Friday, April 17, 2020

Course Closure Update #3

Friday April 17, 2020

The Copperleaf Board of Directors unanimously voted to open the course for play starting Monday, April 20. The Club will issue a separate email that will highlight the limitations and restrictions. I certainly appreciate our members patience over the past 3 weeks as the golf maintenance department has been completing our cultural practices. It will be exciting to have golfers back on the course Monday!

It has been another busy week as we prepared the golf course in anticipation of opening Monday. Following is a summary of what has occurred over the past 7 days:

Friday 4-10-2020

  • All Approaches were mowed
  • Golf course shrubs and plants continued to be trimmed
  • Greens were sprayed with a liquid fertilizer
  • Rough mowing was completed
  • Greens were brushed and rolled
  • All Fairways were circle mowed
  • Golf course was fertilized with a granular fertilizer blend 12-0-8
  • Palm tree trimming continued
Saturday 4-11-2020
  • Front 9 Greens were mowed
Sunday 4-12-2020
  • Back 9 Greens were mowed
Putting Green being mowed

Monday 4-13-2020
  • All Tees, Approaches and Fairways were mowed
  • All Tees and Fairways were sprayed with a liquid fertilizer and growth regulator
  • All greens were rolled
  • All greens were verticut
  • All greens were brushed
  • All greens were mowed
  • All sprinklers on the golf course were edged
  • Rough was mowed
  • Trimming around the Clubhouse commenced
  • Palm tree trimming continued
 Verticutting 3 Green

Brushing the sand on 3 Green


Tuesday 4-14-2020
  • All bunkers edging commenced. Bunker edges were defined and new sand added where needed
  • All greens were rolled
  • All Greens were mowed
  • Deep Tine spiking of Fairways started
  • Rough was mowed
  • Trimming around the clubhouse continued
  • Palm tree trimming continued
Edging Hole 1 Bunker

Wednesday 4-15-2020
  • Bunker edging continued
  • All Tees/Approaches and Fairways were mowed
  • All Greens were verticut
  • All Greens were brushed
  • All Greens were mowed
  • Deep Tine Spiking of Fairways continued
  • Rough was mowed
  • Mike Cosgrove, Dick Miller and Richard Badolato installed covers over 100 of the course bunker rake handles
  • Palm tree trimming continued
Rolling 12 Green

You can insert your own caption of Mike Cosgrove here!

Thursday 4-16-2020
  • Bunker edging continued
  • All Greens were rolled
  • All Greens were mowed
  • All Common Ground turf was mowed, edged and blown
  • Rough was mowed
  • All mower reels and cutting units were sharpened
  • Lora Eikelberner, Karen Meier and Nance O'Rourke painted the tee markers
  • Palm tree trimming continued
  • 2/10's of an inch of rain fell - our first real rain in many weeks. Hopefully more is on the way (at night)
Hole 4 Palm trimming - Golf balls found in the trees are thrown out onto the fairway 

Lora, Nance and Karen painting the Tee Markers

Friday 4-17-2020
  • Bunker edging continued
  • All Greens were rolled
  • All Greens were mowed
  • All Tees, Approaches and Fairways were mowed
  • Rough was finished
  • Cups were cut in all greens in preparation for Monday's opening
  • All Greens perimeters were edged
  • Hazard lines, drop zones and stakes were placed back on the course
  • All clubhouse and front entrance turf was fertilized with a granular fertilizer blend 15-0-15
  • Palm tree trimming continued

Hole 12 Bunker edging continues - 3 trailer loads of sand were added here!

Hole 5 looking nice!


Our staff have been amazing this again this week. Their tireless work has been impressive during some extraordinarily hot weather. I can't thank them enough.

Thank you to our Members that volunteered to help paint our tee markers and to put new covers on the bunker rake handles. Their help was greatly appreciated.

Thank you to our membership that has been so thankful for the work they have witnessed out on the golf course over the past 3 weeks. We certainly appreciate your patience.

We look forward to you enjoying the course on Monday!



Thursday, April 9, 2020

Course Closure Update #2

Due to the Corona Virus, the Copperleaf Board of Directors unanimously voted to close the golf course for play on Wednesday, March 25. The Board will be meeting routinely to determine a date to re-open the golf course and other Club amenities.

The course closure has enabled golf course maintenance to commence its usual summer cultural practices now and instead, will remain open for play in July, when the course was scheduled to be closed for 3-weeks. Other scheduled course closings will be reviewed including the Wednesday closings, scheduled to start in May and end in September and the 3-day course closure scheduled for September. The Board of Directors and General Manager, Traci Bichalski, are committed to getting our members back out onto the golf course and utilizing the clubhouse and recreational facilities as soon as possible once the Corona Virus concerns have subsided.

It has been another busy week out on the golf course. Following is a summary of what has occurred over the past 7 days:


Thursday 4-2-20
  • Garden Beds were edged on the golf course
  • All Approaches were Verticut and Vacuumed
  • Deep Tine of Fairways was completed
  • All Tees were mowed
  • Rough was mowed
  • All Common Areas were edged and mowed
  • Plants trimmed throughout the golf course
Verticutting Debris on Approaches

Sprinklers are marked with shaving cream so the machine operators see them and miss them easily. 
The foam disappears naturally within 24 hours 
#brilliant

Friday 4-3-20
  • Greens were sprayed with a liquid fertilizer
  • All Tee Markers were cleaned, and pressure washed ready for painting
  • Plants trimmed throughout the golf course
  • All cart paths were cleaned ready for the member access over the weekend
  • All Fairways were circle mowed
  • All Approaches were circle mowed
  • Equipment pressure washed and cleaned
  • Rough was mowed
  • Rough was vacuumed after mowing
Tee Markers cleaned and pressure washed ready to be repainted

Saturday 4-4-20
  • All Greens were mowed for the first time in over a week!

Monday 4-6-20
  • All Greens were mowed
  • All Tees were mowed
  • Equipment was cleaned and greased
  • Front 9 Fairways were mowed
  • Front 9 Fairways were verticut for the second time
  • Front 9 Fairways were blown and vacuumed
  • Rough started to be aerified and the cores dragged in
  • Palm trees throughout the golf course started to be trimmed. It will take several weeks to have this completed
Verticutting Fairways

Vacuuming Fairways

Silvestre Flores protecting himself from the dust when vacuuming!

Rough being aerified

Palm trees being trimmed on Hole 18

Tuesday 4-7-20
  • All Approaches were mowed
  • All Greens were mowed
  • Back 9 Fairways were mowed
  • All Greens were aerified with 7/8" tines at 2 inch spacing
  • All Greens were cleaned of plugs and debris
  • Back 9 Fairways were Verticut and vacuumed
  • Rough continued to be aerified and plugs dragged in
Ricardo Gomez aerifying greens

Plugs being collected and removed


Verticutting Hole 18 Fairway

We continue to catch Moles - Hole 12 this time! This trap has been the most successful for us. 
Purchased on Amazon


Wednesday 4-8-20
  • All Greens were top-dressed with sand
  • All greens were brushed to move sand into aerification holes
  • All greens were rolled
  • All greens were fertilized
  • All bunkers perimeters were mowed with Hover mowers
  • All drainage basins were cleaned and edged
  • Rough continued to be aerified and plugs dragged 
  • Rough started to be mowed
  • All Tees were verticut, cleaned and vacuumed
  • The Clubhouse grounds started to be trimmed
Dragging Rough plugs

An extraordinary amount of debris is generated during our cultural practices. It is hauled away 
and turned into compost

We certainly have a wonderful crew that can work together to complete these tasks. I can't thank our mechanics, Roman Gomez and Adan Hernandez, enough for keeping our equipment operational and ready for use. They are constantly swapping implements from one tractor to another and getting maintenance carts and mowers ready - all with a great attitude!

Thank you to our members who have commented on the incredible amount of work being carried out on the golf course. Many of them have not been here in the heat of the summer to watch this work being completed. Thankfully there has been no rain, lightning and thunder delays that occur all too often in July. We are taking advantage of the drier weather and achieving a lot. 

It is hard to believe that there was no measurable rain in March! Our lake levels are starting to go lower each day. The extended forecast shows higher rain potential in the week ahead. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to email me at any time at davidd@copperleafgc.com



Hole 7 on Thursday April 9 - Starting to look good!

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Course Closure Update #1

Due to the Corona Virus, the Copperleaf Board of Directors unanimously voted to close the golf course for play on Wednesday, March 25. The Board will be meeting routinely to determine a date to re-open the golf course and other Club amenities.

The course closure has enabled golf course maintenance to commence its usual summer cultural practices now and instead, will remain open for play in July, when the course was scheduled to be closed for 3-weeks. Other scheduled course closings will be reviewed including the Wednesday closings, scheduled to start in May and end in September and the 3-day course closure scheduled for September. The Board of Directors and General Manager, Traci Bichalski, are committed to getting our members back out onto the golf course and utilizing the clubhouse and recreational facilities as soon as possible once the Corona Virus concerns have subsided.

Following is a summary of golf maintenance activities that have occurred since the closure:

Wednesday 3/25/20

  • Rough mowers had their height lowered to 1.5 inches
  • The entire golf course was mowed (Tees, Approaches, Fairways and Roughs)
  • Greens were verticut in 2 directions in preparation for aerification on Thursday
  • All cart signs and stakes were removed from the golf course
  • All cups were removed from putting greens and filled with sand
  • Equipment was prepared for the cultural practices
Carlos Vega Double Verticutting Greens

Silvestre Flores Blowing Debris off Greens


Thursday 3/26/20
  • Greens were mowed
  • Greens Perimeters were edged
  • Greens were verticut again to reduce thatch and thin the turf ahead of the aerifiers
  • All greens were aerified with 5/8's tines and all plugs picked up and removed
  • Sprinkler heads were edged throughout the entire golf course
  • Garden Beds were edged to stop encroachment of bermudagrass into the pine straw
  • Rough continued to be mowed
  • Equipment was prepared for the cultural practices
Friday 3/27/20
  • Tees, Collars and Approaches were mowed
  • Greens were topdressed with sand
  • Greens were fertilized with an organic fertilizer - Naturesafe
  • Greens were brushed to move the sand and fertilizer into the aerification holes
  • Greens were rolled to smooth the putting surface
  • Rough continued to be mowed
  • Fairways were mowed
  • Weeds were sprayed with a herbicide in the garden beds
  • Goose Grass, a weed, was pulled from Fairways
  • Tennis and Bocce courts were raked to maintain their surface and eliminate algae build up
  • Trimming commenced on Firebush, Thryallis, Jasmine and Silver Buttonwoods
  • We continue to catch Moles on the golf course!
Greens aerified and holes filled with sand

 Mole damage Hole 12 Green walk up

This Mole will not be bothering me anymore!


Saturday 3-28-20
  • Hourly employees are working 40 hours per week - 6:30 to 3 PM each weekday to eliminate overtime. Know work on the golf course today.
  • Our mechanics worked for a few hours preparing equipment for Monday morning
  • Tina Fry inspected the golf course and irrigation requirements in the morning
  • Front 9 Fairway and Approach perimeters were marked with paint to define the mow lines prior to verticutting on Monday
Hole 9 - Saturday 3-28-20

Sunday 3-29-20

  • Tina Fry inspected the golf course and irrigation requirements in the morning
  • Back 9 Fairway and Approach perimeters were marked with paint to define the mow lines prior to verticutting on Monday
Hole 16 - Sunday 3-29-20

Monday 3-30-20
  • Collars of all Greens were fraze mowed to eliminate "sand damming". The turf is scalped with a machine to reduce raised areas that prevent heavy rainfall exiting the playing surface and to also improve the transition from the approach to the putting surface.
  • Tees, Collars and Approaches were mowed
  • Fairways were mowed
  • Rough continues to be mowed
  • All Tees were aerified with 7/8's tines, brushed, blown and vacuumed
  • Verticutting of Fairways commenced
  • Fairway debris was blown into wind rows and vacuumed
  • Golf course plant trimming continued
  • Greens were topdressed with sand to fill remaining aerification holes
  • Greens were brushed and rolled
  • Deep solid tining of fairways commenced with 3/4" tines penetrating the soil 6 inches deep. This relieves compaction and improved turf health.
 Tina Fry and Ricardo Gomez Fraze Mowing Collars

Hole 3 Collar Fraze Mowed

Flavio Lopez Aerifying Tees

Raul Sanchez Verticutting Fwys

Verticut Debris on Hole 3

Jose Membreno Blowing debris to be vacuumed

Tuesday 3-31-20
  • Trimming plants continued on the golf course 
  • Deep solid tining of fairways continued. This is a very slow process with only 3 or 4 fairways completed in one day - Thank you Julio!
  • Rough continued to be mowed
  • Verticutting of Fairways continued
  • Front 9 Approaches were aerified with 7/8's tines
  • Front 9 Approaches were brushed, blown and vacuumed
  • Circle cutting of Fairways started on Hole 1, 2 and 3
Hole 8 Approach - Aerified

 
Hole 11 Approach being aerified bt Lena Tovar

Hole 14 Fairway 3-31-20

It certainly has been an extremely busy week and I can't thank my staff enough for their efforts and willingness to get all of these tasks completed. It has been great to see so many of our members enjoying the golf course after our work has been completed for the day. Please remember to be careful as there is often times spilled sand and debris on the course that is yet to be cleaned up. Also, for the bikers, please remember to stop at the stop signs as you cross the roads going from one Hole to the next. I look forward to providing updates on our cultural practices and progress.

DDS