July 13 update

Total Golf worked all weekend to get the range area grassed and completed. There was a couple day delay with rains from T.S. Elsa flooded the sod farm and delayed harvesting.  We are now in the “grow in” stage of the renovation. In the next 6 to 8 weeks, the grass will go from 1 inch of sod or sprigs to being cut below .100 of inch for the greens and ready to roll!  Time is the biggest factor outside of sunlight, water, nutrients, sand and mowers to achieve our desired goal of a putting green/teeing surface.  The new turf has to root and become mature enough to withstand practice shots and foot traffic for putting.  So please stay off the work area as the turf is being kept wet and damage could occur.  #1 Greenside bunkers were renovated and are finished as well.  The bunkers are ground under repair and please drop out of the area no closer to the hole.  The bunker slopes are loose as the sod is being established.  Periodic watering everyday is being performed to help with establishment of the turf. 

We are now awaiting the range net company to install netting at the east side of tee and eastern side of range along #9.  Material has been ordered and in 2021 fashion is backordered.  The range mat will be installed the first week of August along with a paver path and concrete repairs.  Always weather dependent, I still believe the range should be open at the end of August assuming the netting will be delivered and installed. Thank you for your patience in allowing the turf to mature! 

See you on the course!

Shane Wright, CGCS


June 28th update

Good day!

We’ve been getting some much needed rain without impeding our work on the range and course.  We now are on week 3 of range improvements and are heading for the home stretch.  Total Golf is now down to leveling the surfaces in preparation for sod next week.  The range tee is being lasered leveled today and all surrounds are being groomed and smoothed.  Targets will be shaped and ready for sprigs as well.  Drainage has been installed in the chipping green and #1 greenside bunkers. I’m hoping to get the concrete contractor here this week to pour the mat pad and concrete repairs.  They have been delayed due to the rains on other projects so if rain persists we may be delayed.  The pictures below are from yesterday and the range is looking good!

See you on the course!

Shane Wright,CGCS


May 16 update

Work continues on 18. Total golf expects to finish next week. It has rained all 3 days this week thus far. Tomorrow we will lower irrigation pipe and add pop ups around green for Sod next Tuesday.

Picture below of shaping of 18 approach

Below:  Wilnor leveling #3 back bunker sod “dip”

Wilnor leveling behind 3 green

Below:  #5 bunker renovation started today.  The nose was removed and washout area sodded.  Drainage will also be added as weather permits

Below #3 collar/bunker slope repair.

Course Conditions, Projects

April showers?

We received 0.47 inches of rain in March and our salts are currently at 2900 TDS. The faucet in our shop has a TDS of 250. Despite the dry, salty and windy conditions the course is playing well. We did lose some impatients and some bougainvilleas lost some leaves because of the salty water. The last two full moons our TDS jumped to 9800 because of the higher river level.

The last two weeks the roughs were lowered from 1.5 inches to 1.0. This is where the Brown has come from.  We were able to renovate the first bunker on hole #3.  We plan on finishing the 2nd fairway bunker after Senior Club Championship the week of April 9th.

Rough scalping from 1.5 in to 1.0 in

3 Fwy bunker completed last week of March

Staff adding sand to #3 Fwy Bunker

Wood Duck on his box


11 & 15 projects

Today we started on 15 fairway pot bunker. The bunker was eroded and infested with roots. Overtime from wind, rain and golf activity a bunker looses its shape. We are getting the Sod from 11 gold tee area that will be raised and coquina cart path added.

Knocking 2 birds out with one stone…11 Tee improvement with 15 bunker improvement!!! Win Win!

11 Tee rough to be raised and coquina added

Course Conditions, Projects

Bunker edge compacting

We rented a plate compactor the last 2 weeks to tamp the bunker edges of all greenside bunkers. We added new sand after Hurricane Irma. The sand is called G-The angularity and larger particle size of G/Angle not only increases playability, but also significantly reduces bunker maintenance costs.G/Angle bunker sand will: • PROVIDE GREATER WIND RESISTANCE TO DECREASE PRODUCT LOSS • STAY IN PLACE BETTER ON STEEP BUNKER FACES DUE TO INTERLOCKING PARTICLES • PROVIDE EXCELLENT DRAINAGE • REDUCE THE FREQUENCY AND SEVERITY OF WASH-OUTS • DECREASE LABOR EFFORTS NEEDED TO COMPACT / FIRM-UP BUNKERS

Course Conditions, Disease, Projects

Still Battling

The weather is still a concern this week as it has rained 5 of the last 7 days. The cloud cover and persistent rain showers have increased disease pressure.  Please continue to exit cart paths at white line at end of fairway.  Driving carts around greens will thin turf and lies will deteriorate.  This week we will continue to refresh green side bunkers with new sand.  We are on back 9 today and hopefully weather dependent will finish them this week.  We would then refresh fairway bunkers starting next week.


8 Black Tee cart path expansion

Miguel measuring bunker depths and adding sand to green side bunkers