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Monday, October 22, 2018

Worn out!!

Last years renovation and grow-in of the greens was much harder on the greens walk mowers than anticipated.  New reels on either side of the old one.  We will be getting a greatly improved quality of cut when the new reels are installed today and Tuesday.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Bridge Sealing

The bridges throughout the golf course have been cleaned and the annual stain/sealer applied.
Below is a before and after photos.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Season is upon us.

It is that time of year again.  Member from the north have begun to show up and activity at the club is picking up.  The dreaded stake/ropes will begin going out this week.  The yellow, black & blue stakes have been put out.  As a reminder, cart are allowed to exit off the cart path after the yellow stakes.  Carts must return to the paths before the black stakes and the blue stakes are indicating where handicap parking is.  The new range tee dividers have been put out on the range.  Please, only hit balls within the length of the divider.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Irrigation Repair

Staff repaired a 6” mainline leak on Wednesday/Thursday.  A service tee (pictured below) had a hole form.  While it is rare to see holes form in ductile iron fittings it does happen.  The irrigation system needed to be shut down to make the repair easier.  The system was drained the old fitting removed and new iron service tee installed, along with a 6” mega lug repair sleeve.  The area will remain as GUR until sod is delivered next week to finish the repair.  Staff did an excellent job in getting the system back up quickly.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Tropical Storm Gordon

Tropical storm Gordon came close enough to the club to drop almost 3” of rain and had wind gusts over 45mph.  There was no damage to any of the newly planted trees on the golf course.  Hopefully the additional inch of rain forecasted for today will not happen.  Unfortunately it did bring an end to the Labor Day event.  Staff will be working on cleaning up debris, edging the coquina cart paths and working on the chipping green.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Roof update!

Colonial Roofing is moving along with the overlay of the golf maintenance building roof.  Everything should be wrapped up by the end of the week.  The roof is currently 100% waterproof at this time and the material is 97% reflective which means cooler temperatures for the office and mechanics.  No more 5 gallon bucket sitting on my desk.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

New Roof

The new roof is going on the maintenance building.
Took a while to get it done but Colonial Roofing is on site.
Should be finished by the end of next week.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Stump removal

The remains of a triple Roebelenii palm killed by Irma has finally been removed.  Was hoping by waiting it would make it come out easier but no luck.  Messed up a lot turf to get it out.  Royal palm being installed in its place.

Monday, August 20, 2018


Breaks in the irrigation system causes more issues than just a broken pipe.  Usually means clogged heads which leads to poor coverage.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Fairway work

Staff have had a busy 2 days on the golf course.  Front 9 fairways and roughs have been aerified, vertical mowed and cleaned up.  This piece of equipment accomplishes 3 tasks in one pass.  Aerification plugs cleaned up, vertical mowing and debris cleaned up.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Upcoming Maintenance

Upcoming Maintenance during the 2 Week Closing.

Greens will be vertical mowed (debris blown off), top dressed, aerified, cleaned off, rolled daily (to smooth out any imperfections). Other than frequent rolling they will be left alone over the next 7 days to allow them to recover from maintenance. The second week of the closing the greens will be top dressed, fertilized and mowing will commence every other day. Conditions of the greens will be monitored closely to ensure they recover as quickly as possible.

Tees/collars/approaches will all be vertical mowed, scalped, aerified and top dressed. These areas will be rolled as needed to help smooth areas following maintenance. All of these areas will be fertilized following maintenance and allowed to recover.

Fairways will be aerified, vertical mowed, scalped and top dressed (limited to specific fairways at this time). Following maintenance they will be fertilized to facilitate recovery.

Roughs will be aerified, vertical mowed, scalped and fertilized.

Bunkers and coquina areas will be edged, faces scalped, depths measured and adjustments in the depth of sand/coquina will be made if necessary.

Once maintenance is completed areas may be brown in color. This is normal and they will recover in a few weeks.

Monica and her staff will be adding around 2,000 dwarf fakahatchee grasses in open areas along the lake behind 3 green, along the right side of 16 fairway and spots here and there. We still have other small spots around the tees that need a few shrubs also.

The efficiency of the last pre-emergent weed application applied in late March has reached the end of its useful time frame. Due to this, you might see some weeds on the golf course have started to emerge. The staff is currently applying post emergent herbicides to address weeds that have become visible. The applications on the course will be completed prior to closing and you will see these weeds turning yellow and dying. Spraying will continue throughout the closing and the next pre-emergent application to the golf course will be applied before it re-opens.

Summer maintenance is a necessary process in the maintaining of the health of the golf course. These procedures are a must and while at times may seem aggressive are a vital process.

If anyone has any concerns during the closing please feel free to reach out to me and I will happy to discuss the different aspects of the closing. 

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Irma not that long ago!

Just a quick photo of the 8th hole a day after hurricane Irma hit.  
We have come a long way in a relative short period of time,
considering it was a category 4!

Friday, August 3, 2018

New Kubota Tractor

The club recently replaced a 20 year old Kubota tractor with a new unit.  This new tractor, also a Kubota, has more horsepower and is able to operate 2 pieces of equipment more efficiently than the one it replaced.  These 2 units are both manufactured by Wiedenmann, one is a fairway aerification unit that staff are using to help locate rocks under the surface of the fairways.  Solid 1” steel tines are currently being used on this unit due to their ability to hit large rocks without breaking.  A staff member follows behind the unit and when it hits a rock the area is marked so the rock can be removed.  This is a tedious process but necessary to help identify where the rocks are.  The other unit is a pull behind verticutting, flail mowing and vacuum all built into one unit.  In the past this unit was used to only verticut fairways as the tractor being used was at the low end of the horsepower range to operate it.  While it has done its job fantastically on the fairway in the past, with the new higher horsepower tractor the unit can be used to also verticut the roughs.  Test passes were made in the roughs surrounding the 17th fairway and the unit performed extremely well.  Below are some pictures of the tractor and verticutting performed in the rough on the 17th hole.

Kubota 7060 w/Wiedenmann Super 600

Rough Verticutting

Rough Verticutting

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Tee Work Continues

Work to enlarge the forward tee boxes on 1, 17 & 18 continued this afternoon.  The tees on 17 & 18 were sodded and the tee on 1 had the sod stripped.  Soil will be hauled out to 1 to raise the tee and level it.  The tee box should be sodded by end of day Thursday.

17 Forward Tee

18 Forward Tee

1 Forward Tee

Feeding time

On Tuesday the greens were lightly top dressed and this morning they were all fertilized.  Watering in the fertilizer and the sand that remained on top.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Growth Regulator

Completed the growth regulator application to the fairways and tees this morning, 6th fairway.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Enlarging forward tee box

Work began this afternoon enlarging the ladies tee box on #17.  The forward tees on the 1st hole and the 18th will also be enlarged.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Rain will ruin our day!

Really hoping this system stays offshore, staff have a lot of work to get done first thing this morning.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Greens update

I have been asked by numerous members and staff to start my blog back up to help keep everyone informed on what is happening on the golf course.  I will make every attempt to post 3-4 times/week.  I hope you enjoy.


Golf Course Maintenance Update 

Mike Wallace, Golf Course Superintendent 



Recently we performed our first closing and maintenance on our new greens. After the grow-in very little aggressive maintenance was done to the greens to ensure that they were growing quickly and be ready for the membership to play this past season. As we approached this first closing it was apparent the greens were in need of aeration and heavy vertical mowing. These two procedures although aggressive and disruptive to the putting surface for a short period of time are essential to providing healthy turf and good putting conditions in the future.


The vertical mowing performed in the last closing was aggressive and it did remove a significant amount of thatch http://www.usga.org/course-care/the-trouble-with-thatch-26500.html, it was apparent that an additional aggressive vertical mowing be performed.  Again, while this is an aggressive practice it is vital in the overall health of the greens.  In the coming weeks we will continue to apply light top dressing and an aggressive fertilizer program to the greens and they will recover quickly.


Our goal is to provide the best playing conditions at Naples Lakes throughout the year. However, for the long-term health and quality of our greens, summer maintenance is an important part of our annual program.  Tif-eagle bermudagrass produces a significant amount of thatch and if not properly maintained the health of the grass and putting quality will suffer in the long term.  


During the last closure we also began the removal of the celebration contamination that had grown on several of the greens over the last few months.  A majority of the contamination was caused when the winds of Hurricane Irma picked up sprigs from the fairways and deposited them onto the greens. We identified the celebration grass on the greens and removed it.  While some of the areas have grow-in nicely other areas are slow to recover.  We have begun the process of plugging areas and this practice will continue over the next couple of weeks. 


Finally, I know that the speed of the greens has been a topic of discussion the past few weeks. As the greens continue to heal from the maintenance procedures that we performed we will do everything possible to get the greens near the very top end of the speed standard that was approved for summer golf by the Board of Directors.