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Home Stretch…

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.  

Course Conditions

Irma Recovery

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.

 

Course Conditions

Back 9 Open Today

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