Friday, December 23, 2011

Bocce Courts are open

I am pleased to announce that the bocce court renovation project is complete and the courts are now open for play. Please remember that these courts are not designed to have the balls 'lobbed' onto the surface. This simply creates pit marks underneath the surface and causes the bocce balls to alter their trajectory on the return end. Please release the ball as low as possible to the surface, similar to a 10 pin bowling style. This will ensure an extended life of our courts and make play more enjoyable for all.

Posted by David Dore-Smith Director of Golf Course and Grounds Maintenance

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Tee Marker Enhancements

They say that "the difference is in the details". I have known that our tee markers, that were purchased over 4 years ago, needed a little TLC for quite some time to bring them to the high levels expected at Copperleaf. A good clean and a fresh coat of paint was what was needed to bring these faux rocks back to life. Unfortunately, time and finding the right employee to handle the delicate strokes between the veins of the leaves on the Copperleaf emblem engraved into the concrete forced me to delay the task. Fortunately, two of our own members, Lora Eikelberner and Helga Reynolds, had offered to"help out in any way" one day as we were talking about the many tasks undertaken on the golf course. I quickly thought of the tee markers and how the two of them could masterfully apply the paint to the rocks like nail polish to a manicured finger nail. Once the markers were cleaned, the ladies set about one afternoon applying the blue, white, gold, green and red paint to the rocks. The finished product looks fantastic and the markers look new again.

Next time you see Lora or Helga, please let them know how much you appreciate their efforts. If you would ever like to communicate an idea or offer to help in any way, please do not hesitate to let me know. Thanks again ladies!! Posted by David Dore-Smith Director of Golf Course and Grounds Maintenance

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Bocce Courts

Our Bocce Courts, that were constructed over 3 years ago by the maintenance staff are receiving a face lift during the month of December. The existing surface of the courts will be removed, the base boards replaced with a lower, permanent plastic based product, the courts gravel base compacted and leveled, pergolas re-painted, and the surface re-installed and sanded. The entire project will be completed within a 10 day period with the courts open for play by Friday, December 23. So please, stuff those stockings with a new set of Bocce balls and come out and enjoy the new courts with your friends and fellow members after Christmas 2011.

Posted by David Dore-Smith Director of Golf Course and Grounds Maintenance

Constant Improvements

We are constantly making minor improvements to the playability of the course throughout the year. Adjusting mowing heights on the fairways and roughs to accommodate the different growing seasons, replenishing sand in bunkers, and applying pine straw among them. Recently, additional sod was installed along the perimeter of one of our fairway bunkers on hole 4 to open up the shot availability to the green, if desired. Several native grass plants were removed and turf grass planted into the location.

The new sod will take several weeks to establish, however, the finished product will be a welcome addition. Posted by David Dore-Smith Director of Golf Course and Grounds Maintenance