Monday, June 4, 2018

Practice Facility Improvements

For those of you currently enjoying the golf course you will have noticed that the turf on the practice island is off color and brown. The original Tifway 419 turf has been eliminated and the area will be re-grassed with Celebration Bermuda grass during the course closure in July. This area was not renovated during the Vision 2020 project in 2015.

As part of the improvements, 6 additional Palm trees have been installed along the back lake bank to create a backdrop to the target greens. Over the coming weeks the bunkers located on the islands will be filled in with soil to allow for the placement of two additional target greens. The new targets will provide different yardages from the practice tee in an effort to improve the overall practice experience for all golfers. Additional drainage and catch basins will also be installed to help prevent washouts and shoreline erosion.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Copperleaf Practice Mats are Open

The artificial grass practice mats were open for play this past week. This turf surface, manufactured and installed by TurfHound Tee Surfaces, is the premier artificial turf product in the industry and is widely used in local area Club’s and throughout the country. Golfers have been impressed with the visual quality of the product, but more importantly, with the feel of the club striking the surface. It provides a consistent area for our golfers to practice their swing and warm up before going out to the golf course.

Members warming up before their round

There are two distinct turf areas within the 28 teeing stations. The shorter turf area is designed to resemble our tee boxes and fairways while the longer turf area is designed to resemble our rough height of cut. The shorter area has a rubber slot to be able to place our plastic tees in at any height. Please feel free to use any club to hit from either area.

The square box represents tees and fairways while the outside area represents our rough height

For the remainder of the month, the new mats will be used so that the “real” turf grass in front of the tee can be adequately fertilized and allowed to recover prior to the cooler weather in the winter months and slower growth. It is our anticipation to rotate between the grass and artificial turf surfaces as needed with the main objective to have a turf area that is representative of the playing experience out on the golf course. Weather will be a large determining factor as to the quality and condition of the grass; however, your practicing methods will have the greatest impact. Please do not scatter your divots within the practice area but rather concentrate your shots to a confined area. This will greatly aide in turf recovery.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Get the Rock out of here

Over the past month, the Copperleaf Maintenance Department has been tirelessly working to remove buried rocks and other debris from beneath the turf surface on our tees and now fairways.

Our machine in action on Hole 7 using solid tines to find rocks
Rocks identified on Hole 17 Tee

Rocks being removed on Hole 12

There have always been several problematic areas throughout the course where the turf grass simply does not perform as well as the grass surrounding it. These areas are maintained the same way with regard to irrigation, fertilization and mowing, however, they show signs of stress and discoloration throughout the year.

Several years ago, a machine was contracted in an attempt to relieve the compaction in these areas to allow for increased water and fertilizer penetration and improve oxygen exchange in an attempt to provide a consistent and healthy playing surface. Unfortunately this machine discovered areas of buried rocks that would need to be physically removed to improve the area.

This machine is called "The Beast" and it struggled to penetrate into our fairway on Hole 6

The task of identifying and removing the rocks has been on the "to do list" for many years but due to the demand of completing other projects such as building rock walls as well as landscaping and irrigation projects, this task has always been postponed.

The rocks have always been under the surface since the course was built back in 1999/2000. Please remember that the construction work performed last year consisted of a "no till" grassing process where the new grass was installed into the existing fairway contours and teeing grounds. There were modifications made to the greens complexes only. A rock the size of a softball or even a basketball is not felt by the heavy equipment used to move the soil, however, it is noticed by our smaller specialty equipment used to improve soil conditions. Several rocks have been quite large and have simply been buried by 3 inches of soil making them impossible to see from above.

Although this is a tedious, time consuming, labor intensive process the effort will be well worth it. It should be no secret that buried rocks in the soil where you are trying to grow manicured turf makes it very challenging to provide the a quality playing surface.

Large rocks were found in the same location "The Beast" was used back in 2014 on Hole 6

Not surprisingly, it is difficult to grow quality grass in these conditions

Providing a consistent growing media for our turf grass roots to grow in will allow for a high quality and uniform playing surface for our members and guests to enjoy. Compaction will be reduced, water infiltration will increase and turf health will improve. When we begin the aerification process later in the year, the removal of these rocks will reduce the damage to our expensive machines and help to make the process more efficient. Looking at our tee surfaces today, you can clearly see the improvement to the turf quality making the project worthwhile.

I appreciate your patience during this process and please know that this will take several months and possibly into next summer to complete. I can't thank our staff members enough for been persistent during this hard work and repairing the damage to the turf areas where the rocks have been removed to a high standard.

This beauty was found on Hole 1 Gold Tee
Tireless work during golf play to rid the area of buried rocks on Hole 6
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