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Saturday, October 14, 2017

October 14, 2017

The golf course is beginning to look more and more like a normal golf course.  The video is photos of the 1st, 2nd, 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th & 16th holes.  The grass on these holes is beginning to tighten up and mowing will continue.  These fairways will be topdressing in the next couple of weeks which will help to smooth them out.  It is getting closer to opening week by week but we have holes that were only recently grassed.  The weather since hurricane Irma has certainly helped us to get on a consistent maintenance program.  Driving range tee is looking better and we should be able to open it in early November.


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Clock

The clock at the driving range tee has been hooked back up!  Another milestone for this project.  Over the coming weeks the area around the range will be mowed and management will do everything possible to open the range tee early November.


Friday, September 15, 2017

September 14, 2017

The Naples community took a direct hit from hurricane Irma on Sunday the 10th of September.  The golf course and club property were prepared as well as they could be prior to the storm.  The club received anywhere from 12-15 inches of rainfall.  It is hard to get an exact measurement for two reasons, the rain gauges used can only measure 6 inches max and secondly, none of the rain gauges remain after the storm.  I have never seen the lakes as high as they currently are.  The current height is 165”, that is 20” higher than our set elevation of 145” and this is down approximately 2’ from where it was at its highest level.  Water is discharging as quickly as it can but as I am sure you seeing on the news that this is going to take some time. The highest wind gusts that I am aware of took place at the Naples airport and was recorded at 142 mph.  It has been estimated that southwest Florida had sustained winds of over 100 mph for well over 2 hours.  Good news is the club has power back and the golf course irrigation system has been tested and all is working properly.  We do have a small leak on the 17th hole but it will have to wait until the water level drops down.  We have a lot of work ahead of us to get the course cleaned up.  Staff have already cleaned off all the greens and are almost finished with the tees.  On Friday staff will begin the tedious process of removing the more than a hundred downed trees throughout the course.  This is going to take some time to complete.  A top priority will be to complete the renovation as quickly as possible.  Grass is currently scheduled to be delivered on Tuesday.  The finish shaper, King Golf, is trying to return to the club as quickly as possible.  As with 90% of the golf course staff they also evacuated out of the state.  The golf course security system was able to record the weather up until the power went out.  The attached video is just a clip of how bad it was and keep in mind this was before the really bad weather hit Naples.




Thursday, September 7, 2017

September 7, 2017

As hurricane Irma churns its way towards south Florida, employees at the club have worked extremely hard to prepare for the worst.  On the golf course, steps have been taken to help get the water off as quickly as possible.  All loose material has been removed and secured.  The 30 irrigation satellites have been cover/taped to help prevent water damage.  Due to recent grassing the golf course irrigation system must remain on as long as possible.  On Saturday the final steps will be taken to secure the pump station.  The main incoming power will be shut down and the system depressurized.  All power to the controllers will also be turned off.  The maintenance facility has been secured, as much equipment as possible has been placed inside.  All loose material has been secured.  Limited staff will be coming in for 1/2 day on Friday to finish up a couple small tasks.  After the storm has passed and it is safe to get out on the roads I will make the trek to the club to asses any damage and begin the clean up.


Saturday, September 2, 2017

September 2, 2017

Grassing the golf course has been difficult with all the rain.  Since June 1st the course has received 57” of rain.  That is more than our total annual rainfall, yes that is a lot of rain, June was 21” July was 14” August was 20” and 2” on September 1st.  The good new is as of today, all the greens on the course and practice area have been grassed.  The chipping green was planted early this morning.  However the heavy rain early this morning has put a stop to grassing on the course until it dries up.  

The golf course maintenance staff wishes everyone a happy Labor Day.



Saturday, August 26, 2017

August 26, 2017

Contractors tried to get some sod down this morning but the weather did not cooperate.  Another 2.4 inches of rainfall overnight.  Attached photo show the dramatic increase in lake levels over the past 3 days.  Hoping for better weather over the next couple of days to allow the course dry out.



Friday, August 25, 2017

August 25, 2017

Golf course renovation is progressing as quickly as possible.  Recent weather has prevented grassing of the 17th & 18th hole from taking place.  Over 4 inches of rainfall in the past 2 days are creating very wet conditions throughout the golf course.  The plan moving forward is to get the grassing completed as quickly as possible.  An update on rainfall, January through May the club received 8.66 inches of rain.  June through August 24th the club has received 45.58 inches.  Be assured that everyone is working as hard as possible to complete this project as quickly as possible.



Friday, August 11, 2017

Work continues!

Work is continuing throughout the golf course.  The irrigation company has begun the relocation of the irrigation main line on the 11th hole.  An additional isolation valve is being installed so the irrigation around the green can be completed and the green and surround grassed Wednesday of next week.  All the remaining greens on the course...10, 11, 17 & 18 will be grassed on Wednesday.  The 3rd and 16th fairway/rough will be grassed by the end of day next Friday.  Drainage of the practice greens will start in the morning.  Once drainage is complete the greens mix will be installed and the final shaping will be completed.  Contractors and staff are continuing to work extremely hard to finish the construction by the end of August.  It is still an obtainable goal as long as Mother Nature cooperates.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

August 3, 2017

Continuing to make progress throughout the golf course.  The final green on the golf course is being constructed, leaving only the putting and chipping greens to build.  Today and Friday the tees on 3,4,5,6,15 & 16 are being sprigged.  Shaping is still happening on holes not yet grassed.  The recent tropical storm that dumped over 7 inches of rain in less than 24 hours did create some headaches throughout the course but more importantly are the 2 days of work lost.  Contractor and staff are working hard to gain those days back.  The attached photo show the dramatic increase in the level of the lakes.  The video is a brief update on the project.  Enjoy!





Sunday, July 30, 2017

Jimmy "The Blade" Stevens

This project has gone full circle for the lead shaper Jimmy.  Started at the driving range tee and the 11th hole back in April and the finishing touches as far as shaping is taking place over the next couple of days.  The shaping throughout the golf course from greens complexes to fairway and rough features all have a little bit of Jimmy in them.  Monday will mark the end of Jimmy's time at NLCC but the changes he has made will be enjoyed by the membership for years to come.  The renovation team had a little bon voyage dinner last evening, Cheers Jimmy!


Left to right...Thad Layton w/wife Stephanie, Duke, Paul, Jimmy w/wife Julie

Left to right...Joe, Tad King and Thad Layton




My wonderful wife Beth who tollorates the long hours away from home.

Friday, July 28, 2017

July 28, 2017

Four more greens were grassed today, 4,7,8 & 16.  The sod was placed around these greens earlier in the week.  This means 14 of the 20 greens have been grassed.  The other 6 greens are in different stages of being built.  Sod has been placed around the tee complexes on 3,4,5 with 6,15,16 to follow next week.  The tops of these tees are also on the schedule to be sprigged as well.  All involved in this project are working extremely hard to complete the project as quickly as possible.



Wednesday, July 19, 2017

July 19, 2017

The pace continues to stay steady.  Grassing on the first 6 holes is complete and beginning to green up.  Sodding around the next 4 greens began today with 3 & 5 done.  In the morning #4 fairway will be sprigged and sodding will continue around the 6th and 15th greens.  Mowing of areas sodded earlier has already begun.  Greens will be rolled in the morning and mowing will begin on Monday.  It is looking more and more like a golf course daily.  I am having a hard time remembering what the old golf course looked like.  For those who are still here you will see a lot water being put on the holes that are grassed.  I know this may seem extreme but it is extremely important to keep the sprigs wet until rooting has begun.  At which time watering will slow down allowing the holes to dry up and we can start doing little things on these holes, like fixing areas that have washed out with the heavy rainfall.  We will get there and it will be great.  Looking forward to seeing people playing the course again.



Saturday, July 15, 2017

July 13, 2017

The first 6 greens were sprigged on Thursday the 13th of July.  Yet another milestone in the project.  Again, pace is picking up.  Current plan is to sod around and sprig the next 4 greens by the end of next week.  Contractors working extremely hard to get the greens sprigged by the end of July.  This is going to be a hard task but doing everything to make that happen.  



Wednesday, July 12, 2017

July 12, 2017

Work throughout the golf course continues at a rapid pace.  On Tuesday we met a milestone....tee, fairway and rough sprigging has begun.  At the end of the day today 3 holes 12, 13 & 14 have been completely grassed with the exception of the greens.  The greens on the first 6 holes...1, 2, 9, 12, 13 & 14 will be sprigged on Thursday, yet another milestone in the project.  While the greens are being sprigged the sodding contractor will begin putting sod down around #1 tee complex and waste bunker.  The sprigging on hole 1 is scheduled to take place Friday with the 2nd hole likely to follow on Saturday.  If all goes well 5 holes will be completely grassed by the end of day Saturday.  Greens continue to be built along with bunkers and fairway shaping.  Drainage basins are being added on almost every hole to help with the drainage.  The irrigation contractor has begun the work on the next 6 greens.  Asphalt was installed today on holes 3 with 4 and 16 to follow over the next couple of days.  Mowing around the greens will likely begin next week after the tif-eagle sprigs have had a chance to root growth.  It is getting to look more and more like a golf course again daily.



Monday, July 3, 2017

Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July

Did a lot of sodding last week and here are a few photos of 12, 13 & 14.



Friday, June 30, 2017

June 30, 2017

It's beginning to look more like a golf course every day.  Sodding, rough shaping, fairway/rough drainage, rock walls, greens drainage, bunker shaping, finish shaping, cart paths, waste bunkers, irrigation and more.  All these tasks are taking place daily and luckily the weather has cooperated the past 3 days which has been a comfort, especially after 22 inches of rain during the month of June.



Tuesday, June 27, 2017

June 27, 2017

Fresh, new cart paths are being installed on holes 1, 2, 10, 12, 13 & 14 this week.  Again Mother Nature has proven her might.  The preparation done before the asphalt company showed up got washed out by 3 inches of rain.  Staff worked extremely hard at staying ahead of the asphalt crew.  All the material that was washed onto the prepared areas had to be cleaned off prior to the asphalt being put down.  It is extremely important for everyone to stay off the freshly laid asphalt until it has had a chance to cure.



Friday, June 23, 2017

June 23, 2017

The green complex on the 6th hole has been shaped.  The rock wall on the 7th green has been installed and work has started on the 8th green rock wall.  Additional drainage has been installed on the 12th hole to improve wet conditions and the coquina has been placed in the waste bunker.  Capillary concrete has been in stalled in the bunkers on 12, 13, 14, 1, 2 & 9.  The 16th green complex has been shaped.  Asphalt cart paths will be installed on 12, 13, 14, 1, 2 & 10 beginning Monday morning.  Sod is scheduled for delivery on Wednesday for around the bunkers on the first 6 holes.  Lots of work happening all over the golf course.  Amazing how much work can be accomplished when Mother Nature cooperates, 19 inches of rain in 21 days since June 1st.



Tuesday, June 20, 2017

June 20, 2017

Lots of work happening throughout the golf course.  Bunker drainage continues on #2, greens drainage is being installed in #3, capillary concrete installation has begun starting on the 12th hole, rock walls on #7 and #8 have started and lake work on #11 is close to wrapping up.  Need a few more days without rainfall for the course to continue to dry out, 17 inches of rain in 19 days.  Grass going down is right around the corner.  It continues to be an extremely exciting time on the course.



Sunday, June 18, 2017

Nerve Racking!

This was a touchy move on Saturday!  Video was shot to ensure no damage was done to the bridge.  I give them credit, they took a lot of precaution!



Saturday, June 17, 2017

NLCC Renovation Update

The golf course renovation project has been progressing along even considering the club has received over 16 inches of rain since June 1st.  The wet conditions have created a few issues here and there but the contractor continues to plug along.  Irrigation has been installed around the first 6 greens.  Bunker drainage will be completed on 12, 13, 14 and 9 by end of day Saturday.  The 3rd & 5th greens have been approved by APDC for drainage, which will take place next week.  Capillary concrete is scheduled for installation starting next Tuesday.



Saturday, June 10, 2017

Rained out.....again!

Yes, rained out again.  Almost 13" of rain since June 1st.  Enough already....we have a golf course to build!!

 

Friday, June 9, 2017

June 9, 2017

Getting caught up after 11.5 inches of rain in the first 7 days of June.  The heavy rains had cause work to slow down due to extremely wet conditions throughout the golf course but the contractor and NLCC staff are working hard at getting caught up.  The level of the lakes since June 1st have risen 36 inches.  Enjoy the video.




Tuesday, June 6, 2017

RAIN and more RAIN

Well isn't this typical!  We all complain when we don't get rain and then it all has to come in a 48 hour period.  As of 6am this morning the golf course received 4.5 inches and around another inch by 2pm.  Lake levels have risen 20 inches in the past 24 hours.  Up to another 3-5 inches could come overnight!  Let's dry up quickly so we can carry on!

 
Rain keeps on flowing in off the gulf!

 
View from the wash station security camera!

 
View from the fuel station security camera!

 
Level shot up around 3am!

Monday, June 5, 2017

One day test!

A one day test to see if the rock in the new lake at #11 can be dug out with an extremely large backhoe and a bucket that looks like the devil made!  Here is to a successful test!

 
  

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

May 30, 2017

Rough shaping on holes 1 & 9 wrapped up today and the lead shaper has moved over to the 3rd green complex.  He should have the green complex wrapped up by end of day Wednesday after which work will shift to the other features on the 3rd hole.  Once 3 is complete work will back up to the 2nd hole.  The scheduled route of work will then go 4 thru 8, 15 thru 18 before wrapping up on the driving range complex and 10 and 11.  Drainage was also being installed in the 14th green along with the gavel layer.  Bunker shaping continued on the 13th and 14th holes.  

One important message I would like to get out to the membership, weeds and grasses are and will continue to grow throughout the golf course during the renovation.  Staff are spraying these areas and will continue to do so throughout this process.  We were aware that this was going to happen and continual applications would be made to control any growth.


Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day 2017

Something a little different today.  Shortly after being hired as the golf course superintendent at NLCC my wife and I added a dog to our family, Cooper. He has spent a lot of time running around the golf course, usually first thing in the morning before most of the members wake up.  He doesn't come to work with me much anymore, mainly due to his age and he has 2 artificial rear knees.  When he does come he has a good time.


Thursday, May 25, 2017

May 25, 2017

Shaping of the 1st green complex is moving very quickly.  The green and surrounding area may be wrapped up today or first thing Friday morning.  Friday and Saturday tee work along with waste bunker and fairway features will be done.  Drainage is being installed in the 13th green and mix should be installed Friday.  Enjoy!


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

May 23, 2017

Wadsworth finished installing the drainage and gravel layer on the 12th hole.  Wednesday they will begin the same work on the 13th green.  Once that is complete greens mix will be installed in those two greens before work moves to the 14th.  The green well on the 9th hole has been completed and the rough shaping around the green is very close to being completed.  Removal of the asphalt is ongoing and should be wrapped up by the middle of next week. Work is progressing and it is an exciting time at the club.  I will continue to make every attempt to post photos and video daily.  Please pass the link onto other members who may be interested in seeing the ongoing work.



Monday, May 22, 2017

May 22, 2017

Today on the course:  The lead shaper and his bulldozer have been moved to the 9th hole.  Shaping of the green complex is scheduled for today and Tuesday.  Wednesday the fairway features will be done.  Installation of the drainage and gravel layer has started on the 12th hole.  Once this is completed the greens mix will be installed.  Work will then move onto 13 & 14 greens.  Stripping of the sand and gravel on the 4th hole was completed and then the contractor started the 15th.

 
Shaping of the 9th green complex.

Shaping of the 9th green complex.

  
Shaping of the 9th green complex.


Friday, May 19, 2017

May 19, 2017

Work continues.  Unfortunately the bulldozer hit the 6" mainline on the 14th hole late Thursday.  This was quickly repaired Friday morning and the system was pressurized.  Almost all of the bury pits have been dug and stripping of the tee/green complexes should be wrapped up late next week.  Shaper will finish up the 14th features Saturday and on Monday will move to the 9th hole.



  




  

Thursday, May 18, 2017

May 18, 2017

Very busy day on the course.  The 12th, 13th & 14th greens have been approved by APDC for drainage.  Features on 12th hole were completed and the tee complex has almost been floated out.  Shaper has begun to shape 14th features.



Monday, May 15, 2017

May 15, 2017

Busy day of renovation on the golf course.  The lead shaper did some work on the 14th fairway/rough areas and then moved back to the 12 hole to work on the new features.  The bunkers on the left side of the 12th hole were removed and then began to shape the waste bunker area.  Once completed he will move over to the right side and remove the bunker and shape.  The finish shaper started today and he did his initial float of the greens wells on 12, 13 & 14.  Once these were completed he began to shape and level the 12 tee boxes.  Elsewhere, bury pits were being dug.  Strippings on 1 & 9 greens and tee complexes were removed and put in the bury pits.  A few photos of the work on 12 & 14.

 
Work on the left side of #14

The 12th green well being floated

 
Shaping the waste bunker on the 12th

  
Shaping and leveling on the 12th tee boxes

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Golf Course Sprayed Out

Last Tuesday following the 2nd round of the ladies member/quest the course was closed for the 1st of 3 herbicide applications.  The elimination of the existing grasses throughout the course is extremely important to the overall success of the project.  As with any application of this size there are always areas that are missed.  There are also areas of the existing turf that are more resistant to the herbicide than others.  For this reason a follow up application (spot treatment) will be taking place Wednesday afternoon following the clearing of the afternoon shotgun.  The signage notifying the membership will be placed throughout the course warning of the application.  This process should only take staff a couple of hours to complete and the golf course will be open normal hours the following morning.  The second full application is scheduled to take place following the morning shotgun on April 11th.  The golf course will remain closed the following morning allowing staff to complete the application if needed.  Should inclement weather prevent the application on April 11th, the golf course will be closed the entire day on April 12th.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Mechanics area complete

The additional work space for the new grinder and mechanics work area is now complete.  The new steel I-beam was delivered Thursday and installed by the staff.  The improvements add much needed space for the mechanics.  Overall, very satisfied with how the project turned out.

 

 

 

 

Monday, March 6, 2017

New reel grinder

The new Bernhard 4000DX reel grinder was delivered late last week.  This unit is a little bigger than one it is replacing so to accommodate the larger size some changes needed to be made to the mechanics work area.  A new wall was framed and installed approximately 5 feet from the existing wall.  Once completed the old wall was removed, this added approximately 50 sqft of work area.  The steel i-beam that is used to mount the winch had to be replaced with a longer one which should be arriving by Wednesday this week.  Once the i-beam is in place the project will be completed.

 

 

 

 

Friday, February 24, 2017

Renovation

The golf course renovation is quickly approaching, as of today, 59 days until the project starts.  Becoming more real now that the contractor has dropped off their trailer with equipment in it.  More equipment will be arriving on Monday.

 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Nursery Green

Nursery green is open for the membership to try out the new tif-eagle bermudagrass that will be on the greens following this summers renovation.  It is open for putting Monday thru Thursday from 7am-2pm and Fridays from 7am-10am.  Closed on Saturdays and Sundays.
 

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Security Cams

All the security cameras are set up and functioning.  Installed the remaining camera this morning and the NVR is recording everything.  Just have some wiring to run down the inside of the wall.  Additional cameras can be added in the future.  I have been wanting to upgrade the system for some time now.  Saved approximately $6,500 by installing it myself, not that difficult to run Ethernet cable.  Did not need to run power to the cams because they are POE (power over Ethernet).

 

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Maintenance Department Security

A few years ago I, along with the help of the clubs IT guy installed 4 webcams around the maintenance yard.  At this point they were meant as a deterrent.  Two of the original cams installed had since failed and were in need of replacement.  I decided that it was time to upgrade the system to better security cameras and install a device to record them 24/7.  Over the past week, two of the new cameras have been installed and the final two will be going up Thursday.  These cameras will allow 24 hours recorded security to the facility.  Total cost of this system will be less than $1,500, a very small price considering the cost of equipment and materials located at the yard.  Myself and managers will be able to view the cams at anytime through our mobile devices.  Parameters can be set up in the future to allow the cameras to detect movement and automatically start recording based on information programmed into the cameras.  While we will not have full 360 coverage around the facility the most important components will be covered.  The Chemical room and Fuel tanks will have a camera monoriting them.  There will be a camera that can view the parking area and most importantly the entery gate into the facility.  One camera on the wall inside the shop to monitor equipment, more can be added if needed.  The last camera will be located inside the golf course superintendents office and only I will have access to view this camera live for the time being.

Here is a view of the first 2 cameras installed:

 

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Nematodes, Oakmont CC & Indemnify

Excellent video on nematodes and Oakmont CC working with Bayer on their product Indemnify.  As stated in the video, nematodes are no longer a southeastern US problem.  These pest are extremely difficult to control but Bayer has produced a product that has shown excellent results.  We used it at NLCC this summer and nematodes counts dropped to almost zero.

https://www.gcsaa.tv/view.php?id=2926

Friday, January 27, 2017

I hate diseases!!

Yesterday all the greens looked great, not a sign of anything to come.  Today however was a different story.  Disease has popped up overnight on some of the greens, 5 being hit the hardest.  Fungicide (Lexicon & Banol) is on property and all greens will be treated in the morning.  The weather in south Florida has been very up and down.  It seems at times the turf doesn't know what to do.....grow/not grow.  It is during weather like this that makes a superintendent loose sleep.  None of the weather forecasters can seem to get it right.

 
 

Thursday, January 26, 2017