Restoring Fairmont Hot Springs Resort: Cleaning up the holes

Hole 16, a par-three and 138 m (151 y), had the largest amount of debris in both quantity and size. Some of the rocks were the size of golf carts. Photo courtesy Fairmont Hot Springs Resort


By Peter Smith, MBA, CPGA

From July 15 to August 31, the weather was co-operative with mostly dry, sunny, hot days. Mountainside Golf Course was built in the late 1960s and is, as Carrick describes it, a ‘parkland-style’ golf course. The irrigation system is the original manual system with two sources of water—the primary one is Fairmont Creek and the secondary is Cold Stream Creek.

As the debris slide came down Fairmont Creek, one of the casualties was the primary irrigation source for Mountainside. The intake system and 0.75 km (0.5 mi) of supply line were gone. Additionally, an immeasurable amount of silt, small gravel, and small sticks were driven into the system. As if the project to reconstruct the seven holes was not enough, the challenge of maintaining the rest of the course increased as the weather grew hotter. Redirecting the secondary source and constantly cleaning out the plugged lines was a major task. Pumps in creeks and waterways were also used where possible. At times, fire hydrants were tapped to supplement the source.

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