Projects

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

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July 6 Update

Good morning!

We aerified the greens yesterday to allow air and water movement in the greens profile.  The greens will be “sandy” for the next week.  The forecast is rain from TS Elsa the next few days.   The range project is scheduled to be grassed this week and delays could happen if heavy rain persists.  We will continue to work diligently to finish the improvement as the weather allows!

Photo below shows #9 green profile with an aerification channel.  This allows roots to grow as well as water and oxygen to move in the profile.  Also note the sod layer from 2019 (dark bottom layer).  Aerification allows us to break these layers to give proper green soil function.  

See you on the course!

Shane Wright, CGCS

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.

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, Cultural Practices

Topdressing fairways

We topdressed fairway wet spots on 2,4,5 fairways today. Tomorrow we will do 7,8,11 and 13. Hopefully by Friday all wet areas will be topdressed after the 2.5 inches of rain from Saturday. The course played great on Sunday for the Pro Am. We were already over 30 inches of rain above normal.

Sand applications over time will firm the wet surfaces for improved playability and drainage. We use a drag brush to work into canopy of turf.

The last 3 mornings we have dipped below 30. The course will be off color until night time temperatures increase back into the 60’s for an extended time. Enjoy the crisp nights before we know it summer will be here!

Course Conditions

Cart exit of fairways 

A quick reminder that carts must exit fairway before white lines at end of fairway.  Please do not drive carts around green surrounds.  Keeping carts on path around tees and greens protects the turfgrass from being damaged and beaten down.  Carts should also remain on paths par 3 holes as well.  

Thanks for preserving the course!

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.