Yellow bulldozers and dump trucks maneuvered across the frozen grounds of Sandwich Hollows Golf Club last week to begin repairing and replacing deteriorating sand traps and tee boxes.
The contract for the months-long project was awarded recently to DHT Golf Services, of Plymouth, which immediately began the work, despite the snow and arctic cold.
“They started on the fifth hole after the first snow melt,” said Juliet Swift, golf operations manager. “They brought out the heavy equipment and carefully positioned the machinery so it would not slide down the hard ground.”
DHT Golf Services, which specializes in sports construction, has been in business for 30 years, according to the company’s website.
“Completed projects include hundreds of private and public golf course renovations; many new lacrosse and baseball fields for private and public schools, miles of asphalt path paving, and several wetland restoration projects for Mass DEP,” the website says. “We also constructed a maze for Heritage Museums and Gardens.”
The repair project, funded primarily through a $225,000 allocation of community preservation funds, was approved by voters last May. DHT, with its bid of $267,000 was the lowest of two bidders.
DHT will replace 26 bunkers and two tee boxes that were improperly designed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, according to golf course officials.
The golf course, which is self-sustaining, requested the grant money because the repair exceeds the amount in the golf course’s enterprise fund, director John R. Johnson Jr. has said.
The repairs were recommended 10 years ago in a survey of Sandwich Hollows conducted by the National Golf Foundation, Mr. Johnson has said.
The new bunkers and tees could last 50 years, if built correctly, Mr. Johnson has said. The existing sand traps and tee boxes were designed for far less use than the 25,000 to 30,000 rounds played per year.
David B. Polidor, golf course superintendent, has said that once the bunkers are repaired, less manpower will be needed to clean up the flooded sand traps after every heavy rain.
In other town construction related news, Delphi Construction Inc., which has offices in Waltham and Mashpee, has been officially named as the general contractor overseeing the transformation of the old Clark-Haddad building into the Sand Hill Community Center.
Delphi was the low bidder at about $796,000, Assistant Town Manager Douglas A. Lapp said last month. The contract documents were signed after the holidays. Interior work on the old school, formerly known as the Clark-Haddad building, was expected to begin immediately.
Delphi was a project manager for healthcare clients until 1992, when a client asked that they oversee a hospital building project, according to the company’s website. In response, Delphi Construction was formed.
The firm now has more than 70 employees and serves clients in all major construction sectors and grosses more than $60 million a year.
Meanwhile, attorney Jonathan D. Fitch, who owns rental property near the Sand Hill Center, is awaiting word from Barnstable Superior Court about an appeal he filed protesting the project.
Mr. Fitch, who lived in the neighborhood during the 1980s and 1990s, has said he is concerned that although the town has promised to limit parking, special events at the community center could draw more cars than the parking lot can accommodate.
Overflow parking will clog the side streets and make life unpleasant for the neighbors, Mr. Fitch said during a November hearing before the zoning board of appeals.
Mr. Lapp has said the legal challenge will not halt the project.
The town met with the neighbors last year to iron out concerns they had received about landscaping, lighting and the parking lot.
McGinley Kalsow & Associates, the project’s architects, and Horsley Witten Group, the landscape designers, reworked the plan to accommodate the neighbors.