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      October 16th, 2017
         We verticut, topdressed, vented and rolled the greens on Cypress today.  This will not only provide a better putting surface but will allow air and water exchange throughout the soil profile giving us better roots in the long run for healthier turf.  We also sprayed most of the fairways on Cypress with pigment, fertilizer and growth regulator, we will finish on Tuesday morning.  The green bunkers on Cypress were flymowed and we continued the weedeating of the lakebanks on Cypress.  We repaired a few more fairway bunkers from the washouts received from Irma which leaves only the bunker on 18 fairway of Cypress to repair.  Of course the rain we received on King's yesterday washed many of those bunkers again so we will start on their repairs as soon as possible. 
          Lastly we had another mainline blowout on Cypress Links #1, this may take several days to repair the pipe and even longer to repair the sod due to it's location and the fact that there is little break in play to safely make the repairs.  We will begin digging it up first thing in the morning. 
         The fountain by Cypress #1 is down at the moment, we will try making repairs but may need to replace the unit which is budgeted for in 2018.
        The water feature on King's Dunes #15 is back in operation.  We replaced the control panel on Friday and everything is operating smoothly for now.

      October 10th, 2017
          We took advantage of not being able to work on the courses much yesterday afternoon due to the scheduled event and worked on cutting up and removing one of the large trees that fell in the oak area between 4 and 5 of King's.  We still have the last 25% of the tree to remove but we put a good dent in it.  Although this area does not belong to the club we still maintain it as much as we can.  We will plan on finishing the remaining cleanup in this area over the next month or so.  We finally got our large spray rig back from the repair shop late last week and we put it to good use Monday treating some of the nutsedge in the roughs on King's Dunes.  We will continue these spot treatments on Cypress Links today.

      October 3rd, 2017
          The planned verticutting and topdressing of King's Dunes went smoothly on Monday and we managed to topdress the greens on Cypress as well.  The greens on King's Dunes received an application of fertilizer a 0-0-13 blend and the remaining holes on the back nine were fertilized completing the project that was started last week.  We fertilized the range and practice areas and all clubhouse grounds.  Our efforts to spot spray weeds is starting to become evident throughout all three courses as the areas start to turn off color.  We will continue spot spraying through this month and into November.  At some point in November we will switch to a different herbicide which is not as aggressive as the one we are currently using.

      September 28th, 2017
         Our fertilizer application to Cypress Links has been completed as of Wednesday afternoon.  We will due a few more holes on the back nine of King's Dunes this morning and finish the rest next Monday.  Our pine straw mulch application on Cypress Links is nearing an end as well and should be completed by this afternoon.  Earlier this week we had a grapple truck come in and remove some of the debris generated from Irma. They removed 6 loads of material which looks like it was just under half of what we removed from the courses.  Each truckload holds about 60yds of material, they will be back next Monday to haul the rest of the debris.  As we ride the courses we see more and more debris and broken branches, it will take months to fully remove all evidence of Irma from the landscape.
           Our water feature on #15 of King's Dunes is currently down, the control unit for the pump needs to be replaced and has been ordered.  As soon as we can we will replaced the controller and get it operational again.
      The greens on Cypress were fertilized yesterday using a 13-0-26 blend and all greens will receive an application of growth regulator within the next few days.

      September 26th, 2017
          We're at the halfway point on the fertilizer applications and if all goes as planned Cypress Links will be completed by late Wednesday afternoon.  King's may take a little longer and may not be fully completed until next Monday.  The greens on Cypress were lightly verticut and half were topdressed on Monday until equipment failure on the topdresser stopped our progress.  Hopefully, we can have it up and running to complete the topdressing on Wednesday or Thursday.  We have been making a big push on getting weeds sprayed while Cypress is closed.  There will be some burnt spots in the fairways and roughs as the chemical does it's job.  We will make follow up applications in the next several weeks.  The pine straw application is going smoothly but slowly, the crew should have 1-7 completed by the end of the day. 
         We still have some cleanup  to do on all the courses from Irma but we are trying to balance the cleanup with all the other tasks we have to complete.  We still have all the fairway bunker slopes to repair on Cypress Links and several holes on King's Dunes.  If all goes well we should be done by the end of next week.

      September 20th, 2017
          Our outside contractors are moving along nicely with the pinestraw mulch application on King's Dunes and should be completed by the end of the week.  Our fertilizer delivery for King's was delayed so we will not be able to complete that operation this week but will begin first thing Monday morning.  The greens on King's and Cypress were treated with Indemnify today to control nematodes, we will do a follow up application in two weeks.  Although this application is expensive the response from the turf is outstanding and greatly improves the playability of the greens throughout the season.  Royal Lakes Indemnify application is scheduled for Thursday or Friday.
         It seems like we put half our staff on the removal of the large oak tree on hole #4 of King's Dunes today.  We had an outside contractor come in and cut the tree into manageable pieces on Tuesday and our staff moved it to the staging area in the clubhouse parking lot today.  We still have some of the larger trunk pieces to clean up on Thursday.  The area will be roped off when we reopen until we have time to remove the stump.

        

      September 18th, 2017
           We are continuing our clean up from Irma on King's Dunes this week along with our previously scheduled maintenance for this course.  Our pine straw contractor has begun installing the mulch throughout the course which will take every bit of the week to complete.  The greens on all three courses were sprayed Monday with growth regulator and nutrients, we went a little heavier than normal due to the fact that they were not sprayed last week.  The greens on Cypress Links were solid tine aerified to increase air flow into the root-zone which was needed after the wet conditions seen a week ago.  We started our growth regulator application to the tee complexes on Cypress Links but our sprayer lost an axle and will be down for most of the week while repairs are completed.

      Below is a good example of why we use fences to protect our fairways.  Driving through the low areas when conditions are Rough Only can result in getting stuck and create a mess on the course.  This was not the only area damaged by cart traffic last Saturday when conditions were extremely wet.  Please use caution when we have Rough Only restrictions and stick to the higher ground to avoid turf damage.



      September 15th, 2017
          The greens on Cypress Links were fertilized on Thursday morning to add some nutrients back into the soil.  The range tees were sprayed with weed control and growth regulator, we will fertilize them next week.  Due to the storm and the cleanup process none of the putting surfaces received their normal weekly growth regulator treatment so putting conditions may be slightly slower than normal next week.  The greens on Royal lakes did receive a light topdressing today which will help enhance ball speed.  We started our fall fertilizer application to all areas on Royal Lakes but were not able to finish as planned, we will complete the process next Thursday.
         We had some extra help from F&B staff today which allowed us to start repairs to the green bunkers of Cypress Links which is well ahead of schedule.  Remember the washouts in the bunkers can be considered GUR but you must drop in the hazard when taking relief.
          We continued general cleanup on Cypress Links today and have only a few fallen trees left to cut and cleanup next week.  We've just started to scratch surface of the cleanup efforts on King's but we'll make a big push next week to get everything cleaned up there as well.  We did not get any roughs cut on King's this week so we can expect some excessive clippings next week when we finally mow.  We should be back to normal when we reopen King's Dunes on the 23rd.
         Lastly we replaced all the tee markers on Cypress Links with the new log style which match the ones seen at Royal Lakes.  We will do the same next week on King's Dunes when time permits. 

      September 14th, 2017
          Progress is moving smoothly on the cleanup of Cypress Links and Royal Lakes.  Although the cleanup process is the bulk of our efforts we still have grass to mow as well.  In order to keep from having excessive clippings throughout the courses we have raised the mowing heights on the rough mowers from 1.75" to 2".  Down the road when we finally get caught up on the rough mowing we will lower the height back to our normal height of 1.75".
         We are doing a solid tine aerification on Royal Lakes greens in order to help get air movement throughout the rootzone.  We will begin our wall to wall fertilizer application today and continue into Friday.  Our goal was to complete the fertilizer application this week but we will most likely need to finish next Thursday.  Our pine straw mulch application on Royal Lakes was rescheduled for early October.
        We started some general cleanup on King's Dunes but the bulk of the cleanup on that course will occur next week.

      September 12th, 2017
          After evaluating at the courses and with a handful of staff we have begun the cleanup process.  Our first goals are to make sure water is flowing through all the drainage structures throughout the property.  These structures quickly become clogged due to the carp barriers installed by the District.  Add to that the amount of debris that blew into the lakes and these structures have became completely clogged.  Several lakes exceeded their capacity and began to overflow into the development, thankfully we have cleared the barriers and the water levels are beginning to drop.  We will need to check these barriers on a regular basis throughout the day to keep them flowing.  This problem also backs up the water onto the courses creating some lakes in many of the low areas.  It will easily take several days just to drain the excess water from the property. 
          Our next efforts are to clean up the clubhouse parking lots and grounds at both facilities.  We will be using part of the employee parking area at the main clubhouse as a staging point for all the debris coming off King's Dunes in the coming days. 
         Greens were also a priority today, both getting them cleaned off and  mowed to make sure they continue to perform once we reopen. 
           Overall the amount of debris throughout the property is extensive, add to that the number of large trees that were uprooted and it creates a great deal of cleanup for our staff. 
           Bunkers: As everyone knows our bunkers wash during these heavy rain events.  We just completed repairing the bunkers from the storm several weeks ago and now we get to start over.  Our staff will concentrate on cleaning up the debris throughout the property before we even begin to work on the bunkers.  It could be a full month before we get all the bunkers repaired on all three courses.  We will begin with green bunkers and move on to fairway bunkers when greens have been completed.
          Dump Piles;  We are using several locations for our cleanup process after Irma.  We have dumpsites at each maintenance facility and two others on the property to help speed the process.  We have a contractor scheduled for next Thursday to come out and haul off the debris piles, which could take most of the day.

      September 8th, 2017
           We've been doing some storm prep over the past few days and today is our big push day to get the courses ready for Irma.  Over the last week all greens were treated with fungicide and growth regulator to help them stay healthy during the expected wet weather.  They were also treated with a little extra growth regulator than our normal weekly application knowing the greens will not get mowed on Sunday and Monday.
          We will be removing all coolers and placing the stands on the ground to prevent damage from the storm.  We are also removing all benches, clubwashers and trash cans from the practice facilities and courses.  Our fuel tanks are full and chainsaws ready for post storm cleanup if needed.  We will be powering down our pump stations and all irrigation control boxes on Saturday morning along with most power circuits within the maintenance facilities.  We'll do our best to get the facility back open as soon as possible after the storm.

      September 6th, 2017
           For now we are keeping a close eye on Irma and reviewing our hurricane preparation documents just in case she decides to head this direction.  On Tuesday we managed to get most of the fairways on King's Dunes sprayed with growth regulator which also included some weed control products.  The large Pitching Green (P1) was heavily topdressed and aerified. This was supposed to be done last week but due to the excessive rains we were unable to do so.  This is the last core aerification scheduled for this year.  We will continue to perform solid tine aerifications monthly throughout the season to keep the greens as healthy as possible.  The greens on Cypress were lightly verticut and lightly topdressed.  We have noticed some stones in this topdressing mix which will be evident on Wednesday but should be cleaned up with the mowers on Thursday morning.
         As usual this time of year our weed populations are exploding even though we have been making a good effort to keep them under control this summer.  As the temperatures start to drop we will have better control over the weed populations throughout the courses.  We will continue to make spot treatments by hand and some broadcast treatments as needed.  Our fall fertilizer applications in the next several weeks will also include a pre-emergent herbicide to help prevent any new weeds from growing.
         We had some irrigation issues on Royal Lakes which included a power line failure to the system that operates the clubhouse landscape and the driving range.  We also had a mainline leak under the roadway in the parking lot, both issues have been resolved and everything is operational once again. 


      September 1st, 2017
           It's amazing how fast the turf will start to wilt after receiving over a foot of rain last week.  By Wednesday we needed to put a light watering cycle on the greens.  The staff worked hard all week to get the courses back in the best condition possible in the amount of time we had.  We managed to repair all the green bunkers on Cypress Links and started on the green bunkers of King's Dunes.  We mowed all roughs on King's Dunes but were only able to mow the first 20-30 feet of the roughs along the fairways on Cypress.  The crews spent most of Monday and Tuesday cleaning piles of grass clippings that had washed during the storms.  For the first few days we simply could not get equipment on the course so general cleanup was the priority.  It may still take us several weeks to get back to the conditions we had prior to the stormy weekend.
         We started trimming all of the landscape grasses throughout King's Dunes this week as well and hope to have King's completed by the end of next week.  Each of the three courses will shut down for one week in September starting with Royal Lakes. This will allow our staff to make a fall fertilizer application and have a contractor come in to pine-straw (mulch) all the landscape beds throughout the property.

      August 28th, 2017
         As everyone is aware we received a record amount of rainfall on Saturday and continued rains on Sunday and Monday.  This is the most water we've seen on the courses over a 48 hour period in the past 10 years.  In many areas cart traffic is blocked by standing water and all turf areas are extremely wet and soft.  Our crews are trying our best to clean up the courses such as removing grass clipping piles and pushing sand back in place on the bunker faces.  Once the courses start to dry enough for light traffic we'll get mowers out and start grooming the courses.  Even when we can open the courses we will most likely be rough only for the first few days in order to keep carts off the soft fairways.  Many times we hear from members saying we could have been 90 degrees when if fact the fairways are too soft.  Rough only restrictions are placed not only due to wet conditions but soft conditions to prevent rutting on the fairways.  Once a cart ruts the fairway it can take months to heal therefore prevention is our best option.  Our staff will do our best to get the courses playable and open as soon as possible.  Check with the pro shop for current updates.


      August 23rd,2017
          We are continuing our effort to aerify the greens on King's Dunes.  We've completed the topdressing which is put down prior to the aerification in order to limit any rutting from the heavy equipment.  Holes 1-10 were aerified and cleaned so we shouldn't have any problem with completing the aerification today weather permitting of course.  The greens will then be rolled and brushed to get as much sand into the holes as possible and to help smooth the surface.  We will roll the greens several more times before we reopen on Sept 1st.
          As you make you way around the courses this time of year you will see brown spots throughout the property including on the fairways.  These areas are from a herbicide application of which we are trying to control a weed known as Tropical Signalgrass.  This weed is at its worst in August and September and we try to increase our hand spraying efforts this time of year to remove the weed from the playing surfaces.  Although the area looks dead they will recover quickly.  We generally get 80% control in the fairways with 1 application but the roughs generally need a 2nd applications within 7 to 10 days to achieve the same control.  In late September we will change our herbicides to a more expensive blend that can achieve 100% control in 1 or 2 applications.  This type of control can only be achieved from late September through November and again in the Spring.


      August 22nd, 2017
           Our last Dryject of the season was completed yesterday which pushed over 60,000 lbs of sand into the playing surface.  This sand helps to dilute the organic matter that continually builds within the soil profile due to the natural growth of the plant.  The sand channels also provide support through the organic layer which creates a firmer playing surface.  We start the last of the core aerifications this morning on King's Dunes. We typically perform the core aerification prior to the Dryject but due to the short two week closure of King's Dunes and the labor involved with the Dryject we are doing it after.  So for those keeping count here's what we did over the summer.  All Three Courses, Greens were core aerified once with 5/8" tines and a 2nd time with 3/8" tines, they all received 2 Dryject aerifications and of course general verticutting and topdressing throughout the summer.  All tees were aerified once with the 3/8" tines.  All fairways were double aerified with 3/4" tines, and then verticutt and scalped down to .400".  Cypress and King's were double verticut.

      August 16th, 2017
           We completed the verticutting and cleanup on Royal Lake's fairways today and will scalp down the remaining few fairways on Thursday.  We will concentrate on cleaning up the course in preparation for the opening on Monday the 21st.
           The greens on King's Dunes were sprayed with insecticide and growth regulator today.  This should keep the growth at a manageable level during the closure over the next few weeks.  Cypress will be treated with the same products on Thursday.  We are also hand spraying fungicide on any spots of fairyring seen on the putting surfaces.

      August 11th, 2017
           We are well over the half way point with the fairway aerification and verticutting on Royal Lakes. By the end of the weekend we should have holes 1-12 completed.  We are also scalping down the fairways to .400", you can expect to see a lot of brown in the fairways until they begin to recover.  We will keep them at the new height for several weeks before returning to .500".  We made a fungicide application to the greens on Friday to combat the fairyring which has become visible over the past several weeks.  We will continue to closely monitor the affected areas and make follow up treatments as needed.
           On Cypress and Kings we are starting to do more detail work including spraying all landscape beds with roundup and doing a general cleanup in these areas, removing fallen branches and debris.  We will soon begin trimming the fakahatchee grass throughout the landscape in preparation for the spreading of pinestraw mulch in September. 
         The greens on Cypress and Kings were sprayed on Thursday and Friday with growth regulator and insecticide. We have seen more Sodweb worm activity than we would like on Cypress greens.  Knowing that the activity is only going to get worse, will continue to make regular insecticide treatments to all greens through November.

      August 9th,2017
           The Dryject Aerification on Royal Lakes' greens went smooth yesterday and we were done by 1:15pm due to the contractor bringing an additional machine.  This kept the crews hopping in order to keep the units full of sand and once again the staff did a great job.  We will turn our efforts back to the verticutting and cleanup on the fairways for the remainder of the closure.
         The greens on Cypress and King's have received a fungicide treatment which needed to be watered in so you will see a lot of activity on the greens this week.  We are also doing a granular fertilizer application to the greens to take advantage of the water used for the fungicide.  We will also respray all the greens between Thursday and Friday in order to make our weekly growth regulator application which needs to dry on the leaf surface.  We will include an insecticide with this mix to control any web worms or ants on the putting surfaces.
         The bridge work on 9 is now 98% complete with the walking mats the only item left to install.  If we can't get it finished by Friday we will try our best to knock it out on Monday.
          We are starting to see some Fairyring on the putting surfaces which is a soil based disease.  We will be making a full application of fungicide on Royal Lakes' greens later this week and will spot treat the greens on Cypress and King's to help eliminate the disease.
         It looks like our Mole activity is also starting to increase and some are close to or even on the putting surfaces.  We always do our best to track and capture these pests but it always seems one or two get away from us and onto the putting surface.  As always we will make any necessary repairs as they arise.
      Below: Two Dryject Machines working on 2 and 7 of Royal Lakes, along with the crew hauling sand.


      August 2nd, 2017
         With almost 4" of rain on Monday we couldn't take the chance of having play on the courses on Tuesday.  We managed to get some mowing done in the dryer areas and had crews out cleaning all day.  We have kept the restrictions up on Wednesday due to the softness in the fairways.  Any cart tracks left in the lower cut will be seen for months and will effect playability.
         We've started on the greens' and fairway aerification on Royal Lakes and so far everything is going smoothly.  Hopefully the pending rains will hold off until after 3:00pm today so we can get the bulk of the greens completed.  Our dryject is scheduled for next Tuesday August 8th.

         We've completed 95% of the bridge resurfacing on #9 of Cypress Links.  We still need to install the walking mats down the center and secure the sideboards with large bolts.  We hope to have everything completed by this Friday but if not we will complete it on Monday the 7th.


      July 20th, 2017
          The rains over the last few days have caused delays in our mowing process especially on CL fairways.  Once the fairways are dry enough to mow we can expect excessive scalping and a brown appearance for 7 to 10 days until we get the grass trained again at our set mowing heights.
           We start the second round of DryJect aerifications today on Cypress Links, the greens have been core aerified as of last week and are ready for the dryject.  Once completed we will give the greens a final sanding on Monday July 24th and they should be ready for opening on August 1st. 
          The verticutting has slowed due to the weather but we should still be able to finish Cypress by the time we reopen.  We have 1 through 11 completed as of Tuesday the 19th.  We also aerified and verticut the range tees yesterday.  We will topdress them and roll them with a large 5 ton roller next week to complete the project.  At the practice area we have completed the irrigation addition around the main practice green (P2) and have sodded most of the weak areas in the rough caused by the poor Ryegrass transition.  We have also resanded the bunkers on the chipping green (P3) taking full advantage of the two week closure at CCW.

      July 17th, 2017
          Our irrigation project has begun around the putting green.  This will allow us to water the ryegrass in the winter months in the surrounding rough without adding any water to the putting surface.  The verticutting on Cypress fairways continued on holes 10 and 11 with cleanup crews still working on the 9th hole.  Tee complexes on Cypress were sprayed with growth regulator.  The greens on King's were verticut in the morning and most of the greens on Cypress were verticut in the afternoon, rains stopped the progress around 2:00pm.  New sand was hauled to the practice bunkers on the range, we still have one load to add then spread the piles. Trimming and landscape work has begun around the clubhouse.

      July 11th, 2017
         So far our efforts on Cypress have gone uninterrupted by mother nature.  We have the greens and fairway aerification completed on holes 1-10.  Fairway verticutting is completed on holes 1-5 and cleanup has begun on #1.  The cleanup is the slowest process of the verticutting simply due to the amount of material removed from the fairways. 
          King's Dunes greens were sprayed with fungicide and growth regulator today and we will begin spraying fairways on Wednesday with growth regulator.  Overall the fairways on King's Dunes are healing nicely from the verticutting, we currently have the mowing heights lower than normal and we will keep them at this level as long as the mowers can keep up with the growth.
          We've had a power issue for our irrigation control box on #6 of King's Dunes over the last several days.  Most likely a lightning strike caused a short in the wires.  The main issue was found near a wire splice in the fairway and has been repaired but there remains another short in the wiring.  We will most likely replace the section of wire between the junction box by the green and the irrigation controller located to the right of the fairway.  For now the box is functional and we will begin ordering wire and coming up with a route to run the wire with the least disturbance to play. 

      July 6th, 2017
          With the holiday this week we may not complete all the rough mowing on all three of the courses.  We are concentrating on King's Dunes and Royal Lakes knowing those will be the courses open next week.  We did complete the modified cut to the roughs on Cypress on Monday and will attempt to do it again by the end of the week.
          As we get into July and August the roughs tend to grow almost out of control, we do our best to keep the mowers running but weather and absent employees play a large roll in how much of the rough we get cut weekly.  Clippings in the roughs can also become an issue this time of year as we allocate crew to the aerifications and other basic duties depending on daily staffing levels and afternoon thunderstorms.  If it comes down to mowing greens or blowing clippings I would assume everyone would agree the greens get mowed first.  We'll do what we can to adjust mowing times to later in the day when the turf is dry to eliminate the clipping issues as well as keep our blowers running as much as possible.  Once we get through August clippings tend to be less of an issue as the growth begins to slow and our projects come to an end.

      July 5th, 2017
         Looking around the practice facility at CCW you can clearly see what happens when we do not have a smooth transition from the winter Ryegrass back to our base Bermudagrass.  We will increase our fertility program in these areas over the next several weeks and will plan on regressing  some of the larger areas during the closure in late July to expedite the recovery.  We also have plans on adding smaller irrigation around the putting green in order to keep the outer slopes moist without overwatering the putting surfaces.  This should help with future transitions by encouraging growth on the Bermudagrass and keeping the Ryegrass alive longer to allow the Bermudagrass to fill in and smoothing out the transition in this area.

      June 26th,2017
         We managed to get the verticutting completed and the greens topdressed on Cypress Links on Monday.  We are continuing the clean up of clippings from the fairway verticutting performed on King's Dunes over the closure and we are scalping down the fairways.  We may lower the fairways one more time late next week or during the clubhouse closure then allow them to grow back to the normal mowing heights.
       
      June 19th, 2017
         Well the weather didn't cooperate very well with us on Monday stopping us short of getting several projects completed including the verticutting and topdressing of the greens on Cypress Links.  We will need to complete this early Tuesday morning so some of the greens will be a little sandy on Cypress Links.  We managed to aerify 15 and 16 of King's Dunes and do a little fairway verticutting but not much of anything else.  We will go hard at it again on Tuesday at least until the weather puts a stop to our operation.

      June 16th, 2017
         All greens on King's Dunes received the DryJect aerification on Thursday.  The rains held up the operation for a short period but once there was a break in the clouds we were able to complete the last few greens.  We should feel the greens firm up from this process in about 10 to 14 days.  We still have one DryJect application scheduled for each course in July and August.

      June 14th, 2017
          The weather continues to give us a little break which is allowing us to complete some of the projects on King's.  As of today we've aerified greens on holes 1-14 and should have all of them topdressed by the end of the day.  We have the DryJect scheduled on Thursday morning so we will not be able to finish the core aerification on 15-18 until Monday June 19th.
         The tee aerification is going smoothly and we should have all tees completed by early Friday morning.  We've aerified fairways on holes 1-9 and verticut holes 1-6.  Cleanup has begun but this is the part that will take the longest as the material needs to be blown off the fairways and the bulk of it removed with the remainder being chopped up by our rough mowers. 

      June 12th, 2017
         The rains held off for the day and we were very thankful.  We managed to aerify greens 6 through 10, and push all the plugs from the putting surface.  Holes 6,7 and 8 were then topdressed by hand.  We also sprayed the tee complexes on King's with growth regulator and grub control.  The same mix was sprayed on Cypress and Royal fairways with holes 1-7 and 1-12 completed respectively.  The Fairway aerification on Kings was also started with holes 1 and 2 completed.  We will begin the verticutting process first thing Tuesday morning.
           We're trying something a little different this summer with our rough mowing.  In the past we would start on hole #1 and mow everything before moving to the next hole.  This means members would play some holes that were mowed and others that were not, creating different playing conditions throughout the course.  Starting last week our mowers, on Mondays, will concentrate on the first 20 to 30 feet of rough around the fairways and greens getting all 18 holes completed in one day.  This gives players a little more forgiveness if the shots are hit just off the fairways.  We will then come back and complete the remainder of the rough throughout the week.  An added benefit is that the mowers will be working in the outer areas of the holes and will not interfere with play as much as previously seen.
      The photo below shows and example of how the course looks after Mowing out the course using this new method.


      June 10th, 2017
         We were pretty much washed out during the week so we just didn't get anywhere near our goals this week.  We did manage to get all turf areas mowed which was a pleasant surprise.  We aerified 1 through 5 greens and topdressed them on Friday and Saturday. We sprayed all the fairways on King's Dunes with growth regulator and grub control but with the daily rains we may have some fairways where the growth regulator was washed off the plant.  The grub control will work great even after a little rain so it was still worth our effort to spray.

      June 5th, 2017
          We tried to get started on our aerification but the weather just didn't cooperate.  Our aerification will be push back several days due to the rains and lost time they've caused.  We will need to concentrate on mowing the courses that are not open and getting them playable before we start our aerification process.  We'll do our best to keep you updated.

      June 2nd, 2017
           As I'm sure everyone is aware we could use some rain.  We have areas throughout the courses that are extremely dry but will recover quickly with some additional rainfall.  Some of these areas are just hot spots that dry up quickly without rainfall others such as 9 on King's Dunes were irrigation control issues that we failed to catch in a timely manor.  Looking at the radar now we are hopeful that some of the moisture in the Gulf will head our way.
         With the short week we still managed to complete most of our goals, here's a quick rundown.  All greens were sprayed with nutrients and growth regulator, the tee complexes on Cypress were sprayed with growth regulator and grub control, we completed a wall to wall fertilizer application on Royal Lakes using a 15-0-15 blend, the range tees at CCW were all fertilized and weeds were spot sprayed, the bunker faces on King's Dunes were sprayed with growth regulator and lastly a small drain was installed on #10 fairway of Cypress Links. 

      May 24th, 2017
           Our aerification on Royal has been progressing well this week.  We have completed all putting surfaces with the 5/8" core aerification and all have been hand topdressed.  The fairways have received a double slice aerification and are currently being mowed to smooth out the turf.  This will allow water and air to penetrate the canopy and enter the root-zone for healthier more uniform turf.  We are now gearing up for the scheduled DryJect aerification on Thursday, weather permitting.  We'll finish off the week with a fertilizer and fungicide application to all putting surfaces.
           On the west courses we are continuing several projects including; replacement of the irrigation control box on #10 of King's Dunes due to lightning damage, removing the damaged cartpath on #10 Kings, adding drains on #15 of Kings, Flymowing bunkers on Kings, edging bunkers on Cypress and mowing roughs and fairways on both courses.

      May 22nd, 2017
          Be careful what you wish for!  We wanted rain but with it often comes with lightning.  During Sunday night's storm we took a lightning strike on #10 of King's Dunes.  This strike hit a pine tree next to the cart path and followed a root under the path which then caused the concrete path to explode, a good example of just how powerful lightning can be.  We have the area blocked off for now and will remove the broken path on Tuesday.  For now we will replace the concrete with some shell material in order to get it operational again.  We will replace the concrete during one of the closures this summer.



  • Photo Update
    • Below:   The new bridge on CL #9 is almost complete, we still need to cut off the railing ends and add the walking mat down the center of the bridge.

        

      Below; A core sample of the dryject process.  The sand was dyed yellow to make it more visible.  The darker sand is the mix of organic material and sand that has accumulated over the years.  The white sand at the bottom is the base sand mix from the construction and where the greens started many years ago.



      Below; Training new employees to walkmow greens can take some time.  This employee has mowed several weeks but still had difficulty on his last green due to the fact that there was no dew on the surface to help him see his mowing pattern.  We use photos like this on our information board in the maintenance shop to help employees understand this is not the product we want to present to the membership.




      Below;  Verticutting fairways. It's clear to see just how much material is removed.





          

  • Rain Records
    • Did you know we have up to 7 rain gauges throughout our three golf courses? Five actually control the irrigation system and the other two are used for quick reference at our maintenance facilities. Click here to see our daily rain totals. 

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  • Pin Sheets
    •   In order to optimize the GPS system on the golf carts we utilize a 3 zone system consisting of front, middle and back.  Our setup staff also moves the tee markers to correspond with the zone location, for example; if the zone is in the front of the green tee markers will be setup behind the yardage stones on each of the tees.  Of course for the most accurate yardage, readings can be obtained by using the reflectors secured to the top of every flagpole with your personal range finder.   Below are copies of the pin-sheets, please feel free to copy, paste and print these sheets for your personal use, copies are also available through the pro shops.











  • 2017 Maintenance Schedule
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      2018

      Summer Closing and Maintenance Schedule

      Updated 8/11/17

       

       

      Feb 12th-13th                 King’s Spring Fertilizer Closed

       

      Feb 21st-22nd      Royal Lakes Spring Fertilizer Closed

       

      March 5th-6th            Cypress Spring Fertilizer  Closed

       

      April 9th-12th                   King’s ¼” Aerification  Closed

       

      May 7th- May 21st   Cypress Aerification 5/8   Closed

       

      May 22st June 10th        Royal Aerification 5/8   Closed

       

      June 11th July 1st       King’s Aerification 5/8”   Closed

       

      July 9th-30th              Cypress Aerification 3/8”   Closed

      July 16th-30th                               Clubhouse Shutdown

       

      July 31st –Aug 19th         Royal Aerification 3/8”   Closed

       

      Aug 20th- Sept 9th         Kings Aerification 3/8”   Closed

       

      Sept 17th – 21st       Royal Fertilizer Application  Closed

       

      Sept 24th-28th    Cypress Fertilizer Application  Closed

       

      Oct 29th   Pigment Applications to all Fairways Begins Open

  • Project List
      • Remove grasses along the cart path on #8 tee of KD and replace with rip rap to better hold the slope
      • Repair drainage basins as needed in the fairways on Cypress and King's, raise and level
      • Add drainage in the low Bahia area left of #4 fairway on Cypress Links
      • Add Irrigation to the south side of the canal on #2 of Cypress and landscape area
      • Cut back pepper trees growing along the woods-line on 18 of Cypress
      • Add more Fakahatchee grass along some of the lakes where turf is difficult to grow.
      • Repair / resurface bridge on #9 of Cypress Links.
      • Replace some of the poor performing trees on Royal Lakes with Mags.
      • Renovate the irrigation, drainage and landscape at tennis.
      • Work on landscape around the maintenance facility and install a new nursery green within the facility.
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