It's the new baskets at Jefferson Barracks, of course!
I thought I would give everyone some info on update plans that are happening at JB and Sioux Passage. Yesterday, Mark D. took delivery of the remaining 16 brand new Mach III baskets at his shop (2 new ones have already been installed). This Saturday, the plan is to get them all put together and permanently welded up. With any luck, the switch-out will happen that afternoon/evening. We might even be able to get an inaugural tag challenge or something in that evening. If you haven't had a chance to play the new baskets that are already in the ground, I can tell you that they make a beautiful ring when you can that solid putt! The center poles aren't crammed full of years worth of decomposing sticks, leaves and mud that deaden the sound. This also means they weigh about 20 lbs. less and don't drip the horrible nastiness we call "pole spooge" all over you as you move them around. As a JB regular that moves baskets around on a regular basis, I can't tell you how excited I am about this upgrade. All of the baskets will once again be standing straight and tall with the chains all firmly secured in the proper layout. Woo hoo!
The next step is to take the old JB baskets and do a complete rehab. 18 brand new center poles have been delivered already. The chain-stays and buckets are going to a metal shop to get straightened out as best possible. Once that is done, they will go to a powder coat facility to be sandblasted and powder coated. So far, the concensus is that they should be powder coated a nice shiny silver color that has some reflective metal flake mixed in. They should look REAL sharp! At the moment, the plan is to re-use the old chains for a bit of nostalgia (they are still in good shape - nice and broken in from countless years of constant use). They will be put back together, re-welded, and put in the ground at Sioux Passage. They should look brand new, if not better!
The final step is to take the old SP baskets and do the exact same thing. This will give us 18 rehabbed Mach III baskets to install at a new facility. St. Charles and Jefferson County have been placed high on the list of recipients at this point. Let's start looking for that killer new piece of park land that is begging for a DG course and get it approved. 18 baskets that are ready to go in is quite a bargaining chip!