Friday, December 6, 2019

FYI 12/6/19


12/6/19
Golf Maintenance FYI

·         Tina Fry will be the Manager on duty this weekend and will have everything ready for the Men’s 1 PM Shotgun on Saturday.

·         The greens had a granular fertilizer containing both Nitrogen and Potassium applied to them on Tuesday to keep them healthy and growing as we enter the cooler months and increased golfer traffic. The greens are in very good condition and are receiving many compliments from members and guests.

·         All Fairways were sprayed with a liquid fertilizer and natural fungicide, a mineral oil, on Monday to help promote new growth and recovery from cart traffic.


Hole 10 – December 4, 2019

·         All shrubs around the Clubhouse and Common Grounds were fertilized with a controlled release fertilizer during the week. This application will help promote flowering and new growth over the coming months.

·         We have been continuing with 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.

·         All fire hydrants have been refurbished throughout the Community. This included paint removal, new nuts, bolts and washers and a fresh coat of paint. Compliments to Bonita Springs Utilities for their excellent work – it truly makes a difference as you drive around the property.

·         The pine straw has been applied to the golf course during the week and looks great. A few areas remain to be completed at the beginning of the new year.

·         The decorative bridges were pressure washed and cleaned during the week. I personally completed one of the bridges as my staff were a little concerned on how it was to be done. Compliments to Emanuel Vega for his assistance in getting in the boat and to Doug Garcia and Lena Tovar for helping from the shore.

Pressure washing Hole 4 Bridge

·         It is exciting to see some extra activity in the Osprey nest over the past couple of days. Fingers crossed that these two “love” birds procreate, and we can watch the nesting process.


Our Osprey, a female on the left has found a companion, a male, on the right

·         A vehicle hit a cart crossing sign on Thursday night and has not yet reported the incident. Debris collected from the site indicates that it was a 2015 to 2019 Chevrolet Tahoe or Chevrolet Suburban. I will order a new sign in early January 2020.

The damaged sign found early Friday morning

·         There are going to be many of our staff enjoying their remaining vacation days over the next 4 weeks. With turf growth slowing down substantially, it is a good time of year for our staff to take a much-deserved break.

·         I was able to provide a donated outdoor table and chairs to the staff working at the poolside cafĂ© during the week. They will be able to use these to have their lunch and have a place to sit down out of view from the Members. The staff were very appreciative.

·         Overall, the golf course remains in good condition. There is some cooler weather forecast for the coming week which will have a negative effect on our warm season grass. I encourage all members to respect the golf course by filling divots, repairing ball marks, keeping 4 wheels on the path around Tees and Greens and driving in the Fairways and not the rough. With your help, the turf will remain in great condition for all to enjoy.


The sunrise to the left of Hole 9 December 4, 2019

FYI 11/29/19


11/29/19
Golf Maintenance FYI

·         David Forrey is the manager on duty this weekend.

·         The golf course was fertilized with a granular product last Thursday to help maintain the color and health of the turf.

·         All Tees were sprayed with a liquid fertilizer and natural fungicide today, Friday, to help with their recovery from the disease we experienced several weeks ago. Fairways will be sprayed on Monday.

·         All greens were fertilized with a granular potassium product on Tuesday after the morning shotgun. The potassium helps with plant strength and minimizes drought stress. Our greens are in excellent condition and have been receiving many compliments. I appreciate the efforts of our mechanic, Roman Gomez, for his extra attention in keeping the mowers adjusted and sharp daily.

·         Our Tee and Approach mowers have had smooth rollers installed on them, replacing the grooved rollers used during the growing months. The smooth rollers help protect the turf especially where the mowers turn and can potentially dig in. In January our fairway mowers will have smooth rollers installed on them.

·         We have been concentrating on detailing the golf course with trimming, edging and cleaning. Everything from flagsticks to Out-Of-Bounds stakes and Street signs have been sprayed and wiped down. As the saying goes; “The difference is in the details!”
·         Thank you to Tina Fry for her suggestion on cleaning the white Out-Of-Bounds stakes that were showing signs of Algae forming on them.

·         Thank you to Ricardo Gomez for repairing an erosion area near the Blue Tee on Hole 16. The soil had washed away creating a dangerous and unsightly area. The soil was pulled back and riprap installed to prevent future issues.

·         Thank you to Carlos Martinez for trimming Palm Trees throughout the course to provide more sunlight to the turf under them. All Palm trees are scheduled to be trimmed in July next year.

·         There are going to be many of our staff enjoying their remaining vacation days over the next 5 weeks. 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 good condition. There is some cooler weather forecast for the coming week which will have a negative effect on our warm season grass. I encourage all members to respect the golf course by filling divots, repairing ball marks, keeping 4 wheels on the path around Tees and Greens and driving in the Fairways and not the rough. With your help, the turf will remain in great condition for all to enjoy.



Tuesday, November 26, 2019

FYI 11/22/19


11/22/19
Golf Maintenance FYI

·         Tina Fry is the Manager on Duty this weekend and will be preparing for the Veterans Event 1 PM shotgun on Saturday. We will have USA flags and cup liners on Holes 9 and 18.

·         The Ladies One Day Invitational was a great success with the course and greens receiving many compliments. The decorative tee markers are used on Ladies Day to add a little extra color and flare to their events and it is greatly appreciated by the CLGA.

·         The microdochium, or Pink Snow Mold, disease found on the Tees remains persistent and is becoming noticeable in other areas throughout the course, in particularly the rough. Spot treatments of a labeled plant protectant will be applied early next week to the affected areas.

·         All bunkers were edged this week to eliminate turf encroachment and to provide a crisp definition around the perimeter of the sand. Our bunker appearance continues to receive many compliments from our golfers.

·         The weather continues to provide its challenges. Last weekend there was very little sunshine due to the overcast conditions coupled with dry and cold winds. As previously mentioned, our warm season Celebration bermudagrass does not respond well and begins to lose its dark green color, particularly in the rough where the higher height of cut makes it more susceptible. We will be applying a liquid fertilizer to the Rough this coming week to encourage new growth and improved color.

·         Drainage basins are being leveled throughout the back 9 Holes. Over the years, organic matter builds up and creates a noticeable difference from the top of the basin to the surrounding turf grass. It is a tedious task; however, the finished results provide for a substantially improved appearance and makes it easier for our mowers. Thank you to Luis Altuzar and Matias Andres for their work.

·         The new landscaping plants and annual flowers have been installed at the bathrooms on Hole 4 and 14. The improvements are significant and have already received many compliments from passing golfers. Please know that it will take some time for the plants to mature and fill in. Thanks to Green Committee Member, Helga Reynolds, for her assistance with the project. Compliments to my staff for their efforts this week.




The finished product on Hole 14

·         A new device has been installed on all putting green flags to assist in retrieving your golf ball from the cup. This device eliminates the need to reach into the cup with your hand or the dreaded ball retriever found on some members putters. Golfers simply raise the flag stick up to a height that they can then lift off their golf ball without bending over. Brilliant!
The addition of the device will help protect the integrity of the cup edge throughout the day.


The EZ Ball Remover in use on Hole 3


Hole 3 on November 22, 2019 – Blue Sky and 80 degrees – what a day!