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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.