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Turf Course Renovation

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About the Renovation Project

Groundbreaking for the new turf course project was held on Friday, September 13.

DMTC C.E.O. Joe Harper, second from right, introduced Leif Dickenson, Del Mar turf and landscape superintendent, second from left, and Troy Leezy, Hunter Industries marketing manager. Hunter is creating the irrigation system for the new course.

The turf course will be widened to 80 feet from the present width that varies from 63 feet to 52 feet on the straightaways and to 56 and 54 feet on the turns. That means uniformity will be the order of the day. “That will be the biggest thing,” DMTC's Leif Dickinson, who is in charge of the project, said. “Giving uniformity to the course, with a good irrigation system and the ability for multiple rail movement is the No. 1 thing we’re doing.”

As an added bonus, the turf chute will be realigned to improve what has always been a sharp turn onto the main course.

You'll find more details about the plans in this press release from August 16.

At the end of the conference, sod-cutting machines began to remove the old turf, as show in this brief video. The turf and soil mixture being shipped to a company that will process it into topsoil, meaning it won't be going to a landfill.