Friday, June 21, 2019

FYI 6/21/2019

Golf Maintenance FYI

·         The golf course continues to look good and receive positive comments from both our Members and Reciprocal players.
·         The heat index continues to rise with constant “feel like” temperatures approaching 108 degrees. The strenuous work performed by our staff is greatly appreciated.
·         We continue to trim plant material throughout the golf course with Holes 1 and 2 nearing completion. Some plants are pruned quite heavily to remove dead and woody material which then promotes new, succulent growth.
·         We did experience some rain during the week which kept the course wet in some areas. Thank you to Tina Fry for placing directional signs and stakes throughout the course to prevent cart path restrictions.
·         Compliments to the golf maintenance staff for preparing the course for the local Assistant Golf Professionals on Thursday. Our very own AJ Pasqual shot an impressive 68 from the Blue Tees. Well done AJ!
·         All greens were verticut this week to remove excess growth and improve ball speed. Greens will be top-dressed with sand and fertilized with potassium next week. The potassium will help with the extreme weather conditions as it improves turf strength against drought and heat. The sand top-dressing will help to dilute organic material in the soil and provide a firm surface.
·         Washouts along some of the lake banks and rock walls have been filled in this week and will continue into next week.
·         The 3-Day Trees Florida conference was excellent. I was able to learn many new ideas that can be implemented here at Copperleaf including Palm tree health, structural tree trimming and improved cultural practices for our shrubs.
·         Overall, everything is going very well. Our turf health continues to improve from the Curfew application and there is some nice definition between the fairways and rough.

·         A reminder that the course will be closed for major cultural practices starting Monday July 8 and re-open Monday July 29. Please plan your vacations accordingly 😊

FYI 6/14/19

Golf Maintenance FYI

·         Not to sound like a broken record but it was yet another hot week at Copperleaf. The "feel like" temperature on most days was over 108 degrees. Compliments to my staff for working long hours on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to get our tasks done.
·         A special thanks to Clare and Ed Donahue and Lora and Ike Eikelberner for providing our staff with some Gatorade this week to quench their thirst and replace lost electrolytes.
·         Another special thank-you to Len Godfrey for providing pizza for the staff on Wednesday. It was greatly appreciated by all the staff.
·         The damage to the turf from the Curfew application continues to heal quickly. I have been very impressed with the recovery and the overall improved appearance of the course.
·         All Tees, Approaches and Fairways were circle cut this week. Circle cutting eliminates thatch and grain and provides an improved appearance by allowing the ball to sit up, rather than down, into the turf. It also allows for an improved aftercut appearance from our mowers.

Circle Cutting Hole 6

Aftercut appearance Hole 3

·         All greens were verticut this week to improve ball speed and reduce thatch and grain. Verticutting involves thinning out the turf grass and helps with smoothing the playing surface. This process generates a lot of grass clippings due to its aggressive nature.

Verticutting Hole 1 Green

The verticut cut lines are visible until being mowed. Our current Height of cut is 0.100.

·         All Roughs were sprayed with a growth regulator this week to reduce grass clippings and provide consistent playing conditions.
·         David Forrey and I attended an advanced irrigation class this week. It was a great class that refreshed our memories and provided some new ideas to improve the efficiency of our irrigation system.
·         I will be attending a 3-day Trees Florida conference next week. I will be attending classes each day and securing CEU’s to maintain my Certified Arborist license.
·         We experienced 1.2 inches of rain last night. The rain was absorbed quickly and there were no restrictions this morning. Thanks to Tina Fry for setting up the golf course ready for play.
·         Overall, everything is going very well. The rain last night was a welcome relief to help with some developing dry areas on the course.

Monday, June 10, 2019

FYI 6/7/19

Golf Maintenance FYI

·         It was yet another hot week without rain. Feel like temperatures over 104 degrees made our labor-intensive work quite challenging this week. Compliments to my staff for continuing to work hard and complete our tasks.
·         A special thanks to Char Swob and Helga Reynolds for providing our staff with some Gatorade to quench their thirst and replace lost electrolytes. It is greatly appreciated.
·         The Curfew application on Tuesday was a success with 60 acres of turf being treated. As mentioned at every opportunity, the scarring of the turf after the application is less than desirable; however, within a short period of time the “burnt” lines will disappear. The machines caused some damage where they hit buried rocks, however, there was less damage than I had anticipated.
·         I met with our electrician on Wednesday where he confirmed that splicing into the irrigation system power supply will work to power the proposed decorative clock. The approximate cost is $2,500 to run the wires and appropriate components from Hole 18 red Tee to the practice area. The electrical connection will only be able to provide power for the Clock and no other future considerations.
·         The Clubhouse, Tennis Courts and Hole 13 landscaping was trimmed this week. Compliments to Flavio Lopez for his tireless work trimming all day in the heat and humidity.
·         All bunkers were edged this week.
·         We started trimming the Hong Kong Orchids throughout the property this week. One member was so impressed with the work he has offered to provide pizza to our staff on Wednesday!
·         Greens were fertilized this week with a 19-0-15 fertilizer blend to maintain health.
·         All fairways were sprayed with liquid fertilizer on Monday to maintain health and encourage recovery from the Curfew application.
·         Roughs will be sprayed with a growth regulator next week to reduce grass clippings and provide consistent playing conditions.
·         We hope to complete the installation of new sprinklers along the fence of Hole 6 this coming week. New plants will then be installed in open areas.
·         50 new Cabbage Palms were installed on Wednesday and Thursday including Holes 4, 6, 7, 18 and between 16 and 17. An outside contractor performed the work.
·         David Forrey and I will be attending advanced training for our Irrigation System Software on Thursday and Friday next week. The class is being held at Tiburon Golf Club in Naples.
·         I will be attending a 3-day Trees Florida conference on June 20-22. I will be attending classes each day and securing CEU’s to maintain my Certified Arborist license.
·         We did experience some rain early this morning, which was much needed, but the timing was frustrating. Our staff got wet as they were preparing the course and we had to stop mowing fairways and rough. I will be mowing fairways this afternoon to catch up.
·         Overall, everything seems to be going well. The lines in the turf from the Curfew provide an unsatisfactory look and I look forward to a full recovery.