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          Week of April 16th, 2018
                   This week we will be doing a pencil tine aerification to the greens on Cypress Links and Royal Lakes.  After seeing them over the weekend we felt they would benefit from a venting to help exchange air and water into the soil.  This process helps to open small 3" channels into the soil and is hardly visible the next day.  We will be making another fungicide application to the greens this week on all three courses. We've been keeping the greens on the lean side over the past few months and will be making some nutrient applications to the greens this week.  We've started trimming the ornamental grasses on King's Dunes and will continue this process throughout the week, we will move to Cypress as soon as King's is completed.  The flowers in front of the CCW clubhouse will be pulled and replaced this week and work will continue on the circle in front of fitness.


      Current Updates

      April 17th, 2018
         We managed to complete the green's venting on Cypress yesterday and managed to get the second application of weed preventer on holes 1-10.     We will continue throughout the remainder of the week to complete the process on 11-18 of Cypress Links.  The greens on both Cypress and King's were sprayed with fungicide and nutrients. We will make a second spray application later in the week with growth regulator.  The irrigation addition along the outer rough on #1 of Royal Lakes was completed. The Bahia in this area should start to look a little better from the 1st tee and the clubhouse.  

      April 9th, 2018
         The driving range received a fertilization using a 15-0-15 blend with weed a preventer.  The greens on Cypress were lightly verticut and topdressed. This was the first topdressing of the season using our larger tow behind topdresser, moving forward we will continue to increase the amount of sand being spread onto the putting surfaces.  King's Dunes greens were also topdressed today.  Holes 10-18 on King's Dunes were fertilized with a 5-0-20 blend which also contained a weed preventer.

      April 4th, 2018
         We are still seeing excessive clipping yields from our rough mowers due to scalping down the roughs.  This is the 2nd week at this lower height and the amount of clippings is slightly higher than what we expected to see.  We will continue to run the blowers and cleanup crew behind the mowers to disperse the clippings but you may still run into a heavy area or two during your round.
         The greens on King's were pencil-tine aerified on Monday and all greens have been sprayed with growth regulator this week.  We are still seeing some fairyring on some putting surfaces and will continue to treat these areas.  Once we aerify we should see these spots dissipate as air and water exchange increases.
        No one wants the turf around the bunker faces to grow more but at the same time we need to keep it healthy.  We are currently making a fertilizer application to the bunker faces on CL and KD.  We are using a slow release organic blend 6-2-0, this is derived from sludge so you may notice a slight odor around the bunkers for a week or so.  We will be doing the tees next with the same organic fertilizer. 

      March 20th,2018
         We had a good Monday and are looking forward to seeing some rain later this afternoon.  The greens on both Cypress and King's were sprayed with nutrients, fungicide and growth regulator.  Both courses were also lightly topdressed using the dry bagged sand and the cart spreader.  Moving forward we will be switching back to our larger topdresser in order to put more sand on the putting surfaces.  As growth increases we will need the additional sand to keep the greens rolling true.  The lower heights on the rough mowers are working out well with limited excess clippings, so far was are on our normal mowing schedule and hope to have the CCW courses completed by the end of the week.  All green bunkers on both Cypress and King's were flymowed today and we continued edging the green bunkers as well.  We should be done edging all green bunkers by the end of the week and will start on the fairway bunkers next week.  Our driving range tee mower sprung an oil leak on the back range tee this morning, thankfully our operator caught the leak fairly quickly so we only have 1 line of oil across the tee.  This area will eventually die and grow back but it may take several months before it's gone completely.

      March 15th, 2018
          The cool weather has allowed us to keep green speeds at a maximum this week but we have continued to perform maintenance to ensure they remain at the upper end of our target range.  The greens at CCW have been verticut in two directions the first of which was completed on Monday and the 2nd direction done ahead of play on Wed and Thur.  The greens were also sprayed this week with a fungicide and our usual nutrient and growth regulator package.  We thought we were done with the 40 degree weather so we haven't sprayed any pigments in the last 4 weeks.  With the cold nights the color on the fairways has changed to a dull greenish-brown.  We placed an emergency order for pigment and have or are in the process of treating all the fairways on all 3 courses.  We are also including some nutrients in the spray to help the bermuda recover as soon as the temperatures warm up a little.  This along with the recent granular fertilizer application just may cause the fairway growth to explode when we return to the 80's.
         Our sod job at the new Memorial Garden has been completed, we will be watering this area throughout the day to keep the sod moist.  There are a few sprinklers that run along the rough right of #2 green,so please beware of these sprinklers suddenly turning on.  We will be sending out an email shortly announcing the opening of the new memorial Garden and how Engraved Stones such as the one below can be purchased and placed in the garden.

        

      March 8th, 2018
           The greens on Royal Lakes will receive a light verticutting and topdressing today using the dry bagged sand.  This should settle into the canopy nicely and help keep the greens rolling smooth.  Cypress greens are getting sprayed with a nutrient package and King's will follow on Friday morning. All major turf areas have been mowed at CCW but the growth has been limited due to the cooler temperatures we've seen over the last week.  We are still working on trimming the palm trees on KD 1-9, this project should be completed in the next few weeks.  Today is our head mechanic's last day, his efforts over the last 6 years have helped keep our courses in great condition.  We wish him well in his new position at Stoneybrook golf club in Sarasota. 
        

      February 28th, 2018
         We should be finishing up the rough mowing at CCW today, which is no small task to complete in 3 days so kudos to our rough team for getting the job done.  The greens on King's Dunes were double cut yesterday and both Cypress and Kings will be walk mowed and rolled today and each day of the event.  The invitational flags will be put out today in prep for the event starting tomorrow and we will put the previous winner flags on the putting green.  For the most part we should be all set for a great men's invitational.
         Our new fountain is in place behind the clubhouse, I'm not sure I love the spray pattern so we may switch out the nozzle from the previous fountain.  We had one snag with the installation process, not enough power cord was ordered to get the fountain to the center of the lake.  We have contacted the supplier and hope to have an extension cable in place within several weeks.  For now we have the fountain running but it's a little off center in the lake.  The new Led lights are a bonus as well, allowing us to change colors and even rotate between colors with several programs to choose from.


      February 26th, 2018
         
      The greens on Cypress and King's are getting sprayed with nutrients and fungicide today.  We are trying to get them out of the way early in the week so we can concentrate on getting the courses ready for the upcoming member guest.  The verticutting and topdressing last week went extremely well and green speeds have responded favorably.  We are pulling new wires for the new fountain behind the clubhouse today and may even get the fountain in the water by the end of the day.  New wiring is needed due to the new Led multi-color light kit purchased with this fountain.

      February 21st, 2018
         We are just past the halfway point on the fertilization of Royal Lakes and should be complete by the end of the day.  We finished the fertilization on Cypress Links this morning with only the Driving Range at CCW left to fertilize, which will be done next Monday.  The greens on King's Dunes were topdressed yesterday behind the 2nd direction of the verticutters.  We did use a little less sand than we put on Cypress greens last Monday only due to the amount of time we had to make the application.  The warm weather has our maintenance team a little busier mowing grass this year than compared to past years but it's nice to see the turf green in the month of February.

      February 20th, 2018
         With the warm weather upon us we've moved up our fertilizer application on Cypress Links, if we wait too long the pre-emergent herbicide will not effectively control weeds as they germinate.  We managed to complete holes 1-12 on Monday and will finish the remaining holes on Wednesday and Thursday of this week.  We continue to see major burning on King's Dunes from the herbicide due both to watering issues and application issues.  We have discussed both with our staff and moving forward we should easily be able to avoid additional burn on Cypress and Royal during their applications.  Looking at the affected areas we are seeing some new green growth coming from the plant so it shouldn't take too long to grow out of the visible burn.
        Monday we double verticut the greens on Cypress Links and followed that with a light topdressing.  We attempted to do the same on King's Dunes but we were caught on #8 by a fast group of golfers and switched to a single verticut in order to stay ahead of them.  We will finish the 2nd direction on Wednesday morning.  The greens on Kings were sprayed with additional growth regulator this morning which should enhance the heavy application made last week and curb excess growth for the next 5-7 days.
         Now that the new clock is in at CCW we will begin replacing the wiring for the new lake fountain behind the clubhouse.  We have started digging up the existing junctions and will pull new wire by the end of the week.  Our goal is to have the fountain up and running by the end of the month.

      Link to video of the Cypress Links - verticutting, mowing and topdressing process completed on Monday

      February 16th, 2018
         Our fertilizer application to King's Dunes has caused some burning to the turf in areas, some more than others.  The burn is from the pre-emergent herbicide that is sprayed on the fertilizer prill.  If this isn't watered/washed off the prill and into the soil just right it can be tracked and moved by equipment or carts and the result is burnt tire marks on the turf.  Thankfully this is only tip burn on the plant and it will quickly dissipate as the grass grows and we mow the affected areas off.  Cypress Links was scheduled for its fertilizer application on March 5th and 6th but due to the warm weather we are seeing we've moved it up and will start the application on Monday Feb 19th.  We will finish the application ahead of play over the remainder of the week. 

      February 15th, 2018
          By the end of today the greens on all three courses will have received a spray app of minor nutrients, heavy growth regulator and some insecticide.  The tee complexes on King's have been sprayed with growth regulator and we are currently working on the fairways at Royal Lakes with the same mix.  We will complete the tee complexes on Cypress and Royal next week.  The bahia roughs at royal were treated with a broadleaf herbicide this week and we will retreat as needed in the next two weeks to keep these weeds under control. 
         The clock project at CCW is nearing an end with only the planting of the flowers and irrigation left to complete.  Once completed we will remove the old clock nearer to the range tees.  Our next project will be the installation of the new fountain in the lake by #1 tee of Cypress.  This is a little more time consuming due to the new multi-colored LED lights.  We will need to run new power wires from the controller to the edge of the lake in order for them to operate properly.
        We are continuing work on the circle in front of the fitness center.  The stumps were all ground down yesterday and the irrigation valves have been exposed so we can run new pipe and sprinklers.  The new Sylvester Palm is slated for install next Thursday with lighting to follow, as of now we are right on schedule with this project.

      February 13th, 2008
          We managed to complete holes 1-11 with the fertilization on King's Dunes yesterday and will finish the rest today.  The fairways on Cypress were sprayed with growth regulator on Monday and King's are being treated today.  The new clock was installed yesterday, we will be working on the landscape surround the clock this week and we will remove the other clock when the new one is completely finished.


      February 7th, 2018
            The greens on Royal and Cypress have been sprayed with fungicide, nutrients and growth regulator with Kings on the slate for Friday.  We have continued working on palm tree trimming on Kings 10-18.  The concrete pad has been poured for the new clock next to the putting green, we have the install set for next Monday Feb 12th.  Once the clock is in we will landscape to finish off the bed and remove the other clock from the area.  The 13 palms surrounding the circle at Fitness were removed by a contractor this week and we are currently removing the remainder of the landscaping. Plans are to have one Palm in the center island with turf and landscaping surrounding it.  The greens on Royal Lakes will receive a light topdressing on Thursday using the last of our colored sand.  We usually use the darker sand during the colder weather in order to increase canopy temperature and encourage some growth, this time around we just need to use up the product before it gets wet and unusable.  All collars and approaches were fertilized this week at CCW, this will encourage some additional growth and help them withstand the abuse from our walk mowers and rollers as we increase the use of each on a regular basis this time of year. 

      February 5th, 2018
         With the rains we received last night we can expect green speeds to slow a little.  We are currently just over 10 on the stimp and will begin double cutting to keep speeds in the mid to high 10 range.  Roughs will be mowed on King's this week as we move through our normal winter rotation.  There are several spots showing up on some of the greens these range from Fairyring which the rains and this week's wetting agent application will help alleviate.  Other spots are where the turf is shocked from the application of a herbicide to remove the weed Nutsedge.  These spots should dissipate as the weather warms and the turf returns to it's normal growth.  We had some gas leak from a blower on #14 of Royal Lakes this morning which will kill the turf that is affected.  These are small but grouped dots of fuel, recovery will take 2 to 4 weeks depending on growing conditions.  We will refresh our operating procedures with staff on blowing greens which include making sure both straps are worn and fuel is at a minimum in the tank when on the putting surfaces.  We will also purchase more battery operated hand blowers for use on the greens and surrounds. 

      January 24th, 2018
         With the cold weather last week we experienced faster than normal green speeds, now as we begin to warm up speeds will begin to return to normal.  The greens on KD were solid-tine aerified on Monday followed by rolling Tuesday morning.  The fairways on CL and KD were sprayed with nutrients and pigments, the fairways should green up on their own as the temperatures increase.  We've started pumping fertilizer through the irrigation system, just enough to kick start some new growth in all areas.  We have our wall to wall fertilizer applications scheduled in February which will give the turf a good kick as we move into Spring.  Our new clock for CCW has been shipped and will arrive in the next few weeks.  We ran the power wire from a connection near the putting green into the large triangle where the clock will be placed.  We will work on the concrete foundation next week.  The greens on RL will receive a solid tine aerification on Thursday followed by a rolling to smooth the putting surfaces.  This process allows air / water exchange within the soil and promotes root growth for a healthier plant and better putting surface.

      January 19th, 2018
         The last two days have started off a little colder than usual and the landscape will start to show damage from the cold weather soon.  Most plants will have lost the canopy but survived through this weather.  In the coming weeks we will begin to trim back plants as needed and encourage new growth to speed the recovery.
        On the courses.  KD received its pigment application on the fairways on Monday.  All greens were sprayed with nutrients, pigments and growth regulator this week.  The greens on RL were lightly topdressed on Thursday.  All KD tees were fertilized with the 11-0-18 granular fertilizer and the greens on KD were also fertilized with a blend of 13-0-26 slow release granular fertilizer.  The greens on CL were solid tine aerified on Monday using a slightly longer spacing than we normally use due to the cooler temperatures this time of year.  On KD we once again tried to repair the wash-out to the right of 18 green, hopefully the turf will get fully rooted before we receive any heavy rain events. The palm tree trimming is progressing but slower than anticipated, we are just finishing up with #7 on CL and will continue until the entire property is completed.

      January 11th, 2018
          Our new, main power, wire run from the irrigation control box on KD #5 to the box on #6 has been completed.  While we were running this power wire we decided to tie into the restrooms on #5 to provide limited power for lights only.  Although the power is hooked up and ready to go at the restroom we still need to install bulbs and make sure everything is working properly.  This should be completed before the weekend.
         The Memorial Garden continues to take shape with more plants added this week and the rock path compacted to provide a better surface for walking on.  We will begin mulching with pine straw next and finish off the area with sod in the coming weeks.
         On Wednesday the greens on CL were lightly topdressed ahead of play, the sand was lightly dragged into the turf canopy using large walking brushes.  This process has been working extremely well giving the putting surfaces the sand they need to stay smooth and tight without using excessive amounts of sand. 
          All greens were sprayed this week with nutrients and growth regulator.  We will schedule another fungicide application for next week.  The fairways on KD and all tees on both KD and CL were sprayed with pigment and fertilizer this week.  CL and RL will be scheduled for next week.  The collars on both CL and KD were fertilized this week using a mix of leftover greens fertilizer.  The collars tend to get a little weak this time of year due to the limited growth and the excessive abuse from our greens mowers and rollers.  We will continue to monitor the health of the collars and act accordingly.
       
      January 8th, 2018
         The greens on King's Dunes were topdressed lightly today using between 4 and 6 bags of dry sand per green.  This helps to improve ball roll and tightens up the turf canopy.  The wire project on KD #6 is almost complete, the trenches were completed and the wire was run, all that's left is to fill in the trench and connect the wires.  The stumps and giant logs removed from #4 on KD were buried in the wooded area between 4 and 5 today and the excess fill was used to contour the area where the tree was removed.  These logs were just too heavy for our equipment to haul off site so burying them was the next best option.  Palms on #1 of Cypress were trimmed and cleaned and our lift is working it's way toward #2.  Lastly the Range tees at CCW were fertilized with an 11-0-18 blend which should give the Ryegrass a little boost.

      January 2nd, 2018
         The new year hasn't quite started with outdoor golf in mind but we're ready to start off fresh.  We are continuing some of our usual maintenance this week with Cypress fairways receiving another pigment application. We are planting at the new memorial garden which is coming along well, we hope to have it completed by the end of the month.  We worked on getting the large stump removed on #4 of KD.  This posed a slight problem as we were unable to get the stump lifted high enough to haul off so we moved the stump to the wooded area where we will bury it and use the excess fill in the area where the stump was removed.  

      December 28th 2017
          Working on the basics this week due to the holiday and a good bit of our staff taking time off.  The greens on all three courses received their weekly application of growth regulator along with a fungicide this week.  With the warm temps and good growth we choose not to add any nutrients in this weeks mix.  Planting continues at the memorial garden which is finally starting to take shape.  We hope to have the majority of the plants in by the end of next week.  Work has begun on running the new power wire from the irrigation box on KD #5 to the box on #6, this will continue next week as well.  
          We're starting to see excessive weed germination on Royal Lakes and have ordered some post emergent herbicides to be applied to the fairways next week.  With the cooler temps that are expecting next week control of these weeds may take longer due to the slower absorption of the herbicides.  We will add a pre-emergent herbicide to the mix as well to prevent any additional weed seeds from germinating.

      December 20th,2017
          It's been a slow week in golf maintenance due to a handful of employees taking time off for the holidays.  We have however, managed to complete some tasks over the last few days.  The fairways on Cypress Links were fertilized with an 11-0-18 blend of fertilizer, this should supply the turf with nutrients through January.  The greens on all 3 courses were sprayed with growth regulator and fungicide, we will make another application of fungicide next week.  We started the project on #5 and 6 of King's Dunes where we will be running a new power wire from the control box on 5 to the control box on 6.  We have continued the palm tree trimming at tennis and fitness and started trimming the oaks to expose the parking lot lights.  Lastly some plants have arrived for the memorial garden which we will begin planting shortly.

      December 12th, 2017
          All greens on King's and Cypress were lightly topdressed on Monday using a Camo sand which blends into the turf canopy.  The darker color also helps to absorb heat and keep the turf actively growing.  We often do not mow the greens the following day to allow the sand to settle into the canopy.  We do however roll the greens which provides the removal of dew and allows us to reach our target green speeds.  The fairways on King's were sprayed with pigment and a couple of herbicides on Monday and Tuesday.  We are continuing our bunker edging on Cypress and King's which should take us another week to complete.  We still have a wiring issue to the irrigation clock on #6 of King's Dunes.  For now we will continue to run it using a battery and solar panels. Wire has been ordered to run from the box on #5 which will include a tie-in at the bathroom for lights only.  We should start on that project next week.
         Our new lease equipment has started to arrive at both facilities which includes the following items, 30 carts, 2 sprayers, 2 rough mowers, 5 workman haulers, 4 tee mowers and 3 Bahia mowers.  This is a $700,000.00 investment in our maintenance operations to make sure our staff has the equipment needed to produce the playing conditions our members expect on a regular basis.

      December 4th, 2017
           All greens on King's Dunes were pencil tine aerified today, without an issues.  They will be rolled on Tuesday to make sure the surfaces are smooth while allowing the columns to remain open for air and water exchange into the soil.  The fairways on Cypress were treated with pigment and a herbicide to remove nutsedge and any Poa that may have germinated over the last few months.  We continued work on the memorial garden with the install of the poly pipe for irrigation throughout the landscape beds.  The fairways on Kings were fertilized with an 11-0-18 quick release blend along with the range tees, all but #17 fairway were completed.  The cart path edging on KD was completed and we have started edging all bunkers beginning with the green bunkers on Cypress Links.  The bunker edging will be a 3 to 4 week project between Cypress and Kings.


      November 29th, 2017
           Monday was productive with a light verticutting of the greens on both Cypress and King's and a light topdressing on CL Greens.  The fairways on King's were sprayed with pigment and nutrients.  We finished up the installation of irrigation in the memorial garden area and we started to trim up the oak trees in the same area.  Tuesday the greens on Royal Lakes were sprayed with nutrients and additional fungicide.  After the wet cloudy days last week we started to see some Leaf Spot popping up on some greens so we made an additional application of fungicide.  We made a granular fertilizer application to the greens on Cypress on Tuesday using a 13-0-26 blend and will follow up on Friday with an application to King's.  Royal Lakes will receive a granular application as well this week using a 5-15-15 blend.  Wednesday and Thursday Cypress and King's will receive a fungicide and growth regulator application to the greens in prep for the member / member this weekend.  We are also lowering the mowing heights on the greens to .115" due to the continued warm weather which tends make it more difficult to reach our green speed goals.

      November 21st, 2017
         We had a productive day on Monday; All greens on Cypress Links were pencil tine aerified, the greens on King's Dunes were lightly topdressed using our spreader cart, the fairways on Cypress were sprayed with Pigment and nutrients, the new ladies tee on 15 was sodded and the new Ryegrass around the practice area at CCW was mowed for the first time. 
           We've changed to a slightly different pigment this season due to some clogging issues we were experiencing with the old pigment during the first few applications.  The color is slightly different but it still provides a great contrast between the treated areas and the roughs.
          The greens on King's and Royal were sprayed with a fungicide and nutrient mix today and Cypress will be done on Wednesday.  All included our normal weekly application of growth regulator as well.
         We are having a main power issue with the irrigation control box on #6 of King's Dunes.  There is a break in the line between a junction next to #2 tee and the control box on #6.  The usual troublesome spots on the 6th green have dried excessively from this issue and we have begun hand watering these areas to reduce the stress.  In order to have temporary power we have installed two small solar panels and a battery to operate the irrigation system on the 6th hole.  We will see if the problem can be located and repaired and if not we may need to run a new power wire from the control box on #5 to the box on #6.

      November 15th, 2017
         With the Ladies event this week we've been concentrating on mowing out the courses at CCW and making sure they are ready for the event.  The Ryegrass seed is coming up nicely on the range and as usual is a bit long just after germination.  As the plant matures it will be more easily managed and produce the playing surface we expect on the range tees and surrounds.  All greens were sprayed over the last several days with nutrients, growth regulator, and a wetting agent.  The wetting agent will last 30 days and will allow us to dry down the surface of the greens and re-wet the soil evenly when irrigation is needed.  Without the wetting agent we often see what we call hot spots that never seem to get enough moisture and wet spots which receive too much water.  Our cart path edging on Cypress Links is almost completed and should finished by the end of the week.  We started replacing some of the annuals at Royal Lakes clubhouse and will continue to do so throughout the property in the coming weeks.  Over half of the annuals we will plant this winter have been grown by our staff in our nursery, the geraniums are the only exception.  We were off to a slow start planting seeds due to hurricane Irma but it looks like we are back on track to have plenty of annuals to brighten up the landscape.

      November 6th, 2017
          It never feels right when it's a Monday and everything goes as planned.  We had a productive day beginning with the pencil tine aerification on KD greens.  We also completed the fertilization of the fairways on KD using an 11-0-18 with quick release nitrogen blend and lightly topdressed the greens on CL using bagged dry sand and our cart topdressing spreader.  The fertilizer should give us some additional growth and color by the end of the week and the sand will help keep the putting surfaces rolling true and smooth for the next 10 to 14 days.  We spent most of the morning preparing the turf around (P1) the pitching green for overseeding.  The collar and approaches were verticut several times to allow seed to penetrate the canopy and reach the soil for germination.  We also took this opportunity to expand the short grass surrounding the pitching green (P1).  We've found more players want to practice from the short grass than the rough, you can easily see where we expanded these areas due to the obvious scalped appearance.  Once the seed begins to grow these areas will blend in nicely and look as if they've always been cut at collar height.  The range tees were also seeded on Monday and will be watered as much as possible to encourage germination.  You may see water running during the day in these areas, our staff will be on hand monitoring the water to insure no one inadvertently gets wet.

      November 1st, 2017
          We've lost a lot of turf color over the last week in part from reducing the height of cut in the roughs and also due to the low temperatures.  This fits perfect with our scheduled pigment application on the fairways.  King's has been completed and we are currently working on Cypress, we will begin on Royal before the end of the week.  This first application is at a lighter rate knowing that we will still see some warm weather which will green up the turf naturally.  These applications also have some nutrients in the spray mix and are adjusted according to the needs of the turf.  Our spot spraying efforts continue to clean up the Tropical Signalgrass.  These applications tend to stand out more when the turf goes off color due to the blue dye we use in the mix.  The dye is simply for use to see what we have sprayed in order to avoid a second application by mistake, it usually dissipates in a couple of days. 

      October 25th, 2017
          So far this week;  The greens on King's have been verticut and topdressed and both Cypress and King's have received their weekly spraying which included some fungicide this week.  Royal is still scheduled for spraying later in the week with the same mix.  We've lowered the rough mowers at CCW by 1/4" and it shows in the amount of clippings left behind the mowers and in the color change due to the removal of the leaf tissue.  We will continue to run a blower behind the mowers to disperse the excess clippings, thankfully the wind has kept the turf dry in the morning which will help reduce the clipping piles left behind by the mowers.  We are continuing with weed-eating the lakes on King's Dunes and are at the halfway point with 1-9 completed.  Lastly we have started working on the removal of the stumps from the trees Irma knocked over, the holes will be filled with soil once the sumps are removed.  The leak on Cypress #1 is scheduled for final repairs next Monday, this leak is in the worst location making it difficult to repair the surrounding turf while we're open for play.

      October 19th, 2017
         In preparation for the Pat Bradley event we sprayed all fairways on Cypress Links this week with pigment, nutrients and growth regulator.  We are trying out several different pigments over the next several weeks to make sure we are getting the best color possible, which very well may be the pigment we've been using over the past several years.  The greens on all three courses were sprayed with growth regulator and nutrients this week which is part of our weekly program.  Our Nematicide application that was made last week has fungicide properties as well and pressures are low this time of year so no additional fungicides were added this week.  Update on the irrigation leak on Cypress #1; the pipe has been repaired but the damage to the turf will remain until Monday the 30th due to it's location.  We can not make repairs until the next time we are closed as the area is directly in the flight path on the hole. It will remain ground under repair until the area has fully recovered.  
         We made an additional cart topdressing to the greens of Cypress Links on Thursday, this method of applying sand to the putting surface is only done in season.  It allows us to put a very light layer of sand out ahead of play using dry bagged sand, the affects of the sand will last several days improving ball roll and firming the playing surfaces.  If we continue to do this on a weekly basis the cumulative affects will help produce firm & fast greens.  We plan on performing this topdressing on a regular basis to all three courses throughout the winter.  As we get into the cooler weather we may change from the white sand to a black or camouflage sand that will blend better with the turf and be less noticeable when playing.

      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.



       








  • Photo Update
    • Below: A sandhill crane comes in for a landing to join one already on the ground.  It almost looks as if it's attacking the other crane. 



      Below:  This Bald Eagle was seen on the back slope of #17 on King's Dunes on April 9th, it was a foggy wet morning and his head-feathers show it.



      Below:  This huge gator was seek basking along the lake right of 18 tees on King's Dunes.  As long as they are not aggressive we leave them alone in their natural habitat.



      Below:  Two newly hatched Colts from #18 tee on Cypress Links.  



      Below:  Our new Memorial Garden is ready to open. We will be sending out a club wide email anouncing the opening and how members can place engraved stones in the garden.






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  • 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.











  • 2018 Maintenance Schedule
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      2018

      Summer Closing and Maintenance Schedule

      Updated 4/2/2018

       

      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-11th                   King’s Chipco Choice App  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 20th         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
      • Replace both fountains in the lakes behind the clubhouse at CCW
      • Add Fakahatchee grass along the lake bank on #8 of Cypress Links
      • Add new clock to CCW in large bed next to putting green.
      • Continue forward tee additions on King's Dunes, Currently working on #14.
      • Sod area where the Oak tree was removed on #4 of King's Dunes
      • Finish up work on the new Memorial Garden South of #2 Green on Cypress Links.
      • Remove Pines and replant with Palms left of #1 tee on Cypress Links
      • Rebuild the bunker face on the larger Chipping Green bunker at the CCW range.
      • Clean up the area between 4 and 5 on King's, remove fallen trees and most of the Palms
      • Install new irrigation control boxes on Cypress Links, this will replace 12 of the 18 boxes on this course.