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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

GCM Office Renovation

The renovation to the offices, bathrooms and employee break room is well under way.  The contractor started with the break room and it is a the point of painting the walls and installing the baseboards.  New floor, cabinets, countertop and microwave has been installed.  New refrigerator will be delivered on Tuesday, tv for job board and training videos has been ordered and is scheduled for delivery late this week.  It is onto the bathrooms then the main offices.  Going quickly and staff are looking forward to the upgrades.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Tournament Staffing

There are times when I get questions about why the course isn’t detailed like events shown on TV.  Here is photo of some of the volunteers at this years Players Championship.  Just a small sample of the staff involved in getting courses ready daily for major events.  The prep for this event is actually taking place shortly after the previous years event ends.  Any modifications to be made to the course take place and then they start it all over again.  At TPC Sawgrass the prepping never stops, at courses that hold events every 5 to 10 years the home course officials work with the PGA & USGA starting 2 to 3 years ahead of scheduled events.  It is a major undertaking every weekend.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

GCM Office’s/Break Room Renovation

On Monday the 18th the renovation work to the GCM office’s, restrooms and employee break room will begin.  If you happen to know anyone that may be getting a new refrigerator and the one being replaced is still in operational condition please let me know.  I would like to replace the refrigerator that the employee’s use.  The current one is in poor condition.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Bears at it again🤬🤬

Seems the little bears are having a good time with the flag sticks when they wonder across them.  They did a number on #17 again last night.  
Bears will be bears!!

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Sand Bin Lids

The lids to the sand bins have support boards that run underneath the lid.  Since installed last year and through the normal weather patterns of heating and cooling these boards had started to separate.  Today staff installed carriage bolts through the lid to help tighten this back up.  All 5 bins were completed today.

Steel Plate

GCM staff reinstalled the steel plate that was removed on the number 8 side on the way to 9.  It took a while for us to find fasteners that would hold the plate down but not protrude high enough to create a tripping hazard.  We will monitor these fasteners over the next month to ensure they will do the job.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Irrigation Leak

There has been an intermittent irrigation leak near where the cart path crosses from the 10th to 11th hole.  Recently the area had to be isolated and we began the process of determining the best way to address this issue.  It was determined that the leak was actually under the roadway which made this repair more difficult.  Aqua-Matic was brought in to perform this repair as it was determined the easiest way to repair this was to use HDPE pipe and pull it though the existing pipe.  By doing it this way it prevents the roadway from being dug up.  The repair was started and completed today and the irrigation system is up and fully functional.

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Continue to find rocks!

Rocks are always an issue following a renovation as most fo the soil throughout the entire golf had been disturbed in one way or another.  Today we have started pencil tining the greens for 2 reasons - to help relieve soil compaction and improve water infiltration.  New tines were installed on the soil reliever and it was sent out to the first green this morning.  Unfortuenately we found a large rock right along the perimeter of the green/collar with the machine.  These pencil tines do not handle rocks well and the picture below is damage that can happen.  The location of the rock has been recorded and will be removed prior to the summer maintenance.  It is not at all uncommon to find rocks especially when going down 7 inches into the soil.  Tines will be replaced and we will continue the process this week.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Thursday, February 28, 2019

No Pigs Allowed

In my 13 years at this club as the golf course superintendent this is the first time I have seen a pig on the property.  I have not seen them on the golf course yet and I am hoping we do not.  This photo was taken to the right of the 16th tee complex.  I am hoping that this guy/gal is just passing through.  We certainly do not want to see pigs on the property as they can damage a lot of vegetation in a short period of time.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Monarch Butterfly Areas

Monarchs in the Rough

We would like to announce that Naples Lakes CC has joined Monarchs in the Rough, a partnership with the Environmental Defense Fund and Audubon International to help fight the population decline of the monarch butterflies.  We have partnered with Monarch in the Rought to fight habitat loss of monarch butterflies by planting milkweed in out-of-play areas on our golf course.

The monarch butterfly population has declined by 90% in the last 20 years, putting this species incredibly close to extinction.  A key factor is loss of milkweed habitat, which is vital for the caterpillar’s diet and life cycle.  Milkweed is where monarchs lay their eggs and is also the food caterpillars must eat to survive.  We are proud to be a part of this effort to support monarch butterfly populations by growing habitat.

We seeded two areas in February with swamp milkweed seed and a mix of wildflowers donated by a member.  One area is to the left of the back tee on #3 and the other area is to the right of #17 tee.  You’ll see a sign in both areas denoting the sites.  We will manage these areas for maximum flowers and foliage to support the monarch and other native pollinators.

Please contact, Monica Higgins for more details or if you want to support our efforts!

For more information about the program see www.monarchsintherough.com

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Light Conversion

As part of improving the offices at the golf maintenance facility all lights are being converted to LED.  Much simpler process than I anticipated.  Conversion kit from 1000bulbs.com upgrades each light to LED for $45/each.

Old light on the left...LED lights right.

Old light on the left...LED lights right.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

New Cup Liners

New white cup liners with the club logo have been delivered and just in time.  The pink liners with the logo have been out for the NLCC Ladies 9 Hole Invitational and the NLCC Ladies Member/Member.  The white cups will go out Wednesday and we will begin out usual rotation (next week) of white liners for Monday/Friday/Saturday/Sunday and the pink liners for Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

9 Hole Ladies Invitatinoal

Everything out and ready for the NLCC Ladies 9 Hole Invitational
Have a great day ladies!

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

New Rough Mowers

The club has switched the type of mowers being used for the roughs on the new golf course.  The old mowers were rotary mowers, like what is used by home owners but on a much larger scale.  The switch is because the new celebration grass is getting puffy in areas and it is due to the limitations of the rotary mowers.  These new mowers are reel mowers, like is used to mow all other areas of the golf course.  With this new mower we can be a lot more aggressive during summer mainteance.  You can see in the video the patchy areas of brown turf.  This is the mowers cutting off the top of the tuffed up grass.   It will take time for the grass to become accustomed to these new mowers but should greatly improve the overall appearance of the roughs throughout the year.

Friday, February 1, 2019

Easily Tracked

Shared these photos with staff today.  Stressed the importance of not walking through areas freshly sprayed with roundup.  Gets on the shoes then gets tracked until none left.  Just another day in the Turf business!

Thursday, January 31, 2019


Unfortunately staff hauling pinestraw to the first hole accidentally caught the stop sign with the landscape truck.  Accidents happen, staff member got a lecture on being more careful cart paths.  New sign is ordered and in the mean time this sign will be straightened up to look more presentable.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Front Entrance Signs

Adjusting the lights at the 2 front enterance signs to better improve the look and reduce the shadows.  Left side is how the lights were set and the right is following adjustment.  It is a softer light and reduces (doesn’t eliminate) the shadow between the lights.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Golf Advisors Best of 2018

Golf Advisors Best of 2018 rankings have come out and Naples Lakes Country Club has landed at #11.  More than 600 golf courses and 33,000 reviews and our club finished at #11.  That is great to hear....we need to keep it up.

Click on the link below!

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Another Cold Front

Mother Nature is bring us another cold front today.  Chances are high for a good amount of rainfall which is desperately needed in our area.  Putting out a fungicide application for parasitic nematodes prior to the rainfall.  We will use the rainfall to naturally move the product through the soil to the root zone.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Directional Sign

A new directional sign to help assist golfers going from 11 to 12 was installed today.

New Equipment

The new Toro equipment has started to arrive.  Once all the equipment has been delivered we will be able to start mowing roughs with the new mowers to help reduce the puffy look in areas.  The puffy look may not be eliminated completely this time of year but it will significantly change the way we mow roughs throughout the summer months.

Front Enterance

Looks like the finishing touches are being put on the signs at the front entrance.  New copping, which will cover up the lights.  Really finishes the signs off nicely.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Don’t Use Coins!

This is why golfers should never use coins as a ball marker!  .25¢ turned into $1,500 in order to fix the damage caused by the coins.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Bunker Faces

Staff have begun the process of lowering the bunker faces similar to what was done to the coquina eyebrows. Fairway bunkers are first on the list. Once completed staff will jump onto the green side bunkers.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Bear Damage

A bear or bears were playing around on the 15th green and unfortunately caused some damage.  It has all been repaired.