Golf Maintenance FYI
· There is no question that we are extremely fortunate that Hurricane Dorian slipped up the east coast this past week. Our thoughts and prayers are with those that the massive storm did effect.
· I can’t thank my staff enough for their willingness to get the golf course ready for play for the past weekend and the Labor Day event. The course was in great shape and our members thoroughly enjoyed getting away from the Weather Channel updates and being outdoors. Great work by Traci, Jason, Chef Paul and Brian for communicating and coordinating everything. #teamwork
· We are preparing for our 3-day closure this coming week that will involve verti-cutting and aerifying the greens on Tuesday. They will then be top-dressed with sand, fertilized and brushed to incorporate the sand and nutrients down into the soil profile. I am confident the greens will recover quickly.
· The golf course will be fertilized with a complete fertilizer this week to strengthen the turf before the cooler weather and increased golfer traffic arrives.
· During the closure there will be some new concrete curbing added along the cart paths in several locations including Hole 1 tee complex, Hole 5 green and the bathrooms on Holes 4 and 14. These areas are routinely run over with cart traffic and have a negative impact on the turfgrass and vegetation. The broken sidewalk from Hole 13 to 14 will also be repaired.
· Several areas throughout the golf course are having additional plant material installed where there have been voids or dead plants removed. The new plants will provide an improved appearance and help reduce weed pressure.
· Additional Palm trees will be installed this week along the golf maintenance western fence to provide an improved appearance for those residents in Cinnamon Ridge looking toward the east.
· The ice machine at Hole 4 was repaired this week and is now operating perfectly. I have received many compliments for the upgrades to the beverage stations and the overall appearance of the bathrooms.
· An irrigation issue was identified on Court 1 at the tennis facility. A new irrigation valve will be installed on Monday. The courts will have additional clay applied at the end of September to have them in great condition for the upcoming season.
· Electrical work for the decorative clock was completed this week. The new clock is expected to arrive the first week of October.
· Bonita Springs Utilities has confirmed that they will be refurbishing our fire hydrants throughout the property. They hope to begin in October and finish by the end of the year.
· Estero Fire Department has confirmed that they will be replacing any missing reflectors used to identify the fire hydrants. They hope to have this completed by the end of the month.
· David Forrey will be enjoying some time off next week visiting family in Minnesota. It is a much-deserved break for this outstanding employee.