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Monday, December 2, 2019

#3 Irrigation Leak

An extremely stubborn irrigation leak on the 3rd hole has been repaired.  We have also come to find that not far away the HOA irrigation mainline also has a leak which will hopefully be repaired Tuesday.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Getting ready for next summer

Brought the big aerifier out to make sure it is ready to go for late spring/early summer.  Prior to the 2017 renovation the staff went through every fairway/tee with this unit.  It’s main purpose again will be to find the rocks that in the range or 3-6 inches.  The tines on this unit are currently 1” solid steel tines.  Staff will follow behind and mark all the areas were the unit hits rocks and they will be dug up and disposed of.  Don’t worry, this work will be mostly completed following our season.  When watching this video it is important to keep in mind this unit weights 3,000 pounds.  It hits rocks large and hard enough for this unit to lifted off the ground.  

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Tuesday Morning

It is a beautiful Tuesday morning here at NLCC!
#9 Fairway

Decrease in soil temps

The two photographs below indicate the soil temperatures in the 4th green 14 days apart.  This dramatic decrease is a excellent example of how cloudy, wet and cold days can dramatically change the soil temperatures.  This decrease in temp has a dramatic affect on how much the grass grows.  Warm season grasses do not like cold soil temperatures which is why during the winter months any recovery from injury is greatly reduced.  We are lucky enough this far south that the grasses very rarely go dormant.  Growing conditions typically stay just right to keep everything green but growth is minimal.

The 4th Green on November 4th 2019

The 5th Green on November 18th 2019

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Clipping Yields

The attached photos show how we measure the volume of clippings removed from the greens daily. This allows us to monitor growth and help aid us in growth regulator applications and other cultural practices.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Concrete work

Final repairs are being made alone Prestwick Drive from a major irrigation repair.  Since we were ordering the concrete from Cemex we took the opportunity to add some bollards to protect the entry gate system to the golf maintenance facility.

Monday, October 21, 2019

With 3” of rain over the past 3 days, coupled with extremely cloudy weather the staff vented the perimeters of the greens this morning.  Using a new product, Ninja Tines, we were able to do all the perimeters of the greens ahead of play.  You can barely even see the work was done.  After aerifying the debris was blown off the greens and the areas rolled.  Greens were then mowed and rolled for play.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Bunker work

Staff are edging and weed-eating all the bunkers.  Should be finished with all the bunkers on Wednesday.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Saturday, October 5, 2019

HOA Mainline Fix

We finished the fix to the 4” HOA mainline that is fed from the golf course irrigation on #14.  This was an odd repair in that the pipe that runs under the road is actually ductile iron.  We managed to get everything dug up and exposed on Thursday.  On Friday the repair was made and staff backfilled the line.  The area will be allowed to settle for a week or two and then new sod will be put down and the section of sidewalk replaced.  

Thursday, October 3, 2019

HOA Irrigation Leak

Currently working on an HOA irrigation mainline leak on Prestwick Drive.  This is a difficult one!  6 feet down, had to remove a section of sidewalk to excavate the area.  Old pipe removed today, picking up parts this afternoon and repair will be made on Friday.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Last minute work

The summer maintenance season has come to a close and the staff are working hard at getting some last minute work completed today.  A 50/50 mix (sand/organic) is being applied to areas throughout the golf course that are in need of the additional work.  Areas that we concentrating on are located on #3, #6 & #11.  The area to the right side of #3 down by the green where we would like to get the grass a little longer and the same to the left of #6 fairway and to the right of #11 along the new lake bank.  Any additional material that is remaining will be applied to high traffic areas.

The mimosa to the left of the cart path on #2 has been removed and celebration burmudagrass is being put down.  This work will be completed today and the area will remain GUR over the next few weeks to allow the sod to take root.

An outside company is on the golf course trimming the palms behind the 4th green and between the bridges on the 9th hole.  The high lift we use everywhere else on the golf course cannot cross bridges.

Monica and her staff are removing all the flowers that remained from the last season.  She will be getting these beds prepared over the next few weeks and the plan is to install the new flowers towards the end of October.

We still have a lot of work to get done in preparation of the upcoming season.  We are looking forward to seeing everyone return.



Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Holly Rock

This big boy was an inch under the grass on the 16th fairway.  Took 5 guys to get it on a trailer.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Bridge Deck Screws

Bridges are 20 years old and are scheduled to be replaced in the next 2 years.  As the shorter screws fail due to rotting wood, staff are using longer screws (6 inches) to find better wood to keep the deck boards down.  This is working at the moment but we still have a 1 to 2 years to get through.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Summer Maintenance

Some photos from the first 2 days of the second summer closing for cultural practices.

Vertical Mowing Greens
Vertical Mowing Greens

Greens Aerification

Debris from vertical mowing

Still working on low areas

#4 fairway scalped and the vertical mowing

#3 green following vertical mowing and a double aerification

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Monday, July 29, 2019


Lightening is a powerful force on nature and not all components on the golf course react well to direct strikes!  With all the wicked eletrical storms that have been passing through staff has been repairing satellites.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Drainage project

Typical with this time of year and all the rainfall we have been getting there are areas around the course where some additional drainage will need to be installed.  One of the those areas is in the front of the 7th green.  The lowest areas around the greens is where all the water tends to accumulate and this causes these areas along the perimeters of greens to stay on the wet side.  To help combat this staff installed a new smile drain in the front of the 7th green.  This is help get the water that tends to sit there out.  Next Tuesday we will be addressing the areas around the chipping green, especially between the chipping and putting greens.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Reel Grinding

It’s summer time and that means sand, sand & sand, everywhere!  Mechanics are not thrilled with this time of year because us superintendents love throwing sand on the golf course. Mowers do not like sand which mean constant grinding of the cutting units.

This video is the reel being ground.

This video is the bedknife being ground.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Mole Cricket Control

Yesterday an outside contractor applied the annual mole cricket application to the golf course.  Mole crickets are an extremely destructive pest that can cause severe damage to a golf course.  The application is applied with special machines that slice the product into the turf.  The product has a 6 month guarantee and out breaks that do occur are handled by the manufacture in that they supply the club product and our staff apply it.

Monday, June 17, 2019

4 Days Growth

First application of fertilizer following the first closing for summer cultural maintenance has kicked in full force.  Time to start applying Primo (growth regulator) to the entire golf course to better control growth.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Mowing fairways

Started mowing fairways in preparation for the Friday opening.  First mowing since we finished topdressing fairways.  Cutting a little more than the recommended 1/3 of the green!

Equipment Demo

Demoed 2 pieces of equipment yesterday that could help make maintenance more efficient.

On the nursery green we demo a Wiedenmann Triple V 375 vertical mower.  This unit can be used on areas throughout the golf course to make cultural practices more efficient.  Instead of send 4 guys out to vertical mow green one operator can perform the task in a fraction of the time.  The unit was very impressive.

On the coquina cart paths we demoed Wiedenmann Terra Rake.  This unit has multiple uses throughout the golf course.  From turning over the coquina, dragging roughs, tee and fairways to help remove thatch and grain to changing the unit over to brushes to be used to drag in sand from topdressing.  

Summer Cultural Maintenance Stats

Summer maintenance to the main areas of the golf course during the closing.

-  Greens had 100 tons of sand applied prior to aerification, core aerified 2 times (material removed by hand), rolled daily to help firm them up, vertical mowing was done to remove excess thatch build up, a light application of sand applied, mowing started up, continued rolling, insecticide application along with a fungicide application was put down to help control a disease called fairy ring, 3 granular fertilizer applied made to green, started applying liquid fertilizer along with a growth regulator (Primo) to help control excess growth.

- Fairways HOC (height of cut) was lowered to .250”, aerified and then dragged once dry, vertical mowing, circle mowing, topdressing, dragging in sand,  granular fertilizer application to promote growth and then allowed to sit for 5 days prior to commencing mowing.  In all over 1,000 tons of sand were applied to fairways and if you stretch out the vertical mowing in a straight line it would be 48” wide by 105 miles long.

- Tees HOC was lowered to .250, aerified, dragged when dry, vertical mowed, mowed again at .250”, material removed blown off, topdressed, dragged again when dry, fertilizer applied and then tees were allowed to sit for 5 days before mowing started up.

- Roughs HOC was lowered to .500”, aerified, dragged when dry, mowed again at .500”, fertilized and then allowed to sit for 5 days before mowing began.

- Bunkers/Coquina faces were all lowered, edged, checked depth of material, fertilizer applied to the turf and then raked.

Saturday, May 18, 2019


Using up the leftover top dressing sand from this past season.  No better place to put than on the fairways!

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Helping the Dry Areas

In an effort to help with the dry conditions staff will be slicing the dry areas followed by a clean up mower.  This will help to loosen the soil to allow the water to better infiltrate into the soil.  Wetting agents are also being used throughout the course.  We just need a little rain and all will turn green.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Staff Revenge

A few holes from Saturday’s staff revenge.  Last year -4 won this year -11+ won.  
We set it up way to easy.  Not next year๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

GCM Staff Luncheon

The members of the green committee wanted to thank the golf maintenance staff for their excellent work this season by cooking them lunch today.  We had a great time eating, chatting and just hanging out for the afternoon.  The members cooked all the food and the staff did an excellent job of eating most of it.  The staff greatly appreciate the committee members taking time out of their day for this event.