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.


FYI 3-13-20

Golf Course Maintenance FYI 3/13/2020

·         David Dore-Smith is the manager on duty this weekend

·         With the concern over the Corona virus, golf maintenance is following all the recommended protocols and educating and reminding staff members on personal hygiene both at home and around the Club. 

·         The entire golf course was fertilized with a granular fertilizer this week as scheduled.

·         All greens were verticut, topdressed with sand, aerified and fertilized this week in preparation for the now cancelled one-day Men’s Member/Guest.

·         All Tees were topdressed with sand to maintain their excellent condition and help dilute organic material in the thatch layer.

·         New sand was added to the green side bunker on Hole 7 this week to improve playability and aesthetics.

·         Moles continue to be an ever-increasing problem on the golf course. Hole 18 green was impacted as well as substantial damage on Hole 7 and 17. Over the past 2 nights, 5 moles have been trapped and killed. All kinds of methods have been implemented from poison bait; spring loaded traps to Juicy Fruit chewing gum. Walking through homeowner properties, there is an extraordinary amount of mole activity in their yards that goes mostly unnoticed due to the higher height of cut. I firmly believe the Mole problem on the golf course is coming from the homeowner yards. Unfortunately, I do not have an answer to control the issue…yet.

·         Tree trimming continues throughout the property. Ricardo Gomez has overseen this arduous task and is to be complimented on his efforts. Many members have complimented their work.

·         Trimming of shrubs throughout the Common Grounds was completed this week. Thanks to Carlos Martinez for overseeing this project.

·         The golf course had pine straw applied to all garden beds last week and it looks great. Our next pine straw application is scheduled for December.

·         I have received two quotes for the pump station replacement and will be presenting this to the Green Committee for approval on Monday followed by a presentation to the Finance Committee and Board of Directors the following week. There is a slight cost difference between the two quotes, however, there are significant advantages to spending a little more now for a 30-year investment and that is what I will be requesting to do.

·         I will be presenting the bunker sand replenishment proposal to the Green Committee this week and Finance Committee and Board of Directors the following week. The proposal consists of spending up to $40,000 to add much needed sand to our existing bunkers using in-house resources and temporary labor over the summer months.

·         Overall, the golf course continues to receive many compliments. The next two months will be very interesting to see what happens with the weather regarding rainfall. With no rain in over the past two weeks, I am already seeing signs of dry turf due to the limitations of our irrigation design. Lake levels have dropped by 12 inches over the past 2 weeks and will continue to drop more rapidly as higher temperatures and windier days increase.

FYI 3-6-20

Golf Course Maintenance FYI 3/6/2020

·         Tina Fry is the manager in duty and has everything ready for the Men’s event tomorrow

·         All bunkers were edged this week to present the course to a high standard

·         All fairways and tees were sprayed with a liquid fertilizer to encourage new growth and provide excellent turf color and quality.

·         I hosted a local Dentist at golf Maintenance on Thursday to talk to the staff about the benefits and cost savings of using a dentist in our network and also to discuss general dental hygiene. The staff appreciated the communication and they learned a lot. 

·         The course will have blocked tee times on Thursday when we will be needle-tining the greens and fertilizing the entire golf course with a granular product. 

·         All Tees will be topdressed with sand on Monday to help dilute organic material and encourage new growth 

·         The weather continues to fluctuate with warmer and windier conditions than normal. Overall, the course remains in very good condition and is receiving plenty of play. 

·         I appreciated the email blast from Jason this week regarding the Blue flag players encroaching onto the greens complex. Let’s hope they heed the reminder as we have have regularly been noticing golf carts driving far too close to the greens surface.

·         The 9 Hole ladies appreciated the extra attention to the golf course for their event on Tuesday. We are always glad to help out and make these events something special.

·         The Ladies one day invitational was another great success. Compliments to Tina Fry, David Forrey and the entire staff for their efforts. 

·         Overall, everything is going very well with the course receiving many compliments