Wednesday, March 22, 2023

March 2023 GCM Update

It is no secret that we are in desperate need of rainfall! Our 2023 YTD rainfall total through March 20th is 0.23". This compares to 1.53" in 2022, 1.57" in 2021, and 4.2" in 2020. 

Our lake levels are the lowest they have been at this point in the year since 2018. Fortunately, the dry areas seen throughout the golf course are temporary blemishes that will soon recover once we begin to receive consistent rainfall. Our irrigation system is limited in its ability to provide sufficient water to supplement the lack of rain. We are hopeful for a wetter April to refill our lakes and balance out the turf aesthetics on the golf course. For the time being, the drier conditions will provide golfers with improved ball roll off the tee and approach shots to the green. 

Beautiful sunrise on #16 as we water dry areas ahead of play.

We are gearing up for our final major event of the season, the CMGA Invitational. The staff will be working extra hard over the next week in preparation for this event, in order to provide excellent conditions for our members and their guests. 

 Despite the dry weather, the golf course remains in excellent shape, and our putting greens have been performing exceptional this year. We are hopeful to provide a challenging, enjoyable test of golf for this event! 

Our 2nd Assistant Superintendent, Luis Altuzar, Topdressing #13 Green in mid-March.

Despite the dry weather, putting greens are performing excellent with healthy roots.
Our two newest members of the Copperleaf family are rapidly growing in their nest located between holes #3 and #4. The oldest of the two hatched on February 20th. Ospreys typically take flight at 7-8 weeks, so keep a close eye over the next month as they continue to grow. 

Our two young ospreys enjoying a snack in their nest.

 The final wildlife tour of the season will take place on Saturday, April 8th. Please be sure to sign up soon as these tours are extremely informational and fun! 

Our Wildlife Tour Guide, Brian Beckner, captures a photo with the group inspecting wildlife on 3/18.

 This year, we are scheduled to complete the recertification process in order to remain a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. This important designation demonstrates our continued efforts towards environmental sustainability. During the recertification process, we are planning on constructing a butterfly garden to combat the decline of Monarchs and other key pollinators. We have identified an out-of-play area to the right of the bridge leading to #4 which we will utilize for the garden. Be on the lookout for several nectar-filled plants in this area to attract butterflies. 

Lastly, we are finalizing plans for a very important summer of cultural practices and projects. Please see the 2023 Golf Course Closure schedule below.

 As always, feel free to email any questions, comments or concerns to



Sunrise over the Driving Range


Tuesday, February 21, 2023

February 2023 GCM Update

The month of February was full of sunshine and warm temperatures. Unfortunately, there has been no measurable rainfall, resulting in low lake levels and dry turf. Fortunately, playability is not impacted and the rainy months are coming soon! 

The lack of rain effectively identifies the deficiencies in our irrigation system. While the infastructure remains in good shape, the system and design are both outdated. We are currently in the process of developing a new irrigation design to be utilized in conjunction with our next golf course renovation. While this renovation is still 10+ years out, it is a beneficial exercise to develop and frequently review plans to ensure all needs are met and the funds are appropriately allocated. The main purpose of the new irrigation design will be to maximize performance and conserve water. Water conservation is critical as our supply is completely dependent upon lake levels. In the meantime, we will be closely monitoring these lake levels, spot running irrigation when necessary and doing our best to conserve resources to ensure an adequate supply of irrigation water.

Early morning irrigation - "spot watering" dry areas.

Our putting greens remain very healthy and have been performing exceptional. Our summer cultural practices and in-season programs have been very effective in enabling us to provide high quality conditions. We have been "venting" greens monthly ahead of play, which gives the turf an opportunity to breathe by reducing compaction and supplying roots with oxygen. Venting is a non-invasive method of solid-tine aerification. No material is removed and the process is very clean, with virtually no impact to playability.

Solid-tine aerification being performed on #6 Green earlier in the year.

Solid-tine aerification fractures the soil and provides oxygen, water and nutrients to turfgrass roots.

This week, two of our osprey eggs hatched. We are closely watching the third and looking forward to monitoring their development prior to fledging.

Two hatchlings have been observed in our Osprey next thus far.

As a reminder, please always be on the lookout for alligators around the golf course. As temperatures warm up, they become much more active traveling between lakes. Additionally, their mating season is right around the corner.

An alligator is observed traveling between lakes on Hole #6

Lastly, I had the opportunity to attend the 2023 GCSAA Conference and Trade Show earlier this month. This annual event is an excellent opportunity for continuing education and networking. I had the chance to take several classes and seminars, in addition to giving a presentation on obtaining the Certified Golf Course Superintendent designation.. I am grateful for opportunity to attend this event each year and look foward to applying new skills and techniques to Copperleaf.

I had the opportunity to give a presentation on obtaining the CGCS designation. I became a Certified Golf Course Superintendent (CGCS) in 2019.

"Creating a Great Team Culture" was one of the seminars I took during the Conference, with great information relative to our operation.

As always, feel free to email any questions, comments or concerns to 

#4 Green shortly after being mowed - 2/9/23

Sunrise over #14 Tees - 2/14/23

Hole #12 Green - 2/16/23

Hole #16 Green - 2/16/23

Friday, January 27, 2023

January 2023 GCM Update

Looking back at 2022, we had a very successful year as a department. There were plenty of challenges - labor, supply chain issues, increased prices and a lovely hurricane. I am extremely grateful to have an incredible staff and leadership team who have all gone above and beyond to ensure we continue to provide a high quality product for our membership to enjoy. We are excited to see what 2023 has to offer!

January has been an interesting month with fluctuating temperatures, minimal rain and heavy play. The golf course is holding up well despite the increased traffic, and should be in great condition for our upcoming tournaments. Our last bulk fertilizer application in mid-January will supply a steady release of nutrients over the next 60 days until our next scheduled application.

The Greens have been in excellent shape, and the cooler temperatures observed in mid-January have contributed to a reduction in turfgrass growth and a faster playing surface. Once we get through the Club Championship this weekend, warmer temperatures in the 10-day forecast will increase the growth rate of our putting surfaces and promote turfgrass recovery and health.

Doug Garcia rolling #9 Green in early January

We have been closely watching our Osprey nest, which now has three eggs. As a reminder, the camera we have located at the nest will provide a 24/7 feed to check out the activity. The link feed is located here - Osprey Nest Cam

Eggs should hatch sometime in the next 3-4 weeks

Our new generator located at Golf Maintenance has been successfully installed and will be extremely useful for us to continue operations in the event of power outages or other *tropical events*. 

500-gal underground propane tank will supply gas to generator

Generator will supply full power for continued GCM operations

Our next Wildlife Tour with local ornithologist, Brian Beckner, is scheduled for Thursday, February 23rd. Spots are limited so be sure to sign up on the Club Website soon. 

Bald Eagle observing Hole #9

Lastly, we appreciate your continued support and assistance by following the 90-degree rule, repairing ballmarks and filling divots. 

Proper golf course etiquette makes the course enjoyable for all of our members and guests.

As previously mentioned in my last update, the goal is to provide monthly updates via this blog. Please feel free to email any questions or concerns to 

Best of luck to all participants in the Club Championship this weekend! 

Hole #16 - 1/11/23

Sunrise - 1/19/23

Sunrise over Hole #8 - 1/19/23

Sunday, January 22, 2023

Blog Update - Back by popular demand!

It has recently been suggested that we once again utilize the Copperleaf Golf Course Maintenance Blog as an avenue to effectively communicate our work to the membership. At this time, the goal will be to provide monthly updates to the membership through the blog. 

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for future blog posts, please feel free to email me at 

For now, please enjoy the collection of drone shots that we've taken over the past few months!