Monday, January 13, 2020

FYI 1/10/2020


1/10/2020

Golf Maintenance FYI



·         Roman Gomez will be the manager on duty this weekend. We will be watching the weather as there is a 50% chance of rain midday Sunday.



·         The weather has been spectacular for the start of the year with relatively warm temperatures but most importantly, blue skies. Because of this, the turf grass has retained relatively good green color. With Temperatures set to be in the high 80’s over the weekend it should be perfect for the Member Guest event at the end of next week. Cooler weather, in the low 70’s, is expected within 10 days to bring us back to reality.





Hole 3 Wednesday afternoon 1/8/2020 4 PM



·         Unfortunately, I continue to notice some Bermudagrass Mite activity, particularly in the rough. The turf grass is becoming thin in these areas and has a straw-like appearance. Although not as prevalent as last season, the damage is still noticeable. Although areas have been treated, the insects are microscopic and so complete control is near impossible. The warmer weather has helped mask the problem, however, with heavier golfer traffic and the forecast cooler weather, I expect to be battling this pest for some time. Thankfully our short grass areas, tees, fairways and approaches, do not seem to be affected at this stage.



·         It was a very busy week on the golf course with all bunker perimeters being mowed, the entire golf course being fertilized with a quick release fertilizer, all greens double verticut, top-dressed with sand, aerified and fertilized. All of this is in preparation for the upcoming member events. Full compliments to our staff for completing this work in the narrow windows of opportunity offered to us this time of year. Great work!





Raul and Luis aerifying Hole 4 Green – 1/9/2020



·         All Common Grounds were also mowed and edged this week. There have been some weeds observed in the common ground grass over the past weeks and they have now been treated with an appropriate herbicide to control them.

·         We have been adding some additional pine straw throughout the golf course from our own stockpile. Holes 1, 2, 11 and 12 are in the process of being completed.



·         Thank you to Ray Houle, our facilities maintenance manager, for working after hours to complete a temporary repair the water leak behind the Hole 14 bathroom. A permanent repair will be completed within the next two weeks by a professional plumber with the appropriate tools.





Ricardo Gomez chiseling out the concrete block to gain access to the leak on Hole 14 bathroom 1/8/2020



·         A break in our power supply was identified last week that prevented power to the Hole 10 satellite box. The box is responsible for turning on the sprinklers on Hole 10 and the Common Grounds. After tracking the wire location and then identifying where the break was, a 6-foot deep hole was dug to locate the cut. It appears the wire was ever so slightly cut during installation 20 years ago and finally corroded enough to stop the flow of electricity. Thank you to our Irrigation Technician, Luis Altuzar, and David Forrey for their efforts in identifying and correcting the issue. Also thank you to the members in that area for their patience as we painted lines, probed soil and dug holes to locate the wire.



                         




Luis Altuzar digging a 6 foot deep hole to repair the cut power wire 1/8/2020



·         I am pleased to announce that we now have a mating couple of Osprey in the nest box located on Hole 4. The pair consummated their relationship 2 weeks ago and have now begun the process of building their nest. I have ordered an outdoor Wi-Fi extender to be placed on the maintenance building to allow a continuous video stream from the camera placed up on the platform. It will be installed next week.





A picture tells a thousand words!



·         Thank you to those members that have enquired about the fires in Australia and the impact on my family and friends. Thankfully they are currently not in any fire danger in their area, however, the thick smoke has been extraordinary. Thoughts and prayers go to those effected by the devastation, including the extraordinary number of animals.





A photo circulating on social media of two small kangaroos embracing after a fire had passed through



·         It was great to have my Dad visiting from Australia over Christmas. He thoroughly enjoyed meeting several members on the golf course who made him feel so welcome. Of course, he was very impressed with our beautiful golf course and the work that is completed by our staff.





My Dad and I on Hole 8 – 1/3/2020














Thursday, December 26, 2019

FYI 12-20-19


12/20/19
Golf Maintenance FYI

·         David Dore-Smith will be the Manager on duty this weekend. I will be taking some time off next week to enjoy some time with my father, John, who is visiting from Australia, for the next two weeks.

·         On behalf of the golf maintenance department, I would like to say thank you to all the members that contributed to the employee Christmas Fund. Our staff were so thankful and appreciative of your generosity. It truly makes Copperleaf such a special place to work when you feel appreciated by your employer. Thank you so much.

·         Unfortunately, I have been noticing some Bermudagrass Mite activity, particularly in the rough. The turf grass is becoming thin in these areas and has a straw-like appearance. Although not as prevalent as last season, the damage is still noticeable. We will be treating the affected areas with the appropriate products over the coming weeks to prevent further damage.

·         All Common Grounds were mowed and edged this week in preparation for the Christmas Holiday next week.

·         All bunkers were edged this week to maintain a defined edge and improved appearance.

·         We have been adding some additional pine straw throughout the golf course from our own stockpile and will continue to do so into the New Year to complete the application. Hole s 1, 2 , 11 and 12 still need to be completed.

·         A small leak has been identified in the BSU waterline in the wall of the bathroom on Hole 14. The concrete will have to be chiseled out behind the building to locate the leak and attempt to make a repair. We plan to undertake this arduous task next week.

·         We continue to have many of our staff enjoying their remaining vacation days over the next 2 weeks. In fact, we have 7 staff members away enjoying time with their families. With turf growth slowing down substantially, it is a good time of year for our staff to take a much-deserved break.

·         Overall, the golf course remains in very good condition. We have received some welcome rain over the past week that not only helps the health of the turf grass but also helps raise the water level of the lakes. Please note that we are expecting some additional rain on Sunday and into Monday so please plan accordingly.

·         The golf course maintenance staff wish the members of Copperleaf a wonderful Christmas and hope that you will be enjoying the day with family and friends.


FYI 12-13-19


12/13/19
Golf Maintenance FYI

·         David Forrey will be the Manager on duty this weekend

·         The greens were verticut on Monday morning to improve the turf health and to improve green speeds. They were then top-dressed and spiked on Thursday during the blocked tee times. Unfortunately, we received 4/10’s of an inch of rain that prevented us from completing Holes 16 and 17 completely. On these two greens, there was some clumping of sand that was not brushed in and rolled leaving a difficult time for those golfers that played later in the afternoon to putt accurately. I apologize for the conditions on these two greens and the inconvenience it caused.

·         All greens perimeters were edged this week to help prevent intrusion on to the putting surface from the Celebration bermudagrass. The edging also helps to define the greens perimeters and to assist with our mowers early in the morning to clearly know where the boundary is.

·         There was an issue with the greens fertilizer application last week that has caused some visual discoloration. One of the holes in the hopper that drops the fertilizer onto the spreader was blocked causing an uneven application. Once identified, additional fertilizer was applied in the missed areas and I expect to see a uniform appearance within a few days. The one positive out of this issue is that it proves that the fertilizer we are using is working effectively. I assure you that it is simply a visual issue and not one that is going to affect putting.



Some discoloration seen here on Hole 2 putting green

·         We have completed the remediation of soil erosion areas throughout the course. A combination of new soil, riprap and new plants have been used to help prevent future erosion from occurring.

·         We have been adding some additional pine straw throughout the golf course from our own stockpile and will continue to do so into the New Year to complete the application.

·         We continue to have many of our staff enjoying their remaining vacation days over the next 3 weeks. With turf growth slowing down substantially, it is a good time of year for our staff to take a much-deserved break.

·         Thank you to David Forrey for working to clean up the nursery area at Golf Maintenance. The area was quite unsightly with left over debris from the building project. We will be adding sprinklers and turf to the area at the beginning of the year to improve appearances.

·         I added some Poinsettia’s purchased at Costco to the front entrance of the Clubhouse door on Monday. The plants provide a nice addition to the Clubhouse entry.


A warm and festive appearance greets you as you enter the Club

·         Our employees enjoyed a wonderful night at Palmira this week to celebrate their hard work during the year. It was great to see them dressed up out of uniform and with their significant other. Thank you for this great event.

·         The two Osprey have been busy this week which is exciting to see. I am hopeful we will see some eggs being laid in the coming weeks.


Dinner for two?? The Osprey are enjoying some fresh fish

·         There was a water leak on Carraway Lakes Drive this week caused by tree roots girdling the BSU air relief valve. BSU was quick to respond and repair the pipe.



There was a spectacular sunrise on Friday, December 13 at the Practice Area