Friday, September 15, 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
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.
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Saturday, 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.