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.