on paper. If all goes well, every tee and green will be above the 29-foot flood stage by April of 2011.
The alteration of holes 2, 3 and 4 will involve the construction of a new par-3 hole adjacent to the road into the course. It will get rid of the No. 3 green, the lowest and most flood-susceptible hole.
“We know now after the terrible flood in ’09 that those tees and greens that were around 29 of 30 feet – we were able to bring them back,” said Roger Gress, Fargo Park District executive director. “This is flood mitigation – we’re not going to stop it – but we think we’ll be able to use the course more.”
The hope is to begin tree removal in March. Construction of a new No. 2 green and a new No. 3 tee box will start in July, neither of which will affect the play of the course during construction.
In September, construction will begin on a new pond, No. 3 green and tee boxes for holes 2 and 4. Also included are irrigation and a new cart path.
Finishing work, seeding and sodding will commence the following spring.
All of the necessary permits have been obtained and the original cost estimate of $550,000 has not changed. Gress said the Park District is working with the golf course design firm of Phelps-Atkinson from Evergreen, Colo., for parts of the project it can do itself.
“But most of it will have to be bid out,” Gress said.
It’s possible the project could be completed sooner, although that wouldn’t necessarily mean good news. If a flood this spring reaches major stage and holes 2, 3 and 4 are not able to be saved, then Gress said the project would be completed in one phase.
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