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

Course Conditions, Projects

Project’s Continue

7 waste area will be finished this week.  We are waiting for one more load of coquina from vendor.

Yesterday we hosted a USGA qualifier.  We groomed and topdressed greens today.

The bunker crew started on #3 back greenside bunker today.  Let’s hope rain holds off!  We will have the front bunker to complete the project.  Hole 1 greenside bunkers will be tweaked next week.  The end is in sight!

Course Conditions, Projects

Hole 7

We finished 2 right greenside bunker this week.  We will start on 3 greenside bunkers next Tuesday.  

The crew turned their attention to hole 7 coquina area.  The oleanders were removed from Irma.  The guys are leveling and reshaping this area.  We will Sod a section of 7 cart path and coquina will go down in palm area.  

Course Conditions, Projects

August Course Update

Dear Member,

We are entering the Back 9 of the summer and your golf maintenance staff is hard at work preparing the course for the upcoming winter golf season.  The greens have been aerified twice and will be deep tined aerified September 11.  The tine used for this process goes to a depth of 11 inches and aids in drainage and air movement in the greens profile.  This should soften the greens (I’ve heard the “greens are too firm” comments).  Our standard aerification tine goes about 3.5 inches deep.  Tees and fairways have also been verticut and aerified twice this summer.  Roughs will be aerified in September.

The greenside bunker project is right on budget and schedule.  We have completed all Back 9 bunkers and #1 and #9 greenside bunkers to date.  This week we started on #8 and #7 greenside bunker (right).  Our course architect John Sanford (President of American Society of Golf Course Architects) has been part of the process as well as the Course and Grounds Committee.  John comes up every 3 weeks and designs the bunkers in the field and we rebuild the bunker to his specifications.  On his next visit he inspects the completed bunkers and “tweaks” any necessary revisions.  We then go over the work load for the next visit.  It’s been a very fun and educational experience working with John.

We initially were going to install capillary concrete liner for the project, but eliminated this after John recommended that we could design bunkers to reduce rain washouts without the liner.  This is where the grass “bull nose” edge has come into the design.  We have eliminated high sand flashings that were prone to washouts and bunker contamination by bringing the sod down more flush to sand.  John also has reduced the size of some of the large bunkers.  The bunkers on #14 are about 35% smaller.  Please remember to stay off of new sodded areas for the next few months while sod heals.  Please treat as ground under repair and drop outside sod line.

Projects Completed

All Back 9 green side bunkers, #1 &9 green side bunkers

*We have started on 8 green side bunker  and #7 right green side bunker this week

Fence installed at #18 green and rightside #11.

Croquet Lawn and Putting green right of #10 Tees

Mixed Grille landscape improvement

Men’s Grille landscape improvement

14 Bunkers below were reduced by 35%

See you on the course!

Shane Wright

Course Conditions, Projects

May Update

Summer Time!
Welcome Summer Members and thank you to our year round members for keeping it interesting during the summer!! The summer time is the peak growth for our seashore paspalum. The turf starts growing fast April thru October. During these months, we must perform cultural practices such as verticutting, aerification and topdressing of playing surfaces. This helps groom the top surface as well as the root structure you do not see. In May, we deep tine aerified the fairways and tines went 9.5 inches deep. This process created a quarter inch wide by 9.5 inch deep hole that will allow the roots to grow deeper as well as increase drainage and air movement in soil profile.
We will also be selectively treating the common bermudagrass on 1 & 2 fairways. This is a weed in our paspalum fairways that looks a little unpleasing to the eye. We will treat with several chemicals and resod if necessary. We will not harm the paspalum if possible so some areas will just grow in. If area treated is large then we will resod. So bottom line is that you will see some brown areas and it will be the common bermudagrass weed.

Greens aerification will be June 1, August 3 and September 14.
See you on course!

Common bermudagrass being treated on 1 collar