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HS Flexterra Case: Eagle’s Nest Golf Course


Acres and acres of rugged dunes and roughs at Eagle’s Nest Golf Course, a par-72, links-style course just north of  Toronto, Ontario, called for a high-performance, easy-to-apply method of controlling erosion and protecting water qualityduring construction.


The silty subgrade material on the course is capped with 8 to 12 in. of sand, which provides the growing medium for the turf. The fescue roughs include mostly sheeps fescue and hard fescue along with some creeping red fescue and chewings fescue. The fairways are being planted with creeping red and chewings fescue and colonial bentgrass. In addition,the greens are being seeded with drought-tolerant velvet bentgrass, whose low fertility requirements should lower the potential for nutrient runoff.



The very features that give Eagle’s Nest its distinctive character also posed a challenge during construction: how to control erosion on more than 100 acres of bare, sandy dune slopes and secondary roughs in a cost-effective manner. Many of these slopes are not only long, they’re also steep.

“Near vertical,” says Brent Rogers, director of golf course development for Eagle’s Nest Golf Club, Inc., the project coordinator.


As he points out, storm water runoff and snow melt from the unprotected slopes could wash sediment into sensitive wetlands and areas, which could threaten water quality and wildlife habitat. At the same time, Rogers also had to ensure that newly seeded vegetation would survive dry summer weather to germinate and grow, sinking roots into the ground for permanent erosion control.




- Spraying a cellulose-fiber mulch with a tackifier. While the least expensive option, he notes, it would also have been the least effective in controlling erosion on steep slopes and promoting turf growth.


- Installing rolled erosion-control blankets. Rogers ruled out this option because of the amount of labor required to install them, especially on such a large area, and because of the difficulty of working on the steep slopes.



Engineers found a way to limit soil losses and promote germination and establishment of turf in the form of an advanced Flexible Growth Medium:

How it differs from a conventional bonded fiber matrix:

  • In addition to a chemical bond, crimped interlocking fibers of the FGM create a mechanical bond for added strength in controlling erosion.
  • It absorbs up to 50 percent more water.
  • The interlocking fibers absorb the impact energy of raindrops and hold up to 15 times their weight in water. This reduces water runoff and improves transfer of moisture to the seedbed. In turn, that increases germination and turf coverage.
  • It requires no curing time.

The Results

Seeding contractor Future Green of Schomberg, Ontario, applied Flexterra with seed and fertilizer at the manufacturer’s recommended rate of 3,000 pounds of product per acre, using a 1,500-gallon truck-mounted Bowie hydro-seeding unit with a centrifugal pump.


The work began during the fall season. By November of the following year, the company had completed 12 of the  18 holes. This included treating 85 acres of the steepest dunes and secondary roughs with Flexterra.


“The material has protected slopes and dormant fall seedings over the winter,” - says Ken Wray, owner of Future Green. “Summer applications have held up well, even though the rain began as we were finishing up an area. It  seems to hold moisture a day or two longer than a regular hydro-mulch and sand establishment has been very even.”

 “With moisture, it produced exceptionally quick germination (4 to 6 days) and maintained good growth because of its ability to hold reserve moisture,” adds Brent Rogers. “This was icing on the cake.”

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