Friday, August 23, 2019

FYI 8/23/19

Golf Maintenance FYI

·       Where did the week go? It has been yet another busy week on the golf course with the weather finally cooperating to allow us to mow all turf grass and present the course to a high standard. In fact, it feels that the weather has finally started to change with cooler mornings and evenings.
·       Greens were verticut, top-dressed, brushed and fertilized this week. Verticutting and top-dressing with sand aides in the elimination of grain, smooths the putting surface and firms the greens. All of this provides a quality putting surface for our golfers.
·       The new beverage stations were installed this week at the bathrooms on Hole 4 and Hole 14. Unfortunately, there was an issue with one of the new ice machines and we anticipate having that issue resolved early next week. There are a few small details to finish next week including touching up some paint, replacing the bathroom signs and the addition of colorful flowers. Overall, it is a great improvement.
·       Trimming continued on Holes 12 and 13 this week and we will continue on Holes 14 and 15 next week as we progress throughout the course. The trimming removes woody material and allows for new fresh growth to occur.
·       Compliments to our mechanic, Roman Gomez, for continuing to organize his office and a multitude of nuts, bolts, washers and various parts that he uses to keep our equipment operating. His new office, as part of the building renovation, has been improved with cabinets and storage bins to allow him to keep everything in plain sight and improve ordering and efficiency. It has been a tedious task but is now nearing completion.
·       Our tees were sprayed with a combination of liquid fertilizers and a seaweed extract this week. The liquified seaweed provides organic substances to our soil that has proven to be extremely beneficial to root growth and ultimately improved turf health.
·       All Fairways will be sprayed over the coming days to continue to improve turf health and provide necessary nutrients. It is critical to allow the turf to strengthen as much as possible during the growing months so that it can withstand the cooler weather and increased golf cart traffic that will soon be upon us.
·       Please remember that the golf course will be closed for 3 consecutive days – September 10, 11 and 12. These days will be used to aerify the greens and granular fertilize the entire golf course.
·       The St. Augustine grass was treated with an insecticide this week to control an outbreak of Chinch Bugs that are damaging to the turf. It will take a week or two for the turf to fully recover and regrow in some of the thin areas.
·       The golf course superintendent Best Management Practices training was a great success this week with over 40 local Superintendents and Assistants attending the class. Our local Chapter leads the State in certified applicators, and I am proud that Copperleaf supports this event by providing a central location. Thank you to the Food and Beverage staff for their efforts. It is greatly appreciated.
·       This week I have requested that Estero Fire replace any missing reflectors used to identify the fire hydrants throughout the property. Likewise, I have requested Bonita Springs Utilities to repaint the deteriorated fire hydrants throughout the Community as their current condition is less than ideal. I am hopeful for a quick response from both parties.

·       You never know what you might see out on the golf course every day, however, I came across this 'hazard' as I was spraying the red hazard paint to the lake banks last week on Hole 18. Be careful out there!

Hole 18 Lake bank 'Hazard'

FYI 8-16-19

Golf Maintenance FYI

·       The weather conditions over the past week have been challenging to say the least. Rain at all times of the day have made scheduling work on the golf course extremely challenging. Compliments to our staff for their dedication and persistence in preparing the course each and every day.

Lena Tovar mowing her last green in the rain to “get it done”.

·       The weather conditions throughout the entire summer have been extremely challenging. Excessive heat and humidity coupled with high rain fall and cloud cover can easily cause our turf to be under stress. A website that is utilized to help predict disease outbreaks for our area highlights the extreme conditions we have been under for the past 30 days and provides a ‘stress index’. As can be seen in the attached photo, our area has been in the red for the past month. The cultural practices as well as correct fertilizer and plant health product applications have our greens in very good condition at present time.

·       All bunkers, basins, cart paths and sprinklers were edged throughout the course this week
·       All fairways and tees were sprayed with a liquid fertilizer to improve turf health and aide in recovery from the course closure in July.
·       We will continue trimming the plant material throughout the golf course next week including Hole 12 and 13.
·       Work will begin next week on updating the beverage station at the golf course bathrooms. Upgrades will include a new ice maker and improved cup and lid dispensers and an overall improved appearance.
·       The Golf Course Superintendent Event held yesterday was a great success. Over 60 participants enjoyed the hospitality of the golf staff, the food and beverage operation and a pretty nice golf course. Compliments to Mother Nature for not raining and the golf maintenance staff for their outstanding efforts including a 5 AM start. The entire operation received many compliments from the participants. Thank you to Traci and the Membership for allowing the event.

Hole 18 on Thursday, August 15

·       I will be hosting a local Superintendent educational seminar here on Thursday, August 22. It will be held in the clubhouse and will include lunch for 30 to 40 participants. It is an annual event for Superintendents to obtain their Golf Course Best Management Certification that is valid for 4 years. David Forrey will be renewing his certification. Tina Fry and I are currently certified.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

FYI 8/9/19

Golf Maintenance FYI

·         The 3-week course closure was a great success with an abundance of cultural practices being completed.
o   All greens were verticut 8 times, aerified 2 times, top-dressed with sand and fertilized.
o   Tees were verti-cut, vacuumed, aerified, top-dressed with sand and fertilized
o   Fairways and Approaches were verti-cut 2 times, vacuumed, aerified 2 times, fraise mowed, raked and top-dressed with sand and fertilized
o   Roughs were scalped, aerified and fertilized
o   The vacuuming and removal of grass clippings generated over 570 yards of material that was hauled off property.

Part of the debris pile

Top-dressing Hole 16 Fairway

·         The turf is now recovering very well and improving every day. Compliments to our employees for working through some extreme heat, humidity, rain and dusty conditions.
·         Our equipment is put to the test during the course closing and we experienced only a few unexpected issues. Compliments to our mechanic, Roman Gomez, for having everything ready and repaired in a timely fashion.
·         The Curfew application completed in June to help control nematodes continues to be successful. An example of this can be seen on Hole 17 where there was a small miss from the applicator and so the Nematodes have continued to damage the turf. Due to this positive response, I have scheduled another application for June 2020.

Hole 17 White Tee – August 2019

     The rain over the past couple of weeks has been extraordinary. There has been rain at all times of the day including lightning that prevents work from being completed and has been extremely frustrating. Compliments to David Forrey for scheduling our staff to complete the work as efficiently as possible whilst maintaining very high standards throughout the course.
·         I enjoyed some time off with my family visiting family members in both Galway, Ireland and London, England. It was fantastic to get away for a while and I can’t thank David Forrey, Tina Fry and the leadership group for their outstanding work in my absence.
·         I will be hosting a local Superintendent event here on Thursday, August 15. It will be an 8:30 AM Shotgun with 50 to 60 expected participants followed by lunch. Member play will be included in the Shotgun. We will be putting our best effort forward to have the course in great shape – let’s hope Mother Nature cooperates.
·         I will be hosting a local Superintendent educational seminar here on Thursday, August 22. It will be held in the clubhouse and will include lunch for 30 to 40 participants. It is an annual event for Superintendents to obtain their Golf Course Best Management Certification that is valid for 4 years. David Forrey will be renewing his certification. Tina Fry and I are currently certified.