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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Roof update!

Colonial Roofing is moving along with the overlay of the golf maintenance building roof.  Everything should be wrapped up by the end of the week.  The roof is currently 100% waterproof at this time and the material is 97% reflective which means cooler temperatures for the office and mechanics.  No more 5 gallon bucket sitting on my desk.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

New Roof

The new roof is going on the maintenance building.
Took a while to get it done but Colonial Roofing is on site.
Should be finished by the end of next week.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Stump removal

The remains of a triple Roebelenii palm killed by Irma has finally been removed.  Was hoping by waiting it would make it come out easier but no luck.  Messed up a lot turf to get it out.  Royal palm being installed in its place.

Monday, August 20, 2018


Breaks in the irrigation system causes more issues than just a broken pipe.  Usually means clogged heads which leads to poor coverage.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Fairway work

Staff have had a busy 2 days on the golf course.  Front 9 fairways and roughs have been aerified, vertical mowed and cleaned up.  This piece of equipment accomplishes 3 tasks in one pass.  Aerification plugs cleaned up, vertical mowing and debris cleaned up.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Upcoming Maintenance

Upcoming Maintenance during the 2 Week Closing.

Greens will be vertical mowed (debris blown off), top dressed, aerified, cleaned off, rolled daily (to smooth out any imperfections). Other than frequent rolling they will be left alone over the next 7 days to allow them to recover from maintenance. The second week of the closing the greens will be top dressed, fertilized and mowing will commence every other day. Conditions of the greens will be monitored closely to ensure they recover as quickly as possible.

Tees/collars/approaches will all be vertical mowed, scalped, aerified and top dressed. These areas will be rolled as needed to help smooth areas following maintenance. All of these areas will be fertilized following maintenance and allowed to recover.

Fairways will be aerified, vertical mowed, scalped and top dressed (limited to specific fairways at this time). Following maintenance they will be fertilized to facilitate recovery.

Roughs will be aerified, vertical mowed, scalped and fertilized.

Bunkers and coquina areas will be edged, faces scalped, depths measured and adjustments in the depth of sand/coquina will be made if necessary.

Once maintenance is completed areas may be brown in color. This is normal and they will recover in a few weeks.

Monica and her staff will be adding around 2,000 dwarf fakahatchee grasses in open areas along the lake behind 3 green, along the right side of 16 fairway and spots here and there. We still have other small spots around the tees that need a few shrubs also.

The efficiency of the last pre-emergent weed application applied in late March has reached the end of its useful time frame. Due to this, you might see some weeds on the golf course have started to emerge. The staff is currently applying post emergent herbicides to address weeds that have become visible. The applications on the course will be completed prior to closing and you will see these weeds turning yellow and dying. Spraying will continue throughout the closing and the next pre-emergent application to the golf course will be applied before it re-opens.

Summer maintenance is a necessary process in the maintaining of the health of the golf course. These procedures are a must and while at times may seem aggressive are a vital process.

If anyone has any concerns during the closing please feel free to reach out to me and I will happy to discuss the different aspects of the closing. 

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Irma not that long ago!

Just a quick photo of the 8th hole a day after hurricane Irma hit.  
We have come a long way in a relative short period of time,
considering it was a category 4!

Friday, August 3, 2018

New Kubota Tractor

The club recently replaced a 20 year old Kubota tractor with a new unit.  This new tractor, also a Kubota, has more horsepower and is able to operate 2 pieces of equipment more efficiently than the one it replaced.  These 2 units are both manufactured by Wiedenmann, one is a fairway aerification unit that staff are using to help locate rocks under the surface of the fairways.  Solid 1” steel tines are currently being used on this unit due to their ability to hit large rocks without breaking.  A staff member follows behind the unit and when it hits a rock the area is marked so the rock can be removed.  This is a tedious process but necessary to help identify where the rocks are.  The other unit is a pull behind verticutting, flail mowing and vacuum all built into one unit.  In the past this unit was used to only verticut fairways as the tractor being used was at the low end of the horsepower range to operate it.  While it has done its job fantastically on the fairway in the past, with the new higher horsepower tractor the unit can be used to also verticut the roughs.  Test passes were made in the roughs surrounding the 17th fairway and the unit performed extremely well.  Below are some pictures of the tractor and verticutting performed in the rough on the 17th hole.

Kubota 7060 w/Wiedenmann Super 600

Rough Verticutting

Rough Verticutting