Friday, October 18, 2019

FYI 10/4/19


10/4/19
Golf Maintenance FYI

·         The golf course continues to look great with the greens in superb condition. The weather has been very surprising for this time of year with the lack of rain. We only experienced a ½ inch of rain for the month! That is by far the driest September on record for Copperleaf. Thankfully our lakes have been full since May and so our water supply is satisfactory at the moment. That being said, it is possible that we will not see substantial rain for many months of which ‘will’ be of great concern. Hopefully by me writing this, the rain gods will surprise us and deliver rain when needed – at night!
·         Plant and tree trimming continued this week throughout the golf course and will be completed next week. Several trees throughout the Community have had branches removed to improve their appearance and structural strength.
·         Common ground plant material will start to be trimmed on Tuesday around the Clubhouse and Common Grounds in preparation for the annual mulch pine straw application scheduled for mid-November.
·         The tennis courts had over 2 tons of new clay added to their surface in preparation for increased tennis play and to replenish the material that gets washed away during heavy rain events. The courts are scheduled to be completely resurfaced in September of 2020.
·         The golf course bathrooms had the irrigation improved around the surrounding garden beds this week. New plant material will soon be ordered and installed to enhance these areas. Thank you to Luis Altuzar and Silvestre Flores for their tireless work digging through the soil and tree roots to add new pipe and sprinklers.
·         The paver installation around the decorative clock was completed this week as well as the plant bed for the annual flowers. The clock is scheduled to be installed on Wednesday, October 16 and will complete the project.


Retaining wall and pavers installed around the clock foundation


Not the clock I was hoping for??

·         The Royal Palms at the front entrance were trimmed this week not only to clean them up but to prepare them for the decorative Christmas lights that will soon be installed. Compliments to Ricardo Gomez and David Forrey for their work high up on the tree lift.
   

Ricardo high up in the Royal Palms at the front entrance

·         Thanks to David Forrey and Luis Altuzar for helping with the security scanner at the front entrance. A new wire was installed that has eliminated the issue with the scanner not reading bar codes. Thanks to Ray Houle for identifying the problem and coming up with the fix.

David Forrey cutting a thin line through the concrete

·         All fire hydrant reflectors were replaced throughout the community this week. Thanks to Estero Fire Rescue for following through from our communication a month ago. I am now waiting on BSU to refurbish the fire hydrants by the end of the year.
·         I was able to receive a $4,000 credit from BSU after following up with them regarding water leaks experienced at the golf course bathrooms. Just goes to show you never know until you ask!
·         I will be enjoying some time off next week. David Forrey and the leadership group have everything scheduled in my absence and I look forward to not worrying about Copperleaf for the next 7 days 😊





Friday, October 4, 2019

FYI 9/27/19


9/27/19
Golf Maintenance FYI

·       The golf course is looking great as we approach the weekend. Without question, the weather over the past 10 days has been spectacular with lower temperatures and humidity. Interestingly there has been very little rain over the past 4 weeks which is extremely surprising for September. There is rain forecast next week which will be welcomed.
·       Areas of raised turf along the cart path edges preventing water to enter the drainage system has all been lowered this week. This will be a great improvement in alleviating puddles that form on the cart paths.
·       Plant and tree trimming continued this week throughout the golf course and will be completed next week. Several trees throughout the Community have had branches removed to improve their appearance and structural strength.
·       All common ground plant material will be trimmed over the next 2 weeks in preparation for the annual pine straw application scheduled for mid-November.
·       Tina Fry enjoyed a 3-day seminar revolving around the success of women in golf maintenance. It was a great experience for her and around 30 other women across the country. Copperleaf is fortunate to have Tina working with us as she brings great experience, knowledge and attention to detail – thank you Tina.
·       The golf course bathrooms were pressure washed and cleaned this week. Thank you to Mark and Silvestre for their efforts. Adjustments to the irrigation will be completed next week followed by improvements to the surrounding landscaping. It will be a great improvement to these areas once completed.


Mark and Silvestre at Hole 4 bathroom

·       The retaining wall around the decorative clock was completed this week. Next week a ring of pavers will be installed along with annual flowers in the garden bed. The clock is scheduled to be installed on Tuesday, October 15 and will complete the project.
·       The practice tee will be open for play from the turf on Tuesday, October 1. It is currently in great condition due to not being played on for the past month. The mats will still be utilized on weekends and shotgun events throughout the golfing season to help preserve the turf and allow for new grass to grow. I encourage all golfers to be respectful and follow the guidelines on how to properly hit their shots.


·       We continue to battle Moles on the golf course. These small animals can be quite destructive when they reach the fairways, tees and approaches. We are constantly setting traps and applying baits to remove the animals from the turf. I believe it will be an arduous battle!

Hole 9 Approach on Friday, September 27, 2019



Hole 9 Approach on Saturday, September 28, 2019