Course drained well despite high water table!
Staff did a great job getting course ready for season this week. #4 greenside bunkers were finished and sodded. Greens were deep tined aerified to a depth of 10.5 inches. This will help relieve compaction and layering in greens profile.
We also started on waste area on hole 7. The oleanders were removed during hurricane cleanup and I’ve ordered 13 sabal palms to shield the left side refuse area. Next week we will renovate #2 greenside bunkers and aerify tees.
Greens were deep tined aerified today. The drill tine went 10 inches deep. This will relieve compaction, increase air exchange and improve drainage in profile. We were originally scheduled on September 11th but Irma had other plans.
It’s been over a week post Irma and the course is starting to come back to normal. We opened all 18 holes on Saturday only 4 days after the destruction. Again, this was a total team effort and quite remarkable. This week we are putting the bunkers back in shape. They have been flooded and wind damaged. Bunkers will be a work in progress for a couple of months. We still have to repair any drainage damage and replenish sand. Last year the bunkers took the same beating except with less than half the amount of rain. The green side bunkers that were renovated this summer performed well in the storm.
We still have to finish green side bunkers 1-4 in October. John Sanford was here this week for redesign of these bunkers Next we will start on #4 green side bunkers. Monday we will deep tine aerify the greens which will help soften and improve drainage. The tine goes 10-12 inches deep breaking up any compacted layers in the growing medium and extending the life of our growing medium. We will also start cleaning up beds and stump grind palm stumps.
We received an early morning shower of .60 of rain. Please use cart path only on hole 14. Today’s forecast is nearly the same as yesterday- cloudy and rainy. We will continue to keep greens heights up to help protect them from disease.
All 18 holes will open for play Saturday morning. Bunkers should be treated as ground under repair. The team persevered through 90 degree temperatures and high humidity to get course playable in less than 4 days. Prime Time Players!!!
Hole 4 Monday morning
Hole 4 Friday evening sunset ready for golf!
We will be opening the Back 9 and range today Friday September 15th. The cleanup was a herculean effort by pro shop, clubhouse and golf maintenance staff. The Front 9 is over halfway cleaned up and the flood waters are slowly receding. It will take 3-4 weeks to restore entire course back to normal Irma did bring salt water with her and you will see off color turf and trees. Greens, tees and fairways are in good shape. Bunkers treat as ground under repair. I will be updating status of the Front 9 tomorrow.
In your service,
Shane Wright, CGCS