Wednesday, September 18, 2019

FYI 9/13/19

Golf Maintenance FYI

·         It has been another busy week on the golf course as we enjoyed the 3-day closure to get some late summer cultural practices completed.
·         All greens were verticut, aerified, topdressed with sand, fertilized and brushed on Tuesday. They were then rolled 2 directions and brushed on Wednesday. Lastly, they were rolled 2 directions on Thursday followed by another verticut and brush on Thursday. Thankfully the weather cooperated and there were no issues with rain or lightning.

Aerified Greens using 1/2 inch tines
Picking up plugs

Cleaning off debris

Topdressing with sand

Fertilizing with organic fertilizer

Brushing the greens to incorporate the sand and fertilizer into the aerification holes

·         The entire golf course had granular fertilizer applied on Wednesday and Thursday to help with turf health and to aide in turf recovery from the summer cultural practices.
·         All Collars around the greens were verticut and all Collars and Greens Surrounds topdressed with sand on Wednesday. This practice helps smooth out the playing surface and encourages new growth.

Sand topdressing Approaches and Greens Collars

·         New St. Augustine sod was installed in a notorious washout area behind Hole 8 Back tee. It is a substantially improved appearance and the members in that area are very thankful.
·         New concrete curbing was added to the bathrooms on Holes 4 and 14 as well as new curbing on Holes 1 and 5 where golf carts continue to cut the corner impacting turf quality. Broken concrete pieces were also replaced on the cart path leading from Hole 13 to 14 to improve the overall look of this area.

Addition of concrete curbing to Hole 5 green complex - keep 4 wheels on the path now please!

·         Over 3000 native grasses were installed throughout the golf course this week in areas that were void of vegetation. It will not take long for these new plants to mature and provide additional color and beauty to the golf course.
·         Rough was not mowed this week as I am raising the height from 1.5 inches to 1.75 inches to improve definition between the fairways and roughs. It will be interesting to hear member response to the higher height of cut and to assess the turf appearance.
·         Additional Areca Palms, as well as 30 Clusia shrubs, were installed along the golf maintenance fence this week to improve the view for the residents in Cinnamon Ridge. 
·         It was an extremely productive week and I can’t thank my staff enough for their continued efforts and hard work.
·         We are watching the Tropics again this weekend with the possibility of feeling some of the effects of a Tropical Depression on Saturday. It has been surprisingly dry for the past 2 weeks so some additional rain to help activate the applied fertilizer and moisten some dry areas would be helpful.
·         Next week we will continue to detail the golf course with edging of bunkers, basins, weed-eating lake banks, lowering sod along cart paths to allow water to reach drains and fixing sink holes along rock walls.

FYI 9/6/19

Golf Maintenance FYI

·         There is no question that we are extremely fortunate that Hurricane Dorian slipped up the east coast this past week. Our thoughts and prayers are with those that the massive storm did effect.
·         I can’t thank my staff enough for their willingness to get the golf course ready for play for the past weekend and the Labor Day event. The course was in great shape and our members thoroughly enjoyed getting away from the Weather Channel updates and being outdoors. Great work by Traci, Jason, Chef Paul and Brian for communicating and coordinating everything. #teamwork
·         We are preparing for our 3-day closure this coming week that will involve verti-cutting and aerifying the greens on Tuesday. They will then be top-dressed with sand, fertilized and brushed to incorporate the sand and nutrients down into the soil profile. I am confident the greens will recover quickly.
·         The golf course will be fertilized with a complete fertilizer this week to strengthen the turf before the cooler weather and increased golfer traffic arrives.
·         During the closure there will be some new concrete curbing added along the cart paths in several locations including Hole 1 tee complex, Hole 5 green and the bathrooms on Holes 4 and 14. These areas are routinely run over with cart traffic and have a negative impact on the turfgrass and vegetation. The broken sidewalk from Hole 13 to 14 will also be repaired.
·         Several areas throughout the golf course are having additional plant material installed where there have been voids or dead plants removed. The new plants will provide an improved appearance and help reduce weed pressure.
·         Additional Palm trees will be installed this week along the golf maintenance western fence to provide an improved appearance for those residents in Cinnamon Ridge looking toward the east.
·         The ice machine at Hole 4 was repaired this week and is now operating perfectly. I have received many compliments for the upgrades to the beverage stations and the overall appearance of the bathrooms.

·         An irrigation issue was identified on Court 1 at the tennis facility. A new irrigation valve will be installed on Monday. The courts will have additional clay applied at the end of September to have them in great condition for the upcoming season.
·         Electrical work for the decorative clock was completed this week. The new clock is expected to arrive the first week of October.
·         Bonita Springs Utilities has confirmed that they will be refurbishing our fire hydrants throughout the property. They hope to begin in October and finish by the end of the year.
·         Estero Fire Department has confirmed that they will be replacing any missing reflectors used to identify the fire hydrants. They hope to have this completed by the end of the month.
·         David Forrey will be enjoying some time off next week visiting family in Minnesota. It is a much-deserved break for this outstanding employee.

FYI 8/30/19

Golf Maintenance FYI

·         This week has all been about watching the Tropics. Hurricane Dorian has been on the radar for the past 5 days and we have been watching it closely and making the necessary plans well ahead of time.
·         We learned many things from Hurricane Irma with probably the most important lesson being that these storms are extremely unpredictable.

Although meant as a joke, this model shows the unpredictable nature of Hurricanes

·         At present time there is no definitive path of the storm and so we are taking all precautions to ensure that the golf course and its assets are well protected. This includes providing enough time for our employees to prepare their own families and homes.
·         All turfgrass was treated with a growth regulator to prevent excessive growth. We are predicted to receive over 5 inches of rain over the next 4 days. This rain could cause difficulties in mowing the turf grass next week.
·         All basins have been inspected and cleared of debris. Basins prone to blockage have had a stake placed next to them so that the drain can be easily found and cleared to allow water to subside.
·         All equipment has been filled with fuel and our large fuel tanks filled with both diesel and regular gas.
·         All chainsaws have been inspected and tuned as well as spare blades and chains purchased.
·         All rakes will be removed from the course Saturday morning followed by all flagsticks at the end of day Saturday.
·         Sand has been purchased to use for members sandbags if needed.
·         All fairways were top-dressed with sand to help with drainage
·         Our staff have been fantastic this week in preparing the course and are here to help if needed.