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         Week of September 24th, 2018                 
             This week will be our last closure for maintenance for the year.  We will have Cypress closed Monday through Friday to make our fall fertilizer application and our contracted pine straw application to the landscape.  We've seen a little bit of a weed explosion on Royal Lakes and we will increase our spot spraying efforts to remove them.  We will continue to work on the new tees on King's and the one on Cypress #9.  Bunker slopes will be pushed and repaired on Cypress during the closure.  Time permitting we will reshape the greens on the short course and get them planted using aerification plugs from the approaches around the pitching green.  

       
      Current Updates

      September 20th, 2018
          The storm last night brought a lot of lightning with it and one bolt that struck a pine tree between 12 and 17 of King's traveled through the soil and blew a hole in our irrigation line.  Thankfully it was just a 2" line which was easily repaired.  The bolt also traveled back along the power wires and caused damage in the controller.  This will be assessed on Friday and the necessary repairs will be made.  We are continuing to have communication issues on our radio controlled controllers on holes 4,6 and 7 of King's Dunes.  We will run these manually until we can figure out which components need to be replaced.  
         All greens were sprayed this week with wetting agent, fungicide and growth regulator, we still have a few spots on the greens that require a little TLC on all three courses.  Each spot will receive additional hand fertilization and additional fungicide to encourage healthy growth.
        We've switch to a different herbicide mix in our spot sprayers which helps take care of a wider variety of weeds.  This mix has more burn potential which can be seen a few days after treatment, these spots usually only last for a week or so.
        

      September 17th, 2018
           Over the weekend we discovered the storm from last Wednesday had damaged some of our irrigation controllers on King's Dunes 1 through 9.  We've managed to get several repaired but we still have a few with power problems.  Hopefully, we will have all up an running by the end of the day, as long as we don't run out of spare parts.  That same storm left us with clipping ripples across many of the fairways. We are using our topdressing brush to break up these ripples and should be done with KD by the end of the day.  We will then mow the fairways to better disperse the clippings back into the canopy.  Areas will be blown as needed, the marks will remain for several days until the turf recovers from being covered by the clippings.  I realize some may ask why was this not done after the storm.  As many of you know we were rough only on Thursday with KD closed.  The fairways were so wet we couldn't get maintenance carts on them to drag in the clippings.  We used our staff Thursday to hand clean the bigger clipping piles using trash cans to walk the debris off the fairways.  Once dry enough on Friday we had the cart and the brush running on Cypress and moved over to Kings on Saturday and Sunday getting as much as we could and finishing the rest today.  It's amazing how Mother Nature can make such a mess in 30 minutes which in turn takes hundreds of man-hours to clean up.  
         Our pine straw application on Royal has begun and with the size of the landscape beds will most likely take all week to complete.  Other projects we plan on finishing this week at Royal include a wall to wall fertilizer application and a wall to wall barricade, (pre-emergent herbicide) application.

      September 13th, 2018     
             Just when things were going our way, Mother Nature has a way of setting us back several weeks overnight.  The rains we received late Wednesday night erased much of the work our staff has done over the past two weeks.  Bunkers were once again washed, grass clipping piles are covering the tees and fairways and our fungicide applications have been flushed into the soil.  We spent all day on raking up the larger clipping piles on the tees and fairways and will get the blowers and brushes out on Friday.  Over the past week we have also continued trimming the landscape beds in prep for the pine straw mulch applications scheduled over the next few weeks.  We have also removed the grass from the short course greens, we will have them reshaped by the end of next week and will begin sprigging them the following week.  We hope to have them back open in early November if all goes as planned.
      September 6th, 2018
           It's nice to see a dry stretch over the last few days which has allowed us to get caught up on some of our projects.  The contractors are moving nicely on the pine straw application to the landscape beds on King's Dunes and they are currently working on #13.  Our crew has been working all week pushing bunker slopes that have been washed from the summer rains, we should easily have King's done by the end of the week.  We've started mowing collars on King's Dunes with the walk mowers once again which
       is back to the original design of 20" collars.  We've completed trimming all ornamental grasses on King's and are currently working on the beds down the driving range.  We will move to Cypress shortly.  Over the last two weeks we have also been getting the landscape beds on Royal ready for it's pine straw application.  We should be ready to go in two weeks.  We have postponed the King's Dunes fertilizer application due to the wet conditions and other tasks that need attending to.  We will be able to complete the fertilization over the next several weeks.  Several wildflower areas are ready for planting and should be done within the next 7 days.  These seeds will germinate rather quickly in these weather conditions and we should see some flowers starting to bloom by November.

      Below: Back to the 20" collar on King's Dunes  /  Wildflower area has been sprayed with roundup in preparation for seeding behind 17 KD.
         
      August 30th, 2018
         Our Dryject aerification on King's Dunes was as smooth of an operation as it can get.  They usually run 4 machines but one was in for repairs and we still managed to complete all greens by 2:30pm.  We added 32 tons of sand directly into the putting soil profile by the end of the operation.  We'll have all of next week to groom the greens and get them ready for the opening on the 7th.  These greens will be in better condition when we open than Cypress links were several weeks ago due to the aerification dates falling early in the 3 week closure.
         As you play Cypress this weekend you will notice scalped areas around the tee complexes.  These are areas that were mowed down to fairway height in order to give us a different look this season and improve maintenance operations.  We will mow these areas with our fairway mowers and in some cases we may even mow the tee tops to speed our mowing operation.  The larger area will be sprayed with pigments this winter allowing for an easier application with our larger boom sprayer.  We will need more pigments to cover the area but it will take much less time making the application in the long run.  These areas should green up with in several weeks as the turf becomes accustom to the new mowing heights.

      August 22nd, 2018
         The light sprinkle this afternoon dampened surfaces just enough to halt our progress on topdressing and cleaning greens.  We did manage to complete the aerification on both the greens and fairways by the end of the day.  We will continue cleaning both on Thursday and should have the topdressing completed by Friday.  Our staff is also working on the landscape beds throughout King's Dunes in preparation for our contracted pine straw application scheduled for the first week in September.  We are trimming all fakahatchee grass, spraying roundup as needed and removing general debris from these areas.  Bunkers are also getting some much needed attention as we pull weeds and spray runners along the edges of the bunkers.  Time permitting, we will begin pushing sand back to the slopes next week.  If all goes as planned during this closure you should see a vastly different golf course when we reopen in September.

      August 20th, 2018
         We've started the week without a hitch.  The greens on KD were verticut in preparation for the 1/4" core aerification that will begin on Tuesday.  The fairway aerification has started out nicely with holes 1-9 completed and holes 1-6 cleaned.  The plugs are blown into the roughs where our rough mowers will mulch them into smaller particles where they will then be dispersed into the turf canopy using our blowers.  If we continue this pace we should have all the core aerifications done by the end of the week.  We will then shift our efforts to the dryject aerification scheduled for next week.
         Our Short Course greens have suffered from root rot brought on by extended wet periods and the extreme heat.  We've seen this on these greens over the past several years but not as sever as this year.  In order to correct both the root-rot problem and soften the slopes we will be removing the grass reshaping and planting them with celebration bermuda.  This is not an ideal putting surface but for this type of practice facility we feel it will perform well and prevent future root-rot issues due to its deeper root system.  This should take 4 to 6 weeks to complete once we begin. 

      August 15th, 2018
         As of today all fairways on Royal have been aerified and verticut.  The Dryject was completed on Monday the 13th using 44 tons of sand for all the putting surfaces.  We are half way through with the 1/4 core aerification on the greens and should have them wrapped up by Friday.  Again with all this aerification going on the greens will be a little sandy and rough for the next several weeks but should recover nicely.
        At CCW we are getting closer to the final shaping of the new tees on KD 10,16 and 17 and will begin hauling fill to the new tee locations on 2 and 3 shortly.  Once shaped we will either sod the tees or plant them using the aerification plugs generated from the fairway aerification.  
        We are starting to see areas where our spring insecticide application failed due to poor application and the mole crickets are getting active.  We are making hand spreader applications to these areas as needed which will keep the damage to a minimum.
        As many of you are aware the club is a member of the Audubon International Sanctuary Program.  They have come out with a new program called "Monarchs in the Rough" which we quickly signed up for.  We will be creating more wildflower areas throughout the courses in order to better provide habitat for butterflies and other insects.  We will once again be planting the area left of #5 tees on CL along with a spot on #7.  We are also preparing a larger location behind #17 green of KD which can be seen from #10 and #18.  The first step in the preparation of these areas is to kill any existing grass, weeds or plants.  Once we are sure everything is dead we will spread our seeds and increase watering frequency in these areas to encourage the flowers to grow.  If all goes well we should start to see some flowers by late November.

      August 7th, 2018
          We will be making a fertilizer application to Cypress greens this morning using a 14-2-14 quick release blend.  We should start to see an increase in growth by Thursday and hope to see less sand on the putting surface by Friday.  We've raised our fairway mower on Cypress back up to a final height of .450" and all are responding nicely from the verticutting and scalping a few weeks ago.  We are continuing our efforts to grind down some of the larger lips on the cart paths today and we should have Cypress completed by the end of the week.  This along with the repairs that were complete several weeks ago should provide a smooth ride for players this season.


      August 2nd, 2018
         We're off to a bit of a slow start on Royal with the fairway aerification and verticutting but we are confident we can finish on schedule.  Holes 2,3,5 are completed and we are currently working on 6.  Hold 8 and 9 will be aerified and verticut over the weekend and we will begin cleaning them on Monday.  The debris management is the most difficult part of this operation, once cleaned the fairways are scalped down to .400" and will receive a final blowing.
         Cypress greens remain sandy which is making it difficult for us to mow these greens in the mornings.  We will be making a fertilizer application to them on Friday morning using a 0-0-13 blend and watering in lightly prior to play.  We've mowed the greens on this course in the afternoon over the past few days and hope to begin mowing in the mornings in the next few days.  In the meantime the greens will be sandy and slower than normal.  We should see a big difference by the end of next week.

      Below Left: Vercutter doing its Job!                                             Below Right; clippings blown into rows where staff can shovel into small truckster beds and remove.
        

      July 30th, 2018
        Well it turned out to be a great day for a frog, not so much for golf maintenance.  We really wanted to get Cypress greens rolled and drug one more time before we opened and it need to be perfectly dry to do so.  You can expect sandy conditions for the remainder of the week.  We will try to get them rolled and brushed in the afternoons throughout the week.  We should be back to some fairly good conditions by next week.  Royal is geared up and ready to aerify and verticut fairways starting on Tuesday.  The dryject is set for Monday August 13th.  We will hold off on the core aerification until we know the fairways are close to completion.  If the weather puts us behind we may only solid tine the greens to make up for lost time.  We'll keep you posted as we progress through the project.

      July 25th, 2018
          We've been working between the rain drops this week.  Our Dryject aerification on Cypress Links on Tuesday got off to a little of a slow start but once we got rolling it was non stop.  We completed all 18 holes plus 3 practice greens by 3:30 pm.  This once again added over 30 tons of sand directly into the profile of the putting surfaces.
         Our last two fairways were aerified and verticut yesterday and cleanup will continue today.  We have also scalped down the fairways to .375" from .500", between the verticutting and scalping you can expect the fairways to be off color and a little thin for a week or two.  I'm confident everyone will enjoy the end result from this process.
         We held off on the core aerification during this closure due to the amount of work involved with the fairways and the stormy weather.  With that project behind us now we've started the 1/4 core aerification on the putting surfaces of CL.  We should have most of them done by Thursday and the topdressing completed by Monday afternoon, just in time to open next Tuesday.  The greens will be a little bumpy and sandy next week from this aerification.
        The concrete contractors have been working hard during the closure to get areas around the clubhouse repaired and areas throughout the two courses.  We may have some cleanup left to complete next week but if the weather holds we should have all areas ready to go by Tuesday.  The one addition I'm looking forward to is a ramp from the path to Legacy blvd behind #10 Tee, making road access much easier for members and our maintenance equipment.


      July 17th, 2018
         Our fairway aerification and verticutting has started out as expected generating a huge amount of turf debris.  The hardest aspect of this process is removing the plant material and getting it back to our shop for disposal.  We of course are working on getting our normal activities completed as well such as mowing roughs, fairways, tees and flymowing bunkers.  We started our next growth regulator application on King's Dunes tee complexes as well this week and will move to Cypress shortly.

      July 5th, 2018
         We were successful in getting all of Cypress Links fertilized by the end of the day on Tuesday.  We still have some fertilizer remaining which will be used on the range tees and putting green surrounds next week.  The aerification of P1 went smoothly, there is a large amount of sand on the putting surface so we may not mow this green until Monday afternoon.  This will allow the turf to grow up through the sand over the weekend and help prevent our mowers from picking up the sand.  The new red tees on KD 16 and 17 were sod cut in preparation for additional fill, the sod was used on 14 red tee to finish off that project.  The heavy rains over the last few days have caused a great deal of washouts in the bunkers and standing water throughout the courses.  Some of the standing water comes from clogged drains on the course while some is the result of clogged outflow structures due to the carp grates that were installed by the district. 

      June 29th, 2018
         We've been making some irrigation repairs this week from the heavy lightning we received on Sunday.  The irrigation control boxes on Kings 1-9 can give us problems due to the fact they are radio controlled from our maintenance facility.  These components are difficult to diagnose and some can be a little expensive to replace.  As of now we are getting good communication to all the controllers but spotty communications back to the shop's main computer.  This results in the sprinklers running properly but we just can't see that they operated properly on the shop computer.  We will continue to troubleshoot these until they are all working properly once again.  
        We completed the fertilizer with Ronstar application to King's Dunes this week along with the DryJect aerification.  We followed the DryJect with a dry verticutting which was then matted into the turf, this helps to redistribute the sand across the surface of the green.  
         The greens on all three courses were sprayed this week with our normal nutrient packages and growth regulators.  Kings will be a little behind due to the fact that it hasn't received a growth regulator application in several weeks due to the aerification.  The tee complexes on Cypress Links were sprayed this week with growth regulator and insecticide.  This finishes the application to all tee complexes and fairway on all three courses.  We will begin on the roughs in the coming weeks.

      Lastly, the state has approved a new herbicide for the control of Tropical Signalgrass which is our most difficult to control weed found on the golf courses.  We received delivery of this new product (Manuscript) yesterday and will begin using it throughout CCW in the coming days.  We really hope the product controls this weed as good as the test data shows, we should know in 4 to 6 weeks.

      June 25th, 2018
         Today we completed the core aerification on several practice greens leaving only the large pitching green (P1) remaining.  We discovered a lightning strike last night next to 3 tee on KD  blew out a 2" irrigation line and damaged our irrigation controllers in the area.  The pipe is repaired but the controllers may take a few days to get back up and running.  The greens on Cypress Links were verticut and mowed today as well as the last holes topdressed on KD last week 13-18.  We are all set for the dryject aerification scheduled for Tuesday, should be smooth sailing as long as the weather holds out for us. 

      June 18th, 2018
         We are on track to get the greens aerification completed by mid week.  The transition on the range tees has hit us a little hard in some areas this year but it's not out of the norm.  The competition between the ryegrass and bermudagrass is an ongoing battle in the spring and sometimes the ryegrass wins.  We have made an organic fertilizer application to the range tees and the surrounding areas to help the bermudagrass recover.  We will make additional fertilizer applications as needed and will sprigg or plug any areas that may need additional help with recovery. 

      June 12th, 2018
          The aerification on King's is going smoothly with holes 1-6 completed by the end of today.  We should be able to reach our goal of completing up to 12 by the end of the week.  Other items we are attending to on King's include a more aggressive spot spraying of weeds, Root pruning trees throughout the course and making our first primo (growth regulator) app to the tees and fairways.  We are using the plugs from the aerification to begin filling in the small pond next to the ladies tee on #18 of Cypress.  We obviously will not have enough plugs from Kings to completely fill in the area but we will have addition fill from other projects in the coming months to complete this project.

      June 7th, 2018
          The aerification on Royal Lakes has been completed and we are now working on getting the course mowed out for the opening on Monday.  Cypress Links Greens were verticut and topdressed on Wednesday as were the greens on King's Dunes on Monday.  Verticutting is an important part of our summer cultural practices as is the topdressing that usually follows it.  This helps to reduce organic matter in the upper inch of the playing surface and helps to smooth the putting surfaces.  We are still seeing some slight depressions from the aerification on Cypress but with another topdressing scheduled for next Monday we should be in great shape in the coming weeks. 
           All greens have been sprayed with fungicide this week to help combat some of the ring spot we are seeing.  This disease is more unsightly than damaging to the turf and the low nutrient levels we've been keeping on the putting surfaces has helped to make these rings more visible.  As we increase nitrogen levels these spots tend to go un-noticed as they blend in with the surrounding turf.  
           We have also stepped up our weed control efforts throughout all three courses, this is evident more so on Cypress as we have been using a product called Tenacity.  This herbicide tends to turn the weeds and part of the grass pure white which then starves and kills the weed.  Needless to say you can easily see every location we spray this product due to the contrast with the dark green turf canopy. 

      June 1st, 2018
         The rains have done there fair share of disrupting our maintenance operation this week but we were able to stay on schedule for the Royal Lakes aerification.  As of today all golf course greens have been aerified and topdressed.  We still have a few of the practice greens to aerify but they can be completed next week after the dryject.  We have fallen behind on mowing this week and may do some early morning mowing on Cypress fairways this weekend.  This will produce an excess of clippings which is unavoidable at this point.  The rains have also adversely affected the plant roots in many areas including greens.  We have sprayed additional fungicides this week to help prevent additional loss and to help the plants recover.  If we continue to see shorter damaged roots we will have no choice but to raise mowing heights which in turn will slow green speeds.  At this point the health of the turf is our priority and we'll take every step to ensure our greens remain healthy throughout the summer.

      May 28th, 2018
         Our staff is doing a great job at Royal with the aerification.  They worked all day during the holiday getting 6 more greens aerified and 2 more topdressed helping to keep us on schedule even with the rainy weather.  The greens on King's were sprayed Monday with with nutrients and fungicide.  We are seeing some ring spot on the putting surfaces due to the extreme moisture.  We will treat the all greens with fungicide as a precaution to make sure these rings clear up, this should happen on its own anyhow once the greens start drying out a little but a little extra insurance never hurts. 

      May 22nd, 2018
         We're off to a good start at Royal Lakes even with the rainy weather.  We have 3  greens aerified and topdressed as of 4:00pm.  The Chipco Choice insecticide application has also started out smoothly with 70 of the 140 acres completed.  They will return on Thursday to complete holes 4 through 11 and the range.  This will control Mole Crickets and Fire Ants in all areas treated.
         The greens on Cypress are recovering nicely from the aerification, we would like to get another verticutting and topdressing in but with the holiday next Monday we may need to attempt this prior to play one day next week.  The rains have created excessive growth on all surfaces and the putting speeds on the greens have slowed considerably.  We are making slightly heavier growth regulator applications to Cypress and King's this week but the soft conditions are causing the mowers to scalp in some areas.  Hopefully we will see a dry day on Wednesday which will help firm the greens and allow us to get back to normal mowing conditions for this time of year. 



      May 18th, 2018
          The rains this week show the perfect example of how playing conditions are affected by Mother Nature.  Green speeds have slowed dramatically even with our verticutting and topdressing efforts last Monday.  We've been double cutting and rolling this week on King's Dunes with little benefit in green speed.  The rains cause a flush of growth on the greens as they supply an over abundance of moisture to the turf which responds in soft succulent growth which is adverse to fast greens.  The rains have also falled in ample amounts to flush salts from the soil which in turn release nutrients that were held in the soil causing even more growth.  We combat this extra growth by increasing both the rate and the frequency our growth regulator applications.  With the aerification on Cypress completed we will turn our efforts back to King's next week with additional verticutting, topdressing and double cutting.

      May 17th, 2018
           The DryJect aerification went as smooth as it could yesterday with all 18 greens and 3 practice greens completed by 3:00pm.  We averaged 3 to 4,000 lbs of sand injected into the putting surfaces per green.  We still have 3 greens to core aerify which were completed behind the Dryject and will be topdressed this afternoon.  We are reshaping all of the fairways on Cypress and you are likely to see the blue marking paint for several more weeks as we repaint the lines to make sure our mowers can see and follow them.  We have also started making some unique mowing patterns with our fairway mowers some of which go up and around the greens.  We are hopeful that this shorter grass around some of the greens will improve play-ability.  Our plan for some of these areas is to reduce the mowing time by using the larger fairway mowers rather than the small triplex units.  We will play around with these cutouts over the summer and make adjustments as needed.

      Click here for link to a short Dryject video



      May 10th, 2018
         We're still plugging away at the aerification today, we'll be running the aerifier on  holes 11 and 12 today.  The greens are topdressed up to #8 and our goal today is to get 9,10 and 11 sanded.  We'll finish 12 on Friday which leaves 6 holes to complete next Monday and Tuesday.  This will get us ready for the dryject aerification on Wednesday.  So far we are extremely happy with the entire process and how the greens are responding.
        We are spraying a nematicide on the greens at royal lakes today, this product controls microscopic insects that can affect root growth.  This is product is watered into the green right after the application in order to reach the root-zone where the nematodes thrive.
        Our rough scalping is continuing on King's Dunes, this is the lowest we can go with the rough mowers.  We will mow one more week at this height then start returning to a more manageable height in the coming weeks.  Note: we are still lowering the heights on the rough mower at Royal Lakes but should be able to achieve our goal while the course is closed for aerification. 

      May 8th, 2018
         We're off to a good start this week, the greens on Cypress were double verticut and we started the 5/8" core aerification.  Our goal is to get the putting green and holes 1-12 aerified, cleaned and topdressed by Friday.  So far we have the putting green and holes 1-5 completed.  The topdressing process takes the longest time to complete due to the dry sand being applied by hand in order to better fill the open holes from the aerification.  The chipco choice (mole cricket control) application went extremely smooth today.  The contractor showed up with 6 machines rather than the normal 2 and they were able to knock out over 100 acres by 3:30pm.  This will give us mole cricket control for the next 8 months.  The finial scalp cut on the roughs at CCW is underway and Cypress was completed this afternoon.  We will begin on King's Wednesday morning, after this cut we will start raising the mowing heights in the roughs to our normal heights.  We'll see a quick green up as we allow the turf to grow over the next two weeks.
         The plugs removed from the greens are being used along the lake bank on KD #4 tee.  This will fill in the large cliff created from the lake washing out the slope during storms.  The plugs will be smoothed and packed once pushed over the edge. They will establish turf quickly and once again secure the lake bank.

      May 3rd, 2018
         The greens on King's Dunes were lightly verticut and topdressed on Monday and Royal Lakes is getting the same maintenance today.  All greens have been sprayed with nutrients, wetting agent and growth regulator this week.  We will be fertilizing Cypress Links greens on Friday with a 14-2-14 quick release blend to give them a good growth kick prior to the aerification next week.  The bunker faces on King's Dunes received an application of primo growth regulator this week and we are currently working on Cypress.  New landscaping beds were added along the right rough of #16 on Royal Lakes and we will work on regrassing the area over the summer.  We are also working on raising and leveling sprinklers around the greens on Royal, these areas should be considered GUR until they fully recover.  We've continued our efforts at fitness by adding more landscaping along the exit side of the roadway and we are expecting a load of sod today to finish off the circle.
         Our rough scalping efforts are going well with the 2nd week at the 1" height.  We will adjust the mowers to 3/4" for next week's cut on Cypress and perhaps on King's.  Royal has started to lower the rough mowing heights and is currently at 1.5"  We will keep the blowers running behind the mowers as needed while we continue to see heavy clipping yields from the mowers.

      April 27th, 2018
         The greens at Royal Lakes received a light verticutting yesterday, we will start getting more aggressive with the verticuttings in the coming weeks as the growth rate increases on the bermudagrass.  The greens at CCW were sprayed with minor nutrients and growth regulator, this should help keep the growth in check after the granular fertilizer application this week.  Cypress Links was fertilizer this morning with the same 13-0-26 slow release blend.  Our rough scalping at CCW is going well with all areas now cut down to 1", there are some excessive clippings in some areas and we've had the blowers out to help disperse them.  We will maintain this height for another week then determine if we will go to 3/4" or start raising the heights back to normal.  We've been fertilizing weak areas throughout the courses with an organic fertilizer.  This blend can have a slight odor just after application but keep in mind the benefits we get from the organic fertilizer.  We will continue to hit these areas on a regular basis.

      April 25th, 2018
         The Scalping of the roughs on CCW is going smoothly. we are now down to 1" and will remain there for the next two weeks.  After the 2nd cut at this height we will determine if we will go to 3/4" or start raising the height back up to the desired 1.5".  We will however go back up in 1/4" increments several weeks apart.  The tees on Cypress were fertilized on Monday with an organic slow release fertilizer.  This does tend to give off a little odor but quickly dissipates when watered into the turf canopy.  The greens on King's Dunes received our first granular fertilizer application on Tuesday using a 13-0-26 blend which applies 1/2 lb of slow release nitrogen per 1000 sqft.  We can expect some drop in green speeds but we will counteract the additional growth with rolling and verticutting next week.  We've kept the greens on the lean side for the last several months and the turf now needs to get back on a solid nutritional program, especially going into aerification season.

      April 20th, 2018
        Our second application of pre-emergent herbicide was completed on Cypress Links this week.  This was applied to all fairways, tees and roughs using a fertilizer carrier 5-0-20.  We will not see a flush of growth from this but it will help nourish the turf.  We are still working on the pre-emergent application to Royal Lakes using a sprayable product called Specticle.  Tees and fairways are complete and we are working on the roughs.  All greens were sprayed early in the week with fungicide and again later in the week with growth regulator.  The Memorial garden was formally opened this week, we still have additional plantings planned for the area but mostly aquatics within the creek.  

      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. 



       

  • Photo Update
    • Below:  The new Forward Red tee on KD #14 just prior to sodding.



      Below:  Bug spray and spray on sunscreen should be applied on the cartpath.  Both can
      cause burn on the turf that can last for days.  Notice the footprints are nice and green.



      Below:  A unique aerial shot of the range, clubhouse and pickle ball.



      Below:  Overseeding can cause problems in early summer once it fully checks out.  The thin area in the bottom 
      portion of the photo is were we had Ryegrass planted over the winter.  Note the healthy turf above where no overseeding was used.
      These areas will heal fairly quickly with a little extra fertilizer.






  • 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. 

      Note: This will redirect you to a Google Docs file. To return you may need to use the back button on your browser.
  • 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
    •   

      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
      • Repair drainage basins as needed in the fairways on Cypress and King's, raise and level
      • Regrass the area right of RL 16 tee and landscape, plant with Bermudagrass.
      • Repair cart paths throughout King's Dunes and Cypress and a few areas around the clubhouse.
      • Continue forward tee additions on King's Dunes, Currently working on #16 and 17.
      • Rebuild the bunker face on the larger Chipping Green bunker at the CCW range.
      • Replace the Fakahatchee grass bed on #3 of Cypress Links along cart path.
      • Replace sprinklers along the path behind the clubhouse and in parking lot islands.
      • Secure boards on the KD #7 bridge with screws.  Currently work in progress
      • Spray the CCW driving range more aggressively to remove weed on the range floor.
      • Irrigate and grass the area where the old pro shop was located.
      • Fill in the small pond next to the ladies tee on #18 of Cypress Links, either grass or landscape the area.
      • Create a sod nursery right of the path on #10 of Cypress, old Bahiagrass area, plant in celebration for future needs.