Projects

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.

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Rough scalping from 1.5 in to 1.0 in
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3 Fwy bunker completed last week of March
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Staff adding sand to #3 Fwy Bunker
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Wood Duck on his box

Projects

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.

 

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8 Black Tee cart path expansion
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Miguel measuring bunker depths and adding sand to green side bunkers
Cultural Practices, Projects

Root Pruning

I’ve been asked what are those 2 lines around course?  On October 23rd we root pruned around trees to stop tree root competition with our turf.  These areas will heal up in a couple of weeks.

Tree roots compete for water and nutrients against our turf.   This will help turf withstand carts and weather events thru the season.  Even palm tree roots can be found 15 feet from base of a palm.  Tree roots impact all playing surfaces from greens to bunkers.

Root pruner lines hole 4